The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
A Podcast by Farnam Street

#74 Jeff Hunter: Embracing Confusion
Jan 21 • 104 min
CEO of Talentism, Jeff Hunter, teaches how to rewrite damaging narratives that hold us back, how to give and receive helpful feedback, and why confusion can be a good thing. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited…
#73 Steven Strogatz: Exploring Curiosities
Jan 7 • 95 min
Mathematician Steven Strogatz reveals how math is the key to exploring and understanding the beauty of our world. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited transcript, go to Is your brain hungry for more? Don’t…
#72 Neil Pasricha: Happy Habits
Dec 24, 2019 • 102 min
Author and happiness expert Neil Pasricha shares the recipe for resilience, an antidote for anxiety, and how his two minute morning routine primes each day for success. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited…
#71 Esther Perel: Cultivating Desire
Dec 10, 2019 • 77 min
Relationship expert Esther Perel reveals her favorite strategies for “fighting” fair, rewriting stories that damage relationships, and breathing new life into our romantic partnerships. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a…
#70 Scott Adams: Avoiding Loserthink
Nov 26, 2019 • 58 min
Dilbert creator and author Scott Adams shares cognitive tools and tricks we can use to think better, expand our perspective, and avoid slumping into “loserthink.” —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited…
#69 Stephen Schwarzman: What It Takes
Nov 12, 2019 • 63 min
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman gives advice on attracting and assessing strong talent, making smart decisions, and how to press forward when the chips are down. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited transcript,…
#68 Daniel Kahneman: Putting Your Intuition on Ice
Oct 15, 2019 • 66 min
Psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman shines light on the biases that cripple our decision-making, hamstring negotiations, and damper our thinking, and shares what limited actions we can take to combat their effects. —- For…
#67 Jim Collins: Keeping the Flywheel in Motion
Oct 1, 2019 • 143 min
An earnest student and powerful teacher, mega best-selling author Jim Collins goes under the hood and shows what all enduring companies have in common. We talk luck, leadership, and business longevity. —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
#66 Dr. Emily Nagoski: Pleasure is the Measure
Sep 17, 2019 • 81 min
Sex educator and author Dr. Emily Nagoski demystifies the science of sexuality and shows us how to shed our insecurities, connect more closely with our partner, and define pleasure on our own terms. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
#65 Shep Gordon: Trust, Compassion, and Shooting Friends from Cannons
Sep 3, 2019 • 55 min
Legendary show-business manager, agent, and producer Shep Gordon talks sex, drugs, and rock and roll. He also shares the formula for manufacturing fame, and his unique philosophy on success, love and happiness. —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
#64 Greg Walton: The Big Impact of Small Interventions
Aug 20, 2019 • 51 min
Greg Walton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University shares the four types of interventions, how they’re used to create positive behavior change, and strategies we can use right now to improve our health, well-being, and…
#63 Hugh Howey: Winning at the Self-publishing Game
Aug 6, 2019 • 96 min
Hugh Howey had two dreams: to make a living from writing and sail around the world. In this interview, he describes how he did both, why traveling is so good for the soul, and how he sold millions of books on his own (even turning down a 7 figure book…
#62 Dr. Sue Johnson: Cracking the Code of Love
Jul 23, 2019 • 123 min
Dr. Sue Johnson is a researcher, clinical psychologist and the developer of EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy. In this interview we discuss how to create, protect, and nourish fulfilling sexual and emotional relationships. —- For comprehensive show…
#61 Jonathan Haidt: When Good Intentions Go Bad
Jul 2, 2019 • 75 min
Jonathan Haidt is an author, social psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts in moral psychology. On the show we discuss helicopter parenting, the rise of the “call out culture,” and the dangers of social media. —- For comprehensive…
