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Philosophy Bites

Edmonds and Warburton

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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com
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Big questions and theories explained in under 2 minutes from A History of Ideas on BBC Radio 4. Animations voiced by Harry Shearer, Gillian Anderson, Stephen Fry and Aidan Turner. Scripted by Nigel Warburton. This project is made in collaboration with The Open University and the animations were created by Cognitive.
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2011 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest figures in Western Philosophy – David Hume. As well as an economist and historian, Hume was specifically known for his scepticism and empiricism, and was also an important figure in the Scottish Enlightenment period in the 18th century. In this audio collection, The Open University’s Nigel Warburton is joined by A.C. Grayling and other philosophers to discuss Hume’s key theories around the self, induction and his argument agai ...
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The Life Lessons podcast has a simple mission: to have discussions that reveal something important about life and how best to live it. My guests range from the biggest sporting names on the planet to neuroscientists, psychologists and world-renowned philosophers and thinkers. I want to get away from the pervasive 'success evangelism', and consider a new ay of being. Guests have included Jonny Wilkinson, Caitlyn Jenner, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Dame Kelly Holmes, as well as thinkers including Da ...
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The Coaching Manual Podcast

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Welcome to The Coaching Manual Podcast. In this series we talk to expert soccer coaches, authors and academics from across the coaching world; diving deep into conversation to bring you actionable pieces of advice.
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"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." - Arthur Ashe So many of the elite performers I have spoken to over the last six years have exuded confidence. But what makes them so confident in their abilities? The answer — preparation! Once the building blocks are in place, you can let go and…
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How to ensure you are getting the right nutrition to fuel yourself for performance, health, mood and overall wellbeing. James Collins is recognised as a leading Sport & Exercise Nutritionist. In elite sport he has worked with Team GB Olympic teams and athletes over three Olympic Games. He joined Arsenal Football Club in 2010, where he spent seven s…
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You cannot fill an inner void with accomplishments and approval. The reality is, many 'high performers' are driven by a desire to compensate for emotional wounds. This isn’t to cast judgement on so called "successful" people – it is just to suggest that putting them on a pedestal is simplistic and frequently overlooks deeper truths. This week's bit…
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To evolve is to survive. Former England cricketer turned TMS pundit Ebony Rainford-Brent suffered a huge personal tragedy when she was just five, her oldest brother died after being a victim of knife crime. Ebony also grew up without much material wealth, and aged 19, she suffered a serious back injury which meant she could barely walk and faced ne…
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You’re always going to be you, therefore it’s better to accept yourself as you are than to try to be something you’re not. In this episode, which was recorded live at the Hay festival, Nigel Owens shares the vital lessons he learnt about self-acceptance, after coming close to taking his own life because of an inability to accept his sexuality. My b…
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It can be so easy to let resentments build and sweep things under the carpet, to avoid having the difficult conversation because you know it will be uncomfortable. But – sweeping issues under the carpet is not a recipe for harmony, whether in business, families, relationships of teams. Issues and feelings need to be faced and processed. Two people …
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Best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world's most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business. The 15 lessons are Character, Adapt, Purpose, Responsibility, Learn, Whanau, Expectations, Preparation, Pressure, Authenticity, Sacrif…
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I was fortunate enough to be invited onto the Healing Place podcast recently with MIta Mistry - author, therapist and columnist - to talk about my book Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself. I really enjoyed speaking with Mita - and so am sharing our conversation here. The Healing Place Podcast: https://shows.acast.com/heal…
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How to juggle family, career and record breaking ultra running, while remaining utterly down to earth, with ultrarunning legend Jasmin Paris. Jasmin has become the first ever woman to finish the notorious Barkley Marathons race in America, made up of five punishing 20-mile loops around the Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. Paris’s finishing time…
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It's not about the end goal, it's about enjoying the steps along the way. I had the pleasure of catching up with Sir Chris Hoy recently, and it reminded me that he is one of those relatively rare high performers who retain humility and stay truly grounded while enjoying huge success, as he did in winning gold medals at three Olympic Games. So many …
