#30: What Keeps a Creative Person Going?

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01:09 - Danny’s thoughts on a purpose-driven life and meaningful work
02:22 - Should you wait until you’re better before being creative?
02:50 - “I was laying on the ground, maybe just four or five inches away and I was spreading the paint, mixing some different colours in. I was thinking to myself, ‘Man, what am I going to do now? Because this is one of the best, most fun things I’ve ever done.’” Taylor Phinney
04:59 - Creativity and the risk of being misunderstood
06:12 - Reinforcement of learned helplessness
07:12 - Danny’s many failings and mental anguish
08:33 - "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it. Across 4 studies, the authors found that participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their test performance and ability. Although their test scores put them in the 12th percentile, they estimated themselves to be in the 62nd. Several analyses linked this miscalibration to deficits in metacognitive skill, or the capacity to distinguish accuracy from error. Paradoxically, improving the skills of participants, and thus increasing their metacognitive competence, helped them recognize the limitations of their abilities." Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments (1999)
13:58 - “If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.” Joseph Campbell
15:29 - Creating for yourself rather than others
17:41 - “It is the urge, which is evident in all organic and human life — to expand, extend, become autonomous, develop, mature — the tendency to express and activate all the capacities of the organism, to the extent that such activation enhances the organism or the self. This tendency may become deeply buried under layer after layer of encrusted psychological defenses; it maybe hidden behind elaborate facades which deny its existence; but it is my belief that it exists in every individual, and awaits only the proper conditions to be released and expressed.” Carl Rogers
18:38 - "The serial monogamies you mention are really important expressions of the rigidity that's the essence of the authoritarian culture. Just by putting them together you have illuminated them. In his later years Wilhelm Reich worried about how hard adults were to heal emotionally, but I think Freudianism just distracted him from what he probably knew as a communist, that people won't choose to change as long as there are no viable alternatives. " Ray Peat
20:25 - “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller
23:43 - “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Aristotle
24:43 - You don’t care what people think? Prove it!
28:13 - The journey of creativity would be cheap without risk
30:36 - "Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.” Kierkegaard
33:07 - "You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough." William Blake
33:59 - Danny’s experience with health authorities
34:43 - Celebrating “the expert”
36:36 - Choice and creativity
39:35 - Free speech as a creative act
40:04 - Why did Danny move to Mexico?

#29: How to Burn Fat on a Keto Diet (And Why You Shouldn’t)

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03:39 - Kyle Mamounis and Danny Roddy meet at AHS 2011
05:01 - Kyle’s origin story
06:41 - What is Kyle studying?
08:35 - Details on Kyle’s AHS 2016 talk
10:45 - Injecting CO2 and prostaglandins into ketosis
11:56 - Lactic acid in diabetes
13:24 - Glycolysis and mitochondrial respiration
14:30 - Is fat a superior fuel compared to glucose?
17:09 - The low carb fantasy view of metabolic stress
18:53 - Low carb people and “autoimmunity” issues
20:07 - Danny’s thoughts on “adrenal fatigue”
22:11 - What Kyle is researching
24:45 - Where do the genes fit in?
26:48 - The Randle effect as an “on” “off” switch for glucose metabolism
28:00 - Hepatic glycogen and the production of active thyroid hormone
30:20 - Turning down the generation of CO2 with ketosis
35:29 - Omega-3’s and mitochondrial respiration
38:18 - Thoughts on electrons and respiration
40:18 - Kyle’s future plans for AHS
43:08 - The “benefits” of ketosis — decreased endotoxin
47:24 - Products and objective science in nutrition
49:58 - How do you lose fat without entering ketosis?
51:26 - Danny was fatty on zero-carb
55:03 - Is it good to have a slow metabolism?
56:59 - Kyle’s final thoughts
57:45 - Kyle’s blog and where you can find him

