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We build a better world by building better humans. We focus on making people happier, healthier, kinder and more productive.

We build a better world by building better humans. We focus on making people happier, healthier, kinder and more productive.
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United States

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We build a better world by building better humans. We focus on making people happier, healthier, kinder and more productive.

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@JoshShear

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English


Episodes

MEMORIAL DAY 2019 | Episode 17

5/23/2019
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We often think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer in the U.S., but where does it come from? What does it really mean? Links: • All About History: Memorial Day • JoshShear.com: What Memorial Day means Subscribe: • iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Player.fm • Google Play • TuneIn • LibSyn (RSS) • Subscribe on Android

Duration:00:05:26

WHAT MAKES US HAPPY? | Episode 16

5/16/2019
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In the third part of a three-part series on happiness, we look at the things that make us happy. Links: • Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker • Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra • The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt • Gapminder test • Man's Search for Himself by Rollo May • Feck Perfuction by James Victore • JoshShear.com: The universe isn't out to get you • Law of attraction • Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan • Joy on...

Duration:00:20:34

WHEN IS HAPPINESS? | Episode 15

5/9/2019
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Were you happy? Are you happy? Will you be happy? Heck, will you have been happy? In the second part of a three-part series on happiness, we discuss the time element of being happy. Links: • Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker • Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra • Man's Search for Himself by Rollo May • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt • JoshShear.com: When is happiness?

Duration:00:12:48

COCAINE, KITTENS AND CURING CANCER: Introduction to happiness | Episode 14

5/2/2019
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What is happiness? What does it look like? What does it do in our brains? We start a three-part series on happiness, one of the core subjects we love exploring at Better Humanhood. Links: • Which chemicals in our brain are associated with happiness • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert • JKWD: Control and letting go • JoshShear.com: What is happiness?

Duration:00:13:00

KINDNESS AND COMPASSION | Episode 13

4/25/2019
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In the fourth of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at empathy's shortcomings, what we really utilize in creating a moral code and the possibility that morality evolved through natural selection. Links: • Against Empathy by Paul Bloom • The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon • Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker • Ordinary Grace by Kathleen Brehony • Practical Wisdom by Barry Schwartz • The Coddling of the American...

Duration:00:13:17

FREE WILL AND THE EMPATHY OF INSTITUTIONS | Episode 12

4/18/2019
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In the third of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what free will and how religions and governments remove our empathy by creating an us-versus-them environment Links: • The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer • The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen • The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra • How to be more interesting • Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker • Episode 9 of the podcast • JoshShear.com: Empathy, religion,...

Duration:00:18:53

SYSTEMATIZING A MORAL CODE | Episode 11

4/11/2019
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In the second of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at how to systematize if not empathy, a moral code. We also talk about the trolley problem, the drowning child, and killing baby Hitler. Links: • Against Empathy by Paul Bloom • The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen • Andrew Yang • Steven Kotler on Duncan Trussell's podcast • Peter Diamandis • Kroger makes grocery deliveries in autonomous vehicles • Peter...

Duration:00:19:46

INTRODUCTION TO EMPATHY | Episode 10

4/4/2019
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In the first of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what empathy is, how it appears in the brain, and what happens when it's missing. Links: • Against Empathy by Paul Bloom • The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen • Empathy: Why It Matters and How To Get It by Roman Krznaric • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison • As the brain spins • Mirroring People by Marco Iacoboni • Phineas Gage • The Psychopath Inside by...

Duration:00:24:19

HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE MUELLER REPORT | Bonus Episode

3/28/2019
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We recorded Episode 9 before the Mueller report was released, and before Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to Congress summarizing it. We do a quick episode on how to talk about it honestly and objectively. Links: • I Side With • Joe Rogan's podcast with Renee Diresta Subscribe: • iTunes • Spotify • Stitcher • Player.fm • Google Play • TuneIn • LibSyn (RSS) • Subscribe on Android

Duration:00:08:02

ELECTION 2020: EARLY EDITION | Episode 09

3/28/2019
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We talk about how to talk to people about politics, how to listen to people about politics, and how to be on Team People and Team America, rather than Team D or Team R or Team L or Team G or whatever. We also discuss: Links: • I Side With • Andrew Yang

Duration:00:26:18

RESTATEMENT OF PURPOSE | Episode 08

3/21/2019
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We are back, with purpose, and a weekly show. Better Humanhood is for you if you are, want to be, or wish for others to be: We're all making life up as we go along, and we're sharing our work. In this episode, we restate our purpose, make some promises, and ask for some promises from you. Links: • PostSecret • Humans of New York • JKWD Podcast • Better Human Project • Team Human | Douglas Rushkoff • Should This Exist?

Duration:00:12:49

Episode 7: Election recap, how not to be an asshole

11/9/2018
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We do a quick recap of the 2018 U.S. election and aftermath, talk flu shots and start laying some groundwork for the future. Show notes and such at JoshShear.com.

Duration:00:12:55

Episode 6: Vote! Plus: A little catch-up

11/2/2018
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It's coming up on Election Day here in the United States. Don't miss out on your chance to vote. It's important. And you could lose it. We also play a little catch up. Pop on over to JoshShear.com for show notes and such.

Duration:00:14:01

Episode 5: Seth Horan

5/31/2018
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I talk with solo bassist singer-songwriter Seth Horan about that procedure I had, about being a musician on Patreon and about the value of art. No video for this one but we'll have a few links over at http://joshshear.com

Duration:01:23:35

Better Humanhood Podcast, Episode 4: Recovery, hanging

5/2/2018
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We talk about my varicocele embolization, the ease with which we get drugs in America and upcoming opportunities to hang in Savannah and Syracuse. More at http://joshshear.com/2018/05/better-humanhood-podcast-episode-4-recovery-hanging/

Duration:00:12:54

Episode 3: Impending

4/24/2018
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We talk about an upcoming procedure to help correct an infertility issue, the Waffle House shooting in Nashville and the van driver who killed pedestrians in Toronto, along with our ongoing theme of walking in others' shoes and being a little kinder. The best things you can do to help support the podcast would be to rate and review it in your podcast app of choice -- that will help more people find it -- and if you know someone who needs the knowledge, please share it with them. More at...

Duration:00:07:09

Episode 2: We return, for real

4/18/2018
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We talk a little bit about being kinder, a little bit about how to approach people you disagree with and a bit about male infertility. As always, watch http://joshshear.com/ for more.

Duration:00:13:26

Episode 1: Being a Mensch

2/15/2018
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We talk Shep Gordon and the late Brian Palefsky. The best things you can do to help support the podcast would be to rate and review it in your podcast app of choice — that will help more people find it — and if you know someone who needs the knowledge, please share it with them.

Duration:00:08:13

Episode 0: Statement of Purpose

2/7/2018
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Welcome to the Better Humanhood Podcast, formerly Josh: The Podcast. We're relaunching under a new name with a new purpose. For now, the best place to catch up is at http://JoshShear.com, but more to come over the next year. See you soon!

Duration:00:19:24

Episode 79: Hiatus; see you in April

10/12/2017
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Hey, y'all. Thanks so much for being here the past 18 months! It's so awesome that you've stuck with me. Josh: The Podcast is getting a major overhaul. Listen to find out what you can expect and when you can expect it. Also...who knows? It might come with a new name... Keep up with the back episodes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts and keep your subscribed button on so the next episode will download automatically!

Duration:00:04:17