Can you use alter-egos to achieve states of high performance? Todd Herman thinks you can, and his ideas seem to cross over with a lot of topics that have come up on Narratively Speaking as we follow this train of thought about story.
Adem Koci from Podcasta Non Grata, once again joins Harv to talk about his use of alter egos in his podcasting, what it means to be creative, and of course a little touch of MK-Ultra mind control conspiracy theory!
Join us – in Adam’s own words it’s a “good’un!”
Podcasta Non Grata #88 – Podcasta Perfecta:
Todd Herman on London Real – The Alter Ego Effect (Short Clip):
Todd Herman on London Real – The Alter Ego Effect (Full Interview Part 1/2):
Beyoncé on Her Alter Ego, Sasha Fierce
How’s your bullshit detector?
Despite most people thinking they have a pretty good one, science tells us that people are pretty bad at detecting lies. But the very fact that we care so much says something about the value of truth to your average human.
Why do we get angry when we’re lied to? Does it have utility to survival, or is there something deeper going on? Could it be that information is the fundamental building block of the universe itself?
Let’s get speculative!
Anchorman – Saint Diego
How good are people at detecting lies?
Why Black Holes Could Delete The Universe – The Information Paradox
Is Information Fundamental?
Vlatko Vedral: Everything is information
How Facebook Tracks Your Data | NYT
What happened to Louis CK?
Louis CK was the comedian’s comedian, considered a true auteur amongst his peers and comedy connoisseurs alike.
And then… that thing happened. That thing with his penis. And Louis CK was removed from popular culture’s historical record.
Did the punishment suit the crime? Today we welcome Joel Pearse to help us understand the nuances of the Louis CK situation.
“I Love You Daddy” Trailer:
Louis C.K. Is Accused by 5 Women of Sexual Misconduct:
Louis CK’s Perverted Thoughts:
Louis CK – Never Rape Anyone Unless You Have a Reason:
Louis C.K. Monologue – SNL:
Louis CK is a Moral Detective:
Ricky Gervais Doesn’t Care If You’re Offended:
You hear all sorts of stories regarding the shady dealings of the music industry — not least of all the idea that artist must “sell their soul” for success.
But what does this actually mean? Is it just a metaphor for giving up creative freedom, or are there more nefarious responsibilities associated with a record contract.
Rythm and Flow S01E07:
Michael Jackson on Tommy Mottola:
How The Music Industry Works:
The Music Industry And The Mafia:
Tommy James: The Mafia Used to Run the Music Industry:
Britney Spears’ Conservatorship and Mental Health:
The Truth About Selling Your Soul:
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass:
Billie Eilish – bury a friend:
Can you live as a brain in a jar?
Doug Wilson, author of “Kundalini Running“, joins me on the podcast to celebrate the final upload of his audiobook and to talk about the physical mechanisms of consciousness and whether or not one can exist without the other.
Like all my conversations with Doug, it’s a bit of a mind-bending discussion where no idea is off the table.
Making Sense #168 “Mind Space and Motion”:
What hallucination reveals about our minds | Oliver Sacks
Elon Musk’s Neralink Presentation:
“The Man With Two Brains” Clip:
Get Doug’s awesome book Kundalini Running:
On previous episodes we’ve talked about narrative therapy and telling stories through character.
This episode we investigate the intersection of these two ideas. Can identifying personas as characters improve mental health? Rod Evans, turntablist, music producer and the other half of Angus McAlpine’s rap duo “Broken Aesthetiks”, joins us to share his story.
Because, apparently character-based therapy is already a thing!
We’ve all heard of the New Age religion. But what does it mean and what, exactly are we signing up for when we throw our hat in that ring?
The answers might surprise you.
What is the New Age movement?
Helena Blavatski’s Wikipedia:
New Age Wikipedia:
How Deceived I Was In New Age Beliefs:
Yoga is (probably) not Satanic:
“Proof” The New Age Movement Is Satanic:
Facebook group member Anja Bache-Wiig Solberg asks: What about “fairness”? It’s a great question, and one Harv addresses with keen interest in this week’s episode.
Indeed, with the Jeffrey Epstein suicide (or was he #suicided), the question of “fairness” and “justice” have been on everybody’s mind.
Will this turn of events silence the alternative media, or unite their voices in revolution? It appears to be a dangerous gamble for the powerful.
It’s Cooperation, Stupid: https://www.ippr.org/files/images/media/files/publication/2012/03/cooperation_leadbeater_Mar2012_8769.pdf
The Ultimatum Game Explained:
Richard Dawkins explains The Selfish Gene:
How can there be meaning in life if there’s no free will?
In this 30th episode of Narratively Speaking, we travel from the cramped interior of an office elevator to the infinite expanse of the entire universe as we revise some of the through-lines we’ve followed since the podcast began. We cover free will & determinism, the scale of human perspective, and discuss the possibility that our consciousness is a filter for the stuff of the universe.
Big ideas only in this episode! Will you join?
Intro clip (Lucy):
Sam Harris – Taking the Redpill on Free Will:
Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will:
Arthur C. Clarke (quote):
Adem Koci: @podcastanon
Doug Wilson: @kundalinirunning
Angus Younga: @angusyoungaofficial
Joel Pearse: @campfirebreath
Rod Evans: @djelevate
Starting out as a stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor, Russel Brand has become a divisive public figure for the past 15 years.
Not particularly notable as a Hollywood superstar, Brand burst into the mainstream media pushing political a message of revolution and political non-compliance. The establishment weren’t quite sure what to make of him.
Whether you’re a fan or hater, the one thing Russel Brand is not is boring. Let’s have a look at his career and the story he tells.
Where Did Russell Brand Go?
Russel Brand on Paxman:
23 minutes with Russel Brand:
Russel Brand’s political revolution:
Russel Brand on Fame:
Russell Brand interview with Mehdi Hasan:
The Trews – Emergency: VOTE to Start Revolution:
The Trews – Why I Backed Labour:
The Trews – Final Episode: