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    [06:09] Cadaver homework.

    [09:07] The Trotsky connection.

    [17:07] How Nora’s father viewed the role of science.

    [20:59] Julian Villarreal.

    [27:38] A perspective of perseverance.

    [33:48] Instilling perseverance in younger scientists.

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    [40:05] The current state of addiction in the US.

    [44:28] The War on Drugs.

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    [1:02:12] Gauging the value of the hallucinogenic experience.

    [1:06:04] Implications for multiple applications of one compound.

    [1:13:36] Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and a promising alternative.

    [1:19:49] New hope for Parkinson’s disease sufferers?

    [1:23:51] Comorbidities, addiction considerations, and other parting thoughts.

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    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Dr. Volkow's personal background, upbringing and passion towards science have positioned her to become a pioneer in the field of addiction treatment and research.
    • Our family's historical background can deeply influence our values and motivations, shaping us into who we are today. It is important to reflect on this influence and consider the positive impact we can make in the world.
    • Science can provide a sense of solidity and objective information that can help us overcome traumatic experiences, and mentorship can help us challenge our own thinking and approach problems in new ways.
    • Don't be afraid to think outside the box and propose unconventional ideas in science. Persevere through pushback and challenge accepted truths to advance progress.
    • Take calculated risks, persevere despite rejections, and avoid opioid exposure unless for severe pain to prevent addiction and potential consequences.
    • Overprescription of opioids led to addiction, rising heroin use, and fentanyl proliferation. Its cheap production, potency, and presence in counterfeit pills are exacerbating the overdose crisis, challenging authorities to develop effective strategies.
    • The criminalization of drug use perpetuates structural racism and exacerbates substance use disorders. Psychedelic-assisted therapy shows promise as a treatment, but more research is needed. Education and objective communication are crucial in preventing further tragedies.
    • While initial studies show the potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin for cancer, PTSD, and addiction, further research is necessary to determine optimal dosage and administration methods. Suicidal behaviors are also a consideration, and robust scientific data is necessary before promoting. Comparing efficacy with other therapies may offer insight and more funding opportunities.
    • Low doses of psychedelic drugs can provide valuable insights into their therapeutic properties, but successful clinical trials require meticulous adherence to guidelines and engagement with regulatory agencies. Understanding biomarkers and subjective experiences can complement studies of neuroplasticity, and combining the drug with psychotherapy may maximize benefits. Research on non-hallucinatory compounds may lead to promising therapeutic targets.
    • Psychedelic drugs show promise in modifying reward circuits to treat addiction and chronic pain, but require further research and caution. Targeted treatments and exploring similarities may lead to improved patient outcomes.
    • Low-intensity ultrasound and other newer neuromodulation technologies are effective tools for targeting specific areas of the brain, while older techniques like TMS and deep brain stimulation have been proven to treat depression and addiction. However, it's important to remain aware of business motivations and stay informed on ongoing research.
    • Low-intensity ultrasound could offer a precise and immediate intervention for reducing anxiety and cravings in addiction treatment. Combining it with other cutting-edge technologies or polytherapies might lead to even more effective treatments in the future.
    • Addiction is often linked to other psychiatric disorders and environmental factors. Equitable access to treatment, including emerging therapies, is crucial for recovery. New technologies offer hope for better addiction treatment.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    Dr. Nora Volkow's journey from a curious child to a leading expert on addiction research.

    Addiction is a serious issue that can lead to loss of lives. Dr. Nora Volkow's work at NIDA is focused on addiction treatment and research. Tim Ferriss expresses his gratitude towards Dr. Volkow for her work. The conversation then shifts to an interesting topic about cadavers, which offers insight into Dr. Volkow's early interests in science. Dr. Volkow comes from a family of immigrants who sought political asylum in Mexico during the Spanish Civil War, and her father's side of the family had close ties to Leon Trotsky. Dr. Volkow's upbringing and her passion for science have led her to become a leading expert on addiction research.

    The Impact of Family History on Values and Motivations

    Being born into a family with a historical background of injustice and persecution can deeply influence a person's values and motivations. Dr. Nora Volkow's upbringing in a house where the responsibility of improving the lives of others was ingrained into her brain has led her to take the position of director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her motivation to help the most vulnerable people and make a positive impact in the world is rooted in her family's history. Her father's experiences with Trotsky shaped his life and made him resilient, which has also been passed down to Dr. Volkow. It is important to consider the influence that our family's historical background has on us and the values that we hold.