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A radically new approach to dealing with stress and pressure using scientifically proven techniques from ACT. This is part 2 of my conversation all about how to stop struggling in life, to skillfully become more comfortable being uncomfortable, and find more ease and innate resilience. My guest is Jenna Ashford, former elite hockey player turned ps…
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A radically new approach to dealing with stress and pressure using scientifically proven techniques from ACT. This episode is all about how to stop struggling in life, to skillfully become more comfortable being uncomfortable, and find more ease and innate resilience. My guest is Jenna Ashford, former elite hockey player turned psychologist and per…
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What are you like at sitting with difficult emotions - like fear, sadness or anger? Let's be honest, it's not fun. But our ability to sit with discomfort is so important, although most of us tend to distract ourselves where possible, which is much easier these days with the digital distraction devices in our pockets. Clarke Carlisle explains how he…
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Jonny Wilkinson, Damon Hill, Frankie Dettori, Goldie Sayers and Jos Buttler share their experiences of flow. This follows on from the last episode in which Alex and I discussed how to get more moments of flow into your everyday life at will. Do listen back to that one if you haven't already - or if you need a reminder. During flow, times distorts a…
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Flow is “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it” - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow is when we feel and perform at our best, and while it frequently has something of a mystical quality t…
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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. If we can refrain from making negative judgments about our daily life events, we can liberate ourselves from a significant amount of unnecessary psychological suffering. With Stoic author Ryan Holiday My book Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself - is now on g…
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Having a positive and empathetic outlook can make a big difference to yourself and those around you. One man who knows this is legendary former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins. He secured back-to-back promotions from League One up into the Premier League, lifting the club 51 places in the process. Nigel is clearly one of football's most likeable c…
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How can you make a difference in life, alongside other people? That is a question long pondered by Dame Commander Heather Rabbatts, who has a quite remarkable CV despite underachieving at school. She was the first woman to be appointed a director of the FA and she was also chief executive of Millwall football club, she’s also been a barrister, a BB…
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Booze, sex, social media - what's your poison? Taking the time to consider when we have an unhealthy relationship with 'people, places, things and situations' is an extremely valuable process to go through. Former England and Arsenal footballer Tony Adams set up the Sporting Chance clinic, and is an expert at the process people gripped by addiction…
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Why fulfilment is about releasing our attachment to becoming and recognising Being When we become a champion, we simultaneously become a 'somebody'. In this conversation, recorded on The Non-Duality Podcast with Nic Higham, we explore some of the questionable assumptions lying behind what is a widespread belief. How can 'success' and self-aggrandis…
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Words can be extremely powerful tools, if used skillfully. Dave Alred, one of the most in-demand performance coaches in the world even goes so far as to say "language is the post powerful drug known to man". However, he argues that most people are not aware of this and as a result don't see the sort of results that could be possible if only they we…
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"If I accept the fact that my relationships are here to make me conscious, instead of happy, then my relationships become a wonderful self mastery tool that keeps realigning me with my higher purpose for living."– Eckhart Tolle This is one of my favourite quotes, although it isn’t necessarily in line with how most people view relationships. We tend…
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How important is humility in creating a 'winning' culture? Here to explain is James Kerr, author of the fantastic best-selling book Legacy. It is all about the key ingredients that have gone together to create the most successful team in sporting history – the New Zealand All Blacks. Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself - …
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"I don't mind what happens. This is the essence of inner freedom" - Jiddu Krishnamurti Acceptance is being in alignment with the present moment. When we do mind what happens, we have judged the situation – 'this should not be happening' – and are now reacting to it from that perspective. We really only have two options when it comes to what is. We …
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"Can you connect with people without having to airbrush your flaws?" When we come from a place of fear, we seek to hide our flaws and insecurities, which restricts our ability to connect authentically. When we fear rejection, a deep-seated sense of shame may be lurking, and when we then choose to project those feelings of shame outwards - by critic…
