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Episode 43: Recalibrating standards of success

31:42

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Alex Epstein discusses how to recalibrate your standards of success in work and in personal life.

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Episode 46: Reengineering routines

August 9th, 2019

14:21

Alex Epstein discusses three recent disruptions to major life routines and how he reengineered his routines to get back on track.

Episode 45: Tracking mental metrics

July 26th, 2019

25:58

Alex Epstein discusses the mental metrics that he tracks on a daily basis.

Episode 44: No Means Yes

July 12th, 2019

21:13

Alex Epstein discusses how saying “no” to most requests is essential to saying “yes” to your most important values.

Episode 42: The Joy of Reverse Procrastination

June 22nd, 2019

24:06

Alex Epstein discusses “reverse procrastination” and how it can lead to increased creativity, joy, and “time choice.”

Episode 41: The lesson I relearned from my new dog

June 8th, 2019

8:50

Alex Epstein discusses one of his favorite lessons he’s learned about learning—which he has recently relearned with his new puppy, Sherlock.

Episode 40: The wisdom of The Fountainhead (part 1)

June 1st, 2019

43:45

Alex Epstein discusses what he has learned about the psychology of human flourishing from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

Episode 39: The case for achieving 80% of your potential (part 2)

May 18th, 2019

16:47

Alex Epstein continues his discussion of "80%" actualization, focusing on how it creates productive momentum and increases productive enjoyment.

Episode 38: Clear thinking and human flourishing

May 11th, 2019

1:01:35

Alex Epstein is joined by his friend and fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Matthew Blasdel to discuss some interesting questions he had about clear thinking and human flourishing.

Episode 37: Life recipes

May 4th, 2019

10:22

Alex Epstein discusses his favorite new “life recipe” and how you can create your own great life recipes.

Episode 36: The case for achieving 80% of your potential

April 26th, 2019

20:12

Alex Epstein discusses the counterintuitive idea that you can get better results with more enjoyment by consistently striving to achieve 80% of your …

Episode 35: The search for truly great content (part 3)

April 20th, 2019

27:50

Alex Epstein shares some of the fascinating recommendations of truly great content he's gotten from listeners so far.

Episode 34: The search for truly great content (part 2)

April 12th, 2019

16:38

Alex Epstein shares the new and improved survey he’s created to get recommendations of “truly great content” from you, the listener, about crucial, …

Episode 33: Cultivating appreciation

April 5th, 2019

11:53

Alex Epstein discusses three recent experiences that have motivated him to cultivate the habit of appreciation.

Episode 32: 2019 resolutions--progress report and lessons learned

March 22nd, 2019

19:40

Alex Epstein discusses how he's made rapid progress on his 2019 New Year's Resolutions through "weekly altitude time."

Episode 31: How I learn from other people’s systems

March 16th, 2019

22:32

Alex Epstein discusses, using last week’s interview as an example, how he learns as much as he can as quickly as possible from other people’s …

Episode 30: An innovative psychotherapist

March 9th, 2019

1:45:05

Alex interviews Brent Charleton, an innovative psychotherapist and executive coach, about how he developed a system that has yielded dramatically …

Episode 29: The search for truly great content

March 2nd, 2019

17:44

Alex Epstein shares a new survey he’s created to get recommendations of “truly great content” from you, the listener, about crucial, complex, …

Episode 28: The wisdom of Arnold Bennett (part 2)

February 23rd, 2019

49:48

Alex Epstein discusses some of Arnold Bennett’s positive insights on: personal finance, finding life interesting, taking control of one’s own mind, …

Episode 27: The wisdom of Arnold Bennett (part 1)

February 16th, 2019

38:47

Alex Epstein discusses why he loves the century-old self-help writings of Arnold Bennett, a master of "wise ridicule."

Episode 26: The search for superior systems

February 9th, 2019

28:20

Alex Epstein discusses the rare value of “superior system builders” and three attributes they have in common.

Episode 25: Q&A on resolutions, contexts, and personal assistants

January 26th, 2019

33:17

Alex Epstein answers listener questions on how his New Year’s Resolutions are going, how to think about other people’s contexts, and how to make the …

Episode 24: The benefits of a time-blocked life

January 19th, 2019

33:18

Alex Epstein discusses how he is applying "time-blocking" to every major category of life.

