A for Effort
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06 N for Noam Chomsky Rules the World
In which Harry and Mairead discuss linguistics and the development of expertise. To learn more about developing expertise, Mairead recommends the book "Peak" by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, this video about the zone of proximal development/adjacent possible, "Thought and Language" by Lev Vygotsky, and this book on flow states by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.
05 C for Contrasting Your Mentals
In which Harry and Mairead discuss goal setting and twentieth century China. For more on goal setting, Mairead recommends the book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson. For more on twentieth century China, Harry recommends the book China in War and Revolution by Peter Zarrow. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.
04 M for Monopoly (disambiguation)
In which Harry and Mairead discuss historical trade, Facebook's algorithm, and public discourse. For more on public discourse, Mairead recommends you start with this Vox video on the window of discourse in the context of Trump. She also recommends you dominate in Monopoly using the advice in this reddit post.
03 P for Politics, Generally
In which Mairead and Harry discuss Latin American history and politics, generally. For more on Latin American history, Mairead recommends the excellent book "Born in Blood and Fire" by John Charles Chasteen. For more on politics, generally, Harry recommends reading about the Michigan model of voter choice for the funnel of causality, Charles Tilly's "Contention and Democracy in Europe 1650-2000" for protected consultation, and about pre-Civil War history for the Know Nothing party. Our...
02 G for German
In which Harry and Mairead discuss moral psychology and the Middle Ages in Western Europe. Mairead demonstrates her German proficiency. For more on moral psychology, Mairead recommends "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt and "The Lady Vanishes" from Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History. For more on the Middle Ages in Western Europe, Harry recommends the book "The Worlds of Medieval Europe" by Clifford R. Backman. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and...
01 K for Kronos
In which Harry and Mairead discuss American foreign policy in the 1950s and 60s and time perception. Kronos drops by. To read more about American foreign policy, Harry recommends you "Google American foreign policy". Mairead referenced this Guardian article about MAGA and this Vox article about a stress poll. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.
00 P for Pilot
A for Effort is a podcast where hosts and longtime fans of banter Harry and Mairead guess the meaning of (relatively) obscure terms! In this pilot episode, Harry and Mairead discuss accelerationism, cryptomnesia, geomatics, native advertising, externalities, and vection. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.