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You are not your thoughts... you are aware of your thoughts. This is such a valuable and important recognition. Most people identify who they are through their thoughts about themselves. What they do, what they believe, which tribe they belong to. But thoughts are just pointers. As the saying goes, 'the finger pointing to the moon, is not the moon'…
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Want to know how to overcome fear? Free solo climbing legend Alex Honnold can explain. Alex Honnold climbed a 3000 foot vertical cliff - El Capitan in America - without ropes, a feat described as ‘one of the greatest Athletic feats of any kind, ever’. It was so impressive, they made a film about it called Free Solo. Listen to this, then watch that …
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Success evangelism - have you had your fill yet? This idea that hustling for success, in the belief that we will finally be content and fulfilled when we reach the promised land (which invariably stays out of reach) needs a rethink. Some of the most successful people on the planet have been left unfulfilled and empty after achieving their hearts de…
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Think about the people closest to you for a moment. Do you like them for what they achieve, or what they are like? (Hopefully it's the latter) Achievement is important, but not as important as being kind, thoughtful, compassionate and having integrity. My guest is Professor Steve Peters, author of the wildly successful book The Chimp Paradox My deb…
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Is it really about winning and trophies - or something altogether more profound? Matthew Syed is a Times Columnist, author, renowned thinker, consultant and former British number 1 table tennis player. My debut book - Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself - is now on general release. Drawing on some of my favourite intervie…
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Success, addiction - and a new way of being. This bitesize episode is with the one and only Ronnie O'Sullivan. In it he talks about addiction, success evangelism and why giving can be more fulfilling than receiving. Ronnie very kindly gave me an endorsement for my book, now on general release. In it, I touch on the themes we discuss in this bitesiz…
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Life Lessons special: Goldie Sayers interviews Simon Mundie. His debut book Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself is on general release from today. The following people have been kind enough to provide the following endorsements: 'This book captures the magic of being in flow . . . Highly recommend' RONNIE O'SULLIVAN 'Enter…
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What is our identity before psychology? This episode is about self-enquiry, a process you can do to explore what your fundamental identity is, before psychology. We tend to have an idea about who we are, based on thoughts about our roles in life, our beliefs, what has happened to us in the past, our relationships, tribal affiliations and so on. nav…
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Why resisting and battling uncomfortable thoughts and feelings doesn't work, but acceptance and self-compassion does. Dr. Russ Harris is the world's best-know teacher of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) Experiencing emotions like anxiety is entirely normal. It is part of the human experience. If you DIDN'T experience them, then there may be …
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What is ADHD? How does it manifest and display in people? Is it time to stop calling it a disorder? Dr Tony Lloyd is chief executive of the ADHD Foundation, which I am delighted and honoured to have become a patron of. I was diagnosed with ADHD last year, and it had a big impact on me. So much of my life, looking back, now makes more sense. And so …
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How to produce work of value - and improve your mental health at the same time. Professor Cal Newport argues that our ability to do deep work, which is where we perform undistracted work on something cognitively demanding, is a vital skill to train. However, the ability to perform deep work is increasingly rare - not least because of the impact of …
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Embracing pressure with the England striker turned broadcasting behemoth Gery Lineker My debut book - Champion Thinking: How to find success without losing yourself - is available for pre-order now. Drawing on some of my favourite interviews from this podcast over the last five years, I want to challenge our ideas about 'success', and where peace, …
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"Why do you always have to be better than yesterday? If it's because you feel like you're not enough as you are - let's talk about that" In this episode, Psychologist Katie Warriner questions the whole narrative of what success is – and why achievement in and of itself isn’t impressive, it’s asking yourself – what are you motivated by? And how are …
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Simply refusing to give up - even after crushing disappointments. Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian and its greatest ever female rower. She won gold at London 2012 and silver at four other Games, and her ability to persist and keep going through setbacks helped set her apart. In this episode, Katherine relives her …
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Sometimes a drive for achievement and 'success' can come from disquiet, as Caitlyn Jenner - the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Champion - explained when I visited her house in Malibu My debut book - Champion Thinking: How to find success without losing yourself - is available for pre-order now. Drawing on some of my favourite interviews from this podcast o…
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