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58: Psychedelics and Self-Discovery. Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
Jan 31 • 67 min
If psychedelics are one thing we can all agree on, is that it will make a lot of people happy. There’s a lot of people who could use a heavy dose of psychedelics to stop being angry. There’s something about stepping outside of yourself and even up the…
57: Update Episode January 2019
Jan 17 • 4 min
Hi guys, this is an update episode. After end of the year hiatus we are looking back to read more books! But… we need your feedback. Listen to this episode and let us know what’s your preferred podcast format. Tweet Nat at @nateliason or reply…
56: What Is It Like To Be A Bat by Thomas Nagel
Sep 25, 2018 • 61 min
“A Martian scientist with no understanding of visual perception could understand the rainbow, or lightning, or clouds as physical phenomena, though he would never be able to understand the human concepts of rainbow, lighting, or cloud, or the…
55: The Qur’an
Sep 18, 2018 • 114 min
The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travellers and beggars, and to…
54: Never Forget Anything. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Sep 11, 2018 • 83 min
Dom DeLuise, celebrity fat man (and five of clubs), has been implicated in the following unseemly acts in my mind’s eye: He has hocked a fat globule of spittle (nine of clubs) on Albert Einstein’s thick white mane (three of diamonds) and delivered…
53: The Devil is in The Data: How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
Sep 4, 2018 • 98 min
“When you hear a statistic say that the average American brushes their teeth 1.02 times a day, ask yourself how could they have figured it out? Does it make sense that it could have been researched effectively? In this case they would have had to…
52: Privilege is Being Understood. The Tower - Hotel Concierge
Aug 28, 2018 • 108 min
“Not long ago kids would argue over which console was better now teenagers whisper cuckold and Nazi like it’s considered good manners. We are in the midst of a profound rearrangement of what traits are to be incentivized and rewarded, driven by some 7…
51: The War on Weed: Smoke Signals by Martin A. Lee
Aug 21, 2018 • 78 min
“The prestige of the government had undoubtedly been lowered considerably by prohibition”, Albert Einstein observed when he visited the United States in the early 1920s. “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of…
50: Your Fate Belongs to You. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Aug 14, 2018 • 102 min
“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and Nat discuss The…
49: The Power of Serendipity. Happy Accidents by Morton A Meyers
Aug 7, 2018 • 119 min
“Discovery requires serendipity but serendipity is not a chance event alone. It is a process in which a chance of event is seized upon by a creative person who chooses to pay attention to the event, unravel its mystery and find a proper application…
48: UBI Q&A. A Conversation with Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang
Jul 31, 2018 • 64 min
“That’s really one of the most powerful things about Universal Basic Income. You start to believe in a sense of abundance and possibility.” In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and Nat speak to Andrew Yang, the author of The War on Normal…
47: Free Money for All. The War On Normal People By Andrew Yang
Jul 24, 2018 • 100 min
“The normal American did not graduate from college and doesn’t have an associate’s degree. He or she perhaps attended college for one year or graduated from high school. She or he has a net worth of approximately $36,000, about $6,000 excluding home…
46: To Die Rich is to Die Disgraced. The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie
Jul 17, 2018 • 78 min
“Of every thousand dollars spent in so-called charity today, it is probable that $950 is unwisely spent, so spent indeed as to produce the very evils which it proposes to mitigate or cure.” In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and Nat discuss …
45: More Knowledge, More Problems. The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
Jul 10, 2018 • 126 min
“It is inevitable that we face problems but no particular problem is inevitable we survive and thrive by solving each problem as it comes up, and since the human ability to transform nature is limited only by the laws of physics none of the endless…
44: Virtue is a Habit. The Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle
Jul 3, 2018 • 102 min
“Now happiness, more than anything else, seems complete without qualification. For we always choose it because of itself, never because of something else.” In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and Nat discuss The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle….
