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Conversations get difficult when they veer into the complex, sticky, questionable, and the weird. In each episode, Chad Hall swaps between special guests and regulars in an attempt to understand nuanced ideas, and to find ways to get comfortable with the things we can't agree on. Intended to make you think; guaranteed to infuriate.
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Chad and Stewart Alsop (from the Crazy Wisdom podcast) talk about the usefulness, the limits, and the dangers of technology tools like Google and Twitter. Does increasing our fluency with abstract concepts expand the breadth of our Google searches? Can we use Twitter as a learning tool rather than a toy for social validation? How do we cultivate nuance when the algorithms are optimized for spectacle? Do we have a social responsibility to contribute to the algorithms? How do outsiders contribute to society? Are technologists hacking the use of meditation and psychedelics while missing their numinous purposes? What role does our awareness of the observing self play in dealing with the passive nature of suggested content and ranked searches? Are we entering a time of conflict? Can we learn to think like viruses? Should technology be mimicking nature? How does comfort with nuance prepare us to deal with the conflicted nature of being human?Full show notes: https://holyfoolproductions.com/random-badassery/143Support RB on Patreon where you can also get access to Green Room Chatter, the retired episode archives, and more. - https://www.patreon.com/holyfoolproductions--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
Chad and Tom talk about whether there is a way to disagree well. Is there a way to disagree with someone but still have a good and valuable conversation? What are the ways that we continually fail at this? What can we do we improve? What is the disagreement hierarchy and what does it teach about weak forms of disagreement? How do we battle alternative facts? What is shared reality? Is there a way to seperate people from their arguements? How do we seperate humilty from attachment in our thinking? What were Rapoport's Rules? What does a strong arguemtns sound like?Featured Charity: St. Jude'sDid we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Support RB on Patreon -- where you can also get access to Green Room Chatter bonus audio and more.Rate & review RB on Apple PodcastsFollow RB on Instagram and TwitterIf you like true crime, you can also check out Chad's new blog: The Blotter and follow FQ on Twitter & InstagramSpecial Guest: Thomas Woodrum.Links:Paul Graham: How to Disagree#62 - What is True? | Making SenseRB 139: The Work is in the Process w/ Marc RuizHow to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground | Julia DharMy Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman58 - Seth MacFarlane on Using Science Fiction to Explore Humanity | Sean Carrol’s MindscapeIntuition Pumps and Other Tools For Thinking | Daniel DennettHow to Disagree Better - The Ezra Klein Show (w/ Arthur Brooks)Share Your Stage | The Arthur Brooks Show--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
Chad asks Lam: What if theoretical science could be used to explain strange occurrences? What are explanatory fictions and why do some of us find them too sticky to move past? Can string theory, M theory, & N theory be strung into an interesting concept of synchronicity? Is time really linear?Featured Charity: St. Jude's2:44 Chad's log of synchronistic events20:57 Synchronistic events happen . Synchronicity | Dr. Kirby Surprise . explanatory fictions . existence in timespace 31:22 String theory . M theory . N theory . What do synchronicities mean? . simultaneous time . Astonishing Legends EP 153: James Willis and the Ghosts of Ohio . thin spots between membranes"I don't think the universe is trying to tell me to listen to more Elton John." - Chad50:52 Why discussing things like string theory seems silly . imagining the unimaginable . stacking infinite membranes . is time linear? . blackholes"Be brave enough to let go of who you think you should be." - LamRecommended:Strong Songs podcastWizard and the Bruiser podcastBear Brook podcastOne PieceEducated | Tara WestoverThe Theory of Everything | Stephen HawkingEvent HorizonListen to the patron-only Random Chatter for this episodeCheck out my true crime blog The Blotter and follow FQ on twitter & instagramDid we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: Lam Nguyen.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
Chad and Tom talk about connecting thoughts and why so often it feels as if there is something holding us back from deep thought. When considering the things we enjoy, it often feels as if others are able to craft intelligent ideas into fascinating writing and art while we feel that our thoughts are just out of grasp. Chad sets out a plan to strengthen his cognition through tools like walking, journaling, daydreaming, and scrap paper.Featured Charity: St. Jude's4:31 Red Hand Files #59 . finding inspiration right in front of you . Reality is Analog: Philosophizing with Stranger Things . mental haze . feeling out of sync14:10 Thinking, Fast & Slow | Daniel Kahneman . system 1 & system 2 thinking . calculation vs patience . how the two systems work together . deep thought lethargy . letting ideas stew"I thrive in analyzing and thinking and taking my time-kinda being sloth with it." - Tom"The harder you have to think about something and the longer you have to think about something, the more friction there is for you to do it." - Chad27:51 valuable input . using conversation as an opportunity to articulate and re-articulate thoughts . personal manual episode . resting beard face . what compels people to compliment strangers . are we double tapping reality . tribal connections . why one beard and not the other"If you watch inane stuff, you're gonna have inane thoughts." - Chad"I think it's good to also have discussion where the person doesn't give a sh!t." - Chad"RBF: the resting beard face." - Tom48:22 reducing stimulus . silently reasoning things out . input addiction . daydreaming . grabbing ideas with scratch paper . let it be messy . recognize your thoughts . journaling to understand your thoughts . David Sedaris's writing process . structuring ideas with writing "By remaining grounded in the analog when doing things—I feel like to helps to understand and utlize the non-analog thing properly, and in the right ways, and at the right times." - TomRECOMMENDED:Weird Studies podcastChant | Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de SilosHail, Satan?Did we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: Thomas Woodrum.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