Episode 23: How to evaluate controversial technologies

January 12th, 2019

37:41

In this episode of The Human Flourishing Project I discuss my framework for evaluating controversial technologies such as AI, genetic engineering, …

Episode 22: The “altitude walk”

January 5th, 2019

15:21

Alex Epstein discusses “the altitude walk,” a tool for improving the quality of your important decisions.

Episode 21: New Year’s resolutions for 2019

December 28th, 2018

25:17

Alex Epstein discusses his resolutions for 2019, how he decided on them, and how he is going to ensure that he keeps them.

Episode 20: How no news leads to good news

December 22nd, 2018

20:43

Alex Epstein discusses his perspective on “news” and how avoiding it or time-blocking it can improve your ability to advance your own agenda.

Episode 19: Engineering your life routine

December 15th, 2018

26:15

Alex Epstein discusses his specific “life routine” and guidelines for engineering your own.

Episode 18: Seeking stimulation vs. seeking nourishment

December 8th, 2018

16:06

Alex Epstein discusses a concept he’s been refining this week as he’s been sick: the tendency to seek short-term stimulation when we’re …

Episode 17: Focus and opportunity cost

December 1st, 2018

24:17

Alex Epstein discusses his "secret project" and how working on it has helped him understand the vital concepts of focus and "opportunity cost."

Episode 16: The art of self-experimentation

November 17th, 2018

28:15

Alex Epstein discusses two thoughtful reader comments on his exploration of nutrition, both of which point to the value of self-experimentation to …

Episode 15: Nutrition (part 3)

November 10th, 2018

24:35

Alex Epstein discusses the latest developments in his quest to get real knowledge about nutrition. To access the debate he recommends go to tinyurl.com/catodebate. Share your thoughts on the debate, as well as your …

Episode 14: Nutrition (part 2)

November 3rd, 2018

27:13

Alex Epstein discusses how to understand the essentials of expert claims and expert disagreements through "reverse outlining." At the end of the show, he invites listeners to create their own "reverse outlines" of …

Episode 13: Nutrition (part 1)

October 26th, 2018

28:00

Alex Epstein discusses two processes he is using to sift through self-proclaimed experts on nutrition.

Episode 12: The weekend crisis and the Playtime Planner

October 20th, 2018

21:58

Alex Epstein discusses why he and others have difficulty flourishing on the weekend. To address this “weekend crisis” he introduces a new tool called …

Episode 11: Q&A

October 13th, 2018

54:04

Alex Epstein answers listener questions about creativity, meditation, planning the week, and many other topics.

Episode 10: review and survey

October 5th, 2018

21:53

Alex Epstein discusses lessons he’s learned from the podcast so far and asks listeners to answer four questions to help him improve the show.

Episode 9: Relaxed productivity (part 2)

September 29th, 2018

38:53

Alex Epstein discusses two contributors to relaxed productivity, “cash confidence” and “collaborator confidence.” He also discusses the importance of …

Episode 8: Relaxed productivity (part 1)

September 21st, 2018

39:55

Alex Epstein discusses what "relaxed productivity" is, why it's so desirable, and what practices can help us achieve it.

Episode 7: Rejuvenation

September 14th, 2018

36:20

Alex Epstein discusses the role of rejuvenation in human flourishing and shares some methods to identify what will rejuvenate you the most.

Episode 6: Respecting context and independence

September 7th, 2018

36:15

Alex Epstein discusses the importance of explaining ideas in a way that respects the context and independence of the other person. To accomplish this goal he suggests using “opinion stories” to explain crucial, …

Episode 5: Constructive conversations

September 1st, 2018

41:50

Alex Epstein discusses how to have constructive conversations—conversations where two people combine their knowledge and abilities to build a better understanding—about controversial issues.

Episode 4: The science of explanation

August 24th, 2018

46:10

Alex Epstein discusses why it’s crucial for the specialists with the best knowledge to have far better systems for persuasively explaining their views. He shares two parts of his own explanation system: the …

Episode 3: How to enjoy growth and progress

August 17th, 2018

35:47

Alex Epstein discusses the challenge of enjoying ourselves as we grow and progress. Most ambitious people are taught a self-defeating system for evaluating their progress—one that leads to a perpetual state of …

Episode 2: Upgrading our knowledge systems

August 11th, 2018

56:01

Alex Epstein discusses how we as individuals and as a society can develop the *knowledge systems* we need to flourish.

Episode 1: The problem I most want to solve

August 3rd, 2018

34:04

On the first ever episode of The Human Flourishing Project, Alex Epstein introduces the problem this project exists to solve: human beings lack …

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