#60 Jim Dethmer: Leading Above the Line
Jun 18, 2019 • 109 min
Jim Dethmer, founder of The Conscious Leadership Group shares practical advice about becoming more self-aware, ditching the victim mindset, and connecting more fully with the people in our lives. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
#59 Following Intellectual Curiosity with Thomas Tull
May 28, 2019 • 71 min
Thomas Tull, founder of Tulco and former CEO of Legendary Entertainment shares valuable lessons on learning from our own mistakes, asking difficult questions, and protecting our intellectual curiosity. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
#57 Sheila Heen: Decoding Difficult Conversations
May 15, 2019 • 88 min
Sheila Heen, two time NY Times best selling author, consultant, and lecturer at Harvard Law School, makes the tough talks easier by breaking down the three layers that make up every difficult conversation —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
#58 Gabriel Weinberg: Popping the Filter Bubble
May 14, 2019 • 95 min
DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg talks data privacy, protecting yourself online and shares his favorite mental models for clearer thinking. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited transcript, go to Is your brain…
#56 Daniel Gross: Catalyzing Success
Apr 16, 2019 • 87 min
Daniel Gross, former Y Combinator partner and current founder of Pioneer, discusses how we can make our success less about luck, the powerful role we play in the lives of others, and the valuable lessons he learned about leadership. —- For…
#55 Scott Page: Becoming a Model Thinker
Apr 2, 2019 • 83 min
On this episode, Scott Page, 5x Author and Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan explains the power mental models have in how we view the world, discover creative solutions and solve complex problems. —- For comprehensive show…
#54 Jason Fried: Doing the Enough Thing
Mar 19, 2019 • 59 min
Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried gives us a peek behind the scenes of his company and discusses his philosophy on doing great work, making a positive difference, and learning to breathe in the fast paced culture of today’s workplace. —- For…
#53 Howard Marks: Luck, Risk and Avoiding Losers
Mar 5, 2019 • 92 min
Billionaire investor, author and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Howard Marks discusses risk assessment, how to think different than the crowd, and the three mighty dares that separate the successful from the also-rans. —- For comprehensive show notes…
#52 Dr. Laura Markham: Peaceful Parenting with
Feb 19, 2019 • 89 min
Parenting expert and multiple best-selling author Dr. Laura Markham breaks down the three keys to successful discipline, how to properly model emotions and conflict resolution, and the coveted recipe for raising happy, resilient kids. —- For…
#51 Celeste Headlee: The Dying Art of Conversation
Feb 5, 2019 • 72 min
Speaker, author and radio journalist Celeste Headlee has had decades of experience fine tuning the recipe for engaging and rewarding conversation. She shares some tips to help us instantly improve our conversational skills and meaningfully connect…
#50 Josh Wolfe: Inventing the Future
Jan 22, 2019 • 97 min
Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Lux Capital discusses how to unearth the unexplored ideas that will reshape our future. We also talk parenting, decision making, and which generation has the best rap. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
#49 Brent Gilchrist: Goal Mining
Jan 8, 2019 • 52 min
Former NHL player turned mining executive Brent Gilchrist joins me to share the lessons he learned in the trenches of professional hockey. We discuss leadership, hard work, and what it takes to win as a team. —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
#48 Adam Robinson: Winning at the Great Game (Part 2)
Dec 26, 2018 • 70 min
Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson returns for part 2 of our fascinating discussion. We talk chess, AI, handicapping horse races, and the secret to learning that nobody is teaching. —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
#47 Adam Robinson: Winning at the Great Game (Part 1)
Dec 11, 2018 • 120 min
Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson shares powerful lessons on winning the game of life. He teaches us how to learn, how to fail, and his three secrets of happiness and success. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
