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    Predict The Future, Feel Ready for Anything and Prepare for the World Ahead | Jane McGonigal (Replay)

    enJune 07, 2024

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    • Datter's Law and normalcy biasEmbracing seemingly ridiculous ideas about the future can help us better prepare and navigate through unexpected changes by overcoming our normalcy bias

      Preparing for the future involves embracing the seemingly ridiculous ideas. Datter's Law, named after futurist Jim Datter, states that any useful idea about the future initially seems ridiculous. Our brains are wired to assume patterns will continue, making it difficult to adapt when assumptions no longer hold true. Futurist Jane McGonagall, who accurately predicted the 2020 COVID-19 crisis in a 2010 simulation, emphasizes the importance of imagining future scenarios to prepare and make informed decisions. By overcoming our normalcy bias and entertaining the ridiculous, we can better anticipate and navigate the future.

    • Absurd ideas for the futureEntertaining absurd ideas can challenge our normalcy bias and potentially lead to transformative solutions. Try the 'A Hundred Ways' brainstorming game to generate absurd ideas, balance positive and negative thinking, and consider the potential consequences.

      To prepare for the future, we should consider the seemingly ridiculous or absurd ideas first. Our brains are wired to believe in the continuity of patterns and can find it overwhelming to constantly adapt to new realities. By entertaining absurd ideas, we can challenge our normalcy bias and potentially discover transformative solutions. For instance, the Universal Basic Income Movement started with an absurd idea that has since gained traction and proven to be a viable solution for addressing societal issues. To generate absurd ideas, try the "A Hundred Ways" brainstorming game, which involves rewriting facts to their opposite and looking for clues that might explain their potential truth. Remember to balance positive and negative thinking, and consider the potential consequences, both intended and unintended, of the future you want to create. Additionally, be aware that humans don't always make rational decisions, so it's important to take into account the predictably irrational aspects of the human psyche.

    • Future scenarios and emotionsImagining future scenarios and understanding emotions can help us prepare and adapt effectively, reduce anxiety, and increase focus on success

      Imagining potential future scenarios and understanding the emotions and behaviors they may evoke can help us prepare and adapt more effectively. This was demonstrated through a study conducted in 2008 and 2010 where people were asked about their feelings and experiences regarding adopting new behaviors during a pandemic. The findings showed that it would be challenging to convince people to adopt new behaviors, even if they seemed rational. Another example given was the potential future of alpha-gal syndrome, a disease caused by a sugar molecule from tick bites, which could lead to severe allergic reactions to animal products. By imagining and preparing for such a future, we can potentially prevent or mitigate its impact. Additionally, thinking through potential future scenarios can help reduce anxiety and increase focus on success. This is because we tend to spend a lot of mental energy on potential failures, but by focusing on potential successes, we can reduce our anxieties and be better prepared for positive outcomes.

    • Scenario planningImagining potential crises in detail can help us emotionally prepare, overcome normalcy bias, and adapt effectively by requiring active engagement and considering specific actions to help others

      Preparing for potential future crises or disasters by vividly imagining them can have a transformative effect on how we emotionally experience and adapt to them. This technique, known as scenario planning, involves more than just thinking or talking about the scenarios. It requires actively engaging with them, ideally by playing out the scenarios in your mind and considering what actions you would take to help others. This practice can help overcome the normalcy bias, giving us a sense of readiness and confidence when faced with unexpected events. Additionally, the specificity of the scenarios matters, as imagining how they would impact our daily lives and the things we care about can provide valuable insights and allow us to adapt more effectively.

    • Future JournalingPracticing journaling from the future with vivid, detailed entries and creating visual artifacts can increase our ability to understand and prepare for potential future events

      Emotions can deceive us into thinking dots connect when they don't, and developing a deep understanding of potential future scenarios requires more than just emotional reactions. The speaker suggests practicing journaling from the future as a method to increase detail and effectiveness in thinking strategically and creatively. This technique involves writing vivid, detailed journal entries for at least 10 days about various aspects of a future scenario, including visual, auditory, and tactile details. The more detailed the journal entries, the better equipped individuals will be to understand and prepare for potential future events. The speaker also emphasizes the importance of creating visual artifacts, such as selfies or symbols, to help build a rich view of the future and spark conversation. In the context of the discussion, the speaker also touches on the potential future of cryptocurrency and the increasing number of governments experimenting with creating their own digital currencies.

