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The Aaron Olson PodcastMay 22, 2014

A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Cooper aka Cole Summers

A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Cooper aka Cole Summers

Billy Cooper is the father of the late Kevin Cooper, aka Cole Summers. At 7 years old, Kevin started his own business, at 10 he remodeled his own house, and at 14, he wrote the inspiring book Don't Tell Me I Can't: An Ambitious Homeschoolers Journey with Billy Cooper.

I asked Billy about Kevin's upbringing, his education, and fond memories. We get to celebrate the life and memory of Kevin.

Dec 10, 202238:04
Joel Bein on Hacking Your Career

Joel Bein on Hacking Your Career

Joel Bein, CEO of, is on a mission to help more people find a career that makes them come alive. He encourages us to follow our curiosity by learning-out-loud. Joel talks about his journey from music teacher to CEO of CareerHackers. He talks about the opportunities that can be found when you really go after something. 



00:00:00 Joel Bein 

00:02:37 Follow your curiosity  

00:05:30 Do work that makes you come alive  

00:07:48 Supercharge your career 

00:13:06 Learning UX/UI with no experience

Sep 30, 202220:10
Lizanne Falsetto on Entrepreneurship & Building a Health Food Empire

Lizanne Falsetto on Entrepreneurship & Building a Health Food Empire

Health food entrepreneur Lizanne Falsetto and I discuss how she built a health food empire that sold for 217 million and how she is now disrupting the dairy industry with betterland milk.

We talk about how she pioneered the protein bar industry. We also talk about her latest venture - making milk without cows from fermented whey proteins.

She shares what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how she became so damn smart (my words), and things you can do to improve your odds of success.


Sep 03, 202224:10
Bryan Caplan on Thomas Szasz and The Myth of Mental Illness

Bryan Caplan on Thomas Szasz and The Myth of Mental Illness

Bryan Caplan and I discuss the ideas of the iconoclast social critic and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. Dr. Caplan won the Thomas Szasz award in 2005 for his paper, The Economics of Szasz: Preferences, Constraints, and Mental Illness. We have a wide-ranging conversation about Szasz, his ideas, and how to help ourselves and others when struggling with life. Dr. Caplan shares some of his personal experiences with depression during Covid and how he got out of it.

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00:00 Intro to Bryan Caplan
00:35 Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids
00:56 How did you discover Thomas Szasz?
01:33 The Untamed Tongue
02:07 Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences
02:34 Myth of Mental Illness
02:57 Ceremonial Chemistry
03:25 How long did it take you to understand Szasz?
06:13 What do you think most people misunderstood about Szasz?
08:14 Heavy drinkers respond to incentives
10:55 How homosexuality got declassified as a disease
11:41 Transvestism
12:34 The Useful Lie
12:56 Responsibility
14:34 Criticisms of Szasz
15:42 Szasz as a philosopher of mind
16:34 Scott Alexander
17:53 Drapetomania
18:06 What was it like to meet Szasz?
19:29 Suicide
20:05 Why do you think Szasz wrote so much?
21:00 Did you get pushback when writing your paper on Szasz?
22:19 Shakespeare and Szasz
23:24 Has Szasz helped you in your personal life?
27:12 Brittany Spears
28:27 Addiction is a Choice
29:05 Karl Kraus
29:51 Szasz's political beliefs
31:13 Suicide
32:29 Epicurus
32:54 Julian Simon
35:17 Surround yourself with friends
36:11 How do you stay productive?
37:51 Lucretius
39:01 How do you deal with depression during Covid?
41:16 Faith in Freedom
41:38 Free will
43:38 Writing advice
44:45 The Baader Meinhof Complex
46:43 Economics of Szasz
49:50 Rational vs. Irrational
52:53 Schizophrenia
56:10 Biographies of schizophrenics
59:15 Hearing voices

Jul 14, 202201:00:28
Mark Eglinton on the Enigma of John McAfee

Mark Eglinton on the Enigma of John McAfee

Mark Eglinton talks with me about his adventures in writing, and his latest book on John McAfee's life called, No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes (


00:00:00 Mark Eglinton

00:00:33 How did Mark become a writer? 

00:01:30 From caddy to writer 

00:05:30 Do the work, just do it 

00:06:00 Where do you start? 

00:08:20 How do you start? 

00:09:20 Get some distance from your work 

00:10:27 Writing is the sexiest job ever 

00:12:00 How is the money in writing? 

00:12:15 Make shit happen 

00:13:10 How Mark started working with John McAfee 

00:14:28 John McAfee is The Great White Whale 

00:15:45 Was John telling the truth? 

00:19:00 Working with John was like being in a James Bond movie 

00:20:45 John's relationship with his kids 

00:24:10 John's early life as a programmer 

00:25:40 John's work for NASA 

00:27:44 John applied math to relationships 

00:29:00 Did John ever work hard? 

00:29:34 John and methamphetamine 

00:30:28 John didn't want a corporate life 

00:31:40 John's outlandish spending 

00:32:23 John McAfee and yoga 

00:33:15 John's yoga books

00:34:50 Amanda Milius

00:35:55 John McAfee weeps 

00:37:27 John understood the human spirit 

00:38:25 John leaves Belize 

00:40:00 John marries Janice 

00:41:00 John on the run in the US 

00:41:40 Was John just paranoid? 

00:42:18 Janice ties to poison John 

00:43:10 John cancels the book project 

00:46:30 Was John broke? 

00:48:00 Canonic books on bitcoin 

00:49:40 Books as NFTs 

00:51:00 Will tech control us, or will we control tech? 

