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How Bill Gates and the 1% can help the environment

on May 10, 2020 in Leadership, Nature, psychologytoday

I posted the following to my Psychology Today blog: An article today, Bill Gates Thinks That The 1% Should Foot The Bill To Combat Climate Change, said, “Bill Gates believes that private investors should foot the bill for increased spending on technologies to fight global climate change. He has pledged to commit $2 billion himself.” Does something strike you as disingenuous? Don’t Gates’s yachts, jets, and mansions burn through fossil[…] Keep reading →

337: Why we feel miserable under lockdown

on May 9, 2020 in Podcast

Below are my notes for my podcast episode: 337: Why we feel miserable under lockdown. I got more feedback on it than usual and some said they might want to comment on it, which my podcast doesn’t allow. The notes are just the skeleton. As you’ll hear listening to it, I elaborate on them somewhat. I discuss the connection between perceiving lack of variety in food made from scratch and[…] Keep reading →

337: Why we feel miserable under lockdown

on May 9, 2020 in Podcast

I discuss the connection between perceiving lack of variety in food made from scratch and feeling miserable and bored under lockdown, despite having access to all the world’s art, music, literature, and culture ever recorded and more material abundance than kings only a few generations ago, despite our material abundance being only slightly less than a few months ago. Here are the notes I read from for this episode: Yesterday[…] Keep reading →

Science discovering “tastes good” versus “wanting more”

on May 8, 2020 in Audio, Awareness, Perception

Have you noticed the difference between something tasting good—that you like the sensation—versus wanting more—that it motivates you to eat more, though doesn’t always taste good? If the nuance sounds foreign, I’ve written on it several times. I use it to illustrate the difference between craving and emotional reward. In my experience, the difference seems subtle until you get it. Then it’s huge. Emotional reward improves life, craving enables others[…] Keep reading →

336: Julian Guderley: GreenPlanet BluePlanet

on May 7, 2020 in Podcast

If you measure an interaction with someone by how much it affects and improves your life, my conversation with Julian was profound. Why? His conversation led me to start meditating regularly—something I’ve considered for year but never implemented, until the morning after our conversation. Longtime listeners know I’ve meditated for nearly 15 years. I’ve chosen infrequent deep dives—5-10-day retreats with no reading, writing, phone, internet, or talking—finding that I’ve gotten[…] Keep reading →

335: Rhonda Lamb, part 2: reversing food deserts

on May 6, 2020 in Podcast

The quote you just heard was Rhonda’s description how showing people how to cook the way I showed them could save time and money for people to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. After Rhonda and my first conversation, I recommend watching the video of my going to the Bronx for the group Rhonda assembled at a church for me to demonstrate cooking my famous no-packaging vegetable stew. This conversation came[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and the Environment most popular guests

on May 6, 2020 in Podcast

Popular downloads include Sir Ken Robinson, bestselling author, speaker on education with most-viewed TED talk of all time Seth Shelden Nobel Peace Prize Laureate International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons member Dominic Barton, McKinsey’s 3-time Global Managing Director James Altucher, entrepreneur, author, chess master, comedian Seth Godin, multiple #1 bestseller, teacher, marketer, 11+ million TED talk views Dan Pink, multiple #1 bestseller, 40+ million TED talk views Anna Tobias, Olympic[…] Keep reading →

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