#603: In Case You Missed It: May 2022 Recap of “The Tim Ferriss Show”

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Key Takeaways

  • As long as you don’t stop searching, you’ll eventually find the right physical activity for you
    • Always say yes—you never know how the particular activity will change your life
    • Random accidents led Edward O. Thorp to his love for weightlifting and long-distance running
  • “Unfuck yourself” was Anthony Bourdain’s most common phrase for motivating people
    • This blunt directness was from a positive place. He never wanted to see people sell themselves short.
  • Dreams are not random. Dreams are our minds working through our anxieties and worries.
    • Exercise: Writing your problems down before bed can help improve their happenstance in your dreams. And as a result, you may just stumble upon your solution.
  • The Reality Hallucination: Our reality is a hallucination. Your brain filters out sensory details so that it can give you a curated version of reality that is digestible. Psychedelics turn off this default mode mechanism and allow you to step outside your frame of reference.
  • Many people misinterpreted The 4-Hour Workweek as a book on hyper-productivity, but it’s more about the philosophy and design principles of your work life
    • Tools may solve your problems now, but frameworks help you solve your problems in the future

Intro

  • This recap episode picks out the most legendary insights from Tim Ferris’ (@tferriss) May conversations with Edward O. Thorp (@EdwardOThorp), Morgan Fallon (@diamondmofallon), Richard Wiseman (@RichardWiseman), Dennis McKenna (@DennisMcKenna4), and Cal Newport (Cal Newport)
  • TOPICS INCLUDE: finding YOUR physical activity, Anthony Bourdain’s standard for excellence, the power of dreams, The Reality Hallucination, and what people got wrong about “The 4-Hour Workweek”

Edward O. Thorp – Finding YOUR Physical Activity

  • Edward is 89 years old, but you’d probably guess he’s in his 60s based on his looks
  • Edwards stumbled into weightlifting and long-distance running by random accidents
    • Accident #1: A bunch of weightlifters bet Edward that he could double his strength if he worked out with them for a year—challenge accepted
    • Accident #2: One day in his 30s, he realized a quarter-mile jog left him gasping for breath— challenge accepted
  • As long as you don’t stop searching, you’ll eventually find the right physical activity for you
    • Always say yes—you never know how the particular activity will change your life
  • “Some (exercise) is better than none, and more is better than less, there’s no excuse” – Edward O. Thorp
    • Once you master one basic physical skill, it opens the door for you to enjoy other physical activities that you couldn’t do before
  • See the Podcast Notes from the full conversation with Edward O. Thorp

Morgan Fallon – Anthony Bourdain’s Standard for Excellence

  • Some standards of excellence are never achievable
    • Morgan describes how Michael Mann, legendary director, and Morgan’s first big break, had to be an asshole to be great
    • Some industries and work environments simply don’t support your boss being your friend—there’s only a job to be done
  • Anthony Bourdain never stopped for the cameras; he expected his crew to learn fast and work fast
    • But the difference with Tony is that he’ll get beers with you after a job well done
  • Anthony Bourdain never minced words – “Unfuck yourself” was his favorite line that Morgan heard often
    • But this directness was from a positive place. He never wanted to see people sell themselves short.
  • See the Podcast Notes from the full conversation with Morgan Fallon

Richard Wiseman – Dreams are a Tool

  • Dreams are not random. Dreams are our minds working through our anxieties and worries.
    • Richard recalls countless instances of waking up in the morning with a solution to one of his problems
    • Exercise: Writing your problems down before bed can help improve their happenstance in your dreams
    • “There’s so much going on offline” – Richard Wiseman
  • Richard tells a funny story about his one lucid dreaming experience: He was disappointed that all he did in his lucid dream was buy a shirt, as opposed to flying or meeting a celebrity.
  • Tip for those who experience nightmares: During the day, visualize the nightmare with a happy ending. This alone reduces reoccurring nightmares by 90% rate.
  • Tip for those who can’t fall asleep: Lay in bed and try to keep your eyes open as long as possible. The simple act of actively trying to stay awake is actually quite exhausting.

Dennis McKenna – Which Reality Is Actually Artificial?

  • “Psychedelics have some fundamental relationship to the way our brains create meaning and understanding out of sounds and images, (I’m) convinced that further investigations into this phenomenon would yield new insights” – Tim Ferriss reading a quote from Dennis McKenna
    • Dennis makes this statement while referencing LSD as a potential treatment for dyslexia
  • The Mushrooms of Language by Henry Munn
    • In a mushroomed state, the language flows like poetry (think about chants or meditation hums)
    • “The mushroom is speaking through them. This gnosis. Literally, logos is the word. The pure logos actually flows through them.” – Dennis McKenna
  • Language constructs an artificial reality
    • Language gives ascribed meaning to words, sounds, and visuals
    • Instead of getting the natural sensory input, you get a filtered version that is run through worldviews, associations, and memories
  • The Reality Hallucination: Our reality is a hallucination. Your brain filters out sensory details so that it can give you a curated version of reality that is digestible. Psychedelics turn off this default mode mechanism and allow you to step outside your frame of reference.
    • You can’t be there all the time, otherwise, you wouldn’t be functional

Cal Newport – Revisits “The 4-Hour Workweek

  • Cal Newport wrote an article, Revisiting “The 4-Hour Workweek” for The New Yorker, which gives an analysis of how Tim Ferriss’ book has held up over time
    • “How Tim Ferriss’s 2007 manifesto anticipated our current moment of professional upheaval” – quoting Cal Newport from the article
  • Many people misinterpreted The 4-Hour Workweek as a book on hyper-productivity, but it’s more about the philosophy and design principles of your work life
    • Too many people try to use the tools from the book without using the blueprinted design principles
  • “Without the underlying frameworks and principles, I don’t think you end up solving many problems. In fact, you may end up creating new problems.” – Tim Ferriss
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