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226: Brad P, part 1: Dating coaching, leadership, and the environment

on October 6, 2019 in Podcast

Today’s episode with guest Brad P, a dating coach and guru—well, former, since he’s moved on, as he’ll share—partly reveal a major part of my social and emotional development as an adult. He was in a sense my boss when I coached mostly men but a few women on dating and attraction skills, which I did before coaching executives, entrepreneurs, and so on on leadership, initiative, entrepreneurship, and more mainstream[…] Keep reading →

Victory from the jaws of defeat: I froze two-thirds through my TEDx talk

on October 5, 2019 in Nature, Stories, Visualization

Today I gave my talk at TEDxWaltham, “What Everyone Gets Wrong About The Environment.” Before I got home, an attendee emailed one of the most encouraging and heartwarming reviews I’ve received: “I just wanted to tell you, I was extremely inspired by you and your talk today. I can’t remember a time when I was more impressed by someone’s philosophy and dedication to action. I hope we can chat soon[…] Keep reading →

Exhaustion glory

on October 4, 2019 in Fitness, SIDCHAs

The other day, just walking down the street I felt super tired, like I got hit by a truck. Then I remembered that I lifted that morning and I had lifted more than ever before in my life. No wonder I felt exhausted. I had noticed I was lifting more than before that morning, but it slipped my mind when I went out for the day. I don’t lift heavy[…] Keep reading →

Artificial Intelligence, us, and becoming superfluous

on October 3, 2019 in Awareness

Going off my usual topics, but when I see people talking about computers reaching and surpassing our intelligence, I only see them talk about it from our perspective. What will the machines or robots do with us? It hit me that if they out-think and out-perform us, first of all, the day they equal us, I expect the next day they’ll out-perform us. Then the following day, or soon after,[…] Keep reading →

See me at TEDxWaltham, Saturday October 5 near Boston

on October 2, 2019 in Events

I posted about it earlier and anyone who has talked to me in the past month knows I’m giving my second TEDx talk this Saturday in Waltham, MA. The theme of the event is Going Places. I proposed speaking on not flying — a contrarian view — and they went for it. The talk has evolved into What Everyone Gets Wrong About The Environment. I can’t wait to give it.[…] Keep reading →

How to plant a tree in New York City?

on October 1, 2019 in Nature

I realized I’ve never planted a tree. With around 8 million people, I’d at first think New York had too many people for everyone to plant a tree, but maybe not. Have you planted a tree? Can you help me do it, maybe pointing me in a direction to do it? Can I just bury an acorn in a park or is there more to it? I found these pages[…] Keep reading →

225: My role model: Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine

on September 30, 2019 in Podcast

Polio terrorized the world. People died and became paralyzed and there were no defenses to it. Science understood it and eventually Jonas Salk found a vaccine. Just having a vaccine wasn’t enough. They needed massive global public projects to disseminate it. Is the connection to our current environmental problems obvious? As I see it, our behavior is causing the problems. If I’m not too full of myself, this podcast’s technique,[…] Keep reading →

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