Steve Patterson joined me for a free-flowing discussion, a “BS session” if you will. A potpourri of subjects was covered, including the following:
Steve breaks up a bit for a minute or two in the middle of the podcast, but the audio quickly improves afterward. Don’t get discouraged, it won’t last long!
I was privileged to have the chance to speak with legendary investor Jim Rogers. Jim is one of my favorite authors, as his books are not only full of great investing advice, but they also hold a wealth of lessons that are useful in all facets of life. We spent much of the time talking about his latest book, Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets, which details his journey to this point in his life. It is quite possibly his best book yet!
Jim is a hero of mine, having already accomplished two of my personal goals. One, he “retired” from his day job, and then began “working” for himself investing his own money for a living. Two, he then became an accomplished world traveler. I too am working toward both of these goals.
I have to admit, I was a little star struck during the interview because I admire Jim so much. If I didn’t have a few talking points written down ahead of time this could have been a VERY short interview, as my mind was blank for much of the time. :) Fortunately, Jim cared the day and the show still turned out great.
Find more from Jim here:
And definitely check out his books. Street Smarts and A Gift for my Children are required reading for anyone, not just those who are interested in investing:
Andrew Craig, author of Own the World, is back for another great discussion. Andy starts by sharing his journey from working on “The Hill” in DC, to working as a broker in the banking industry, to starting his own business, and recently returning to investment banking. We learn how he developed his strategies for investing and get a small peak “under the hood” at some of the details of these strategies.
Check out Andy’s blog:
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Today, I’m joined by neurosurgeon Jack Kruse. Dr. Kruse used foundational laws of science to develop protocols to maximize hormones in the body and optimize health. This is done by timing when to eat, getting in tune with natural circadian rhythms, using cold thermogenesis, and most importantly utilizing labs.
Dr. Kruse tells out about the success he’s had, doing such amazing things as adding muscle mass without weight lifting and losing weight while eating more and exercising less! I considered titling this episode “Live Like a Polar Bear, Eat Like a Great White Shark.” :)
Check out this spectacular offer from Dr. Kruse:
Today’s show was just the tip of the iceberg. Find out more here:
Gene Odening comes back to continue the discussion of the trivium, this time focusing on rhetoric. Gene takes us on a walk through many topics: history, philosophy, psychology, politics, education, Non-violent Communication, and tying all of it back to the trivium. The show ends with Gene detailing ways you can increase your skill with rhetoric.
Also discussed during the show:
Here are the show notes Gene promised during the interview:
“The comprehensive self-study course on Rhetoric is:
Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle, Student Guide - by Martin Cothran (Note: the books Rhetoric by Aristotle & W. Rhys Roberts, as well as How To Read a Book by Adler & Van Doren are also required for this course.)
Thumbnail sketch of Formal Rhetoric
RHETORIC - Systematic Wisdom - persuasively expressing or using Knowledge (general grammar) and Understanding (Aristotelean logic).
> (Definition of Art - Anything produced by the "arm" of man ["arm" is being used metaphorically to reference etymology]. This is, again, a broad definition that includes the concept of "fine art" which is the most popular connotation of "art". It can be either an idea having only mental existence or a physical art-ifact produced by the "arm" of man from an idea. An unwritten poem passed on from one person to another is an example of the former; a novel, an opera, a sculpture, a space shuttle, or the protocols of medicine are examples of the latter.)
Systematic Wisdom is not the art of persuasion and explanation itself, but the art of selecting the best means of persuasion and explanation from a set of known principles.
As a body of Knowledge has been gathered and arranged, and an Understandable summary or conclusion has been made from that arrangement, the choice of how best to communicate this information to others must be considered and, in the process, the subject being examined usually comes into a still sharper focus to the author of the propositional argument. At this point of clarity, the entire propositional argument can be called a "Statement of Rationale". That is, the conclusion, and - of equal importance - the thought processes behind that conclusion have been stated. In a modern context, what is often overlooked when considering the Wisdom Phase is that it can be more than a form of conceptual expression; i.e., of simply being the Art of Persuasion. In times past, civic matters were the major concerns, and the art of having others come to one's point of view was of paramount importance. Today, due to its product of mental clarity, rhetoric can also be used to provide a physical outcome by deducing a "Statement of Protocols" (a set of instructions) from the Statement of Rationale. A physical result or a man-ufactured artifact can be actualized by proceeding from Knowledge, to Understanding, and on through the Wisdom Phase. Again, this is a broader view of rhetoric than the view proposed by the ancients.
The elements of Systematic Wisdom are:
1. The five stages (or what are called "canons") of composition:
1] invention, 2] arrangement, 3] style, 4] memory, and 5] delivery.
2. The three types of discourse: deliberative (political), judicial (forensic), and ceremonial (epideictic). They are related to time: future, past, and present tense, respectively.
The Past and Future belong to men; the eternally present Now belongs to the gods.
3. The three appeals: rational, emotional, and ethical. Stated more succinctly in Classical terms: the rational is the Logos of the proposition or argument being presented, the emotional is the Pathos of the audience, and ethical is the Ethos of the author or orator of the proposition.