    How Science and Mentorship Changed Dr. Nora Volkow's Perspective on Analytical Methods

    Science provided a sense of solidity and objective information that helped Dr. Nora Volkow'sfather, who went through traumatic experiences related to politics and lost people due to it. Her fatherdidn't want his daughters to go into politics because of their family's past experiences. Dr. Volkow wasinfluenced by Julian Villarreal, a pharmacologist, who helped her to think differently by introducing her tothe analytical methods that enabled her to use quantitative analysis in a way beyond simplistic statisiticalmethods. Dr. Volkow now mentors young scientists to think differently and to challenge their own thinking.

    Encouraging Creativity and Perseverance in Scientific Progress

    Encourage creativity and play with ideas and concepts to enhance scientific creativity. Empower and make people feel confident to speak up, even if their ideas may sound unexpected or unconventional. Perseverance is key when introducing new ideas ahead of their time, as it takes time for concepts to be questioned and accepted. Trust in yourself and don't give up, even if others dismiss or reject your work. Science should be guided by data, but it also has a religious nature, where once a model is created, it becomes difficult to change it. Keep pushing the limits and questioning the accepted truth to advance scientific progress.

    Dr. Nora Volkow's Inspirational Message for Young Scientists and Opioid Awareness

    Dr. Nora Volkow emphasizes the importance of daring to do new things and not taking no for an answer. She encourages young scientists to persevere and jump back on the horse despite rejections, as she did when faced with her own first grant rejection. She also shares her personal experience of using Demerol after a car accident, providing insight into the powerful effects of opioids and the potential for addiction. She strongly urges avoiding opioid exposure unless for severe pain because of their allure and the risk of chemical nirvana. Dr. Nora's message is to take calculated risks and push the limits, but also be mindful of the potential consequences.

    The Growing Fentanyl Epidemic in the US Amidst the Pandemic

    The overdose crisis in the US started with the overprescription of opioid medications, leading to addiction and the rise of heroin. The introduction of fentanyl, a highly potent and addictive synthetic opioid, has made the crisis worse. Drug dealers are incentivized to distribute fentanyl due to its cheap production and potency, and it is often mixed with other drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine. The COVID pandemic has accelerated fentanyl permeation across the country, and the drug is sold as counterfeit pills like Adderall or disguised as other opioid medications. The shifting nature of drugs and their increasing potency is expanding the number of people overdosing, making it challenging for the authorities to develop effective strategies to revert those overdoses.

    The Alarming Spread of Fentanyl and the Failure of the War on Drugs

    The ease with which fentanyl pervades society, affecting people of all socioeconomic classes, is alarming. The War on Drugs has been ineffective and perpetuated structural racism, particularly through the criminalization of drug use. Incarceration exacerbates substance use disorders and escalating drug use. Psychedelic-assisted therapy shows promise as a potential treatment for depression, particularly in patients with terminal illnesses. However, the evidence is limited, and more research is needed to instill confidence in these drugs as therapeutics. It is crucial to educate people on the dangers of fentanyl and the importance of objective communication to prevent further tragedies.

    The Potential Therapeutic Benefits and Risks of Psilocybin Therapy

    Preliminary studies suggest that psilocybin, a psychedelic drug, may have therapeutic potential for conditions such as cancer, PTSD, and addiction. However, research is still at an early stage and further study is required to determine the optimal dose, administration method, and potential negative effects. There is also a risk of suicidal behaviors and suicidality in a small number of patients, which needs to be addressed. Researchers need to focus on building up robust scientific data before promoting the drug as a panacea, as it may lead to jeopardizing its future use. Comparing the efficacy of psilocybin with other therapies, such as nicotine replacement therapy, may be an option to ensure that patients are not aware of the treatment group they are in and to obtain more federal funding.