Chad and Marc Ruiz talk about focusing on the work. Since his last visit Marc has finished several scripts and has found a collaborative community of writers on twitter. This lead to recieving some brutal notes, but taking criticism is part of the process. Sometimes there are things we are blind too, so we have to take our lumps and learn. This doesn't mean taking every suggestion, but rather accepting that strong and complex choices may divide. 0:00 RB 129: The Human Element w/ Brandon Van Auken . podcast audio quality . upgrade your tools in time with your commitment14:45 determining if you need another social media account . politics on social media28:25 RB 62: A Whirlwind of Sh!t w/ Marc Ruiz . screenplay progess . Academy Nicholl Fellowships . twitter for writers . getting brutal notes on your writing . The Bechdel Cast . the Bechdel test . Marc's twitter thread“You’ve got to be confident in what you do. If you’re not, then why are you doing it?” - Marc Ruiz“The things that make to where we want them to be; that end up doing well are the things that can take a beating.” - Chad 48:59 writing in an accent . A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess . creating geniune characters . continuing to learn“Regardless of any success, I know I’m always going to be learning.” - Marc Ruiz59:17 dividing an audience . Writers/Blockbusters 037: Midsommar | Thunder Grunt . The Shield . Breaking Bad . the audience's absolutely knowledge of guilt in cop show"Nobody strives for vanilla." - Chad1:09:39 complexity is compelling . Taylor Swift covers Phil Collins . background music vs music that explores something . The Center Won't Hold | Sleater Kinney . the movement toward synth albums . Arcade Fire . The National“The books that we don’t like stick with us just as must as the books we really like. It’s the ones we have no opinion on that we forget.” - Chad"Trust your voice." - Marc RuizThe MadshotBonus episode for PatronsRECOMMENDED:Trainspotting | Irving WelshBad Lieutenant"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - Cat PowerUndertow - ToolDid we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Gue--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
Chad and Lam talk about do something syndrome, where we confuse busywork with deliberate practice. When action is our primary goal we burnout; our wheels start to smoke. We need for find a place where we are challenged, yet where we do not allow those challenges to become chores. When putting things out, our compass should not be validation or the desire to curate an image, because true satisfaction comes from making a statement; making the thing you want to see in the world.0:00 Do Something Syndrome . deliberate practice . busywork . ranking desires"You could work 80 hours at the wrong thing and you're still not going to get any better because you're doing the wrong damn thing." - Lam"When you are always tooling at a piece; always editing something; always chipping away at something—you know, never getting to the end—you're hiding." - Chad "The moment that you feel like 'I'm not too good at this; I'm not comfortable with this"—that's the moment when you actually learn. Every point before that, you're not learning. You're just kind of swimming in what you already know." — Chad15:33 between challenge and chore . 30/30 timer app . the boss hat"Sometimes we burn ourselves out on purpose." — Chad"There's a delicate balance—which is very hard. Sometimes you have to ping-pong between the two until you find the sweet spot, but it's between challenge and chore." —Chad 26:50 forcing the issue . letting things develop . ideas journals . burning out"I practice spontaneous planning but delayed action." — Chad41:00 social media . make the thing you want to see . curating image vs making a statement"I will never post anything for other people; it will always be for me." — Lam RECOMMENDED:The Knowledge Project PodcastDay One JournalThe Minimalists PodcastDid we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: Lam Nguyen.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
musical humanity and openness . digital vs analog . Imperfection . nostalgia Did we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: David Knight.Links:Random Badassery 59: The George Component w/ David KnightBlack Mirror 5x03 "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too"Nick Cave - The Red Hand Files - Issue #51Nick Cave - The Red Hand Files - Issue #55Random Badassery 86: Towels Are Not Blankets w/ Dr. Jennifer Otter BickerdikeRadiotopia- Ways of HearingAdam Savage Visits Third Man Records!Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin Down a DreamToto- Africa (playing in an empty shopping centre)The Overwhelming Emotion of Hearing Toto’s “Africa” Remixed to Sound Like It’s Playing in an Empty MallISLES — David Knightlow roarDavid's websiteDavid's BandcampRB BONUS 1 w/ David Knight (for patrons)--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
marginal gains . getting specific . photo journalism . personal procedure manual Did we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: Lam Nguyen.Links:Black Box Thinking | Matthew SyedSir Dave Brailsford - CORE Principle and Marginal GainsDaily Sanity Check ListLEUCHTTURM1917 NotebooksRB BONUS 1 w/ David Knight (for patrons)--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
dogstagram . anxiety and sleep apneaDid we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: Thomas Woodrum.Links:penny 🍋 (@littlepennylemon)CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 4x05 "Fur and Loathing" - Trakt.tvBreathe CaliforniaSafi Bahcall — On Hypnosis, Conquering Insomnia, Incentives, and More (#382) | The Tim Ferriss Show--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
clarity from impactful work . sharpening the saw . the vulnerability of starting . relationshipsDid we make you think? Pass this episode on to instigate others.Rate & review us on apple podcastsFollow us on instagram and twitterSupport On PatreonSpecial Guest: Lam Nguyen.Links:Queer Eye 4x01 "Without Further Ado"‎Stripped (2014)Travis CharestSergio Aragones--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/randombadassery/message
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