    • Privacy vs. TransparencyUnderstanding cultural values of privacy and transparency is crucial in the digitized economy, as technology advances may bring invasive changes for some but benefits for others. Focusing on providing high-quality products and services and addressing personal health concerns can help individuals thrive.

      As the world moves towards a more digitized economy, including the potential adoption of government-issued digital currencies, it's essential to consider the competing values of privacy and transparency or accountability. While some cultures may prioritize transparency and accountability, others may value privacy highly. It's crucial to be aware of these differing value systems and how they may shape the future. For instance, advancements in technology, such as facial recognition and genetic data usage, may bring about significant changes, some of which may be seen as invasive by some but beneficial by others. It's essential to keep an open mind and be aware of the potential implications of these changes. Moreover, individuals and businesses should focus on providing the best possible products and services, such as ButcherBox's high-quality meats, to help people thrive in their daily lives. Lastly, addressing issues like ED can significantly improve a person's quality of life, and services like HIMS provide convenient and discreet solutions. Overall, staying informed and adaptable to the ever-evolving world around us is key to navigating the future successfully.

    • Future backcastingImagine a desired future and work backwards to identify the steps needed to make it a reality, especially useful for women with a strong instinct for avoiding negative outcomes, and can be facilitated by new forms of interactive experiences in web three technology

      Looking to the future and imagining potential outcomes can be a powerful tool for shaping it. Ralph Paul, a successful macro investor, emphasizes the importance of stepping into the future and then looking back to understand what would have led us there. This concept, known as future backcasting, involves imagining a desired future and working backwards to identify the steps needed to make it a reality. This approach can be particularly useful for women, who are often described as having a "detective's brain" and a strong instinct for avoiding negative outcomes. With the rise of web three technology, new forms of gaming and interactive experiences are emerging that leverage this concept, allowing users to customize their experiences based on their interests and affinities. These game-like experiences offer opportunities for connection and community, and can serve as a powerful tool for driving positive change.

    • Gaming industry shiftThe gaming industry is transitioning towards a new financial ecosystem, utilizing Web3 technology, allowing players to generate income and own assets within games, but developers must build trust and demonstrate value to overcome skepticism

      The gaming industry is on the brink of a significant shift, moving towards a new financial ecosystem where players can generate income and own assets within games. This concept, once considered ridiculous, is now gaining traction with the rise of Web3 technology. However, this transition is not without challenges, as traditional gaming communities view it as an attempt by game companies to extract more money, rather than innovate for the benefit of the gaming ecosystem. To move forward, it's crucial for game developers to build trust and demonstrate how this technology can create value for gamers. This change could lead to a reevaluation of work, as people may prefer to engage in activities they're passionate about rather than low-wage jobs. The future of gaming will likely involve a metaverse, but one that allows for a more controlled and personalized experience, rather than interoperability of all assets. To learn more about these trends and engage in discussions, visit the Institute for the Future's public center for social simulation and imagination training, Urgent Optimists.org.

    • Expert advice, Health investmentListening to experts and investing in health can lead to significant rewards. Try AG1 for a simple and effective investment in overall health and performance, including gut optimization, stress management, and immune system function.

      Following the advice of an expert can help us all predict future success and improve our current situation. In the discussion, the speaker expresses his admiration for a woman who provides insights that can enrich our lives. He strongly recommends reading her book for powerful reasons. Another takeaway is the importance of taking care of our bodies to maximize performance. The speaker emphasizes the role of proper nutrition in achieving peak performance. He endorses AG1, a foundational nutritional supplement that supports overall health, including gut optimization, stress management, and immune system function. With just one scoop, AG1 provides 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, and whole food source nutrients. For a simple and effective investment in health, the speaker suggests trying AG1 and receiving five free travel packs and a free one-year supply of vitamin D with the first purchase. In summary, listening to experts and investing in our health can lead to significant rewards. By following the advice of the speaker and trying AG1, individuals can take steps towards improving their performance and overall well-being.

