Politics, COVID & Workouts | Lex Fridman on The Joe Rogan Experience #1455

Key Takeaways

  • Wearing a mask does help stop the spread of the virus because if you have COVID-19 but don’t know it yet, it prevents you from spreading it to others
    • “Me wearing a mask says I care about not getting you sick, it’s a really powerful social signal” – Lex Fridman
  • Everyone should wear masks, physically distance themselves from others, maintain a healthy immune system: exercise, sleep, take vitamin C and D
    • If you have access to a sauna, use it–if not, take hot-cold showers
  • “The thing in this century that’s likely to kill 500 million people is natural pandemics…It can destroy societies in ways we can’t imagine” – Lex Fridman
  • Joe Rogan’s recent comment saying he’d vote for Donald Trump over Joe Biden was misinterpreted
    • He meant that he’d vote for Trump only because he believes Biden has dementia and isn’t healthy enough to be President 
      • “He’s an older guy who’s got some sort of a mental breakdown issue…it’s some form of dementia” – Joe Rogan
  • If you want to get a good workout with minimal gym equipment, Joe and Lex both recommend buying a kettlebell
    • “If you can afford a kettlebell, please just buy a kettlebell” – Joe Rogan
      • And if you want to develop your legs, do bodyweight squats: “It’s a glorious form of torture and it’s crazy how much it develops your legs”
  • Podcasts are like an electric campfire, people gather around and tell stories

Intro

Books Mentioned

  • Joe highly recommends reading the book Tribe by Sebastion Junger, to learn about why many soldiers have fond memories of war and the importance of social bonds
  • If you’re looking for a profound book, Lex recommends reading The Plague by Albert Camus–the book tells a story of how people react differently to a plague
    • The main lesson Lex took away from the book is that love is the right response during a crisis

Thoughts on COVID-19

  • There’s a shortage of n95 and surgical masks for healthcare workers
  • Wearing a mask does help stop the spread of the virus because if you have COVID-19 but don’t know it yet, it prevents you from spreading it to others
    • “Me wearing a mask says I care about not getting you sick, it’s a really powerful social signal” – Lex Fridman
  • Everyone should wear  masks, physically distance themselves from others, maintain a health immune system: exercise, sleep, take vitamin C and D
    • If you have access to a sauna, use it–if not, take hot cold showers
  • COVID-19 didn’t come from the installation of 5G towers
    • Chances are the virus came from nature and wasn’t man made
  • Currently the unemployment rate in the US is at 13%, during the Great Depression it was 23% 
    • That’s 16 million people out of a job
  • In America, only 0.7% of people have been tested
  • Lex believes the economy will reopen in the Summer or late Summer, and it will take a year for things to return back to normal
  • Vaccines usually take 10-15 years to develop, but we’ll probably see a vaccine for the coronavirus in 18 months 
  • It’s incredible to see the level of cooperation humans during the pandemic, almost everyone shutdown their business to slow the spread of infection
    • “If you look at the United States overall, you look at this human race that’s stuck on this continent together, overall there is a stunning level of compliance that I think is beautiful” – Joe Rogan  
  • “The thing in this century that’s likely to kill 500 million people is natural pandemics…It can destroy societies in ways we can’t imagine” – Lex Fridman
    • In war, the enemy is people in a different country, in a pandemic, the enemy is your neighbor

Viruses & Plagues

  • Although things are a bit crazy in the world right now, Joe says “this is still one of the best times ever to be alive”
    • “We can get through this and be a better country, I really believe this”
  • If you’re looking for a profound book, Lex recommends reading The Plague by Albert Camus–the book tells a story of how people react differently to a plague
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    • The main lesson Lex took away from the book is that love is the right response during a crisis
  • Lex calls viruses “the simplest example of the beauty and power of the evolutionary process” 
    • We can trace back the impact of the virus to a single person
      • Joe is concerned that CWD (chronic wasting disease) could jump from deers to humans 
  • The deadliest plague was the Bubonic Plague which killed 200 million people
    • The Spanish Flu killed 50 million people

Joe Clarifies His Political Views

  • Joe’s recent comment saying he’d vote for Donald Trump over Joe Biden was misinterpreted
    • He meant that he’d vote for Trump only because he believes Biden has dementia and isn’t healthy enough to hold the Presidential office
      • “He’s an older guy who’s got some sort of a mental breakdown issue…it’s some form of dementia” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe would rather vote for any other democrat who isn’t Joe Biden if he had the option
  • “Don’t listen to me for political advice” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe believes no one person should hold the powers and responsibility of the Presidential office
    • “It just seems nuts to have one person run the whole show” – Joe Rogan

David Goggins’s Crazy Workout

  • Lex did David Goggins’s 4/48 workout: You run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours
    • In other words, you run 48 miles in 2 days 
      • “I hated life and I hated everything like halfway through…this was torture” – Lex Fridman
        • To combat the pain, after every 4 miles he recorded a short video of him saying one thing he was grateful for
  • Lex estimates he burned around 10,000 calories from the workout
    • However, the workout is more of a mental test than physical
      • “It’s not a running test, it’s not a marathon test.” – Lex Fridman
  • Sidenote: If you want to get a good workout with minimal gym equipment, Joe and Lex both recommend buying a kettlebell
    • “If you can afford a kettlebell, please just buy a kettlebell” – Joe Rogan
      • And if you want to develop your legs, do bodyweight squats: “It’s a glorious form of torture and it’s crazy how much it develops your legs”

Men & Tough Love

  • Why are men who are friends mean to each one another?
    • To keep the other person’s ego in check
    • And too toughen them up so when someone else insults them, they aren’t bothered by it
      • However, you have to be friends with someone for a while before you can make fun of them in a loving way

Podcasts & Journalism

  • Podcasts are like an electric campfire, people gather around and tell stories
    • There are now over 1 million podcasts that you can listen to
      • Joe never thought his podcast would get as big as it is now, he just wanted to get high and hang out with fun people and have a good time
  • The one good thing about rude comments is that sometimes they offer constructive criticism
  • Joe considers the New York Times to be the cream of the crop of journalism–however, the company is only surviving because of its podcast and not its news services
    • Joe adds that it’s a bit bias, like any other news source, but that people still need reliable news sources  
      • Joe is also a fan of independent journalists such as Tim Poole

Lex Plays Some Songs

  • Lex sings a song about his grandfather, 9/11, and COVID-19
  • He also plays a song about Joe Rogan

Ultimate Fighting Club’s (UFC) Fight Island

  • The UFC is considering holding their fights on an island
  •  The fighters would all have to be tested and anyone who tests positive would need to be quarantined along with anyone they came in contact with recently

Additional Notes

  • Joe and Lex are both fans of Jimmy Hendrix
  • Whether you want to learn jiu-jit-shu or learn to play the guitar, you need to first master the fundamentals
    • If you’re going to do jiu-jit-shu, be careful of staph infections
  • People love to make assumptions about people and dislike it when people don’t fit into one norm
    • E.g.: Most people believe nerds don’t work out or that beautiful women aren’t smart
  • Being a parent teaches you a lot about yourself and gives you a new perspective on human beings
    • “There’s not much value in being mad at someone for who they are” – Joe Rogan
      • People who do the wrong thing usually had rough childhoods that took them down the wrong path
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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