Gen Y Chronicles Podcast

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Democratizing knowledge by sharing underrated social, scientific and international viewpoints in the Information Era




Democratizing knowledge by sharing underrated social, scientific and international viewpoints in the Information Era




GenYChron Ep. 0026 – The forgotten meaning behind self-sacrifice

Show summary We discuss “RULE 7 / Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)”, from Jordan B. Peterson’s best-selling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. In this episode, we examine self-sacrifice, the dangers of expediency and a hypothesis about why evil exists. Show notes 2:00 - Viewing the Biblical stories through a psychological lens 2:47 - Understanding sacrifice in a new way 3:18 - What does “expedient” mean? 6:37 - What happens when your sacrifice is rejected? 9:10 -...


GenYChron Ep. 0025 – Stoicism, suffering and individual responsibility

Show summary We’re halfway through our Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos book review/discussion series. In this episode, we chat about how suffering is a part of the human condition and how we confront it using stoicism and individual responsibility (RULE 6 / Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world). Show notes 0:48 - Can you ever “set your house in perfect order”? 2:56 - How some people retrospectively see their suffering as a learning...


GenYChron Ep. 0024 – Taming ferocious toddlers with Millennial discipline and smart rules

Show summary We continue our commentary and discussion on Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, and in this episode we discuss socializing children out of the “terrible twos” and we review Dr. Peterson’s 5 disciplinary principles (RULE 5 / Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them). Show notes 0:40 - “Two-year-olds, statistically speaking, are the most violent of people” (Peterson, J.B. & Flanders, J. (2005). Play and the regulation of...


GenYChron Ep. 0023 – Crush your inner critic, shun envy and improve daily

Show summary We continue our 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos miniseries, and this week we discuss the harm in excessive self-critical social media comparisons and the powerful concept of incremental self-improvement (RULE 4 / Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today). Show notes 1:59 - Comparing yourself to others is a losing game; your inner critic always wins 5:15 - Many social media platforms can drive internal criticism to unhealthy levels 6:30...


GenYChron Ep. 0022 – Exploring friendships: toxic, ideal and beyond

Show summary Welcome back to the 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos miniseries. In this episode we explore friendships—from toxic to ideal—while discussing the third rule of the book (RULE 3 / Make friends with people who want the best for you). Show notes 1:50 - Small-town friends 4:09 - Making friends who strive upwards and have goals 6:04 - Helping friends who actually want to help themselves 7:33 - “Friendships are reciprocal, it’s a relationship that’s beneficial for both people”...


GenYChron Ep. 0021 – Absent self-love in a world of chaos and order

Show summary We continue our discussion of Jordan Peterson’s best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. This week we provide commentary on the second rule of the book (RULE 2 / Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping). Show notes 0:14 - “The best-selling Canadian author of 2018” 1:05 - Why do so many people stop taking their prescribed medication? (Article about medication non-adherence) 2:29 - Does Jordan Peterson's reasoning for RULE 2 actually make any...


GenYChron Ep. 0020 – Lobsters, postures and mate choices

Show summary Welcome to the first Gen Y Chronicles podcast episode of 2019! Join us as we discuss the first rule in Jordan B. Peterson’s best-selling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (RULE 1 / Stand up straight with your shoulders back). Show notes 0:09 - Following through on Jólabókaflóðið (GenYChron Ep. 0017 – Ethnopediatrics, co-sleeping and Jólabókaflóðið) 2:47 - 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson 3:33 - Providing commentary on Rule 1: Stand up...


GenYChron Ep. 0019 – The Millennial Meditations of 2018

Show summary On this week’s episode, join us on our philosophical journey as we discuss The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, pantheism, meditating with apps, self-healing, hypnotherapy, sensory deprivation tanks and minimalism! Show notes 0:30 - The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 3:50 - “People don't have ideas. Ideas have people.” ― Carl Jung 5:40 - Pantheism and Pandeism 9:00 - “But nothing that is according to nature can be evil.” ― Marcus Aurelius 12:20 - “Do not act as if you were going...


GenYChron Ep. 0018 – Birthdays, Pareto distributions and spirit molecules

Show summary Join us this week as we talk about empirical evidence for birthday-dependent personalities, the eerie predominance of naturally occurring inequality within our universe and a psychedelic substance that our bodies produce, known as N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Show notes 1:52 - The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers 5:08 - Gary Goldschneider’s Wikipedia page 7:10 - Confirmation bias 8:10 - “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”. 10:00 -...


GenYChron Ep. 0017 – Ethnopediatrics, co-sleeping and Jólabókaflóðið

Show summary We’re back! After our three-month podcasting hiatus we dive into some parent-friendly topics ranging from child-rearing practices in different cultures, the prevalence of bed sharing outside North America and research surrounding the risks and rewards of co-sleeping. Also, with Christmas just 37 days away, we talk about our plan to adopt a traditional Icelandic gift-giving practice called "Jólabókaflóðið". Show notes 3:08 - Relaxin 5:03 - Public bookcases 6:25 - Our Babies,...