#46 Sophie Grégoire Trudeau: Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love
Nov 27, 2018 • 65 min
Television personality, activist, mother, and wife to Canada’s Prime Minister, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau discusses her battle with eating disorders, why nature and art play such a huge role in her life and what unites us as people. —- For…
#45 Dan Kluger: Taking Time to Get It Right
Nov 13, 2018 • 64 min
Dan Kluger, award winning chef and owner of NYC’s Loring Place joins me on the podcast to reveal what really happens behind the scenes of a bustling restaurant, why every detail of your craft matters, and how to create the perfect experience for…
#44 Barbara Coloroso: The Kids Are Worth It
Oct 30, 2018 • 123 min
Parenting expert and best selling author Barbara Coloroso shares her three foundational principles of child-rearing, how to get kids to be accountable for their actions, and what we can do as parents to raise confident, happy children. —- This…
#43 Jennifer Garvey Berger: The Mental Habits of Effective Leaders
Oct 16, 2018 • 90 min
In a world that changes at a dizzying rate, effective leaders need to develop the skills to keep up. Developmental coach and author Jennifer Garvey Berger shares 3 habits to ensure continual growth, accelerated learning and deepened relationships of…
#42 Atul Gawande: The Path to Perpetual Progress
Oct 2, 2018 • 80 min
The world-renowned surgeon, writer, and researcher Atul Gawande shares powerful lessons about creating a culture of safe learning, the critical difference between a coach and a mentor, and how to ensure constant improvement in key areas of your…
#41 Tobi Lütke: The Trust Battery
Sep 18, 2018 • 105 min
Today, I interview fellow Ottawan and the founder and CEO of Shopify, Tobi Lütke. In case you’re still new to the internet, Shopify is the largest ecommerce platform that allows people to easily set up online storefronts to sell everything from…
#40 Ben Thompson: Thriving in a Digital World
Sep 5, 2018 • 100 min
Today’s guest is Stratechery author and founder Ben Thompson. If you’re an investor in Silicon Valley, work at a tech start-up, or just love to geek out on technology and business analysis, odds are good that Stratechery is on your short list of…
#39 Tyler Cowen: Thinking About Thinking
Aug 21, 2018 • 56 min
There are only a handful of websites that I read religiously. One of those is , started by my next guest, Tyler Cowen. Other than hosting one of the most popular economic blogs in the world, Tyler is also an economics professor at George Mason…
#38 Ali Almossawi: Thinking in Algorithms
Aug 8, 2018 • 19 min
My guest for this short episode of The Knowledge Project is a man who wears many hats. Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education, and the creator of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments….
#37 Annie Duke: Getting Better by Being Wrong
Jul 24, 2018 • 116 min
I have wanted to do this interview for a long time. On this episode, I am thrilled to have Annie Duke, former professional poker player and author of the new book, . Annie has a very interesting background that makes her uniquely qualified to speak…
#36 William MacAskill: The Science of Doing Good
Jul 11, 2018 • 65 min
On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I’m happy to have William MacAskill. William is the co-founder and President of the (CEA) and an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University. He is also the founder and president of 80,000 Hours,…
#35 Robert Greene: Alive Time vs. Dead Time
Jun 27, 2018 • 77 min
In this episode of The Knowledge Project, I have the brilliant Robert Greene. Robert is the author of 5 New York Times bestsellers, including The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War. He’s also written on mastery and seduction. Robert’s…
#34 Amelia Boone: Learning How to Suffer
Jun 13, 2018 • 69 min
Since the popularity of Obstacle Course Racing, or OCR, has exploded onto the scene, there has been one woman who has dominated the sport: Amelia Boone. Amelia ran her first race in 2011 after some prodding from a co-worker, and though she says she…
#33 Dan Ariely: The Truth About Lies
May 25, 2018 • 56 min
On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I’m joined by the fascinating Dan Ariely. Dan just about does it all. He has delivered 6 TED talks with a combined 20 million views, he’s a multiple New York Times best-selling author, a widely published…