00:52:00 Extras associated w/ the NFT 

00:55:40 Canonic is seeing into the future 

00:57:25 Steve Bannon 

00:59:40 Mark on Twitter

01:00:00 Mark on Twetch

Mar 26, 202201:01:11
Low-Mileage Running: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Injury Free

Low-Mileage Running: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Injury Free

Low-Mileage Running is a short guide to running faster, injury free. It focuses on avoiding injury while optimizing your training. The book provides practical training advice, workouts, and sample training plans for the 5k to Marathon. Throughout this book, I share how you can maximize your training and reduce injuries while running fewer miles. By listening to your body and focusing on quality workouts tailored to your event, you can improve your performance and avoid injury. Download the free PDF book here:


00:00:00 Opening Credits 

00:00:11 Introduction 

00:00:36 How I Got Started 

00:02:17 A New Approach 

00:05:12 Quality Workouts 

00:06:25 Stress + Rest = Adaptation 

00:07:42 Creating Quality Workouts 

00:08:02 Time Trials 

00:09:52 Race Time Predictor

00:11:25 Intervals 

00:12:56 Tracking workouts 

00:13:54 Intensity 

00:15:19 Training the Central Governor 

00:16:53 Recovery 

00:18:40 Training Guidelines 

00:18:43 Economics of Running 

00:19:46 Listen to Your Body 

00:21:12 Adjusting on the Fly 

00:21:33 Take a Holistic Approach 

00:22:24 Follow the 80:20 Rule 

00:23:15 Find the Minimum Effective Dose 

00:24:15 Race Your Way Into Shape 

00:25:46 Similar Workouts 

00:26:19 Train Performance Not Physiology 

00:27:13 Cross-training 

00:27:50 Strength Training 

00:28:19 Stretching 

00:29:10 Sample Training Plans 

00:29:51 Training Plans Guidelines

00:30:29 5k Training Plan

00:30:52 10k Training Plan

00:31:16 Half-Marathon Training Plan

00:31:42 Marathon Training Plan

00:32:17 Jeff Ford Interview

00:33:30 Conclusion 

00:34:26 Closing Credits

Mar 20, 202234:47
David Gornoski on Jesus Christ, René Girard and Scapegoating

David Gornoski on Jesus Christ, René Girard and Scapegoating

I talk with David Gornoski about René Girard's ideas on the role of scapegoating in society. David says that Jesus turned the traditional role of scapegoating on it's head. He maintains that Christ changed the course of society by destroying the pagan use of scapegoating.


00:00:00 David Gornoski

00:01:00 Jeff Diest

00:01:40 Science and U Show

00:03:45 Things Hidden Podcast

00:04:00 René Girard

00:08:30 Scapegoating & The Science 

00:11:00 Jesus Changed the role of Scapegoating 

00:13:25 Mimetic desire 

00:16:14 The left and mimetic desire 

00:18:40 The traditional scapegoat 

00:19:40 Jesus and the scapegoat 

00:21:05 What's wrong with scapegoating? 

00:23:18 Since Christ came, scapegoating no longer works 

00:27:35 Marcionite Christian Church against COVID

00:30:00 Christ inverts the scapegoating mechanism 

00:34:00 Myth helps us contain violence 

00:35:09 The Gospels reveal the disgusting sausage-making of scapegoating 

00:37:00 The emphasis on the victim is a modern phenomenon 

00:37:42 How does this affect an atheist's worldview? 

00:40:27 How did Jesus save the world? 

00:41:20 Jesus liberated us from the scapegoat mechanism 

00:42:55 Belief vs practice 

00:44:27 Big tech censorship 

00:45:25 Dr. Lisanti, antibiotics and cancer

00:49:00 Christianity is about an arch in history 

00:50:00 Jesus and skepticism 

00:53:42 Fleischmann–Pons Cold Fusion

00:56:00 Ancel Keys 

00:57:33 CBC René Girard Documentary

Mar 19, 202258:52
Stanton Peele on Addiction

Stanton Peele on Addiction

I talk with Staton Peele about the nature of addiction. Peele believes that addiction is a life problem, not a brain disease. We talk about the ideas that he has been writing about for many years.


00:00:00 Stanton Peele

00:02:43 Failure is redefined as success in addition science 

00:05:05 Life Process Program

00:07:33 Most rehab sets a person up for failure 

00:09:01 A non-disease approach is more realistic 

00:10:11 Harm reduction 

00:10:49 The entire addiction field is built on bullshit 

00:11:55 What is addiction? 

00:13:41 Opioid addiction 

00:16:37 Mindfulness 

00:17:11 Responsibility in addiction 

00:19:19 What does a person gain from addiction? 

00:21:57 Brain science BS in addiction 

00:22:05 Life needs to come online with their values 

00:24:20 Human motivation and experience help a person quit 

00:26:23 Dealing with addiction as a disease makes it worse 

00:28:52 Freud and secondary gain 

00:31:14 My job is to open a window for a person 

00:31:46 You have the power to improve yourself 

00:31:48 Encouraging a person is the most essential ingredient 

00:33:25 Labels hurt a person 

00:36:21 Therapeutic State

00:36:31 Jeffrey Schaler

00:37:20 Addiction that causes the most deaths 

00:42:43 Addiction to alcohol 

00:45:08 Living a good life prevents addiction 

00:48:04 Labels can be crippling 

00:48:57 Life Process Program


00:49:37 Books by Stanton Peele

00:52:35 Stanton's Podcast

00:53:03 Stanton's YouTube Channel

Mar 16, 202253:50
Joel Bein on Music, Creativity, Writing, and Taking Action

Joel Bein on Music, Creativity, Writing, and Taking Action

I talk with Joel Bein about music, writing, creativity, and taking action. Joel is a conductor, author, director of Growth at Crash, and writer of The Daily Job Hunt. He recently released his book, Do It Now.