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    Welcome to another insightful episode of Impact Theory, I’m Tom Bilyeu!  In today’s episode, I’m joined by Sam Harris to discuss the profound impact of cognitive biases on decision-making and explore the nuanced interplay between truth, misinformation, and societal trust.  Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, best-selling author, and podcast host whose work focuses on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. In this episode, we tackle the complex landscape of political and social issues, from the importance of relying on experts and institutions to the contentious debates around homelessness and systemic inequality.  We touch on:  - The media’s role in the misinterpretation & distortion of ideas - Factors negatively affecting trust in experts & institutions - Cognitive biases & the illusory Truth effect - Second-order consequences of communication - Trade-offs in engaging with controversial topics - Dilemma of preserving democracy vs. free information flow - Impact of political manipulation on institutional trust - Importance of understanding arguments despite disagreements - Class-based views & institutional change on societal issues and policy  - Proposing solutions for inequality & advocating for meritocracy - Impact of poverty on education & brain development Prepare to challenge your perspectives and gain new insights on navigating today's complex world! This is just Part 1 of our conversation, so make sure you don’t miss Part 2 of this convo for even more wisdom from Sam Harris. Follow Sam Harris: Website: https://www.samharris.org/  X: https://x.com/MakingSenseHQ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@samharrisorg Follow Me, Tom Bilyeu:  Website: https://impacttheoryuniversity.com/  X: https://twitter.com/TomBilyeu Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tombilyeu/ If you want to dive deeper into my content, search through every episode, find specific topics I've covered, and ask me questions. Go to my Dexa page: https://dexa.ai/tombilyeu Themes: Mindset, Finance, World Affairs, Health & Productivity, Future & Tech, Simulation Theory & Physics, Dating & Relationships SPONSORS: Keep your ride-or-die alive at https://EbayMotors.com Explore the Range Rover Sport at https://landroverusa.com NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://netsuite.com/THEORY.  Use this link and Hartford Gold will give you up to $15,000 dollars of FREE silver on your first qualifying: order.offers.americanhartfordgold.com/content-affiliate/?&leadsource=affiliate&utm_sfcampaign=701Rb000009EnmrIAC Start your free online visit today at https://Hims.com/IMPACT for your personalized ED treatment options.  Get 5 free AG1 Travel Packs and a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D with your first purchase at https://drinkag1.com/impact. Secure your digital life with proactive protection for your assets, identity, family, and tech – Go to https://aura.com/IMPACT to start your free two-week trial. Take control of your gut health by going to https://tryviome.com/impact and use code IMPACT to get 20% off your first 3 months and free shipping. ***Are You Ready for EXTRA Impact?*** If you’re ready to find true fulfillment, strengthen your focus, and ignite your true potential, the Impact Theory subscription was created just for you.  *New episodes delivered ad-free, EXCLUSIVE access to hundreds of archived Impact Theory episodes, Tom AMAs, and so much more!* This is not for the faint of heart. This is for those who dare to learn obsessively, every day, day after day. *****Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3PCvJaz***** Subscribe on all other platforms (Google Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Downcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, Podkicker, and more) : https://impacttheorynetwork.supercast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Economic Crisis: Ray Dalio's Warning For The Banking Collapse, US Dollar & Upcoming Recession (Replay)

