The Tim Ferriss Show: Peter Thiel on Investing, Business and Life

Contrarian and genius Peter Thiel (Founders Fund) shares has insights on innovation, capitalism, venture funding and much more. Peter has such a uniquely insightful perspective that you just can’t find anywhere else. This is a short and must read/listen. Enjoy!

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Found My Fitness Podcast: Dr. Pierre Capel on the Power of the Mind & the Science of Wim Hof

Rhonda speaks with Dr. Pierre Capel, professor of experimental immunology who has studied Wim Hof to bring the science to explain his incredible ability to withstand cold and summon his immune system at well. Through this insightful discussion they also cover how the immune system is impacted by stress/meditation and just how dynamic our DNA really is.

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Dan Carlin’s Common Sense: Pace of Innovation, Climate Change and Terrorism

Dan Carlin begins with his planned show about the pace of innovation and how Bill Gates argues that we should view climate change like it was an asteroid coming to destroy our planet (and collaborate with the same sense of urgency). He then interrupts his regularly scheduled podcast to speak about the recent Paris Terrorist attacks and brings some perspective to the situation and asks some tough questions that we should all be asking.

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The Tim Ferris Show: How Philosphy Can Change Your LIfe, with Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is a not a philosopher’s philosopher. This means that his work is given little consideration inside academia. It also means that he speaks to many, many more people—ordinary people hungry for humanist ideas about living—than his peers. In this podcast “How Philosophy can change your life”, de Botton tells us that he’d always looked to philosophy as a discipline that “has wise things to say about everyday worries…. Philosophy promised something that might sound a little naïve, but was in fact rather profound: A way to learn to be happy.” I’m still not sure if this sounds more naïve or profound, but de Botton’s thoughts, concern thinkers who surely knew the difference.

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Freakonomics: Food + Science = Victory

Dubner speaks with Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats fame. Kenji makes Alton Brown’s approach to food look childish. This is a wonderful show chock full of great cooking tips for delicious foods (as well as ways to simply eat healthier from some of the other guests). If you’re into cooking or being healthier, you’ll enjoy this one.

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Bulletproof Radio: Summer Bock on Fermented Foods and Restoring Gut Health

New to Podcastnotes, Bulletproof Podcast. Our first set of notes digs into the microbiome, gut health, and fermentation.

Summer Bock is a Master Fermentationist who guides people to experience a deeper level of healing. Her mission is to radically improve people’s health while empowering them to revolutionize the local food system using delicious, local and healthy food. A skilled herbalist with a background in microbiology, she is certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. Summer has created an avid following with her signature programs The Probiotic Power Cleanse, Gut Rebuilding, and the yearlong Fermentationist Certification Program. Here is a chapter out of Summer’s book, Gut Rebuilding.

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Found My Fitness Podcast: The Ice Man, Wim Hof

I couldn’t help but get out some notes on the immensely intriguing Wim Hof (aka the Ice Man). He’s recently been on not just the FoundMyFitness podcast, but also the Tim Ferris Show and Joe Rogan Experience. He was also the subject of a VICE Documentary with over 1 million views to date.

It’s so easy to try out his deep breathing technique and see how many push-ups you can do or how long you can hold your breath after wards. It’s pretty amazing, I’ve tried it.

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Tim Ferriss Show: The Tattooed Heretic of Wine and Whiskey, Richard Betts

Richard Betts (@yobetts) served as the wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen from 2000 to 2008. He also passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on his first attempt, becoming the ninth person in history ever to do so.

In this conversation, Tim goes into fascinating details about drinking, tasting and buying wines, whiskey and mezcal. Did you know it’s spelled “whiskey” when from countries that have “e” in their names (e.g. America) but “whisky” when from countries that don’t have an “e” in their names (e.g. Scotland, Japan)? Now you know.

Last but not least, Richard is the author of a brand-new book, “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All,” It distills (see what I did there?) a couple of lifetimes worth of study down to 24 pages…then makes them smell good. Definitely check it out. At the very least, it gives you a bunch of rules of thumb (like the whiskey vs. whisky trick), so you can impress your friends and not look like a dumb-ass at the bar. Sweet! Less dumb-ass and more smart-ass is always good. Get ‘er done.

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The Tim Ferriss Show: 5 Things I Did to Become a Better Investor

I get asked a lot about investing.

This is mostly due to start-up investing and the hoopla around it, but I’ve expanded my experiments to late-stage deals, real estate, and more. So far, my startup bets are 10x+ more successful (on paper) than my publishing career. Based on cashed-out positions, they’re still several times more successful. I’ve had a lucky stretch.

By no means am I an elite investor, but I’ve borrowed from elite investors since 2007. I’m incredibly fortunate that amazing people have been very generous with their time. Thank you, all!

I’ve made hundreds of survivable mistakes, networked my little bald head off, and–net-net–I’m happy with the results.

In this short podcast episode, I’ll explain the five (or so) steps I took to become a better investor, starting at ground zero.

Caveat emptor: I am NOT a financial advisor, and none of this advice should be taken without speaking to a qualified professional first. Also, my results could be due to pure luck and zero skill. M’kay? M’kay.

The episode’s only 40 minutes long, despite it saying 2 hours

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Rhonda Patrick: Buffering the effects of stress with meditation

Rhonda discusses some of the mechanisms by which chronic stress (and rumination) affect the brain and brain aging, the gut and inflammation, the immune system, and biological aging through acceleration of telomere shortening. She talks about how meditation can buffer these negative effects of stress and improve cognitive performance, brain aging and b iological aging in general.

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