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Learning How to Learn

4/10/2018
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In order to get where you want to go in work and life you need to learn. But how do we actually learn? How does the brain work? How can we accelerate our learning? To find out, Shane talks with Barbara Oakley(@barbaraoakley), who teaches the most popular massive open online course in the world, Learning How to Learn. If you’re interested in understanding how we learn and the strategies that you can use to learn better, you’ll want to give this a listen. Enjoy! *** For comprehensive...

Duration:01:33:37

Company Culture, Collaboration and Competition: A Discussion With Margaret Heffernan

3/13/2018
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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 “willful blindness.” *** As former CEO of five successful businesses, Margaret Heffernan has been on the front lines observing the very human tendencies (selective blindness, conflict avoidance, and self sabotage to name a few) that cause managers...

Duration:01:16:37

Survival of the Kindest: Dacher Keltner Reveals the New Rules of Power

2/21/2018
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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 dedicated his career to understanding how human emotion shapes the way we interact with the world, how we properly manage difficult or stressful situations, and ultimately, how we treat one another. In fact, he refers to emotions as the...

Duration:01:19:57

The Return of a Decision Making Jedi: Part 2 of My Discussion With Michael Mauboussin

1/23/2018
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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! He was actually the very first guest on the podcast when it was still very much an experiment. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to continue with the show. (If you missed his last interview, you can listen to it here, or if you’re a member...

Duration:01:16:45

The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way: Negotiating Secrets from Chris Voss

1/3/2018
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In this episode, we get negotiation coaching from Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI. *** Whether you’re buying a car, requesting a raise at work, or just deciding where to eat out with your spouse or partner, your negotiating skills will determine how pleased you are with the outcome. Today, we have the special opportunity to learn some of the most effective tactics and strategies from a true master, Chris Voss. Chris is the former lead...

Duration:01:22:24

Improve Your Life by Improving Your Questions

12/13/2017
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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 and professional pursuits. Yet very few of us do it well — if we do it at all. My guest on the podcast today is Warren Berger — journalist, speaker, best selling author, and self-proclaimed questionologist. His insightful book A More...

Duration:01:22:35

#25 Is Sugar Slowly Killing Us? My conversation with Gary Taubes

11/29/2017
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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? There are as many opinions as there are people — and books, magazines and websites are overflowing with information showing you the “right” way to eat and exercise to lose weight. But if “eating less and moving more” is all it takes to...

Duration:01:43:33

Susan Cain: Leading the “Quiet Revolution”

11/1/2017
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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 take one of two paths: force themselves into more extroverted behavior, or become even more reserved and shrink back to themselves. My guest Susan Cain says both paths are wrong and in fact, rob the world of the unique contributions...

Duration:00:56:58

Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire: My Conversation with Ray Dalio

10/11/2017
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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 my guest, Ray Dalio. Ray Dalio is the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, and is the author of the new book Principles: Life and Work. He is also a leading figure in the world of philanthropy, is an avid...

Duration:01:31:24

Adam Grant: Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind

9/20/2017
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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 interview, we cover a lot, including: And so much more.

Duration:01:27:41

Ed Latimore on The Secret to a Happy Life

8/9/2017
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In this wide-ranging interview physics major, philosopher, and professional heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore and Shane Parrish talk about boxing, tough love, entropy, the worst that can happen, coaching, and so much more.

Duration:01:01:20

Marc Garneau on The Future of Transportation

7/2/2017
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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 questions here and there but the interview is predominately in English. In this interview, we discuss the future of transportation (including self-driving cars), infrastructure investments, space, what it means to be a liberal in 2017, how we — as citizens —...

Duration:00:59:33

Rory Sutherland on The Psychology of Advertising, Complex Evolved Systems, Reading, Decision Making

5/30/2017
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Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland) is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, which is one of the largest advertising companies in the world. This interview was recorded live in London, England. Rory started the behavioral insights team and spends his days applying behavioral economics and evolutionary psychology to solve problems that conventionally advertising agencies haven't been able to solve. In this wide-ranging interview we talk about: how advertising agencies are solving...

Duration:01:56:12

Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty

2/27/2017
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Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and so many others. Don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about early stage investing. Naval’s an incredibly deep thinker who challenges the status quo on so many things. He’s thought deeply about stuff that’s near and dear to us, like reading, habits, decision-making, and life. Just a heads up, this is the longest podcast I’ve ever done. Our...

Duration:02:00:49

Aristotle Koskinas on Greek History

1/5/2017
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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 speak with Aristotle Koskinas (@aristotlekoskin), a guide with Athens walking tours. He's one of the best guides you can find in Athens. In order to be a guide in Greece, an individual must complete a 2½ year program at the School of Tourist...

Duration:01:03:07

Santorini Wine with Panayiota Kalogeropoulou

1/5/2017
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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 – completely destroying all the islands within a 60 km radius. It has been estimated that 90 billion tons of molten rock was injected into the air, the sea swallowed the volcano, and a massive tsunami swept across the Aegean Sea. Along with the obvious...

Duration:00:29:27

Samuel Arbesman on Complex Adaptive Systems and the Difference between Biological and Physics Based Thinking

11/28/2016
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Samuel Arbesman (@arbesman) is a complexity scientist whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. Sam's also written two books that I love, The Half-Life of Facts and Overcomplicated. In this episode, Sam talks about:

Duration:00:46:23

Morgan Housel on Reading, Writing, Filtering Information

10/24/2016
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Morgan Housel and I talk about how he reads and why he's all kindle all the time. We also talk about the best teacher he's ever had, filtering information, and what indulgences he'd enjoy if there were no consequences.

Duration:00:58:37

Pedro Domingos on Artificial Intelligence

8/30/2016
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On this episode, I am so happy to have Pedro Domingos who is a professor at the University of Washington. He’s the leading researcher in machine learning and recently wrote an amazing book called The Master Algorithm. In this conversation we explore the sources of knowledge, the five major schools of machine learning, why white collar jobs are easier to replace than blue collar jobs, machine wars, self-driving cars and so much more.

Duration:01:02:29

The Knowledge Project: Véronique Rivest

7/24/2016
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On this episode, I talked with Véronique Rivest, one of the most respected sommeliers in the world, about one of my favorite subjects: Wine. We're going to go through a tasting, and learn some everyday tips and tricks. (Apologies for audio quality, we had a recording hiccup.)

Duration:01:02:09

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