#33: Optimizing The Environment With Raymond Peat

00:38 - https://www.patreon.com/dannyroddy
00:47 - "The newsletter is available by email now, and it's $28 US which can be paid through PayPal, at raypeatsnewsletter@gmail.com." Ray Peat
01:09 - "Without a realistic view of where you are, you can't expect to go anywhere." Ray Peat
01:40 - M.I. Budyko. The Evolution of The Biosphere. 1984 "Aromorphosis: The existence of living organisms is possible only if they are provided by energy influx from the environment." "The entire history of evolution of organisms is associated with profound changes in mechanisms of their energy supply..."
01:55 - "Le Chatelier's principle, that a system adjusts in ways which restore a disturbed equilibrium, is behind this idea. Every part of the flow can be seen as a disequilibrium, and the complexification of the structure tends to absorb the disturbing energy." Ray Peat
02:03 - Györgyi Csaba. The biological basis and clinical significance of hormonal imprinting, an epigenetic process. Clin Epigenetics. 2011 Aug;2(2):187-96.
02:29 - "I am myself plus my circumstances" Jose Ortega y Gasset
02:50 - Progesterone as a powerful cell stabilizer during development
03:30 - Clarification on Le Chatelier's principle
06:28 - "I came to see literary 'periods' or styles (classical, realist, Romantic, surrealist, etc.) as reflections of a society's energy and structure." Ray Peat
11:06 - Stephen Jay Gould. Kropotkin Was No Crackpot. Natural History vol. 1997 (https://bit.ly/2GjEmon) [PDF]
11:26 - "How do we reconcile the greatest individual liberty possible while preserving the greatest equality within a community? Therein lies a fundamental political paradox, and one that could hardly be more current…" (https://bit.ly/2Gld6C7)
12:53 - Ray's thoughts on Karl Marx and communism
13:57 - Clarification on Christian ethics
15:21 - Does intervention create more harm?
16:16 - Adam Kokesh debates Webster Tarpley at Occupy Bilderberg 2012 (https://bit.ly/2IbprJl)
17:56 - James Gilligan. Violence: Reflections on a national epidemic. New York:Vintage Books (1997) “[I]ncreased rates of death and disability [are] suffered by those who occupy the bottom rungs of society, as contrasted with the relatively lower death rates experienced by those who are above them. Those excess deaths... are a function of class structure; and that structure is a product of [society’s] collective human choices, concerning how to distribute the collective wealth of society."
19:17 - Is violence sometimes necessary?
19:30 - "Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism." "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." MLK
20:10 - Györgyi Csaba. The biological basis and clinical significance of hormonal imprinting, an epigenetic process. Clin Epigenetics. 2011 Aug;2(2):187-96. "In the case of hormonal imprinting, the first encounter between a hormone and its developing target cell receptor-usually at the perinatal period-determines the normal receptor-hormone connection for life." "The absence of the normal or the presence of false hormonal imprinting predispose to or manifested in different diseases (e.g., malignant tumors, metabolic syndrome) long after the time of imprinting or in the progenies."
21:57 - Ray's thoughts on "erasing" an imprint and maintaining euphoria
23:26 - Is there "new" element in the environment that Ray is very concerned with (e.g., water, air, EMF)?
24:44 - "Nothing is stored, it's like the pasts are all present in the same room, and we periodically have a different perspective on them. When the present balance of stuff, toxicants, euphoriants, etc., is good, you can think and feel what you want to about things." Ray Peat
26:22 - Dr. Gabor Maté Interview with Tim Ferriss (https://bit.ly/2IeUgNx)
27:01 - Ernest Schachtel. Metamorphosis: On the development of affect, perception, attention, and memory. 1959. "The drive to seek out and explore the new is strongest in the childhood of animals and men, in the period of exploratory play." "As they mature we see in the higher mammals and in most men a slackening or ceasing of curiosity, fascination, playful exploration, excitement, enthusiasm: the "open" world has now turned into a variety of objects with signal qualities, or into objects-of-use to which certain adaptive responses are given."
30:00 - “Gardening, learning to play a musical instrument, sculpting and drawing, are good; practicing the marital arts, going to new places and taking different routes to old places, listening to an unfamiliar language­­ anything that involves participation and action or learning.” Ray Peat
31:26 - Do Ray's daily activities influence his dreams?
33:25 - Danny on his historical aggressive 'salt the earth' approach to his health problems
34:17 - Is there anything else that fosters the innate animal intelligence?
35:47 - Should a person concentrate on themselves? "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." Tolstoy
38:15 - "...The mystiques of schooling, medicine, and legal services are part of the system of control and exploitation that can be painlessly dissolved." Ray Peat (https://bit.ly/2GUUYA8)
38:41 - “School prepares for the alienating institutionalization of life by teaching the need to be taught. Once this lesson is learned, people lose their incentive to grow in independence.” Ivan Illich
41:35 - “In evolution, the tendency toward dominance of the head (cephalization) in animals overlaps with another tendency (known in plants too) called juvenilization, pedomorphism, or neoteny, in which an early stage of the organism’s development, the juvenile stage is preserved for longer periods in the descendants, eventually becoming the normal adult type. Baby apes resemble humans, in body proportions and behaviour, much more than the adult apes do. The infant represents our evolutionary future.” Ray Peat
42:43 - M.I. Budyko. The Evolution of The Biosphere. 1984 "Aromorphosis: The existence of living organisms is possible only if they are provided by energy influx from the environment." "The entire history of evolution of organisms is associated with profound changes in mechanisms of their energy supply..."
44:44 - Ashley Montagu. The Natural Superiority of Women. 1905 "The adult human skull preserves the promise of the infant human skull very much more than does the adult gorilla the promise of the infant gorilla skull. In other words, the adult human being is an infantilized or pedomorphic type, a type which has evolved by preserving some ancestral youthful characteristics; the adult gorillais an aged or gerontomorphic type, a type that has undergone evolutionary change as the result of the accentuated development of already adult traits."
45:33 - Gloria Steinem was a CIA operative (https://bit.ly/2J2iL1z)
47:46 - What is Ray working on?
48:34 - Science’s War on Medicine by John Cannell (https://bit.ly/2E17ISp

