John Arden: The Science Behind Emotional Resilience

How we can better cope with adversity
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 9:25 PM

No matter how large your bank account or how well-stocked your homestead, no one can be completely prepared for every potential eventuality. And nothing ever goes 100% according to plan. In the times where it doesn't, it's our emotional fortitude that determines how well we fare.

As we often observe: it's not the specific insult that determines our fate. It's our reaction to it.

So how does one go about cultivating a higher degree of emotional resilience?  » Read more


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Robb Wolf: The Science Behind Healthy Diet & Fitness

And how good health takes less time than we think
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:36 PM

This podcast puts the focus on practical behaviors that can materially improve physical health. Our guest is Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist who ended up playing founding roles in the creation of both the "paleo diet" and CrossFit training regimen.

Robb's principal warning is that the modern mainstream lifestyle has drifted concerningly far from the one our physiology evolved for. On average, we are too sedentary. Our diet is much too full of foods that we aren't designed to eat. The combination of these two factors is literally killing us. » Read more

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The Role of Emotional Resiliency

The Role of Emotional Resiliency

How well you react to crisis often is the biggest determinant of how adversely impacted you will be.


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"More Stress Is Needed"

Wonderland logic now rules
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:00 PM

After Alice fell down the rabbit hole, nothing made sense anymore. A new logic reigned, and she had to adapt to it as readily as she could. Talking cats that disappeared except for their grin, caterpillars perched on magic mushrooms, and other oddities had to be encountered and dealt with.

Similarly, we find ourselves suddenly confronted with a fantastical menagerie. Such as the formerly inconsequential Greek interparty political wrestling matches becoming of critical importance to the fate of the entire world banking system, stock markets mainly discounting the likelihood and size of the next round of magic money-printing, a world that has decided Spain’s 6% deficit matters a lot while the US’s 8% deficit doesn’t matter at all, untrustworthy institutions that just abscond with client money without charge, and stock markets that are now mostly in the hands of robot machines trading in sub-millisecond cycles.

The signs of distress are obvious. The old forms of logic no longer work and the new logic cannot be traded reliably, as it owes its direction to pulses of fresh money and gyrating sentiment. All asset classes trade in lockstep, with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. It’s either risk on or risk off, and knowing which might prevail at any given moment is now a 24/7 occupation, and a risky one at that.

The entire stock market is now simply living off of expectations of the future quantitative easing (QE) efforts, with another decision or announcement expected tomorrow at 2:15 EST.

This is the world we live in now, and hardly anybody even questions it anymore. » Read more