    Studying the Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelic Drugs

    Low doses of psychedelic drugs can help to study their therapeutic properties while minimizing the potential for placebo effects. To conduct successful randomized clinical trials, researchers must engage with the FDA and meticulously follow guidelines and practices. The study of biomarkers and mechanisms of action can advance our understanding of the therapeutic potential of these drugs. Exploring the subjective experiences and meanings generated during these sessions can complement studies on neuroplasticity and help explain the durability of some beneficial effects. Combining the drug with psychotherapeutic interventions may be crucial for maximizing these benefits. Research on non-hallucinatory psychedelic compounds can also lead to promising therapeutic targets.

    The potential of psychedelic drugs in targeting addiction and chronic pain.

    Psychedelic drugs have the potential to be a powerful tool in accelerating the learning and memory processes, and could be used as a therapeutic to target multiple addictions and chronic pain conditions. The neuroplasticity and long-term potentiation phenomena they induce could be used to modify reward circuits in the brain that create artificial needs for drugs, and strengthen associations between drugs and pleasure. However, it's important to be wary of viewing these drugs as a panacea for all problems and acknowledge that they are powerful compounds that require further research and funding. Understanding the commonalities and differences between addictions and chronic pain could help in developing targeted treatments, and exploring the similarities could lead to innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from chronic pain.

    New technologies for precise neuromodulation show promise for treating neurological diseases, addiction, and mental illnesses.

    New neuromodulation technologies like low-intensity ultrasound can modify tissues for long periods without producing damage and can be used to target specific areas of the brain like the nucleus accumbens with greater precision than transcranial magnetic stimulation. These technologies have promising applications for neurological diseases, addiction, and mental illnesses. TMS and deep brain stimulation are also powerful tools for modulating the activity of different neuroanatomical structures and have been shown to be effective for treating depression and addiction. Ketamine and psilocybin have potential for treating chronic pain, and it's important to keep in mind that business motivations may not always be aligned with clinical outcomes. Research in these areas is ongoing and promising.

    The Promising Potential of Low-Intensity Ultrasound in Addiction Treatment

    Low-intensity ultrasound has shown promising results in reducing anxiety and craving in addiction treatment, though it's still in the pilot stage of study. Its immediate effect and precision in targeting specific brain regions make it a promising psychosurgery option. Combining cutting-edge technologies or polytherapies may lead to more effective treatments in the future. Strokes in certain areas of the brain have led to addiction cessation, offering potential for future addiction cures. Pushing limits and experimenting with new treatments is essential for advancements in the field of addiction and mental health.

    Addressing Comorbid Conditions and Accessing Treatment for Addiction

    Addiction is frequently comorbid with other psychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, and suicidality. It is crucial to address these comorbid conditions because otherwise, it's not possible for the person to recover. Environmental factors play a crucial role in people's encounter with drugs, how they respond to it, and how they ultimately access treatment. It's important to ensure the equitable access of treatments like psychedelic-assisted therapies, especially to those in circumstances of economic inequality and trauma during childhood. Cautiously optimistic, Dr. Nora Volkow believes that burgeoning technologies could genuinely change how we think about and treat addiction.

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    #733: Live 10th Anniversary Random Show with Kevin Rose — Exploring What’s Next, Testing Ozempic, Modern Dating, New Breakthrough Treatments for Anxiety, Bitcoin ETFs, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, and Engineering More Awe in Your Life

    #733: Live 10th Anniversary Random Show with Kevin Rose —  Exploring What’s Next, Testing Ozempic, Modern Dating, New Breakthrough Treatments for Anxiety, Bitcoin ETFs, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, and Engineering More Awe in Your Life

    This week is officially the podcast’s 10-year anniversary, and there is no better way to commemorate such a wild milestone than with Kevin Rose and a little tequila. As many listeners know, Kevin was my very first guest for episode 1, way back in April 2014. Timestamps for this episode are available below.

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    [07:20] First live Random Show?

    [07:50] Reasons to celebrate.

    [08:30] How long can this go on?

    [10:15] Mmm…Mmm.

    [11:53] Inflection points.

    [13:00] Interesting over impulse.

    [14:46] Bitcoin ETFs.

    [17:22] PROOF news.

    [18:41] What’s Kevin’s next project?

    [21:15] Don’t DIY your TMS.

    [22:57] The SAINT protocol and accelerated TMS.

    [23:42] Kevin wonders how magnets work.

    [24:27] How accelerated TMS has helped me.

