NSP038 – Alter Egos as a Tool for Success

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!”

Episode Links

Podcasta Non Grata #88 – Podcasta Perfecta:
https://www.spreaker.com/user/ademk/podcasta-non-grata-88-podcasta-perfecta

Todd Herman on London Real – The Alter Ego Effect (Short Clip):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKqbkqXzZF0

Todd Herman on London Real – The Alter Ego Effect (Full Interview Part 1/2):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V802DwBAMbk

Beyoncé on Her Alter Ego, Sasha Fierce
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AA5G8vCl9w

NSP037 – Story Reveals Truth

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!

Episode Links

Anchorman – Saint Diego
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpVTP41Tpqc

How good are people at detecting lies?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HzWwUCA498

Why Black Holes Could Delete The Universe – The Information Paradox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWO-cvGETRQ

Is Information Fundamental?
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/is-information-fundamental/

Vlatko Vedral: Everything is information
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfQ2r0zvyoA

How Facebook Tracks Your Data | NYT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAO_3EvD3DY

NSP036 – The Louis CK Story

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.

Follow JP:

Bandcamp:
https://campfirebreath.bandcamp.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Joel-Pearse-Comedian-336518610291225/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/joel.pearse.comedy/

Episode Links

“I Love You Daddy” Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zujShZT8_go

Louis C.K. Is Accused by 5 Women of Sexual Misconduct:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/arts/television/louis-ck-sexual-misconduct.html

Louis CK’s Perverted Thoughts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-733kKsdUk

Louis CK – Never Rape Anyone Unless You Have a Reason:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLUy1viw3ro

Louis C.K. Monologue – SNL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzh7RtIJKZk

Louis CK is a Moral Detective:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOO1AX7_jXw

Ricky Gervais Doesn’t Care If You’re Offended:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrlXPjKUJLw

NSP035 – Stories we’re told about the Music Industry

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.

Let’s discuss…

Episode Links:

Intro Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRQkC2FDXuw

Rythm and Flow S01E07:
https://www.netflix.com/watch/80216673?trackId=200257859

Michael Jackson on Tommy Mottola:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt6zVypo72E

How The Music Industry Works:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fa8lJKTy0I

The Music Industry And The Mafia:
https://judiciaryreport.com/music_industry_and_the_mafia.htm

Tommy James: The Mafia Used to Run the Music Industry:
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/music/tommy-james-the-mafia-used-to-run-the-music-industry-7809312

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship and Mental Health:
https://natashatracy.com/bipolar-blog/britney-spears-conservatorship-mental-health/

The Truth About Selling Your Soul:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMyhCPfKGVY

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JipHEz53sU

Billie Eilish – bury a friend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHC9tYz8ik

NSP034 – Consciousness Without Matter

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.

Enjoy!

Episode Links:

Making Sense #168 “Mind Space and Motion”:
https://samharris.org/podcasts/168-mind-space-motion/

What hallucination reveals about our minds | Oliver Sacks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgOTaXhbqPQ

Elon Musk’s Neralink Presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA77zsJ31nA

“The Man With Two Brains” Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT0CScFzp1o

Get Doug’s awesome book Kundalini Running:
https://kundalinirunning.com/

NSP033 – Is Character-based Therapy a Thing?

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!

NSP032 – The “New Age” Religion Story

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.

Episode Links

What is the New Age movement?
https://www.gotquestions.org/new-age-movement.html

Theosophy:
https://youtu.be/zlqH_VVsWqs

Perennial philosophy: 
https://youtu.be/P_CNg4dpU54

Helena Blavatski’s Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Blavatsky

New Age Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age

How Deceived I Was In New Age Beliefs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5oYgok_p7g

Yoga is (probably) not Satanic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDY53a0Hhak

Proof” The New Age Movement Is Satanic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtkGgtExLcY

NSP031 – Selfishness, Fairness & the Jeffrey Epstein Story

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.

Let’s discuss…

Episode Links

It’s Cooperation, Stupid: https://www.ippr.org/files/images/media/files/publication/2012/03/cooperation_leadbeater_Mar2012_8769.pdf

The Ultimatum Game Explained:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTg9qyMTIUQ

Monkey Inequality:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meiU6TxysCg

Richard Dawkins explains The Selfish Gene:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9p2F2oa0_k

NSP030 – Narrativising the Big Bang

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?

Episode Links

Intro clip (Lucy):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nELxnSK1SHk
Sam Harris – Taking the Redpill on Free Will:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFazP2nBIqQ
Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t_Uyi9bNS4
Arthur C. Clarke (quote):
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/arthur_c_clarke_101182

NSP collaborators

Adem Koci: @podcastanon
Doug Wilson: @kundalinirunning
Angus Younga: @angusyoungaofficial
Joel Pearse: @campfirebreath
Rod Evans: @djelevate
Jessica: @jezebelisgone

NSP029 – The Story Russel Brand Tells

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.

Episode Links

Intro Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD-DYjqW7HQ

Russel Brand:
https://www.russellbrand.com/podcasts/

Where Did Russell Brand Go?
https://www.kqed.org/pop/64857/where-did-russell-brand-go-the-answer-is-more-interesting-and-complex-than-youd-think

Russel Brand on Paxman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk

23 minutes with Russel Brand:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Hz8DJWFEA

Russel Brand’s political revolution:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WATd8hqnjZE

Russel Brand on Fame:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg4NQRn7Xos

Russell Brand interview with Mehdi Hasan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBaVG_Oiwtw

The Trews – Emergency: VOTE to Start Revolution:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwGBTcIHN0U

The Trews – Why I Backed Labour:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdQVDpqBgiE

The Trews – Final Episode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvoqQT41wos