4. Types of proofs: inartificial (which is external, objective evidence), artificial (is subjectively devised or invented by the author of the proof or argument).
5. The topics --
The common topics: genus or kind, comparison, and consequence.
The special topics: the right and expedient (deliberative), the just and unjust (forensic), praise and blame (epideictic).
> Oration (Wisdom presented in formal speech)
6. Arrangement: the five parts of classical oration: introduction (exordium), statement of facts, confirmation, refutation, and conclusion (peroration).
7. Style: diction (selection of most appropriate words), sentences (length, type, and variety), rhetorical figures (schemes and figures of speech or tropes).
Skilled Wisdom authors can use the discipline in two senses. In its most fundamental form, Systematic Wisdom is the art of efficiently passing thoughts from one person to others. In its most effective form, it is the art of passing "validated" thoughts from one person to others.
The internet is a valuable adjunct to the concepts presented above. A simple word search on any of the technical terms listed should suffice to bring the proper clarification needed to implement a useful rhetorical dissertation.
A SUMMARY OF WISDOM / RHETORIC
> The work of Wisdom is the cogently expressed communication of Knowledge and Understanding. It leads to a higher levels of knowledge and understanding: the knowing of Knowledge and the understanding of Understanding.
> The effect of Wisdom is to demonstrate the usefulness of Knowledge and Understanding. That is, it is to display the insight - the thought process - in an article of persuasion or in the formulation of an outcome.
>Through the skilled use of rhetoric, all planned human activity can be communicated and directed. This is a two edged sword. Rhetoric / Wisdom can be directed to beneficial or to malevolent goals.
Let us end by reviewing some of the personal benefits which are inherent in the Trivium Method. The following will be most efficiently and effectively realized by using the trivium to train the mind for critical and creative thinking: 1] the path to a challenging, productive livelihood can be intelligently defined; 2] sound physical and psychological health, a judicious ethical standard, a high level of self esteem and the sense of well-being can be optimized; 3] rewarding personal relationships will manifest through the cultivation of beneficial ethics and well being; and 4] the astuteness to best discern the issues (i.e., the quality of information) regarding security will be developed. That is only the beginning. An adherent of the Method can acquire elevated levels of penetrating insight which would otherwise not be available. Through that insight he can also self-teach the contents of a propositional argument or of an entire, formalized subject of knowledge if he chooses to bring his - likewise - heightened focus to doing so. When a culture's government, education systems, and news media are not corrupt, the constant need for "fact checking" is not as critical as it is during the periods of dis-information and propaganda like that which we are currently experiencing. The trivium is the premier method for independent fact checking. The next two benefits of insight are corollaries: 1] a person is truly educated in that he can now thoroughly entertain any idea without necessarily embracing it (this was an observation made by Aristotle); and, 2] traveling somewhat in another direction, he becomes free from the prison of his own prejudicial opinions ... he obtains an open mind. Because the trivium harmonizes subjective thought with objective reality, he could, in fact, develop new and original propositional arguments and entire bodies of knowledge as competently as those respected people who have preceded him. An integral person, one who is fully mindful, is limited only by his or her interests and ambitions.
He is happy, as well as great who needs neither to obey nor to command in order to be something --
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ”
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Liz Wolfe joins me to discuss healthy skin and hair. She provides us with practical, natural solutions that you can make at home for shaving, hair care, and more! There is much more where this came from at her sites below. Check them out!
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Steve Crandall joins me to discuss Leader Effectiveness Training, as developed by Thomas Gordon. LET is a method of communication and conflict resolution that enables anyone who has been placed in a leadership position to get better results and to do it in a manner that is pleasant for both the leader and their followers. It is based on the same principals as Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training, which of course has been mentioned numerous times on the show.
To find out more from Steve go to his website:
Or send Steve an email:
Gordon Training International’s site a tremendous resource for LET:
Gordon's essay What Every Leader Should Know:
Stefan Molyneux is back, and this time we discuss his fantastic novel The God of Atheists. I had a ton of fun talking about this book with Stefan, and if you’ve not yet read it, don’t worry, this episode does not contain any spoilers.
And if you’ve not yet read The God of Atheists, I have to ask why not? This novel is truly a masterwork, the most important work of fiction since The Fountain Head. You’ve got to read this book!
The paperback version can be found here:
PDF and audio versions of the book are available for gold donors on Stef's website:
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Steve Patterson co-hosts with me as we talk to Alfie Kohn, the best-selling author of many books on parenting and education. We spend a large portion of the show discussing how using punishments and rewards, carrots and sticks, teaches children that they are only loved under certain conditions, they are only valuable when they do good. There are many ramifications of this approach, none of which are desirable. We also discuss some of the flaws of the public education system, how it crushes the natural desire of children to learn.
Find more from Alfie Kohn here: http://www.alfiekohn.org/index.php
Bumper music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0H3RlaQVrM
In this show I speak with Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason, and founder of the website and podcast The Thinking Atheist.
We talk about Seth’s journey from being a Christian radio DJ to being a public advocate for truth, what proof is required to believe in a deity, free markets, and more!