00:00:00 Joel Bein

00:00:27 Crash

00:03:13 Unleashing creative power 

00:04:58 The Daily Job Hunt

00:06:22 Bias for action 

00:06:38 Connection between music and creativity 

00:09:51 Joel's book, Do It Now

00:10:37 Music vs writing 

00:14:09 From blogging to a career in email marketing 

00:18:02 Self-directed learning 

00:23:35 Getting started at Crash 

00:25:22 Pitching crash 

00:27:45 What did you do to get a job at Crash? 

00:30:10 Is your job exciting to work at? 

00:33:05 What is it like to write for 150,000 people per day? 

00:34:56 The Daily Job Hunt 

00:37:10 How do you manage social media? 

00:45:22 Getting started on any project 

00:47:04 Why did you write this book? 

00:49:06 Derek Sivers

00:53:05 Coercion vs Voluntarism 

00:55:04 Acting from interest and motivation 

00:56:38 How to be more creative 

00:57:24 What tools did you use to write this book? 

01:00:34 Asking for feedback on the book 

01:04:51 Conclusion 

01:06:43 Joel's book: Do It Now

Mar 14, 202201:07:21
Alternative Support for Cancer with Dr. Kevin Conners

Alternative Support for Cancer with Dr. Kevin Conners

I talk with Dr. Kevin Conners about natural, supplementary, and alternative options for cancer.


00:00:00 Dr. Kevin Conners

00:03:10 Rife and Electromedicine

00:04:25 Frequencies and electromedicine 

00:08:25 Immune system and cancer 

00:10:25 The Truth About Cancer

00:13:30 Frequencies for different types of cancers 

00:16:25 Quality of life 

00:17:00 Success rate of traditional medicine 

00:18:00 Hoxsey Therapy

00:18:15 Side effects of chemotherapy

00:19:45 Pharmacratic state against alternatives

00:25:10 Robin Feldman

00:25:15 Per Bylund

00:26:10 Can the body fight off cancer? 

00:27:10 Conners Clinic 

00:28:45 Testing 

00:29:10 Self-care 

00:30:40 Success of alternatives 

00:32:35 Goal is to stop replication 

00:35:45 Combined care 

00:37:00 Cancer prevention 

00:37:10 Avoid toxins 

00:38:30 Detoxification 

00:39:00 Plastics 

00:40:00 Soy 

00:40:20 Hormone driven cancer 

00:41:20 Fasting 

00:48:40 Ketogenic diet 

00:50:50 Supplements 

00:54:28 Things to avoid when you have cancer 

00:56:45 Chemotherapy 

00:59:40 Fasting and chemotherapy 

01:03:00 Stay calm do your own research 

01:04:00 Spontaneous remission and background rates

Mar 13, 202201:09:33
Using Stoicism to Overcome Adversity: A Short Guide to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Using Stoicism to Overcome Adversity: A Short Guide to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

The ideas presented in this book are based on the ancient wisdom of Stoicism and the more contemporary Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). By putting the advice into practice, you will be able to more easily overcome adversity and better control your emotions.

When we experience intense emotions such as anger, depression, or anxiety, we assume that something outside of ourselves caused our feelings. But, according to REBT, it is our underlying beliefs about our circumstances that control our emotions. By changing our underlying beliefs, we can change how we feel.

According to Albert Ellis, founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), we make an error when interpreting our emotions. When we experience intense emotions such as anger, depression, or anxiety, we assume that something outside of ourselves caused our feelings. But, according to REBT, it is our underlying beliefs about our circumstances that control our emotions. By changing our underlying beliefs, we can change how we feel. The therapy presented in this book is based on the ancient wisdom of Stoicism and the more contemporary Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

By putting the advice into practice, you may be able to get better control of your emotions. By following a simple, common-sense approach to confronting your unwanted beliefs, which influence your emotions, you may begin to get a hold of the underlying cause of your unwanted feelings. At its core, REBT is the idea we make ourselves miserable, most of the time. We are the cause of our unwanted feelings, and we can change our feelings by changing the underlying philosophy behind our feelings.

REBT is based on some of the philosophies of the Stoics, especially Epictetus, who said: ”Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them." For Ellis, achieving tranquility of mind was not about changing what was going on in the external world, but rather, changing our underlying philosophy of life. Events themselves don't cause us to be miserable, it is our beliefs about the events that control our emotions. By changing our underlying beliefs, we can change how we feel.


00:00:00 Opening Credits 

00:00:15 Introduction 

00:01:17 Who Was Albert Ellis? 

00:05:51 A Guide to REBT 

00:15:14 Practicing REBT 

00:16:51 REBT Self-Help Form 

00:18:45 Conclusion 

00:19:23 About the Author 

00:19:32 Closing Credits

Mar 12, 202219:53
Kerry McDonald on Unschooling and Homeschooling

Kerry McDonald on Unschooling and Homeschooling

I talk with Kerry McDonald about her book, Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom


00:00:00 Kerry McDonald

00:04:30 Public school vs Homeschool 

00:06:20 Harvard 

00:10:50 FEE

00:11:30 Cato

00:12:10 Educational Freedom in America 

00:14:15 Compulsory schooling laws 

00:16:10 Unschooling 

00:19:00 Adult learning vs child learning 

00:20:40 Creativity, curiosity, entrepreneurship 

00:23:30 Unschooling at Kerry's home 

00:25:18 Creating vs consuming 

00:27:40 Gender differences 

00:29:14 Kids are expected to read earlier and earlier 

00:30:27 Individuality in education 

00:31:15 Thomas Edison 

00:32:35 Study on adults who were unschooled

00:33:25 Left vs Right in homeschooling

Mar 11, 202236:10
Isaac Morehouse on Job Hunting, Being Honest, and Prioritizing Your Time

Isaac Morehouse on Job Hunting, Being Honest, and Prioritizing Your Time

Isaac Morehouse, founder and CEO of Crash, and founder of Praxis talks with me about learning out loud, job hunting, being honest, pitching yourself to get a job, and prioritizing your time.