    [28:02] Consumer access to accelerated TMS.

    [31:50] How TMS feels, and other possible uses.

    [32:49] Potential downsides.

    [35:10] How to find out more about accelerated TMS.

    [38:18] How to appear human in social situations.

    [45:20] Jinjer and Sohn.

    [46:24] Android and Gemini.

    [48:41] Content production and future fame.

    [49:58] Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson.

    [52:02] Kevin’s deflated balls.

    [55:49] My single life.

    [59:39] Extending experiential lifespan.

    [1:06:12] This is (Henry Shukman’s) The Way.

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    #732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

    #732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

    Dr. Martha Beck has been called “the best-known life coach in America” by NPR and USA Today. She holds three Harvard degrees in social science and has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. Her recent book, The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, was an instant New York Times Best Seller.

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    #731: Dr. David Spiegel, Stanford U. — Practical Hypnosis, Meditation vs. Hypnosis, Pain Management Without Drugs, The Neurobiology of Trance, and More

    #731: Dr. David Spiegel, Stanford U. — Practical Hypnosis, Meditation vs. Hypnosis, Pain Management Without Drugs, The Neurobiology of Trance, and More

    Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975. He is the founder of Reveri, the world's first interactive self-hypnosis app.

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    [07:00] How Herbert Spiegel was exposed to hypnosis.

    [10:14] Using hypnosis to cure non-epileptic seizures.

    [11:53] What is a forensic psychiatrist?

    [14:43] How hypnosis works.

    [17:54] Hypnosis and the flow state.

    [21:03] How hypnosis differs from meditation.

    [22:38] Determining one’s susceptibility to hypnosis.

    [27:21] I take the eye-roll test.

    [29:33] Thoughts on EMDR.

    [36:29] Therapeutic psychedelics and ego dissolution.

    [41:05] Potential adverse effects of hypnosis?

    [42:34] Accelerated TMS improves response to hypnosis.

    [44:25] Hypnosis as a tool for stress and pain relief.

    [48:56] David treats my back pain with hypnosis.

    [57:09] Replicating this effect with self-hypnosis.

    [57:57] Understanding the science of pain relief.

    [1:03:18] Filtering the hurt from the pain.

    [1:06:37] For us, not against us.

    [1:09:12] Hypnosis vs. other addiction interventions.

    [1:11:41] A mesmerizing tale of hypnotic history.

    [1:16:10] Most surprising patient outcomes.

    [1:24:53] Finding connection to treat the agitated.

    [1:28:40] Who is Reveri designed for?

    [1:31:15] Hypnosis as a first rather than last resort.

    [1:35:02] Further resources and final thoughts.

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    #730: Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix — How to Cultivate High Performance, The Art of Farming for Dissent, Favorite Failures, and More

    #730: Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix — How to Cultivate High Performance, The Art of Farming for Dissent, Favorite Failures, and More

    Reed Hastings became executive chairman of Netflix in 2023, after 25 years as CEO. He co-founded Netflix in 1997. Reed is also a majority owner of Powder Mountain. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including KIPP and Pahara.

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    Timestamps:

    [06:34] Alfred Lee Loomis and Tuxedo Park.

    [07:53] Risk tolerance: nature or nurture?

    [10:56] Cultivating culture that “eats strategy for lunch.”

    [15:41] The logic behind generous severance.

    [17:02] Adapting to Pure chaos.

    [18:44] Reference checking potential hires.

    [20:29] Context vs. control.

    [22:35] Radical candor.

    [24:15] Guardrails for maintaining work/life balance.

    [27:04] Farming for dissent.

    [28:39] Believing in the green crystals.

    [30:54] High-performance team, not family.

    [31:59] The keeper test.

    [32:49] Fire and replace, or replace and fire?

    [33:59] Beyond Entrepreneurship and other recommended reading/viewing.

    [37:46] A favorite failure.

    [40:32] Outstanding leaders.

    [41:10] Reed’s two “religions.”

    [42:19] Powder Mountain.

    [44:44] How Powder Mountain differs from Reed’s other projects.

    [46:24] Powder Mountain’s biggest challenges ahead.

    [47:02] Could Reed ever really retire?

    [47:19] Best investments of time, energy, or money.

    [48:49] How can we improve education in the US?