43: Recap Time #2! Our Favorite Lessons from Episodes 22-42
Jun 26, 2018 • 109 min
Our second recap! In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and Nat revisit the previous books and topics discussed on the podcast. We delve into the most useful lessons that we’ve learned so far. It’s perfect for newer listeners to catch up with the…
42: Yeezus Walks. The College Dropout by Kanye West
Jun 19, 2018 • 104 min
NEW: Support us via Patreon at www.patreon.com/madeyouthink/ to get bonus material, exclusive hangouts, episode discussions, and more! This is a special one! In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and I discuss a music album, The College Dropout…
41: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life. The Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
Jun 12, 2018 • 129 min
We, human beings, are a species that’s not only capable of acting on hidden motives—we’re designed to do it. Our brains are built to act in our self-interest while at the same time trying hard not to appear selfish in front of other people. And…
40: Slaughterhouse Capitalism. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Jun 5, 2018 • 126 min
Jurgis, too, had heard of America. That was a country where, they said, a man might earn three roubles a day; and Jurgis figured what three roubles a day would mean, with prices as they were where he lived, and decided forthwith that he would go to…
39: Ground, Water, Fire, Wind, Void. The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
May 29, 2018 • 79 min
“When I reached thirty I looked back on my past. The previous victories were not due to my having mastered strategy. Perhaps it was natural ability, or the order of heaven, or that other schools’ strategy was inferior. After that I studied morning…
38: Who is John Galt? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
May 22, 2018 • 95 min
“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater…
37: Turn Off Your Notifications: Solitude and Leadership by William Deresiewicz
May 15, 2018 • 64 min
Solitude is what you have the least of here, especially as plebes. You don’t even have privacy, the opportunity simply to be physically alone, never mind solitude, the ability to be alone with your thoughts. And yet I submit to you that solitude is…
36: Flow, Happiness, Power, Future of Work, and More: Listeners Q&A #1
May 8, 2018 • 115 min
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Albert Einstein No books today, but a selected list of questions asked by Listeners! Neil and Nat…
35: When Man Becomes God: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
May 1, 2018 • 120 min
“In the early twenty-first century the train of progress is again pulling out of the station – and this will probably be the last train ever to leave the station called Homo sapiens. Those who miss this train will never get a second chance. The…
34: Money, Power, and God: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – Part II
Apr 24, 2018 • 71 min
Today, we are used to thinking about the whole planet as a single unit, but for most of history, earth was in fact an entire galaxy of isolated human worlds. In this episode of Made You Think, Adil, Neil and I continue to discuss Sapiens by Yuval…
33: An Animal of No Significance: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – Part I
Apr 17, 2018 • 101 min
Three important revolutions shaped the course of history: the Cognitive Revolution kick-started history about 70,000 years ago. The Agricultural Revolution sped it up about 12,000 years ago. The Scientific Revolution, which got under way only 500…
32: Where Does Power Come From? Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
Apr 10, 2018 • 91 min
Traditionally, power was what was seen, what was shown and what was manifested and, paradoxically, found the principle of its force in the movement by which it deployed that force. Those on whom it was exercised could remain in the shade; they…
31: The Riddle of the Gun by Sam Harris
Apr 5, 2018 • 95 min
Fantasists and zealots can be found on both sides of the debate over guns in America. On the one hand, many gun-rights advocates reject even the most sensible restrictions on the sale of weapons to the public. On the other, proponents of stricter gun…
30: Only Those Who Do Should Talk: Skin In The Game by Nassim Taleb
Mar 27, 2018 • 128 min
“Skin in the Game is about four topics in one: a) uncertainty and the reliability of knowledge (both practical and scientific, assuming there is a difference), or in less polite words bullshit detection, b) symmetry in human affairs, that is,…
29: Habits of a Genius. Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
Mar 20, 2018 • 82 min
A solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods. In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and I discuss​ Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. In this book, Currey edits together first-hand…