#32: The CIA's Mighty Wurlitzer with Raymond Peat

01:10 - Danny’s preparation for talking to Ray
03:08 - The 1933-1934 coup against FDR as described by Schmedly Butler
06:18 - Daniel Sheehan and The Christic Institute
06:47 - Controlled opposition in the JFK assassination
07:11 -  "The decision to include culture and art in the US Cold War arsenal was taken as soon as the CIA was founded in 1947. Dismayed at the appeal communism still had for many intellectuals and artists in the West, the new agency set up a division, the Propaganda Assets Inventory, which at its peak could influence more than 800 newspapers, magazines and public information organisations. They joked that it was like a Wurlitzer jukebox: when the CIA pushed a button it could hear whatever tune it wanted playing across the world.” Frances Stonor Saunders
08:10 - The CIA was created by Harry Truman in 1947
09:12 - The Nazi roots of the ruling class and operation paperclip
11:10 - Were people asking questions about the Nazification of America?
13:14 - Why was it necessary to kill FDR?
13:50 - The Congress for Cultural Freedom
14:35 - "Whether they liked it or not, whether they knew it or not, there were few writers, poets, artists, historians, scientists, or critics in postwar Europe whose names were not in some way linked to this covert enterprise.” —Frances Stonor Saunders
15:14 - Did Ray keep his political thoughts to himself in seventh grade? (“Are they going to kill Raymond Peat for being a communist?”)
16:22 - Ray’s thoughts on Eisenhower
17:35 - The assassination of Dag Hammarskjold (Operation Celeste) & Ray’s thoughts on JFK
20:48 - Indonesian mineral deposit & oil
21:44 - The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup (“if you’re not with us you’re against us”)
22:33 - CIA list of atrocities & Ray’s thoughts on the logistics of the ruling class
24:18 - The CIA as a tool of the ruling class & the Neo-Darwinian-Malthusianism “religion” of the ruling class
25:21 - The Obama family connection to the Indonesian genocide (Wayne Madsen)
28:10 - The CIA & the Drug Trade by James Corbett (https://youtu.be/vcp9bcypZo4)
28:51 - ‘The Act of Killing’ & ‘The Look of Silence’ — films by Joshua Oppenheimer
29:03 - Ray’s thoughts on the Rampart’s Affair (limited hangout?) & the interconnectedness of the ruling class
31:00 - Zbigniew Brezinski, David Rockefeller & The Trilateral Commission
33:00 - Afghanistan before & after (Brezinski as the architect of Muslim extremism)
33:50 - Brezinski & Obama (Hillary & Kissinger)
34:24 - Hillary explains the real meaning of '1984' in her new book &  Guiliani's quote: "What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do." - Giuliani (http://nyti.ms/2hkjVfC)
35:00 - Ray’s read on the current political climate
36:00 - “People always prefer surfaces…”
36:42 - Is the CIA or the US government the main problem?
38:12 - Ray’s thoughts on Lee Harvey Oswald & JFK’s assassination
39:18 - Danny thinks Ray has read David Talbott’s  book, The Devil’s Chessboard, but he hasn’t
39:25 - Ray’s general thoughts on Trump
40:55 - "I think [creation of the CIA] was a mistake. And if I'd know what was going to happen, I never would have done it." "Why, they've got an organization over there in Virginia now that is practically the equal of the Pentagon in many ways. And I think I've told you, one Pentagon is one too many.” "Now, as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don't just report on wars and the like, they go out and make their own, and there's nobody to keep track of what they're up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they'll have something to report on. They've become... it's become a government all of its own and all secret. They don't have to account to anybody.” - Truman
41:30 - “Dag Hammarskjold was on the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said, ‘When they killed him.’” - Truman
42:07 - Ray’s thoughts on Operation Northwoods (original PDF: http://bit.ly/2hkRLRl [A Brief History of False Flag Terror by James Corbett: https://youtu.be/sNRh1vlGksk])
43:20 - Does Ray see things improving in the future? (‘power should never be exercised in secret’)
44:48 - "It is inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to comply with all the overt orders of the government." - CIA CounterIntelligence head James Angleton, in testimony to the Church Committee
45:12 - What is Ray working on right now?
45:46 - "The newsletter is available by email now, and it's $28 US which can be paid through PayPal, at raypeatsnewsletter@gmail.com." Ray Peat