#32 Patrick Collison: Earning Your Stripes
May 2, 2018 • 109 min
On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated the…
#31 Barbara Oakley: Learning How to Learn
Apr 10, 2018 • 93 min
Just when I start to think I’m using my time well and getting a lot done in my life, I meet someone like Barbara Oakley. Barbara is a true polymath. She was a captain in the U.S. Army, a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers, a radio operator in the…
#30 Margaret Heffernan: Collaboration and Competition
Mar 13, 2018 • 76 min
Today, I’m joined by speaker, international executive and five-time author Margaret Heffernan. We discuss how to get the most out of our people, creating a thriving culture of trust and collaboration, and how to prevent potentially devastating…
#29 Dacher Keltner: Survival of the Kindest
Feb 21, 2018 • 79 min
When Pixar was dreaming up the idea for Inside Out, a film that would explore the roiling emotions inside the head of a young girl, they needed guidance from an expert. So they called Dacher Keltner. Dacher is a psychologist at UC Berkeley who has…
#28 Michael Mauboussin: A Decision Making Jedi
Jan 23, 2018 • 76 min
Michael Mauboussin returns for a fascinating encore interview on the Knowledge Project. We geek out on decision making, luck vs. skill, work life balance, and so much more. *** Michael Mauboussin is back as a returning guest on the Knowledge Project!…
#27 Chris Voss: The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way
Jan 3, 2018 • 82 min
Negotiation expert Chris Voss teaches a masterclass on the art of negotiation. Chris is the former lead international kidnapping negotiator at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. *** For comprehensive show notes on this episode and more go to …
#26 Warren Berger: Improving The Questions You Ask
Dec 13, 2017 • 82 min
The quality of your outcome depends on the quality of your questions. Through asking the right questions we can spark innovation and creativity, gain deeper knowledge in the topics that are most important to us, and propel us forward in our personal…
#25 Gary Taubes: Is Sugar Slowly Killing Us
Nov 29, 2017 • 103 min
It seems that nowadays, aside from religion and politics, one of the most hotly debated topics is that of nutrition. Should we eat high carb diets? Low carb? High fat? High protein? What about wheat or gluten? Should we eat meat or adopt a vegan diet?…
#24 Susan Cain: Leading the Quiet Revolution
Nov 1, 2017 • 56 min
For decades, introversion was looked at as something to overcome, almost like an illness. The way to win in life was through charisma, outspokenness, and self-promotion. Even now, in an increasingly noisy world, introverts may feel added pressure to…
#23 Ray Dalio: Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire
Oct 11, 2017 • 91 min
Are you in love with your own ideas regardless of how good they are Would you like to make better decisions and fewer mistakes? Would you like to improve the most important relationships in your life? These are just some of the topics I discuss with…
#22 Adam Grant: Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind
Sep 20, 2017 • 87 min
Are you a giver or a taker? Have you ever struggled to find work/life balance? How do you build resilience in yourself, your team, or your children? I tackle these topics and many more in this interview with my special guest, Adam Grant. In this…
#21 Ed Latimore: The Warrior Poet
Aug 9, 2017 • 61 min
Ed Latimore () might be the most interesting person you’ll ever meet. Ed is a professional heavyweight boxer, physics major, and philosopher. He’s also the author of the cult-hit . If there’s anything Ed feels like doing, he simply does it. This…
#20 Marc Garneau: The Future of Transportation
Jul 2, 2017 • 59 min
Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) is a Canadian politician, Engineer, and the Minister of Transport. This interview was recorded live in front of an audience in Montreal. As a bilingual country, you’ll hear bits of French from the audience…
#19 Rory Sutherland: The Psychology of Advertising
May 30, 2017 • 116 min
In this info-packed and entertaining interview, Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, and I dive deep on advertising, persuasion, and why humans do some of the silly things we do.