Please visit Seth’s wonderful site and buy his book:
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Andrew Horowitz joins me to discuss investing in the financial markets. He talks about his journey working in the industry the last 20 plus years and how much things have changed. We discuss the economy, and learn what do you do when the economy and the market send you different signals.
Find more from Andrew here:
With Mother’s Day looming, there is no better time to have on one of my favorite mothers, Adele Faber. In this show, we both share stories about our experience as parents. Adele talks about the new edition of her best seller How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids will Talk and provides us with scores of sage advice.
You can find Adele here: http://www.fabermazlish.com/
And her books here: http://www.fabermazlish.com/publications.php
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Sean Croxton teaches us about JERF, Just Eat Real Foods. We learn exactly what real food is, how our friends sabotage us when we’re trying to lose weight, why it’s important to have good reasons to get healthy, the importance of sleep, and how Sean gained a fear of planes!
You can find Sean below:
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I welcome back Pete Gerlach to discuss psychology and self-help. We cover his great article “Five Epidemic Personal, Marital, and Family Hazards”:
Here is the link to his free 7 lesson self-improvement course mentioned during the show:
Pete’s youtube channel:
Pete provides phone consultations:
Or find a local therapist who specializes in IFS therapy (Inner Family systems):
An interview with Dr. Faye Snyder about RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder):
Two Beers with Steve has now become the Choice Conversations podcast. In this show we learn about the host’s journey; how he unplugged from the matrix.
Below are links to several items mentioned during the show.
Peter Gerlach’s “Break the Cycle” website: http://sfhelp.org/pop/course.htm
Wes Bertrand and Complete Liberty: http://completeliberty.com/
The Market for Liberty free audio book: http://podiobooks.com/title/the-market-for-liberty/
True News 13: Statism is Dead - Part 3 - The Matrix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P772Eb63qIY
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne: http://www.amazon.com/How-Found-Freedom-Unfree-World/dp/0965603679/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366068892&sr=1-1&keywords=how+i+found+freedom+in+an+unfree+world
Nathaniel Brandon sentence completion exercises:
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Our guest this week is Andy Craig, CEO & Founder of Plain English Finance. We talk about his book “Own the World,” which is about the importance of learning to invest; why everyone can and should manage their own money.
Learn more about Andy at his blog: http://plainenglishfinance.com/
Here are links to the free newsletters Andy mentions during the show:
This show is a short conversation Steve and I had while waiting to interview Andy Craig. We talked about parenting, specifically Alfie Kohn’s great book Unconditional Parenting. Since the topic of this opening discussion was dramatically different then the topic of our interview of Andy Craig (which was finance/investing), I decided to break the discussion up into two separate podcasts.
Here is a link to Wes Bertrand’s reading of the book Unconditional Parenting, as discussed during the show:
This week Dan Carlin joins us to mix a little history into the discussion. Dan is the host of a political podcast called Common Sense, as well as one on history called Hardcore History. On the latter, he recently did a series on the Mongol empire, and that is the discussion for today’s show.
I had a blast doing this show, getting to pick Dan’s brain on a variety of points about the colorful story of the Mongols. Check out his web site for more:
In this week's show we revisit a question from the last podcast, is society truly progressing? To help us answer the question we have a round table discussion. Hosts Steve and Chris are joined by previous guests Wes Bertrand of the Complete Liberty Podcast and Brett Veinotte from the Schools Sucks Project. Listen to the show to discover why we almost titled this episode "The Philosophy of Hookers."
Steve returns from vacation to engage in one of the more unusual podcasts we have ever done. Steve subjects Chris Stefanick to a scenario in which he changes the incentives of the scenario through a series of questions.
Recently Steve has been experimenting with this series of questions in an effort to expose the perverse incentives behind government redistribution. Obviously the experiment is still evolving and Steve would gladly accept different scenarios and questions to add to his experiments. If you are interested in helping out just contact us at email@example.com
On today’s show we talk to Dayna Martin, the UnNanny. We discuss her book, Radical Unschooling, and the odyssey she has been on with her family living the life style. It was amazing to hear how different life can be if you do not follow the main stream paradigm.
I encourage you to check out more of the great work she is doing:
This week’s guest is Wes Bertrand from the Complete Liberty podcast. We cover psychology, ethics, parenting, statism, nutrition; seemingly no topic is off limits!
Wes is so well rounded he has four different websites, each with a different focus. I encourage you to explore them.
Brett Venoitte of The School Sucks Project joins us to discuss the reason why he does not call our school system the 'Education System', the chief reason is that education is not the goal of our current school system. Brett elaborates on how he does not think reforming our current system will do any good.
Along with many criticisms of the current public school system Brett also gives his vision of restoring critical thinking skills into a truly educational system, something our current system lacks.
We invited Peter Gerlach to talk about his 7 Self-Help Improvement Lessons.
1) Free your wise resident true Self and reduce two to six "wounds."
2) Learn effective thinking and communication basics and skills
3) Learn to practice healthy three-level grief
4) Learn how to choose and maintain high-nurturance relationships
5) Learn how to evolve and maintain high-nurturance families
6) Learn kids' needs and effective parenting basics and skills
7) Use lessons 1-6 to evolve a high-nurturance stepfamily