September 4, 2015

 

Interview with Hugh Raffels, author of the book Insectopedia

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You probably consider insects to be nothing more than a nuisance but they can actually be quite fascinating– take house flies.

 

Hugh Raffels:
And if you see slow motion film for instance at the ways that flies can huver and the ways that they can arrange their flights. They’re extraordinarily sophisticated fliers.

 


Hugh Raffels


September 3, 2015

 

Interview with Dr. Michael Roizen, author of the book You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Looking Good & Feeling Great

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Having too much stress in your life is bad for your health. How exactly?

 

Dr. Michael Roizen:
Stress (that is unmanaged stress) turns on around 550 of your genes that produce then inflammatory proteins.
 


Dr. Michael Roizen


September 2, 2015

 

Interview with Barry Schwartz, author of the book Why We Work (TED Books)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You’ve probably heard that a majority of working people don’t actually like their job. Which is a shame because…

 

Barry Schwartz:
We spend half our waking lives at work. And it’s an incredible waste of a human resource for people to spend half of their lives in places they don’t want to be doing things they don’t want to do - especially when it’s not necessary.
 


Barry Schwartz


September 1, 2015

 

Interview with Barry Schwartz, author of the book Why We Work (TED Books)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
A lot of us get up every day and go to work. Why?

 

Barry Schwartz:
There’s a long standing ideology about human beings and work which is that people don’t want to work they’re basically lazy. If we didn’t need the money we wouldn’t work – end of story.
 


Barry Schwartz


August 31, 2015

 

Interview with John Markoff, author of the book Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How we interact with technology has changed dramatically and will likely tend to do so.

 

John Markoff:
Where I live and work in San Francisco half the population, I swear to you, is walking around looking down at their palm at their smart phone. I mean they’re just everywhere that can’t be the final stage of human evolution.
 


John Markoff


August 28, 2015

 

Interview with Eric Maisel, author of the book Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Does it even seem that you never quite get around to those important projects and goals that you’ve set for yourself? This is really quite common and the solution as simple as it might sounds is to just show up and start working on them.

 

Eric Maisel:
And the regularity and routine of showing up day in and day out makes a tremendous difference.
 


Eric Maisel


August 27, 2015

 

Interview with Dr. Shami Kang, author of the book The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told)

 

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Mike Carruthers:

Over-parenting is a real problem today. What is it?

 

Dr. Shimi Kang:

Overscheduling, over-instructing, over-protecting and its wreaking havoc on children’s motivation and also their mental health in terms of anxiety, depression, rising rates of addiction.
 


Dr. Shimi Kang


August 26, 2015

 

Interview with Dr. Shami Kang, author of the book The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Never before have parents been so involved in their children’s day-to-day lives.

 

Dr. Shimi Kang:
Yet children have never been so ill with things like obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, addiction, plus - entitlement, narcissistic traits and all these things we’re seeing in our society.
 


Dr. Shimi Kang


August 25, 2015

 

Interview with Nora Klaver, author of the book Mayday!: Asking for Help in Times of Need

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Are you good at asking for help when you need it? Most of us are not - why?

M. Nora Klaver:
People are really afraid of looking weak, or incompetent or incapable or not on top of things. Men and women both struggle with that.
 


Nora Klaver


August 24, 2015

 

Interview with Joan Kingsley, author of the book The Fear-free Organization: Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Traditionally many employers use fear to get employees to do their work - fear of getting in trouble, getting yelled at, getting fired.

 

Joan Kingsley:
If you tap into another person’s fear system you’ve tapped into their survival system. So you get somebody working with you or for you who is surviving rather than thriving.
 


Joan Kingsley


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