00:00:00 Isaac Morehouse

00:00:19 Inner Game of Startups

00:01:00 Praxis

00:01:02 Crash

00:10:25 My pitch to Isaac

00:10:50 Mindset shift in the job hunt 

00:12:50 Increase your luck surface with a job pitch 

00:16:20 Could a bad pitch harm your job search? 

00:19:15 Be honest in your job hunt 

00:20:15 A good salesperson is empathetic 

00:22:40 Posting in the days of COVID 

00:26:00 Posting on social media 

00:28:25 Homeschooling and learning out loud 

00:32:20 Twetch

00:34:00 Kids learning out loud 

00:36:50 Prioritizing time 

00:39:00 Don't do stuff you hate 

00:41:00 80/20 Rule 

00:42:00 Don't try to be everywhere at once 

00:43:40 Tiny payments

00:49:30 Create more than you consume

Mar 09, 202253:24
Daniel Krawisz on Nietzsche, Becker, Risk, and Bitcoin

Daniel Krawisz on Nietzsche, Becker, Risk, and Bitcoin

Daniel Krawisz (aka The Bitcoin Emperor) shares with me his latest thoughts about what Fredrick Nietzsche and Ernest Becker had to say about taking risks in life. Daniel implores us to consider taking some calculated risks in life. Thanks, The Bitcoin Cash Podcast for the chapter marks!


00:00:00 Intro 

00:00:42 Discussing economics 

00:03:10 Presentation start 

00:06:34 Nietzsche and Becker 

00:11:21 Random walks 

00:14:51 Fear of death 

00:16:32 Economics and Becker’s psychology 

00:23:05 Darwinian influence 

00:24:14 Theory summary 

00:26:00 Rationality of instinct 

00:30:47 Fauci 

00:33:57 Summary of attitudes 

00:40:35 Application of theory 

00:45:00 Optimal strategy 

00:48:35 Modern cultural groups 

00:57:58 Men and danger, philosophical approaches 

01:03:00 Practical implementation and Warren Buffet 

01:07:00 Scams/games 

01:10:00 Value of money and Bitcoin

Mar 03, 202201:14:44
Hunter Hasting on Entrepreneurship, Imagination, and Austrian Economics

Hunter Hasting on Entrepreneurship, Imagination, and Austrian Economics

I talk with Hunter Hastings from the Mises Institute about the role that creativity and imagination in entrepreneurship. Hunter tells about the role that action and experimentation play in entrepreneurship. 


00:00:00 Hunter Hastings

00:00:30 Hunter Hastings on Twitter

00:02:46 What is an entrepreneur? 

00:08:22 Role of the customer 

00:10:35 Imagination vs implementation 

00:12:50 E4B website

00:16:40 Education 

00:20:31 Big business becomes bureaucratic 

00:23:01 Cryptocurrency 

00:25:08 Twetch

00:26:55 Austrian economics 

00:29:15 How to think like an entrepreneur 

00:31:44 Don't complain, create 

00:33:33 Don't analyze, experiment 

00:35:18 Test the market 

00:38:03 Econ 4 Business Podcast

00:38:32 Hunter Hastings Website


00:39:24 Mises Institute Books Podcast

00:40:01 Austrian Economics a Primer

00:40:36 Economics in One Lesson

00:40:54 Human Action by Ludwig von Mises

00:41:05 Bob Murphy notes on Human Action

Feb 28, 202241:36
Marcionite Christian Church Against the COVID Narrative
Oct 29, 202158:52
Hugh McTavish on COVID Lockdown Insanity
Sep 01, 202126:42
Per Bylund on Entrepreneurship, Austrian Economics, and Intellectual Property

Per Bylund on Entrepreneurship, Austrian Economics, and Intellectual Property

00:00:00.000 Professor Per Bylund

00:00:36.107 How did you become interested in entrepreneurship?

00:03:08.377 Theory vs practice of entrepreneurship

00:03:26.372 Mises: Human Action

00:04:28.346 Will understanding economics help us become better entrepreneurs?

00:04:46.894 Errors entrepreneurs make

00:04:59.100 Production process vs value process

00:08:15.300 Serving yourself by serving others

00:09:14.261 Creativity and imagination

00:09:53.810 Ideas vs implementation

00:09:57.590 Invention vs innovation

00:11:47.666 Value first, cost second

00:15:06.411 Entrepreneurship: Thinking about the economy in the right way

00:15:49.231 What projects get you excited about entrepreneurship?

00:16:11.760 Decentralization of technology

00:17:09.611 Social media

00:20:26.529 Future of content creation

00:21:28.986 Cryptocurrency

00:22:09.028 Ethereum

00:22:13.817 Nano

00:22:31.627 Micropayments

00:23:09.352 What hasn’t crypto had wider adoption?

00:23:33.028 Fiat currency

00:25:00.919 Security vs ease if use in cryptocurrency

00:26:07.982 Barriers to cryptocurrency

00:26:49.228 Responsibility in crypto

00:27:44.403 Over-engineering in crypto

00:28:41.022 Crypto has not become money

00:29:12.480 Intellectual property

00:30:24.896 IP distorts the market

00:32:59.205 IP and big pharma

00:33:17.117 Nexium vs Prilosec

00:36:03.192 Big pharma and vitamins

00:37:19.990 IP as monopoly privilege

00:37:35.537 IP is not benefiting the consumer

00:38:05.682 IP fosters inventions instead of innovations

00:39:55.611 IP and cancer drugs

00:41:48.707 IP is based on the assumption that the idea matters

00:42:25.540 Smartphones and IP

00:44:37.947 Copyright and creative works

00:47:03.336 Metallica and IP

00:47:33.959 Ways to make money other than royalties

00:49:33.249 Monopoly privileges coddle creatives

00:51:23.296 Getting rid of IP allows for different business models to flourish

00:53:35.363 Crypto and creative services

00:55:02.043 Where to go to learn more about entrepreneurship?