GenYChron Ep. 0016 – The Millennial munchies: Foraging and eating wild edibles

Show summary This week we listen to Jasmin share her knowledge about foraging for wild edibles. We talk about our experiences foraging berries, nuts and various plants in Germany and Nova Scotia. We also explain how we make teas, juices and salads from wild berries and herbs. Show notes 1:00 - Picking elderberries and making homemade elderberry juice 3:05 - Elderberry juice is an important ingredient for making German Christmas wine (Glühwein) 3:55 - Make your own camomile tea by picking it...


GenYChron Ep. 0015 – Service culture wars: Germany and Austria vs. Canada

Show summary On this week’s show, listen to us reminisce about our eyebrow-raising experiences with servers and cashiers in Germany, Austria and Canada. We compare two different service cultures and two different perspectives to see which one stands supreme. Prepare yourself for a mildly heated discussion! Show notes 0:50 - “It’s strange how the level of expectation for good quality service is pretty low” 1:34 - During one of my university lectures, our professor asked for a show of hands to...


GenYChron Ep. 0014 – Emotional maturity, ageism and Millennial wisdom

Show summary This week on the Gen Y Chronicles podcast, Jasmin and I tackle some complex topics that affect Gen Y. Listen to our personal experiences and stories about the age perception gap between North America and Europe, and our opinions about the evolution of emotional maturity in Millennials. Show notes 0:40 - How do you define emotional maturity? 1:22 - Jordan Peterson on Theo Von’s This Past Weekend Show #110 discusses why family gets more important as he gets older (YouTube video)...


GenYChron Ep. 0013 – Tea: The drink of the Millennials

Show summary Let’s talk about tea... the drink of choice for our generation. This week, we discuss the growing demand for tea among Millennials, coffee substitutes, making tea from local plants and the health benefits of drinking various teas. We also share our opinions on some of the finer green and black teas, and we outline the different perspectives on tea in Canada and Germany. Show notes 0:26 - Tea is more and more popular among our generation than previous generations (YouGov article)...


GenYChron Ep. 0012 – The Impossible Burger, dangers of soy and food evolution

Show summary On this week’s episode we sink our teeth into a trending food topic: the meatless burger that bleeds, AKA “The Impossible Burger”. We also review research about the relatively unknown dangers of eating unfermented soy. To finish, we discuss how the ever-increasing global demand for meat may eventually force us to invent a substitute for meat that is equally nutritious and delicious. Show notes 0:20 - Adam Savage introduced me to the Impossible Burger (YouTube video) 0:40 -...


GenYChron Ep. 0011 – The Millennial marriage taboo and Generation Squeeze

Show summary This week we focus on the benefits of marriage, the ever-changing perspective of marriage in Western society and the unfortunate victim mentality of Millennials. We’ve collected a tonne of facts that will make you second-guess your preconceptions about marriage. We also share our opinions about why we should actually be excited about Generation Y’s prospects. Show notes 1:03 - These days people are much older when they first marry (Article on the Time magazine) 1:18 - In...


GenYChron Ep. 0010 – The secret language of fathers

Show summary Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! On this week’s episode, we review a list of seven facts based on research about how fathers can affect a child’s development. We talk about the surprising importance of roughhousing, how fathers encourage courageous exploration and many other relatively unknown facts that will change the way you think about fathers. Show notes 2:28 - Analyzing statistics with a critical eye and remembering that studies don’t always use the same...


GenYChron Ep. 0009 – The most livable cities, #CitiesForPeople and thoughts about happiness

Show summary On today’s show we talk about two cities that make the top-five list on both Mercer’s and Monocle’s “the most livable cities” rankings: Munich and Vienna. Having lived in both cities, we compare our own anecdotal evidence with these two livability rankings. We also chat about how some cities in North America are starting to plan their cities for people instead of cars. To finish, we discuss how happiness is not a goal, but rather a side effect. Show notes 0:28 - The most livable...


GenYChron Ep. 0008 – Demystifying yourself, your IQ and the education system

Show summary Do you know how your personality compares to 10 000 others? This week we try to demystify ourselves by taking a scientifically valid personality test. The results were somewhat surprising... we also discuss some facts worth knowing about intelligence and how your IQ is determined. To top it off, we talk about our childhood experiences in an obsolete education system. Show notes 0:35 - (A scientifically valid personality test that compares the five big...


GenYChron Ep. 0007 – Epigenetics, fasting and outdated food guides

Show summary Warning: listening to this week’s podcast episode may change the way you think about food and your genes. Did you know what you eat today can affect your great-grandchildren’s genes? Can fasting actually make you live longer? Did you know that the recommended limits on alcohol consumption significantly differ from country to country? Is eating eight servings of grain-based foods per day still a relevant recommendation? Show notes 0:18 - Learning about epigentics on SciShow in...