I start the show explaining my epiphany on the deal with AOC. I could figure her out for the longest time and then it hit me: she's an adult teenager!
This transitions into the Assault Weapons Ban 2019 and why I personally own firearms. What is the meaning of carrying a weapon? What are your odds of actually needing one? Could the real problem be swimming pools?
Finally, with all the talk about your odds of dying via guns, I delve into the odds of dying in any given year and how some people face certain death boldly.
Grim topics, I know but they make for interesting discussion.
After a brief 3 week sabbatical from the WWI Podcast, I did some soul searching about where I want this show to go after 4 years. I have been stressed out about booking talent, writing show prep and getting quality content out every two weeks. This program was never meant to be stressful and it wasn't that long ago when I enjoyed recording episodes much more than I do now. This is not a reflection on my guests. I have been honored by some great minds joining me in some fantastic discussions. I am cutting out the interviews mainly because show prep for an interview based program is taxing. With that said, I spent the past few weeks reviewing old show notes, guests and formats and will, from here on out return to the old style of free form ponderance of the deeper things in life. I loved that format and I believe the audience liked it too. So, with that said, I'm calling the reboot Season 4 as this is my fourth year and it will give me a good starting point. Thus, this is S4E1...
I'm never one for keeping my mouth shut and since I was in the studio, I took the opportunity to vent a bit after a millennial cursed me out on Twitter over a number of days and a few dozen tweets because I told her I didn't like her use of the term "adulting". Her meltdown made me ponder the phenomena which we call "The Millennial" and how they might improve upon their lives.
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Looking forward to the new season. Cheers!
It's January and that means we're ready for our predictions of what's to come! Will America enter a civil war? Will iPhones become implanted in our brains? Will Savanna Steele finally name her upcoming podcast? Is John a human lie detector? Plus much much more.
AS always check out John Taylor's www.twistedpodcast.com for one of America's premier true crime podcasts!
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Ten years ago Tom Naughton was filming a series about his struggle with weight loss when he came upon a popular film called "Supersize Me". Morgan Spurlock's famous war against the Golden Arches took the world by storm but its underlying premise didn't sit well with Tom so he decided to make a movie testing his hypothesis. Could nutritional recommendations we've been fed over the past 50 years be totally wrong?!
For more info visit Tom's site : http://www.tomnaughton.com
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Fat Head Movie: http://www.fathead-movie.com/
Fat Head Kids Movie/Book: https://www.fatheadkidsbook.com/
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“The biggest problems of tomorrow will not be a lack of jobs but a shortage of humans to take advantage of all of the opportunities technology will offer.” – Byron Reese
I opened the show with Freddie Mercury's intro to Hammer to Fall from back in 1986 at Live Aid
. I used did this because AI (artificial intelligence) is beginning to dip its toes into art and it is doing a pretty good job at it. But I ask: can a non-human create art? Is art only an expression of the human experience? I would argue - maybe? There are already AIs out there writing, composing and creating original content. We know where this is going, just by looking at where it has gone. We started out a few years ago with bland computer animated cartoons and now take the Movie Moana (I have a little girl... so yes, I've watched Moana a few times)and simply look at the quality of the images in that movie. They are lifelike. You can't tell that it is an environment completely created from 1s and 0s. So if we can expect the exponential growth of tech to continue, where will be we in 50 years? 25 years? 10 years? Will the next Ansel Adams need to traverse dangerous terrain to capture a beautiful landscape or will AI simply create it? Is art simply how something makes you feel or is it the experience of the artist? Who knows, but these are the questions we'll have to ask ourselves very soon.
Today's guest is Byron Reese
- an entrepreneur, a futurist, a Ted Talks alum
, and author of The 4th Age
- a great book about the dawning of what Byron deems the 4th age of human development - one of the best that was sent to me and I get a lot of books from guests. SO I highly recommend checking it out. Byron is a rare optimist when it comes to advancements in AI and it was refreshing to hear his take on the coming age of our robot overlords!
We chat about the meaning of consciousness, the Fermi paradox and the future of the human species. It was a deep and fun talk with a brilliant guest.
Tonight I had speaker/author Joel Hawbaker to discuss leadership. What is it? Can leaders be taught or are they forged through austerity? Do we have a crisis in leadership in the modern world? What kind of leaders will millennials make? Does the current state of the world produce good leaders?
For more on Joel's books visit his site www.reallifeleading.com or visit his Amazon page.
Joel is a fascinating guy and we had a great episode together! Hope you enjoy!
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Every Thanksgiving my newsfeed is inundated with stories of how the meaning of Thanksgiving is oppression, colonialism and genocide. I refuse to adopt this revisionist view and choose instead to understand history as a contextual and subjective social science. Furthermore, the modern worldview of Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for blessings (agnostically speaking) we've received through the year is honorable and should be embraced.
Thanks for listening! Happy Thanksgiving!
It was time for another live episode from my favorite old school watering hole, Revival 1869. Topics include "Making a Murderer" Season 2; can anyone resist Taye Diggs; are we in a renaissance of craftsmanship; why are humans killing each other; why are we all fat and sick... Plus much much more! This was a fun show to record and we had some good whiskey and good laughs. Enjoy!
So ideas a pretty cool. Their origin rests in the somewhat metaphysical realm of creativity in our grey matter. Synopses spark and ideas are born. From these somewhat intangible beginnings, skyscrapers rise, rockets soar, and democracies are born. It's really fascinating.
Openly sharing ideas is so important because if we crush free thought, we crush the human spirit and are left with a bleak world dominated by fascist regimes
If you haven't read 1984 or haven't read it in a while then it is so worth rereading! It's remarkable how our society is flirting with this future.
Richard Ryder is a stand-up comedian and host of Out TVs "Knock Knock Ghost!" Comedian Richard Ryder, trembling assistant Brian Doyle and world-class Psychic Medium Jim Hunt travel the country searching for proof of the afterlife. On Knock Knock Ghost, no place is too haunted for a laugh! Travel with the hilarious team as they explore some of Canada's most haunted locations, all while keeping a good sense of humor.