28: Bring the Crowbar. Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System by Donella Meadows
Mar 13, 2018 • 134 min
“Time after time I’ve done an analysis of a company, and I’ve figured out a leverage point — in inventory policy, maybe, or in the relationship between salesforce and productive force, or in personnel policy. Then I’ve gone to the company…
27: How to Buy Fake Science: Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Cornway
Mar 6, 2018 • 87 min
“If we read an article in the newspaper presenting two opposing viewpoints, we assume both have validity, and we think it would be wrong to shut one side down. But often one side is represented only by a single ‘expert’.” In this episode of…
26: Fix Yourself First: 12 Rules for Life by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Feb 27, 2018 • 159 min
“Order and chaos are the yang and yin of the famous Taoist symbol: two serpents, head to tail. Order is the white, masculine serpent; Chaos, its black, feminine counterpart. The black dot in the white—and the white in the black—indicate…
25: The Incredible Resilience of Humans: Hiroshima Diary by Michihiko Hachiya
Feb 20, 2018 • 81 min
“I had, of course, heard people say the sky was beautiful, especially those who were as far away as Fuchü and Furuichi. But it was now, for the first time, that I could picture the cloud, sharply defined against a clear blue August sky. It…
24: Decipher people like the FBI: What Every Body Is Saying by Joe Navarro
Feb 13, 2018 • 84 min
In reality, the way animals, including humans, react to danger occurs in the following order: freeze, flight, fight. If the reaction really were fight or flight, most of us would be bruised, battered, and exhausted much of the time. In this…
23: Evolution Made this Podcast: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett
Feb 6, 2018 • 107 min
In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and I discuss Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett (a guy with an amazing beard). In this book Daniel remind us we are not so special as we think, but just an ordered set of material refined by…
22: Is a Revolution Brewing? Revolt of the Masses by Jose Ortega y Gasset
Jan 31, 2018 • 86 min
“We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. Lord of all things, he is not lord of himself. He feels lost amid his own abundance. With more means at his disposal, more knowledge,…
21: Recap Time! Our Favorite Lessons from Episodes 1-20
Jan 24, 2018 • 129 min
Failures are just opportunities in disguise. In this episode of made you think, Neil and I revisit the previous books and topics discussed on the podcast. We delve into the most useful lessons that we’ve learned so far, and discuss how you, too, can…
20: Six Ways to Make People Do What You Want: Influence by Robert Cialdini
Jan 16, 2018 • 116 min
“It is odd that despite their current widespread use and looming future importance, most of us know very little about our automatic behavior patterns. Perhaps that is so precisely because of the mechanistic, unthinking manner in which they occur….
19: How Our Mortality Drives Our Lives: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
Jan 11, 2018 • 87 min
“It’s this denial of death that is our main psychological challenge.” In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and I discuss The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. It’s a phenomenal book on how our fear of mortality is the core for our…
18: What Chefs Can Teach You About Productivity: Everything in Its Place by Dan Charnas
Jan 5, 2018 • 81 min
Mise-en-place is not a crazy efficiency program. It is really a way of life for people who value themselves, people, eachother, and the planet. In this episode of Made You Think, we’re covering the book Everything in Its Place (originally “Work…
17: Charlie Munger’s Guide to Better Decisions: The Psychology of Human Misjudgments
Dec 19, 2017 • 84 min
I had found that theory was a superpower in helping one get what one wanted, as I had early discovered in school where I had excelled without labor, guided by theory. While many others without mastery of theory, failed, despite monstrous effort. In…
16: Reach Your Peak Performance by Letting Go: The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey
Dec 12, 2017 • 86 min
The best of them know that their peak performance never comes when they’re thinking about it. In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and Nat cover The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey. Before you say “I don’t play tennis,” it’s not…
15: Principles for Getting What You Want Out of Life: Principles by Ray Dalio
Dec 5, 2017 • 92 min
Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. In this episode of Made You Think, Neil and I discuss the book Principles by Ray Dalio. We’ve been fans of Dalio’s work since it…
14: A Simple Theory to Never Stop Improving: The Goal by Eliyahu M Goldratt
Nov 28, 2017 • 80 min
