Saturday Morning Media: Teaching Logic Via The Viral JK Rowling Bias Teacher

The best way to teach critical thinking is to think critically through stuff you care about.  A student asks a teacher about JK Rowling being transphobic, pointing out how the author’s had a controversial past and said some bad stuff on Twitter. “Do you still like her work despite her bigoted opinions?” The teacher composes … Continue reading Saturday Morning Media: Teaching Logic Via The Viral JK Rowling Bias Teacher

Podcast Of The Week: Merve Emre’s New Criticism Podcast Might Be My New Favorite Thing

It’s one episode in and I’m prone to hyperbole, but.  I found Merve Emre via her book The Personality Brokers back in 2018ish. This book helped me better understand the Meyers-Briggs personality test. Not my particular personality (INTJ, as discussed here, or anyone else’s for that matter), but - where the test came from, who … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Merve Emre’s New Criticism Podcast Might Be My New Favorite Thing

Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Before you assume you’re right about anything, remember to ask this question.  From Will Storr (as told to David McRaney, as relayed to Bogumil Baranowski): Am I right about everything? The answer is, “No.” It’s not even hard to say. Try it (we'll say it together. 1, 2, 3 and) - "I am most certainly … Continue reading Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Podcast Of The Week: McRaney Thinks Even Billionaires Aren’t So Smart

David McRaney’s a household name around here. I’ve got several years worth of regular check-ins on his work if you're interested. But if you don’t know him, this is easily one of the best interviews I’ve ever heard him give.  Bogumil Baranowski had McRaney on the Talking Billions podcast - so of course the financial … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: McRaney Thinks Even Billionaires Aren’t So Smart

You Act Your Way Into New Thinking, You Don’t Think Your Way Into It

Richard Pascale says in Surfing the Edge of Chaos, “Adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.”  We want to think we’re smart. That we’re logical and rational and calculating. But that’s never it. It’s ever the … Continue reading You Act Your Way Into New Thinking, You Don’t Think Your Way Into It

How To Be Authentically Creative (Essay)

This is a collection of recent posts, lightly edited and merged into essay format, on the topic of Authentic Creativity. It was largely inspired by my LifeDesign+ interview on YouTube with Justin Castelli. Justin’s unique ability is to help people organize and simplify their thinking down to the point of action. It’s on full display … Continue reading How To Be Authentically Creative (Essay)

Saturday Morning Media: Dick Cavett’s Oscar Peterson Interview

Entertainment value AND educational value is determined by presentation.  Here’s Dick Cavett interviewing one of the all-time great jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson, back in 1979.  They start with Peterson playing some music. This sets the stage. Literally and figuratively - if you don’t know his work, the performance is intended to show the audience we’re … Continue reading Saturday Morning Media: Dick Cavett’s Oscar Peterson Interview

What It Means To Be Authentically Creative (My Conversation With Justin Castelli)

Justin Castelli had me on his LifeDesign+ YouTube/Podcast to talk about Authentic Creativity.  This is easily one of my favorite recorded conversations I've had. Justin helped me organize a ton of thoughts (see the whole prior week's posts on "Authentic Creativity" to understand). Plus - we had fun. So much fun.  I had to share … Continue reading What It Means To Be Authentically Creative (My Conversation With Justin Castelli)

Podcast Of The Week: Rubin on Huberman

All you Andrew Huberman superfans, I can finally say yes, I listened to the Rick Rubin interview.  Oh, and you were right. It was really good. Also amusing to imagine Huberman and Ferriss trading, “When I’m in the pool doing exercises and listening to podcasts with Ricky, he always tells me to…” I’m only a … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rubin on Huberman

Podcast Of The Week: Jacob’s Ladder

I’m letting you in on a little secret: I’m working on something kind of big and ambitious this year. At the core of it, is the story of Jacob’s Ladder.  Yes, the one from the bible.  Oh, and this (I know, he’s had some frustrating moments) Jordan Peterson lecture.  If you know it, or if … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Jacob’s Ladder