00:55:52.440 Per Bylund on Twitter

00:56:48.467 Economics in one lesson

Apr 27, 202157:40
Remembrances of Thomas Szasz with Anthony Stadlen

Remembrances of Thomas Szasz with Anthony Stadlen

00:00:00.000 Introduction Anthony Stadlen 

00:00:16.899 Anthony's interest in psychotherapy

00:01:08.488 Lies in family origin

00:02:24.037 Sartre 

00:04:23.061 James Joyce 

00:04:29.562 Freud

00:05:21.125 Leonardo Da vinci 

00:08:21.490 Existential analyst 

00:08:27.437 Ronald D. Lang 

00:08:28.518 Aaron Esterson 

00:09:46.627 The Divided Self 

00:09:58.269 Existence Rollo May

00:10:36.515 Ludwig Binswanger 

00:10:52.429 Case of Ellen West 

00:13:52.286 The Myth of Mental Illness 

00:15:05.405 Praxis 

00:15:07.044 Human Action 

00:16:44.197 RD Lang

00:16:48.205 Esterson

00:16:50.937 Reason and Violence 

00:16:57.188 Sanity, Madness and the Family 

00:17:07.867 David Cooper 

00:17:41.758 Praxis

00:19:54.390 Szasz was an intellectual terrorist

00:22:16.654 When did you first meet Szasz?

00:23:46.731 Anthony Clare 

00:26:46.277 Case of Dora and Caterina 

00:29:12.498 A Poor Model for Students: The Case of Thomas Szasz

00:30:00.845 Inner Circle Seminars

00:30:52.644 Szasz Inner Circle Seminar 

00:31:05.942 Thomas Szasz Award

00:32:15.575 Szasz was my best friend

00:33:41.920 Szasz was an out-and-out atheist

00:34:36.363 The Myth of Psychotherapy 

00:35:21.212 The cure of souls

00:35:33.326 Carl Jung 

00:36:50.441 The Question of Lay Analysis 

00:38:57.796 Religious leaders as psychotherapists

00:40:03.788 Payment in therapy

00:40:31.500 The Ethics of Psychoanalysis 

00:42:13.453 The Myth of Psychotherapy

00:44:02.599 Attending to the soul

00:44:53.205 Did Szasz believe in psychotherapy?

00:45:59.848 Against Therapy

00:47:13.783 Psychoanalysis under Stalinism

00:49:02.731 The only person Szasz could talk to about psychotherapy

00:49:35.836 Divine awe of psychotherapy

00:50:14.893 Possibility for repentance in psychotherapy

00:51:19.931 Money and psychotherapy

00:52:30.378 Contract in Psychotherapy

00:56:54.184 Worldly care of the soul

00:57:07.553 Secular pastoral counseling

00:57:30.013 Freud on Psychotherapy 

01:00:04.744 Szasz on Psychotherapy

01:01:30.679 Religion, Rhetoric, Repression

01:02:58.525 Noble vs base rhetoric

01:03:35.776 Why is it so hard for people to understand Szasz?

01:05:13.137 Involuntary psychiatry and the insanity defense

01:06:48.050 How Szasz came to his thinking on psychiatry

01:07:09.955 Szasz as a child

01:10:12.714 Ignaz Semmelweis 

01:14:13.690 Health vs ethics

01:15:51.900 Problems in living

01:21:49.341 Why I am not a health professional

01:24:35.805 Freud, Anna Feud, Ernest Jones 

01:27:42.847 Psychotherapy in UK needs no license

01:30:07.528 The religion of the state

01:31:53.675 Szasz in UK vs US

01:33:38.296 Will Szasz's ideas ever become mainstream?

01:34:50.283 Szasz said psychotherapy was finished in the US

01:36:31.687 How did Szasz remain so prolific?

01:37:45.213 Did Szasz still correspond in his old age?

01:39:42.916 Szasz's suicide

01:41:49.343 What is your most fond memory of Szasz?

01:44:22.120 Szasz and the meaning of life

Apr 19, 202101:50:58
Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin, Entrepreneurship, Economics Part 4

Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin, Entrepreneurship, Economics Part 4

00:00:00.000 Daniel Krawisz

00:00:51.691 What comes after bitcoin?

00:01:16.117 Get as rich as possible

00:01:25.613 Bitcoin is like building an engine

00:01:45.799 Austrian economics is like thermodynamics

00:03:34.687 The problems of socialism

00:03:58.870 Money is efficiency

00:04:51.565 Without money we lack cooperation

00:05:25.167 Without money we get central planning

00:06:47.390 What is profit paying for?

00:07:11.065 Profit is superior planning

00:09:18.703 Entrepreneurs are superior planners

00:11:09.064 Knowledge of the future is the most valuable thing

00:14:59.046 Profits are caused by differential knowledge

00:18:21.421 Anti-inductivity

00:18:36.272 Scientism

00:19:21.549 Marx said capitalists are parasites

00:19:55.751 When you get rid of profits, you get rid of planning

00:21:52.723 Is bitcoin a ray of sunshine?

00:22:28.276 Bitcoin is a way of getting wealthy by understanding economics

00:25:27.507 A block is a history of the economy

00:26:01.918 Miners will apply knowledge for profit

00:27:04.582 Will bitcoin become undeniable?