#28: Talking with Ray Peat: The Origins of Authoritarianism

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01:10 - Chatting about Ray’s 2003 Newsletter
01:59 - Defining authoritarianism and Ray’s experience
09:45 - Where did authoritarianism originate from? (Parmenides, Zeno, Plato, Aristotle, and Heraclitus)
12:41 - “The principle of forgiveness was presented as the appropriate response to a world which is always new. The desire for vengeance comes from a delusive commitment to the world of memory. Virginity is constantly renewed in the world of imaginative life. While Blake said that you can’t forgive someone until they stop hurting you, the desire to be forgiven indicates that there is an opportunity to resolve the problem.” (http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/william-blake.shtml)
16:41 - “In 1933 Reich published The Mass Psychology of Fascism, and the next year Freud expelled him from psychoanalysis; that was the year that Andre Breton excommunicated Dali from surrealism. Both Reich and Dali had important (but dangerous) insights into the effects of the authoritarian culture on consciousness—the destruction of reality by the imposition of an “essentialist” attitude. Dali’s Persistence of Memory, 1931, described the fluidity of reality and consciousness. Later, Dali aligned himself with the fascist side, and his 1954 Decomposition of the Persistence of Memory shows the quantized consciousness. Starting in 1945, the fascist culture blossomed in the US, so people who speak English now have constant contact with the dead essences, and very little incentive to evaluate them. Business/government marketing techniques adjust the meaning-units periodically, so that they are always available to provide the needed frame for the discourse of the moment. A lot of work goes into it.” —Raymond Peat
16:54 - The Dulles brothers (The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbott)
18:04 - Is authoritarianism a disease?
20:38 - Is the environmet bracketing our current progress?
21:08 - Nicole Foss on degrowth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDr71LHO0Jo)
23:37 - Increasing the people’s knowledge, ability and power
24:31 - Food as way to heighten someone’s awareness
26:19 - The food pyramid as a form of oppression
27:44 - America’s authoritarianism vs. other places
31:29 - “In a speech before the National Alumni Conference at Princeton University on April 10, 1953, newly appointed CIA director Allen Dulles lectured his audience on ‘how sinister the battle for men's minds had become in Soviet hands.’ The human mind, Dulles warned, was a ‘malleable tool,’ and the Red Menace had secretly developed ‘brain perversion techniques.’ Some of these methods were ‘so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them.’ Dulles continued, ‘The minds of selected individuals who are subjected to such treatment are deprived of the ability to state their own thoughts. Parrot-like, the individuals so conditioned can merely repeat the thoughts which have been implanted in their minds by suggestion from outside. In effect the brain becomes a phonograph playing a disc put on its spindle by an outside genius over which it has no control.’ Three days after delivering this address Dulles authorized Operation MK-ULTRA, the ClA's major drug and mind control program during the Cold War.” — Acid Dreams (1985)
32:26 - What impact would you like to see your research make on society? Reaching the largest amount of people? or a certain type of person? Or are you completely detached from the outcome? “I’d like to see it lead to the disestablishment of medicine. The same general outcomes Ivan Illich worked for.” —RP (https://raypeatinsight.com/2013/06/06/raypeat-interviews-revisited/)
33:20 - Does Ray think an “optimal” society should include medicine or government?
34:59 - David Alfaro Siqueiros (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Alfaro_Siqueiros)

#27: On The Back of a Tiger Interview #2

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01:17 - Details on the successful Kickstarter
02:04 - A heartened Brad and Jeremy
03:39 - What have you guys been up for the last year?
05:30 - Has the film changed at all?
07:16 - Where are you guys in the filmmaking process?
08:26 - Jeremy and Brad asking big questions
10:25 - Warming up the audience to the cast of Mavericks
11:40 - Uncut audio from the interviews
12:28 - Problems in the establishment
13:31 - Animations and filming experiments
15:16 - Issues in biology and medicine
16:15 - How the script is being written
17:49 - Will consciousness be explored in the film?
18:54 - Will cosmology be explored in the film?
19:07 - How do you empower people without giving recommendations?
20:54 - Will stress and energy be explored in the film?
23:38 - Danny doesn’t understand epigenetics
24:40 - Eugenics is still part of science culture
26:25 - Will politics be explored in the film?
27:48 - Danny thinks the ‘serotonin-makes-you-fell-good’ idea is crumbling
28:34 - Has Brad and Jeremy’s views changed at all since filming the movie?
31:32 - Danny thinks leaving your comfort zone can increase self-awareness
33:01 - ‘Never be in a rush to do anything’
33:25 - Will the film be accessible to lay people?
34:03 - How are Brad and Jeremy stringing the narrative between all the subjects?
34:48 - The passing of Mae-Wan Ho
35:31 - Respecting the life’s work of some of the subjects
35:05 - Keeping up to date with On The Back of a Tiger
40:04 - Next week’s episode with Ray