Podcasts—Coursera—Depression Book—Life Satisfaction/Happiness

By Jarrett Retz -March 16th, 2019

1. Tim Ferriss podcast with Jim Collins

Jim Collins, author of the popular book Good to Great, talked about a few very interesting topics in his podcast with Tim Ferriss. I'll quickly highlight two. The first was the 'bug book' which he details in the post "Do You Suffer the Curse of Competence?" which seems to relate to cognitive behavioral therapy tactics. The second, is his benchmark (based on his own spreadsheet tracking) that for every 365 day cycle, he keeps his number of 'creative hours' above 1,000 hours. He also describes his ideal day as having a large amount of creative and research time which. I can relate to that as I work to create my own satisfying life-flow

2. Once again, Coursera!

I used Coursera to audit the course "Learning How to Learn" last summer, and I loved it. I have found some other courses that are interesting (some that I'm paying for), and the breadth of potential courses is astounding. What I really like about Coursera is the low time & cost investment.

I am in awe, at times, at the ease of accessibility to fantastic (and affordable) learning tools.

3. Joe Rogan podcast with Johann Hari

Johann Hari wrote a book called Lost Connections. Here is a short excerpt from the Amazon description: "He learned there is scientific evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety―and that this knowledge leads to a very different set of solutions: ones that offer real hope." In the podcast he is—again—talking about that book (among other topics). I bought the book, but if you already have five books stacked up on the reading list, the podcast should suffice.

4.Sam Harris podcast with Daniel Kahneman

The theme of this Quick Digs post seems to be, 'authors doing podcasts'. Sam Harris did a live show with Daniel Kahneman. During their discussion, Kahneman said a few things that were extremely noteworthy. The first, was when he talking with Sam about the distinction between happiness in life, and satisfaction with life:

"What determines how happy you are is [...] spending a lot of time with the people you love [...] But the conditions that lead people to be satisfied with their life are much more conventional: they're about success. [...] money doesn't make you happy in the emotional sense [but] money buys you life satisfaction."

Daniel Kahneman

Parsing these two life parameters is huge. It speaks to the struggle people face with how they manage their time day-to-day. The second noteworthy nugget, came after Sam asked him about how his scientific knowledge has bled back into his own life and attitude. He said his knowledge of the science hasn't really affected him at all. He said he's still overconfident and his intuitions are still poor (despite the incredible work he has done on decision making and predictions). That kind of self knowledge is impressive. Although he 'wrote the book', he is under no allusions of how powerfully deceptive the mind can be.

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