#31: Safe Supplements with Raymond Peat

Patreon, Ray Peat's Website

01:10 - Ray Peat on Culture, Government, and Social Class (http://bit.ly/2hC7qdd) Why Kerala, Grampa? (http://bit.ly/2hQOpBK)
06:16 - Danny’s evolving views on supplements
07:00 - “When your intestine is extremely sensitive, the excipients and contaminants in a pregnenolone tablet could cause bad symptoms; the only supplements that are very safe to take orally are aspirin, cascara, some kinds of thyroid, small amounts of penicillin (30 mg), cyproheptadine (one-half to one milligram), and progesterone. Vitamin A and DHEA on the skin are safe, but you should put the vitamin A on your lower legs, and wash your hands so that none of it gets on your lips.” RP (2016)
07:34 - ‘People’s symptoms improve when they stop taking their supplements’
10:17 - Can supplements be problematic due to endotoxin?
14:07 - Are the manufacturing methods to blame for the irritation?
17:12 - Contamination, fillers, pill casings, etc.
18:09 - What is Ray’s process for determining if something is safe or not?
22:13 - ‘Unnamed and unidentified nutrients in natural foods’
23:40 - "We had an abundance of mangoes, papayas, and bananas here, but the pride of the islands, the most delicious fruit known to men, cherimoya, was not in season." —Mark Twayne (1866)
24:22 - ‘Marmalade is like a super drug’
25:02 - ‘A general rule about drugs’
27:05 - Finasteride as an example of an unsafe medical drug
29:11 - Ray’s experiences with nutrient deficiencies
36:42 - Ray’s thoughts on the versatility of the body
38:06 - The transgenerational impact on a person’s nutritional requirements
38:50 - “Meat eaters would normally get 1/4 to 1/2 grain of thyroid in their food every day if the whole animal were used.” RP
40:12 - Ways to minimize confusion when using thyroid or other substances
42:04 - Ray is working on getting his books online
42:31 - Nutritional requirements for a healthy vs. hypothyroid person
43:56 - Do healthy people need more vitamin A?
45:30 - Is there any definitive symptoms of vitamin A and K deficiency?
47:09 - Using the fat soluble vitamins topically
49:26 - Does Ray use the oily vitamins on his skin every day?
49:48 - Ray’s thoughts on B. subtilis and B. licheniformis (Biosporin)
51:57 - Ray expands on the relationship between aspirin and vitamin K
54:06 - Do people tend to be vitamin K deficient?
55:09 - Can well-cooked mushrooms replace the daily carrot?
56:30 - If Ray could take any substance on a desert island what would it be?
57:29 - What is Ray working on?
57:54 - “The newsletter is available by email now, and it’s $28 US which can be paid through PayPal, at raypeatsnewsletter@gmail.com.”

#30: What Keeps a Creative Person Going?

Vision and AcceptancePatreon

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?