June 29, 2016

 

Interview with Jonah Berger, author of the book Invisible Influence

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you want to be more productive don’t work alone.

 

Jonah Berger:
People tend to work harder when others are around. Cyclists’ race faster, runners run faster and so rather than trying to hit our goals by ourselves you can use others to help us get there.
 


Jonah Berger


June 28, 2016

 

Interview with Jonah Berger, author of the book Invisible Influence

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You may not think about it but your actions are influenced by other people in some very unusual and unique ways.  For example say you’re out having dinner with a group of people and you know what you’re going to order but your friend orders first.

 

Jonah Berger:
And they end up ordering the same entrée that you were thinking of getting and then it comes to you.  Do you pick the same thing or do you pick something different? Overwhelmingly people end up changing what they were going to pick because their friend choose it and it makes them less happy as a result.
 


Jonah Berger


June 27, 2016

 

Interview with Winifred Gallagher, author of the book New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Unlike any other species on the planet human beings crave novelty and change.

 

Winifred Gallagher:
We are natures novelty specialists who are primed both biologically and psychologically to engage with the new and different and to adjust to change.
 


Winifred Gallagher


June 24, 2016

 

Interview with Michael Gelb, author of the book Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You've probably heard that after age 30 mental function declines, that's been a long standing belief that is not necessarily true.

 

Michael Gelb:
Much of what passes for memory loss with age is really a depletion of oxygen supply to the brain. And that depletion is a function of a sedentary lifestyle and not actually using your brain.
 


Michael Gelb


June 23, 2016

 

Interview with Tim Wilson, author of the book Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Changing your life for the better, how do you do that? One way is called the do good, be good approach.

 

Tim Wilson:
Which is kind of counterintuitive but it suggests that sometimes the best way to edit our stories is to change our behavior first. That if we act like a person we want to be that our story follows that rather than preceding it. 
 


Tim Wilson


June 22, 2016

 

Interview with Tim Wilson, author of the book Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Who you are or rather who you think you are is really the result of stories you tell yourself.

 

Tim Wilson:
So if we want to change in some way we can do so by trying to edit those stories.
 


Tim Wilson


June 21, 2016

 

Interview with James Hogan, author of the book I’m Right & You’re An Idiot

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You’ve probably noticed how nasty the political conversation has gotten and the same is true of debates on almost any controversial issue. Why?

 

James Hogan:
I think one of the reasons is it’s more effective. One of the things Noam Chomsky said to me was if you can’t win an argument shriek, call people names.
 


James Hogan


June 20, 2016

 

Interview with Kasey Wallis, author of the book Far Reaching Parameters

 

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Mike Carruthers:

Fomo it’s a real word in the oxford English dictionary. Fomo is the fear of missing out.

 

Kasey Wallis:

It’s a very real phenomenon especially for those who are truly addicted to the mobile devices and they are constantly engaged in an ongoing news feed.

 


Kasey Wallis


June 17, 2016

 

Interview with Gary Taubes, author of the book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Vintage)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
What types of foods make people fat? Well the answer to that question has actually changed over time.

 

Gary Taubes:
Up until the 1960tys the conventional wisdom was that carbohydrates rich foods make you fat; potatoes, pastas, rice, beer, sodas – anything with sugar in it.
 


Gary Taubes


June 16, 2016

 

Interview with Carl Richards, author of the book The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Have you ever looked back and realized that some of your money choices may not have been the smartest.

 

Carl Richards:
Obviously it’s not because we’re stupid. It’s just because we’re genetically hard-wired to make silly decisions. But one of the classic ones is buying something that everybody else wants and selling something that nobody else wants to own.
 


Carl Richards


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