00:27:26.381 Selfish mining

00:28:21.896 What is a selfish miner?

00:34:26.616 Hurdles to bitcoin

00:34:56.619 Bitcoiner's big mistake

00:35:34.527 Entrepreneurship is spending money to make money

00:36:46.917 Make things for other bitcoin entrepreneurs

00:37:31.591 Ignore non-bitcoiners

00:39:23.370 Bitcoin is like Galt's Gulch

00:40:24.840 We need SPV service and programmers

00:41:17.048 We need bitcoin miners

00:42:44.725 Accountancy

00:43:48.906 Bitcoiners need to be more realistic

00:44:00.109 Chain-analysis

00:44:53.100 Privacy

00:45:52.254 Crowdfunding on the blockchain

00:48:57.106 What happens if you lose your keys

00:50:09.881 Craig Wright getting stolen funds back

00:51:15.468 Craig Wright's lawsuit

00:52:34.372 Is there a turning point in bitcoin coming?

00:55:19.705 Up next: time

Apr 17, 202156:13
Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin Entrepreneurship, and Economics Part 3

Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin Entrepreneurship, and Economics Part 3

00:00:00.000 Daniel Krawisz

00:00:51.000 The Night Fox

00:01:52.000 Daniel's favorite BSV token?

00:02:05.000 When will BoostPow be back?

00:03:55.000 Solana

00:05:00.000 Proof of stake system

00:05:35.000 Austrian Economics

00:10:20.000 Litecoin

00:10:50.000 Altcoins

00:11:32.000 Speculative bubble in crypto

00:12:45.000 Synergistic energy in bitcoin

00:13:30.000 Philosophy vs Economics

00:14:11.000 Economics tells us where we are going

00:14:40.000 Daniels Videos

00:16:10.000 Skin in the game: Austrian Economics and Bitcoin

00:19:00.000 Bitcoin is the most important thing going on the world right now

00:20:00.000 Craig Wright

00:20:38.000 Craig Wright, Whale Pool

00:21:40.000 Jeff Tucker on Altcoins

00:22:28.000 Mises on profit and loss

00:24:25.000 Mises on Socialism

00:26:42.000 Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the Austrian Method

00:29:28.000 Economics tells us if the market is working

00:31:30.000 Barriers to bitcoin

00:33:27.000 Lack of knowledge in bitcoin

00:34:00.000 Peter Schiff on money

00:35:25.000 Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread

00:36:10.000 Would it be better if more economists joined BSV?

00:38:02.000 Bitcoiners should look to each other

00:39:56.000 Daniel's journey into bitcoin and entrepreneurship

00:41:41.000 Daniel did not think bitcoin would work

00:44:20.000 Matterpool

00:47:40.000 Economics is like a navigation system

00:48:20.000 Consumers and bitcoin

00:49:37.000 The need for entrepreneurs in bitcoin

00:51:00.000 We need people who want to earn bitcoin

00:51:25.000 What are the most exciting projects in bitcoin?

00:52:29.000 We need a proof-of-work service

00:53:20.000 Proof-of-work eliminates scammers

00:56:47.000 We need more people who listen carefully

00:58:50.000 What kind of collaborators do you need?

00:59:15.000 We need open-source in bitcoin

01:03:45.000 We need more people who can program

01:05:00.000 How long does it take to learn bitcoin programming

01:07:15.000 Programming is similar to literacy

01:09:15.000 The biggest hurdle in programming is believing you can do it

01:10:55.000 Religion

01:11:44.000 Marginal utility and opportunity costs

01:14:20.000 Marginal utility of money

01:16:49.000 Diamonds vs water paradox

01:19:00.000 Thomas Sowell

01:20:50.000 The world is insane

01:21:30.000 Cathedral as proof-of-work

01:22:45.000 Outro

Apr 16, 202101:24:26
Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin and Austrian Economics Part 2

Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin and Austrian Economics Part 2

00:00:00.000 Daniel Krawisz

00:00:51.045 People don't know the bottom line in bitcoin

00:01:59.657 The nature of success in bitcoin

00:02:38.457 Understanding economics is understanding success

00:03:54.667 Theory vs practice of success

00:04:34.721 Can we understand success by thinking about it?

00:05:33.429 Tradeoffs

00:07:59.852 Economics lets us look at trade-offs in an abstract way

00:08:11.536 Virtue ethics and economics

00:09:24.508 Courage and bitcoin

00:10:36.808 Austrian economics professors lack courage

00:13:14.829 Peter Schiff doesn't understand money

00:13:22.680 Austrians only think of money as gold

00:14:03.690 What does success mean in bitcoin?

00:14:58.492 How does an entrepreneur join the bitcoin economy

00:16:43.746 Price versus value

00:19:42.183 Value is what ultimately happens

00:25:58.918 When you invest in Bitcoin you get access to future entrepreneurs

00:26:39.453 Marginal utility

00:28:17.484 Diamonds versus water paradox

00:30:57.532 Unique insights about marginal utility and Austrian economics

00:33:24.543 Readability of the Austrian school of economics

00:33:37.982 Mises

00:33:39.507 Hayek

00:33:54.910 Is economics a science?

00:34:46.057 Karl popper

00:35:28.934 People make choices that maximize their own benefit

00:39:25.162 Maximize benefit versus achieve girls

00:41:15.368 Thomas Szasz

00:45:27.511 BTC price vs value

00:49:22.548 Subjectivity of various coins

00:50:07.547 Subjective enjoyment of BTC

00:51:24.213 Consumer good versus higher-order good

00:55:59.926 Does the Austrian school use circular reasoning?

