We like to think we're open-minded and objective because it makes us feel good about ourselves and of course, nobody wants to be seen as closed-minded, biased or unteachable. But in a world where we all have pre-existing beliefs, ideas, values, likes, dislikes, biases (yes, even you), preferences, programming, standards, perspectives and opinions, is it possible to be truly open-minded, even if we want to be?
What's your life telling you? What are your results saying? What's working and what's not? Are you a conscious driver (of your life) or are you an unconscious passenger? For most of my adult years, my life has been an ongoing experiment.
Sure, it sounds like a cheesey, bullsh*tty title but it's an accurate representation. This dude is a modern-day warrior, with a mindset that can only be developed in the middle of extreme adversity, discomfort and pressure. Nick Lavery is an active-duty member of The United States Army Special Forces. Commonly known as Green Berets, the Special Forces perform critical missions including direct action, counterinsurgency, foreign internal defence, special reconnaissance, and unconventional warfare. Although Nick sustained life-threatening injuries in combat, resulting in an above-the-knee amputation of his leg, he not only remained in the Army, he returned to his Special Forces Detachment and continues conducting combat operations to this day. I genuinely loved chatting with Nick and hope you enjoy the conversation too.
Effective communication and connection is dependent on getting several things right. There are numerous crucial ingredients in the 'connection and communication recipe’ and in this episode, I explore - what I believe to be - the most important component; understanding others. Not necessarily agreeing, aligning or condoning... just understanding how they think, feel and behave (and why). Understanding people who don't think (behave, live, communicate) like you, is an interpersonal superpower. l’ve never seen a relationship with poor communication and/or connection (any kind of relationship) that's healthy.
In this twenty-minute solo episode (mini workshop), I explore one simple question... how do I keep myself ‘working' (physically, mentally, emotionally, cognitively, behaviourally) as well as I can, for as long as I can?
I hope my mum doesn't listen to this episode. Like, reaaaally, hope. Wait till you discover what tellydildonics are. And why people are 'marrying' robots. And how someone is Perth can use technology to give someone in Sydney (or New York) an orgasm. Again, don't listen Mary. Or Ron. People have long told machines what to do by pushing buttons. Now, with advances in technology, machines are pushing our buttons. In 'Artificial Intimacy' (my guest's book), evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks takes us from the origins of human behaviour to the latest in artificially intelligent technologies, providing a fresh and original view of the very near future of human relationships. Sex dollbots, digital lovers, virtual friends and algorithmic matchmakers help us manage our feelings in a world of cognitive overload. Apps can sense when users are falling in love, when they are fighting, and when they are likely to break up. These machines, the 'artificial intimacies', already learn how to exploit human social needs. And they are getting better and faster at what they do. So how will humanity's future unfold as our ancient, evolved minds and old-fashioned cultures collide with twenty-first-century technology?
I fu*king love Professor Beau Lotto. He's the least academic-y academic I know. He has an amazing ability to explain and explore - what can be - complicated stuff in an uncomplicated way. Among other things, we talk about destination disappointment (why achieving goals rarely equals satisfaction), the relationship between contentment and ambition, why we're addicted to certainty and why that's a problem (the certainty trap), the life of a scientific vagabond (him), why his company is called the Lab of Misfits, the idea of the world being a laboratory (taking research out of the lab), recognising and owning our bias, and lots more. Enjoy. **Bio: Dr. Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist and world-renowned expert in perception. His research explores the ways in which we experience the world through our own versions of reality. Beau is a three-time main stage TED speaker. He has spoken at the G8, Google's Zeitgest, Wired, Oslo Freedom Forum, Big Think and contributed to the BBC, National Geographic, Netflix and PBS. Beau is also the founder of the world's first neuro-design studio, Lab of Misfits. Part lab, part creative studio, Lab of Misfits takes a disruptive approach to research, partnering with brands to blend science, art and performance to explore pivotal principles in current culture.
In 1,300 episodes, we’ve never had a conversation about respect. Not sure why, because it’s something we all want and value (nobody wants to be disrespected). I want it. So do you. But what are the variables, factors and determinants? Well, here are my thoughts on the thing we all want. Enjoy
Our resident nerd (Patrick) is back and this time we chat about all-things tech, your bacteria-laden phone, convenience, hygiene, stupidly-fast cars, fake engine noises (in electric cars), home robots for oldies, Google's 25th birthday and lots more. Enjoy.
In this episode of TYP, Geoff Jowett and I talk about the propensity we humans have to keep doing what doesn't work (despite the overwhelming evidence), Geoff's new and improved approach to business and work, creating opportunities (versus hoping they come along), being solution-focused (while acknowledging the problem), the chasm between knowing and doing (theory, application), recognising (and meeting) a gap in the market and as always, there's a liberal smattering of 'Geoff-isms'. Enjoy.