Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

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028: Reading TRUE to Kids
Apr 15 • 12 min
In This Episode: Not having children myself, this is a topic I find fascinating, so I asked the experts: readers who do have children! The question: should you consider reading This is True to your kids? Lots of parents do — or let the kids read it…
027: Think… or React?
Apr 8 • 9 min
In This Episode: One of the This is True mantras is ‘Think first, react later …if at all.’ But what does that really mean, and how can we learn something from an example of doing it ‘wrong’? Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript *…
026: What a Talking Ape Can Teach Humans
Apr 1 • 12 min
In This Episode: It’s easier for young children to learn basic sign language than to speak, and what a head start they can get on learning! Proof of concept: a gorilla, which in part shows that thinking is not limited to humans. Jump To… * Show Notes *…
025: Finding Your Purpose and Mission
Mar 25 • 18 min
In This Episode: Some know their life’s purpose and mission. Others don’t know how to apply them to their lives. Here’s how to get clarity on both, even if you’re retired. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All…
024: Extending Thinking Beyond Humans
Mar 11 • 14 min
In This Episode: Thinking about thinking that might occur in machines — for the betterment of humanity. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * Notice that the sources which follow are both recent,…
023: Why Uncommon Sense Matters
Mar 4 • 14 min
In This Episode: Whether you “need” a monkey (wait… what?!) or “want” something for nothing, scammers are eager to take your money from you. Here are a few stories of those who fell for it and (more importantly) how you can reduce your chances of being…
022: The Little Things
Feb 25 • 9 min
In This Episode: The “little things” matter — a lot. Right down to making the world a better place for generations to come, and they’re easy to do. And really: if a 5-year-old is obviously starting to develop Uncommon Sense, anyone who puts their mind to…
021: Uncommon Sense at Work
Feb 18 • 16 min
In This Episode: Uncommon Sense isn’t just for your day-to-day life. The story of a guy who not only runs his life with Uncommon Sense (even if he doesn’t call it that), he does it on the job, too. “Tiny little things” that bring huge financial results.…
020: How to Lose Everything, Instantly
Feb 11 • 22 min
In This Episode: The Hewlett-Packard fire that destroyed early Silicon Valley History is anything but Uncommon Sense, but you can learn from it: it’s a real “Wake-Up Call”. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All…
019: How to be Happier
Feb 4 • 14 min
In This Episode: A ‘secret’ to Uncommon Sense used to be passed down from generation to generation… but has started to die out, which explains a lot. Learn it to reduce stress and fear, and increase satisfaction and happiness. Jump To… * Show Notes * How…
017: Developing Uncommon Sense
Jan 28 • 17 min
In This Episode: Can you really develop Uncommon Sense? From none to some, and from some to more? Yes: it can grow, get stronger, and help you in your life — or even save your life. Here’s how. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript…
018: Big Brother and the “Online Challenge”
Jan 17 • 12 min
Special Note: This episode is running out of order since it’s very timely, and becoming a news story. It was recorded yesterday, after Episode 17 was recorded (as promised, that one is about how to develop Uncommon Sense). So I’m swapping the order,…
016: Barking Up the Right Tree
Jan 14 • 9 min
In This Episode: Dogs may or may not have Uncommon Sense, but how its owner reacts to a dog might be an interesting indicator of their thinking ability. A really cool story. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All…
015: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize
Jan 7 • 12 min
In This Episode: Do you have a big, overriding goal in life? Most really haven’t thought about it. Those who did often gave up after awhile, and maybe led a fine life, but never reached their big goal, their dream, their aspiration. But every few months,…
014: Expect the Unexpected
Dec 31, 2018 • 14 min
In This Episode: Just how much impact one person can have by refusing to be stymied by those who don’t have it. Because he did that, you might owe this guy your life. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes…
013: How ADD Made TRUE Possible
Dec 24, 2018 • 35 min
In This Episode: Is ADD/ADHD a curse? No: when properly managed, it provides “superpowers” that are an absolute gift! It actually helped me in my job at NASA, and then in going solo as an entrepreneur. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode…
012: Dreaming Big
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
In This Episode: I like to make fun of the lottery, but if you are going to play, here’s how to apply some Uncommon Sense to the mix, whether you win or not. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes *…
011: We Need Better Heroes
Dec 10, 2018 • 12 min
In This Episode: Some people — usually people with Uncommon Sense — aspire to something greater than the whims of the masses and can make a huge impact on the world. This episode looks at what we as a society pay a lot of attention to, at the detriment to…
010: “I Just Don’t Have Time”
Dec 3, 2018 • 12 min
In This Episode: “I just don’t have time” is the modern mantra. And I’m here to tell you why that’s total B.S. Because if you apply Uncommon Sense to the time problem, that turns out to not be the problem you think it is. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to…
009: The Headlines Lied
Nov 26, 2018 • 15 min
In This Episode: There’s a lot of talk about accuracy in the media these days, up to and including frequent accusations that the mainstream press publishes “fake news.” The real “fake news” isn’t what you may think — and it starts even before you click.…
008: The Man with the Golden Arm
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
In This Episode: I had heard about the man I’m going to tell you about several times over the past several years, but I didn’t know the whole story of “The Man with the Golden Arm”. It’s a bit of a medical mystery and, as I researched all of this to…
007: A Second Opinion
Nov 12, 2018 • 23 min
In This Episode: A very different kind of episode: a story that’s not from the newsletter, but rather one that’s too long and complex to be shortened to 100ish words plus a pithy tagline. It’s an amazing story of despair, hope, and renewal, with a wild…
006: The X Factor
Nov 5, 2018 • 15 min
In This Episode: How two men 70 years apart inspired others to change the world in a massive display of Uncommon Sense. It’s a story about how someone figured out a way to get people to push forward, to think hard, and to solve real problems. I call it:…
005: The Last Stroke of Midnight
Oct 29, 2018 • 7 min
In This Episode: Feel-good stories can go viral online, but let’s apply the Uncommon Sense filter and see what we can take away long after the viral story is forgotten. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes…
004: Full Circle
Oct 22, 2018 • 14 min
In This Episode: When sizing up someone in a modest profession, don’t make the mistake of thinking the job title defines the person or their abilities. They might just surprise you with an overabundance of Uncommon Sense. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to…
003: Cassini: The Bigger Picture
Oct 15, 2018 • 25 min
In This Episode: From California, where I came to see and reflect on the End of Mission for the Cassini spacecraft — its so-called Grand Finale. This isn’t about the mission per se, but rather the thinking behind it, how that fits into True’s mission, and…
002: Reverberating for Decades
Oct 8, 2018 • 8 min
In This Episode: Three amazing stories of medical professionals going outside protocol to do the right thing: to be fully human in the face of death — all in just 9 minutes. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * Episode Transcript * List of All…
001: The Best of Humanity
Oct 1, 2018 • 13 min
In This Episode: While the stories in This is True usually point out the pitfalls of not thinking, the Honorary Unsubscribe holds up the best of humanity, which often means someone who exhibited Uncommon Sense on a regular basis. This episode not only…
000: Podcast Relaunch Introduction
Sep 29, 2018 • 3 min
In This Episode: Uncommon Sense relaunches this week with a slight change of focus. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of All Episodes Show Notes * A quick (four-minute) intro on how the Uncommon Sense…