00:59:28.595 Form next time: profits and the entrepreneur

00:59:40.327 Socialist calculation problem

Apr 15, 202159:54
Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin and Austrian Economics Part 1

Daniel Krawisz on Bitcoin and Austrian Economics Part 1

00:00:00 Intro

00:00:07 Daniel's Bitcoin Videos on YouTube

00:00:10 Interview with Daniel

00:00:30 What is money?

00:01:01 Austrian School of Economics

00:05:07 Money is cooperation

00:10:18 BTC vs Bitcoin SV

00:13:09 Socialist calculation problem

00:15:51 Domesticated animals

00:17:12 Bitcoin opens the internet

00:18:15 Central bankers

00:20:02 Bitcoin vs Gold

00:25:59 How vulnerable is BitcoinSV to attacks?

00:27:38 Consensus mechanism in BSV

00:28:46 Satoshi Nakamoto

00:34:25 Proof of work can end mass scams

00:38:26 Biological handicaps

00:47:05 Twetch

00:49:14 Cheap talk on Twetch

00:50:56 Energy is the fundamental cost of the universe

00:51:38 Spending money is not provable waste

00:52:19 Spent energy is the signal of a rational actor

00:53:03 Christianity and proof of work

00:54:36 Sacrifices as costly signals

00:57:36 Bitcoin is a religion without the divine

00:59:46 Proof of work ending mass scams

01:08:41 Boostpow

01:11:16 What can entrepreneurs do to help bitcoin?

01:17:10 Daniel's videos on Streamanity

01:17:45 Bitcoin at scale video

01:18:36 Homo Bicoinus

01:20:07 Narratives vs proof of work

01:22:06 The obvious advantage of BSV

01:26:56 Libertarians and bitcoin

01:34:17 Peter Schiff and bitcoin

01:34:36 Jeff Tucker and bitcoin

01:35:05 The calculation problem of socialism

01:38:40 Not enough people understand money

01:46:41 Do entrepreneurs understand bitcoin?

01:51:24 Think about how to serve others in bitcoin

01:54:48 Less talk more doing

Apr 14, 202101:56:16
99 Quotes from Seneca

99 Quotes from Seneca

These 99 quotes have been selected from Seneca's wisest sayings as meditations to live your life by. The philosopher Seneca the Younger (4 BC-AD 65), simply known as Seneca, was one of the wisest and wittiest philosophers of all time. He looks at the shortness of life and encourages us to live with vitality. He prompts us to examine our soul. He invites us to laugh at ourselves rather than cry. Listen or read these selected quotes to improve your life. Gain wisdom from a man who has helped many people live better throughout the ages. 

Aug 11, 201815:54
Scott Perry on Stoicism and Creativity

Scott Perry on Stoicism and Creativity

I talk with Scott Perry, author of The Stoic Creative. We talk about how to use Stoicism to create a rich life of tranquility, creativity, and satisfaction.


00:00:00 Introduction  

00:00:32 What is The Stoic Creative?  

00:04:37 Stoicism and creativity  

00:12:53 What is Stoicism?  

00:19:09 How do you practice Stoicism?  

00:25:25 Advice to practice Stoicism

Sep 27, 201728:39
Jeffrey Schaler on Thomas Szasz
Sep 26, 201747:29
Aaron Olson on The Running Podcast with Coach Jeff

Aaron Olson on The Running Podcast with Coach Jeff

I talk with Coach Jeff from The Running Podcast about my book, Low Mileage Running.

Originally posted at:

Aug 19, 201520:16
Train less for Ultras with Andy Magness

Train less for Ultras with Andy Magness

I talk with Andy Magness about his book "UltraMental: An unconventional approach to training for endurance events on a few hours a week (or less)". Buy Andy's book here (paid link).

00:00:33 What is Ultramental?

00:03:32 Treadmill training? 

00:08:15 5 minute workouts? 

00:14:00 Why Ultras? 

00:18:08 Practical Advice 

00:30:14 Writing Ultramental 

00:33:34 Writing Tools

00:36:50 Follow Andy

Aug 15, 201537:20
Minimalist Running – Brad Kerns and Aaron Olson

Minimalist Running – Brad Kerns and Aaron Olson

Brad Kearns of the Primal Endurance Podcast, interviews me about my new book, "Low-Mileage Running". Originally recorded here:

Aug 11, 201536:42
Low-Mileage Running with Aaron Olson, Andrew Weaver & John Harris

Low-Mileage Running with Aaron Olson, Andrew Weaver & John Harris

In this episode, I share how to listen to your body to maximize your training. I also share an interview about my new book: "Low-Mileage Running: A short guide to running faster, injury free".

Originally recorded here:

Aug 04, 201551:27
Aaron Olson on The Running Podcast with Coach Jeff

Aaron Olson on The Running Podcast with Coach Jeff

I talk with coach Jeff from the running podcast about paleo-type diet and quality over quantity in your running may help you run faster.

Jun 03, 201537:00
Rich Roll – Plant Powered Performance

Rich Roll – Plant Powered Performance

I talk with author (, podcaster, and athlete, Rich Roll about performing well on an all plant diet. Rich gave up drugs and alcohol while at the same time adopting a radical vegan eating strategy to fuel his desire to perform well in ultra-endurance sport. We talk about how to start eating healthy, eating healthily when busy, and how to turn your life around from drugs and alcohol.
Apr 14, 201531:43
Paleo Performance – Stephanie Gaudreau

Paleo Performance – Stephanie Gaudreau

I talk with Stephanie Gaudrea about her book, Performance Paleo Cookbook ( We talk about how to cook paleo foods for optimal performance.
Mar 31, 201524:30
Gestational Diabetes – Lily Nichols

Gestational Diabetes – Lily Nichols

In this episode I talk with Lily Nichols about managing gestational diabetes using a real foods and exercise. We discuss optimal nutrition, and exercise for pregnant mothers and for those managing GD.
Mar 05, 201534:50
TOPO Athletic – Tony Post

