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Wiser Than Yesterday

Sam Harris & Nicolas Vereecke

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In-depth breakdowns of some of the worlds most thought-provoking and inspiring books. Our hosts, Nicolas Vereecke and Sam Harris digest non-fiction books from all centuries and genres. This podcast is here to help listeners become smarter. To learn about ideas they haven't heard of or to gain more perspectives on the books and ideas they are familiar with. We dive into topics such as philosophy, business, feminism, psychology, politics, economics and who knows what else. Our goal is to simpl ...
 
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The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness By Eric Jorgenson Getting rich is not just about luck; happiness is not just a trait we are born with. These aspirations may seem out of reach, but building wealth and being happy are skills we can learn. So what are these skills, and how do we learn them? What are the principles that …
 
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The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking By Saifedean Ammous The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. While Bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the pr…
 
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The Intelligent Investor By Benjamin Graham The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, first published in 1949, is a widely acclaimed book on value investing. The book provides strategies on how to successfully use value investing in the stock market. Historically, the book has been one of the most popular books on investing and Graham’s legacy r…
 
Talking To My Daughter About The Economy: A Brief istory of Capitalism By Yanis Varoufakis In this letter to his teenage daughter, one of the world's most famous economists uses vivid stories to explain what economics is and why it is so dangerous. What is money and why does debt exist? Where do wealth and inequality come from? How come economics h…
 
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Burn: The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism By Herman Pontzer We burn 2,000 calories a day. And if we exercise and cut carbs, we'll lose more weight. Right? Wrong. the Hadza, who every day move around for ~4 hours and 15,000 steps, use the same amount of energy as couch-potato North Americans. Exercise doesn't increase our metabolism. Instead, we…
 
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Lifespan: why we age - and why we don’t have to By Dr. Savid Sinclair #1: Aging is a disease: We must move away from treating age-related diseases and focus on their root. Reclassifying aging as a disease is a critical first step in this shift in approach. Sinclair believes we’re wasting money and time on what he calls “whack-a-mole” medic “There i…
 
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly. The missing pillar in health is breath, it all starts there Nestor finds that the science of breathing really is a lost art, and discovers more in ancient buri…
 
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Obviously Awesome April Dunford extracts from her own 20+ years of real-world tech marketing experience a basic positioning framework that actually works, because she sees that positioning is often misunderstood, and can be really powerful, especially for saas startups Definition: Positioning is the act of deliberately defining how you are the best…
 
The High Growth Handbook Global technology executive, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high-growth, tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies to global enterprises. Across all of these breakout companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatabl…
 
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This was one of my most fun episodes ever. JD contacted me as a coach looking for a missing link to help his athletes. After some discussion, he invested in the KNOW FEAR program, studied it, and applied it to his team. A short while later he sent me this email: AMAZING! JD has 16 years of volleyball coaching experience. He had had the opportunity …
 
Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. While the Meditations were composed to p…
 
Executive Protection Agent, Video Blogger, Published Author, and Veteran on a steadfast mission... Former Marine, Byron Rodgers joins me for this episode of KNOW FEAR. We talk about mission, passion, authenticity, and more. I've only known Byron a short time but every time we get together I learn more about the man and his mission. Learn more: http…
 
The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each ot…
 
What an honor it was for me to interview Steven Pressfield. I have been a huge, huge fan of his for a long time. Years ago I read the Legend of Bagger Vance and Gates of Fire and was deeply moved by both books. And over the years I've read man of Steven's other books. It's interesting to note that he was one of the very few guests I've interviewed …
 
The Republic Where Plato lays down his ideas of an ideal state and its rulers. Plato's Utopian state is one which is just and his ideal rulers are philosophers. Presented as a series of dialogue between Socrates and Plato's brothers Adeimantus and Glaucon, in eleven parts Plato step by step forms his ideal state (Part I and II), its rulers (Part IV…
 
The philosopher Mary Astell (1666 – 1731) has been described as “the first English feminist”. Born in Newcastle in relatively poor circumstances in the aftermath of the upheaval of the English Civil War and the restoration of the monarchy, she moved to London as a young woman and became part of an extraordinary circle of intellectual and aristocrat…
 
I've known Matt Del Negro for several years. You would never think he's an actor who has had key roles in The Sopranos, The West Wing, NCIS, Chicago Fire, and a dozen other movies and TV series. Why I make that statement is because he is so down to earth, so humble and if somebody asked me to guess his occupation, I would never think "actor". When …
 
Enchiridion Enchiridion means handbook: practical guide for life Starts with the dichotomy of control; Some things are in our absolute control, our thoughts, decisions, actions, likes/dislikes Some things are not in our control; our body, what others think, our position in life, property … Only things that are in our control are good or bad, everyt…
 
The Confessions of Saint Augustine The book starts off with his early childhood, where he reflects on the inherent violence of children, caused by original sin (chrisitan belief that man is sinful). There’s a parallel with other philosophies. Most philosophies/religions realize that on this basis, humans are flawed. These flaws seem to follow from …
 
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