Top Episodes This Week
If These Walls Could Talk
Overheard at National Geographic
Graffitti on the walls of Pompeii helps us bridge a gap of almost 2000 years to the every day humanity of the Romans. Technology and fashions change, but human nature is remarkably stable. The graffitti suggests that a surprising range of people of previously thought illiterate could read and write, including women and slaves. For more in a similar vein, listen to David Crowther’s visits to the Roman Baths on the History of England podcast episodes from June, 2018.
Screened Out: Do Canada’s breast cancer screening guidelines put 40-something women at risk?
White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio
White Coat Black Art brings the human experience back into the healthcare narrative & is not afraid to point out areas where our healthcare system needs to improve. Can every health care worker listen to this podcast. This episode is a great example of seeing where the healthcare has system failed and highlights some of the inconsistencies in preventative measures between provinces.
#70: Not Just Tiny Adults
Raw Talk Podcast
Childhood diseases take a different course than the same disease in an adult patient. However, ethical guidelines limit clinical trials with children for very, very good reasons. This episode highlights scientists who are trying to navigate that very tricky and noble path between doing clinically sound research while protecting the most vulnerable population group you could imagine.
#74 – Jason Fried: Optimizing efficiency and work-life balance
The Peter Attia Drive
* Hard work is all relative. Working hard just gets you in the door, doesn’t lend you anything. * We are not weird to think scientifically we are wired to find patterns. * However that can lead us to time the patterns that fit into our own life * Business ain’t that hard if you don’t make it that hard. They get stuck in a growth narrative. Business only gets harder as you scale * Most companies are the exception not the rule * Growth companies aren’t entitled to exists * Risk is only risk if it’s not calculated * Be motivated by the work itself. Nothing else will work. * Goals are important because of their means not because of their ends * If there is ANYWHERE to spend money in a company it’s on the people. Take the negotiation out of it. Why should you livelihood spend on you ability to negotiate * Figure out the essence of whatever it is your doing, do that. Forget the rest * Make trade offs and do the simple things. You’ll save time * “No” is very local very precise strike “yes” is a shotgun because when you say no you open up the world when you say yes you close yourself off too it. And such is another great paradox of our time * Life is abundance. It’s not scarcity. Opportunity is everywhere dummy * Warren Buffet only books two days in advance max * Be honest when you say no and bring to light the actual time commitment * Phones have a bigger AUC of pain than cigarettes * Stop sending texts and sending things and thinking one line at a time. * We didn’t evolve for the tempo of instant messaging.
Aggressiveness can be a detriment Pre mediation you’re in the washing machine. Post meditation you’re outside of the washing machine watching it through the glass Top companies are using mediation as a corporate policy. Meditation is a spiritual practice that started in India 2000 plus years ago. how to meditate: “Mindful meditation” Start physical - feel every part of your body. Any contact that any one part is making with any one surface. Your posture. And sensations you’re experiencing Go into the breathe - what does the breathe feel like when it comes and and as it goes out. Bring your attention to the current breathe. Only observe it, don’t try to change it. Stay there. There is also Transcendental mediation Or ‘ Mantra Meditation’ Does mediation work? Reduce stress Increase focus quality of attention Help mental health How does meditation effect the brain? many of the changes in the brain are not well proven. Mediation can change brain structure within a few weeks. Changes in the hippocampus particularly. Focus and memory? They are helped Moderately Reduce stress? Maybe? Mental health? Maybe. You become friends with your mind. Working with it, Esther than working without it There are a lot of big claims and not the science of backing mediation could slow the aging process. Maybe being key word.
Plastisphere Ep.1: Welcome to the Plastisphere
Plastisphere: Plastic pollution in the environment
Great podcast. What is plastic doing to our environment? We always knew it was bad but I like that this podcast is going to the scientist that are doing to research of what lifeforms are adapting or perishing to all the plastic out there. We truly live on the Plastisphere.