The goal is essentially to increase net-profit while increasing return on investment and increasing cash flow. Today we’re discussing The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. It is a business novel that Eliyahu used to introduce the “Theory of…
13: How to Think Like Elon Musk
Nov 21, 2017 • 138 min
We all have these things in our life that we accept as a first principle while having no scientific basis or reason for believing in that thing. Today we do a deep dive of the world’s raddest man: Elon Musk. We’re exploring the wildly popular Elon…
12: Intelligence, Art, Music, and Life are a Strange Loop: Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Nov 14, 2017 • 80 min
The strange loop phenomenon occurs whenever by moving upwards or downwards through the levels of some hierarchical system, we unexpectedly find ourselves right back where we started. Godel Escher Bach is one of the most complex books Neil and I have…
11: This Podcast Will Save Your Life: Emergency by Neil Strauss
Nov 7, 2017 • 112 min
The difference in even doing a little bit of preparation between doing nothing for a disaster is massive. Today we’re discussing what you should know about preparing for doomsday, centered around the book “Emergency” by Neil Strauss. What…
10: What You Don’t Know about Buddhism: The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
Oct 31, 2017 • 82 min
Every time that you’re putting a label on something, you are abstracting away from what it truly means. Meditation has taken western interest by storm… but what is Buddhism, anyway? We try to figure that out in this exploration of The Way of Zen,…
9: All Limitations are Self-Limitations: Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
Oct 24, 2017 • 98 min
Every move that an infinite player makes is towards the horizon, and every move a finite player makes is within a boundary. After reading Finite and Infinite Games, you’ll never see the world the same. This simple dichotomy, finite and infinite,…
8: Get Off the Cocaine Pellet Dispenser: Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
Oct 17, 2017 • 120 min
For some people, yes, computers are necessary and valuable, but for a lot of other people, they are simply accelerating and enabling this useless information consumption. In this episode, we cover how the Internet, social media, television, and…
7: A Crash Course in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cryptocurrency
Oct 10, 2017 • 100 min
There’s not a big third-party in the middle taking thirty, fifty, or whatever percent of the cut on the way, it’s just directly from one individual to another individual. In this episode of Made You Think we mixed it up by bringing in two guests:…
6: Stop Working so Much: In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
Oct 3, 2017 • 86 min
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” In this episode of Made You Think, we read through “In Praise of Idleness” by Bertrand Russell and discussed…
5: The Death of Nation-States and Radical Self-Ownership: The Sovereign Individual
Sep 26, 2017 • 121 min
“When money can be earned anywhere, you won’t obligated to live in or subjugate yourself to high taxation.” In this episode of Made You Think, we discussed “The Sovereign Individual,” a book published in 1996 predicting how the Internet…
4: Finding Your Bliss through Ancient Mythology: The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Sep 19, 2017 • 82 min
“Picking a path, even if it’s not the right path, will get you closer to finding the path that will work for you.” “The Power of Myth” is a series of interviews conducted over two years between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers, originally…
3: Timeless Strategies to Achieving Mastery: Mastery by Robert Greene
Sep 13, 2017 • 95 min
“It’s never going to be easier to just learn and to make little money, than when you’re young and in the beginning.” Mastery is the best book that either of us have found at becoming a master of your craft, getting mentors, learning through…
2: Ancient Wisdom for a Better Life: Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
Sep 13, 2017 • 72 min
“You want your life to be where, if it was your last year, you’d happy with how your life turned out.” Letters from a Stoic is one of Neil’s and Nat’s favorite works of philosophy, and has taken the world by storm in a massive resurgence…
1: Turning Chaos to Your Advantage: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
Sep 13, 2017 • 106 min
“Perhaps being deprived of poison makes us fragile and the road to robustification starts with a modicum of harm.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb Antifragile has completely changed how people think about work and life, and the concepts from it can be…
Welcome to Made You Think!
Sep 9, 2017 • 3 min
Made you think is a podcast from Nat Eliason and Neil Soni dedicated to exploring big ideas from old books, new technologies, great speeches, and anything else that will stretch your brain muscles. Here’s what the show is all about.