    [52:48] What class would Reed teach?

    [53:59] Juggling projects without losing focus.

    [55:04] Philanthropy: Why Africa?

    [55:32] Being “big-hearted champions who pick up the trash.”

    [56:28] Reed’s billboard.

    [58:01] Parting thoughts.

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    #729: Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More

    #729: Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More

    Scott Glenn’s acting career spans nearly 60 years. His impressive film resume includes performances in Apocalypse Now, Urban Cowboy, The Right Stuff, Silverado, The Hunt for Red October, The Silence of the Lambs, Backdraft, The Virgin Suicides, and The Bourne Ultimatum. This year, Scott will return to HBO to join season 3 of The White Lotus.

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    [07:10] Idaho vs. Los Angeles.

    [13:26] Apocalypse Now, self-confidence soon after.

    [17:26] Burt Lancaster’s movie star lessons.

    [23:06] The birth and death of Wes Hightower.

    [32:22] Catching the attention of James Bridges.

    [35:42] Scarlet fever.

    [37:29] From Marine to police reporter.

    [42:12] Berghof Studios and parental advice.

    [50:44] Converting to Judaism.

    [53:36] Lao Tzu: the ultimate mystic?

    [58:16] Letting go with Killer Joe.

    [1:02:53] “Crazy Whitefella Thinking.”

    [1:08:31] Getting out of the way and Erwan Le Corre.

    [1:11:51] Lessons from the “morally phenomenal” Marlon Brando.

    [1:16:26] How Scott’s childhood bout with scarlet fever informed his life’s course.

    [1:19:05] Daily routines and exercises of an in-shape 85-year-old.

    [1:35:12] Securing a serendipitous skill set.

    [1:42:13] Thailand talk.

    [1:46:18] Increasing surface luck.

    [1:47:04] How Scott met and fell in love with his wife.

    [1:53:04] “Just dance.”

    [1:53:46] Mistakenly calling Rudolf Nureyev Russian.

    [1:55:57] Poetry.

    [2:00:01] What Laurence Olivier knew about the value of tenacity.

    [2:01:41] Parting thoughts.

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    #728: Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More

    #728: Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More

    Seth Godin is the author of 21 international bestsellers that have changed the way people think about work. Seth’s books include Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and This Is Marketing. Seth writes one of the most popular marketing blogs in the world, and two of his TED talks are among the most popular of all time. His latest book is The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams

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    Timestamps:

    [06:14] Writing a provocation rather than a prescription.

    [13:08] Divvying up concepts.

    [16:25] Comprehension over complication.

    [18:58] How Seth fulfills a blog post’s purpose.

    [22:28] Claude AI vs. ChatGPT.

    [23:41] How Seth Godin as a Service (SGaaS) maintains consistency.

    [27:23] Simplification over exaggeration.

    [31:56] Working with Isaac Asimov and getting a Clue.

    [36:53] How Seth moves life’s story forward (even when he loves the current chapter).

    [43:28] Why does Seth write?

    [44:59] Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of sinecure?

    [45:15] Parting thoughts.

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    #727: In Case You Missed It: February 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    #727: In Case You Missed It: February 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    This episode is brought to you by 5-Bullet Friday, my very own email newsletter.

    Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to deconstruct world-class performers to tease out the routines, habits, et cetera that you can apply to your own life. 

    This is a special inbetweenisode, which serves as a recap of the episodes from last month. It features a short clip from each conversation in one place so you can easily jump around to get a feel for the episode and guest.

    Based on your feedback, this format has been tweaked and improved since the first recap episode. For instance, listeners suggested that the bios for each guest can slow the momentum, so we moved all the bios to the end. 

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    Cal Newport — How to Embrace Slow Productivity, Build a Deep Life, Achieve Mastery, and Defend Your Time (#722)

    Claire Hughes Johnson, Building Stripe from 160 to 6,000+ Employees — How to Take Radical Ownership of Your Life and Career (#724)

    Master Negotiator William Ury — Proven Strategies and Amazing Stories from Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, Kim Jong Un, Hugo Chávez, and More (#721)

    Life Lessons from Taylor Swift, Conquering Anxiety, Coaching Teens, Career Reinvention, Supposedly Gay Bulls, Your Shadow Side, and More — Soman Chainani (#720)

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