TOPO Athletic – Tony Post

I talk with CEO Tony Post of TOPO athletic about creating running shoes that allow the foot to function naturally. They feature a natural, wide toebox; snug midfoot and heel; lightweight materials, and minimal drop.
Feb 24, 201523:49
Healing GERD with Paleo – Gene Villeneuve

Healing GERD with Paleo – Gene Villeneuve

Gene Villeneuve found the paleo diet and it has radically transformed his health for the better. He went from dealing with constant GERD to being completely free of acid reflux. In addition, he's had to have his esophagus stretched in order to swallow food, but no longer deals with food getting stuck in his esophagus.
Feb 20, 201529:52
Heart Rate Variability – Simon Wegerif

Heart Rate Variability – Simon Wegerif

I talk with Sim Wegerif of ithlete ( ithlete is the leading heart rate variability app for monitor HRV. By using the app to measure HRV an athlete can tell how much stress they are under and how well they are recovering from previous workouts.
Feb 19, 201523:03
Xero Shoes – Steven Sashen

Xero Shoes – Steven Sashen

I talk with Steven Sashen of Xero Shoes, about learning proper running technique, how to get started running in minimal shoes, and how he started Xero shoes.
Feb 18, 201531:58
Perpetual Motion Running – Graeme Turner

Perpetual Motion Running – Graeme Turner

I talk with Graeme Turner about his book Perpetual Motion Running. Graeme has developed a running technique that allows him to run pain-free even though he has no cartilage in his knee.
Feb 11, 201523:09
Journey to Paleo – David Mayfield

Journey to Paleo – David Mayfield

In this episode I talk with David Mayfield about his journey to the Paleo diet, and how his running has improved while on the diet.
Jan 29, 201536:51
Kelly Starrett – Ready to Run

Kelly Starrett – Ready to Run

I talk with Kelly Starrett about his latest book, Ready to Run. Kelly focuses on improving technique and strength to help prevent running injuries.
Jan 23, 201533:44
Russ Crandall – Paleo Made Easy

Russ Crandall – Paleo Made Easy

I talk with Russ Crandall, author of The Ancestral Table, about how to make a paleo style diet work when living a busy lifestyle. Russ gives some great tips on how to prepare meals efficiently, while making food taste delicious.
Jan 13, 201527:11
Tawnee Prazak – Healthy Eating for Endurance Sport

Tawnee Prazak – Healthy Eating for Endurance Sport

I talk with Tawnee Prazak about eating healthily for endurance sport. Tawnee shares some of the pitfalls that can come from eating too low-carb when combined with high-volume of exercise.
Jan 06, 201534:10
Paul Jaminet – How to live the Perfect Health lifestyle

Paul Jaminet – How to live the Perfect Health lifestyle

In this episode I talk with Paul Jaminet about how to live the Perfect Health lifestyle. We cover circadian rhythm entrainment, general food guidelines, exercise recommendations and how to make it work even with a busy lifestyle.
Dec 31, 201438:38
Pose Running – Dr. Nicholas Romanov

Pose Running – Dr. Nicholas Romanov

I talk with Dr. Nicholas Romanov about his latest book, The Running Revolution. Dr. Romanov is the creator of Pose Running, which he says all humans must do when running; it's just a matter of conformity to his standard. We talk about how he developed Pose running and how it can help runners run faster, and with fewer injuries.
Dec 16, 201453:25
Minimalist Running, Crossfit Endurance – Jeffrey Ford

Minimalist Running, Crossfit Endurance – Jeffrey Ford

I talk with Jeffrey Ford about his minimalist approach to marathon training. Jeff typically runs no more than 15-20 miles per week, yet can run a 2:51 marathon. He attributes his success to using Crossfit Endurance and Pose Running Technique.
Dec 09, 201426:03
Paleo Running – Mark Lofquist:

Paleo Running – Mark Lofquist:

I talk with Mark Lofquist about his transition to barefoot and minimalist footwear. Mark has an incredible story about how barefoot and minimalist shoe running allowed him to run pain free and enjoy the sport of running. We also talk about his experience with the Paleo Diet and Crossfit Endurance.
Dec 01, 201429:55
Ready to Run & Unbreakable Runner – TJ Murphy

Ready to Run & Unbreakable Runner – TJ Murphy

I talk with TJ Murphy, a 2:38 marathoner, about his books Unbreakable Runner and Ready to Run. TJ found that by using crossfit endurance he's been able to recover from injuries and start running again. Through this approach, he's regained his athleticism and his love of running.
Nov 24, 201443:04
Crossfit Endurance – Valerie Hunt

Crossfit Endurance – Valerie Hunt

I talk with Valerie Hunt, a Pose Running Certified Coach in Austin, TX. Valerie combines Pose Running with Crossfit Endurance to get the most out of her running. Valerie saw dramatic improvements when she started using Pose Running combined with Crossfit. She is passionate about helping others achieve great running results using the two. We talk about running mechanics, training, Pose, and Crossfit. We talk about running mechanics, training, Pose, and Crossfit.
Nov 21, 201418:30
Phil Maffetone – 1:59 Marathon

Phil Maffetone – 1:59 Marathon

I talk with endurance coaching legend Phil Maffetone about his latest book, 1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach. Phil has coached elite endurance athletes such as Mark Allen. He supports a long-term approach to training and racing, favoring a Lydiard style of base building followed with anaerobic sharpening. He talks about why he thinks the sub 2 hour marathon is within the reach of elite athletes and how small tweaks to ones training and lifestyle can give big results in racing. Maffetone argues that a well-rounded aerobic training program, barefoot running, a high-fat diet, and certain types of strength work can help athletes run faster.
Nov 20, 201455:21