#18 Naval Ravikant: The Angel Philosopher
Feb 27, 2017 • 121 min
Naval Ravikant is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and many others. It’s difficult to nail down exactly what we discuss in our conversation because I had so many…
Aristotle Koskinas on Greek History
Jan 5, 2017 • 63 min
This is one of 2 interviews that I conducted while visiting Greece this summer. Greek history is deep routed in many things as philosophy, democracy and culture and has laid the foundation of so much of what we know and how we live today. Today I…
Santorini Wine with Panayiota Kalogeropoulou
Jan 5, 2017 • 29 min
The island of Santorini has not only has breathtaking views but also a fascinating history. Traces of its first inhabitants have been linked back to 4500 BC. In 1613 BC the most powerful volcanic event in the last 10,000 years took place –…
#15 Samuel Arbesman: Future-Proof Your Knowledge
Nov 28, 2016 • 46 min
Samuel Arbesman is a complexity scientist focusing on the changing nature of science and technology. We discuss learning, reading, and how to optimize both to get the best outcome.
#14 Morgan Housel: Reading, Writing, and Lifelong Learning
Oct 24, 2016 • 58 min
Financial writer Morgan Housel and I discuss reading, writing, filtering information, admitting error, important qualities to have in friends and so much more.
#13 Pedro Domingos: The Rise of The Machines
Aug 30, 2016 • 62 min
In this interview with AI expert Pedro Domingos, you’ll learn about self-driving cars, where knowledge comes from, and the 5 schools of machine learning.
#12 Véronique Rivest: Wine Lessons
Jul 24, 2016 • 62 min
Véronique Rivest and I explore the fascinating world of wine, including an on-air tasting, tips and tricks for serving wine that will impress your friends and so much more.
#11 Ryan Holiday: The Stoic Whisperer
May 15, 2016 • 45 min
In this episode, I talk with multiple best selling author Ryan Holiday about how he reads, what it means to be a stoic, and how to gracefully deal with freeloaders.
Are we too busy to pay attention to life?
Mar 29, 2016 • 43 min
An inbetweenisode of sorts where Jeff Annello and I discuss whether we’re too busy to pay attention to life - on whether we’re too busy to live. If you want more of these let me know #tkp on twitter.
#9 Maestro Alexander Shelley: The Architecture of Music
Mar 18, 2016 • 56 min
In this incredible episode, I’m joined by Maestro Alexander Shelley. We dive deep into the architecture of music, the necessity of arts, and what makes Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is so popular.
#8 Julia Galef: The Art of Changing Minds
Feb 20, 2016 • 53 min
On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I discuss rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, and a lot more with Julia Galef.
#7 Venkatesh Rao: The Three Types of Decision Makers
Jan 28, 2016 • 66 min
In this episode, Venkatesh Rao, founder of Ribbonfarm and author of the book Tempo discusses the 3 types of decision makers and shares how to adopt useful mental models
#6 Philip Tetlock: How to See the Future
Dec 8, 2015 • 46 min
In this episode of the Knowledge Project, I chat with professor and New York Times best-selling author Philip Tetlock about how we can get better at the art and science of predicting the future.
#5 Chris Dixon: The State of Venture Capital
Nov 12, 2015 • 55 min
In this episode, a16z partner Chris Dixon and I discuss the history of venture capital, artificial intelligence, what makes a great entrepreneur, and why companies fail.
#4 Jason Zweig: Elevate Your Financial IQ
Oct 19, 2015 • 60 min
WSJ columnist Jason Zweig and I tackle important topics like how to be a smarter investor, filtering out noise, why philosophy and history matters, and his new book, The Devil’s Financial Dictionary.
#3 Sanjay Bakshi: Why Mental Models
Sep 18, 2015 • 53 min
In this episode, I chat with professor and value investing genius Sanjay Bakshi about the power of mental models, multidisciplinary thinking, reading, and acquiring worldly wisdom.
#2 Michael Lombardi: Leadership on the Field
May 28, 2015 • 32 min
New England Patriots Coach Michael Lombardi and I discuss the four aspects of leadership, high stakes decision making, creating a winning culture at work and at home and much more.
#1 Michael Mauboussin: When To Trust Your Gut
Apr 27, 2015 • 38 min
Multiple best selling author and financial strategist Michael Mauboussin shares his wisdom on parenting, daily routines, reading, and how to make better decisions.