    Economic Crisis: Ray Dalio's Warning For The Banking Collapse, US Dollar & Upcoming Recession (Replay)
    If you’re one that avoids economic news, politics, and global matters you may want to pause and lean into this conversation as an objective view of reality with historical context. These are scary uncertain times we’re living through with an entire banking system failing, politics with one agenda to divide the country, and the battle for global power. With the economic crisis unfolding before us, you have a decision to make on how you respond in this moment. No one can tell you what is best for you, but as Ray Dalio puts it, he wants you to at least understand the mechanics of what is happening so you can do your own analysis of what’s best for you. Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater, a billionaire investor, and bestselling author, joins Tom for a sobering conversation about the obvious problems with banking causing its collapse and the moment in time we’re facing with global conflicts on the rise. The emphasis is on understanding the mechanics and knowing what to look for and how you’ll respond. Ray shares valuable insights on the way banking works, why the collapse of SVB was obvious, the 6 cycle trend that sees the rise and fall of empires, and 3 tiers of security you can put in place for yourself. Check out Ray’s video mentioned in this episode, Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: https://youtu.be/xguam0TKMw8 [Original air date: 4-17-23]. Follow Ray Dalio: Website: https://www.principles.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RayDalio Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raydalio/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvaXJ1K3HheTPNjH-KpwXQ SPONSORS: Explore the Range Rover Sport at https://landroverusa.com Use this link and Hartford Gold will give you up to $15,000 dollars of FREE silver on your first qualifying: order.offers.americanhartfordgold.com/content-affiliate/?&leadsource=affiliate&utm_sfcampaign=701Rb000009EnmrIAC For comprehensive financial news and analysis, visit the incredible brand that so many great investors use, https://yahoofinance.com.   Visit https://BetterHelp.com/ImpactTheory today to get 10% off your first month. Go to https://shopify.com/impact now to grow your business–no matter what stage you’re in Get $1,000 off Vanta when you go to https://vanta.com/THEORY Get 5 free AG1 Travel Packs and a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D with your first purchase at https://drinkag1.com/impact. Secure your digital life with proactive protection for your assets, identity, family, and tech – Go to https://aura.com/IMPACT to start your free two-week trial. Take control of your gut health by going to https://tryviome.com/impact and use code IMPACT to get 20% off your first 3 months and free shipping. ***Are You Ready for EXTRA Impact?*** If you’re ready to find true fulfillment, strengthen your focus, and ignite your true potential, the Impact Theory subscription was created just for you.  *New episodes delivered ad-free, EXCLUSIVE access to hundreds of archived Impact Theory episodes, Tom AMAs, and so much more!* This is not for the faint of heart. This is for those who dare to learn obsessively, every day, day after day. *****Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3PCvJaz***** Subscribe on all other platforms (Google Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Downcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, Podkicker, and more) : https://impacttheorynetwork.supercast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why They Are Silencing the Truth About Men and Women | Heather Heying (Replay)

    Why They Are Silencing the Truth About Men and Women | Heather Heying (Replay)
    On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Tom is joined by Evolutionary Biologist Heather Heying to discuss such matters and more as they explore today’s society and the undeniable biological differences between men and women, how each sex has a unique and powerful role in societies, and why in today’s modern age, culture wars has eroded trust in objective truth. They discuss today’s social movements and the harmful consequences of letting them go too far, the differences between men and women in society, how hunter-gatherer societies may be key to understanding our roles, the origin of men and women being divided in society by role and purpose, the dangers we face if we continue to deny our differences, why the culture war movements are power hungry, how to have a successful workplace environment and team, and the risks we face as a society if we overprotect our children and refuse to let them take risks and make their own decisions. [Original air date: 12-10-20]. SHOW NOTES: Controversy | Heather reveals why talking about the sexes is now a hot button issue. [0:18] Better? | Heather discusses if it’s really better to be a male in today’s modern society. [4:55] Hierarchy | Heather discusses the social hierarchy of males and females. [9:20] Hunter-Gatherer | Heather reveals what males and females inherently gravitate towards in a hunter-gatherer society. [19:53] Gendered | Heather reveals why cultures divide and label roles as being male or female. [27:18] Useful | Heather discusses the productive friction between how the sexes work together. [37:41]1] Erode | Heather reveals the tools used today to erode the power of others with society. [52:52] Teams | Heather and Tom discuss team dynamics, gender roles, and why all that matters is being able to get it done. [58:08] Choices | Heather discusses if certain traits, choices, or passions are actually ‘better.’ [1:07:09] Fulfillment | Heather shares the fulfillment she feels from presenting challenging and intellectual discussions with diverse groups of people from all walks of life. [1:09:55]] Risks | Heather reveals the rules she has for her kids so they take on risks. [1:23:58] SPONSORS: Explore the Range Rover Sport at https://landroverusa.com Use this link and Hartford Gold will give you up to $15,000 dollars of FREE silver on your first qualifying: order.offers.americanhartfordgold.com/content-affiliate/?&leadsource=affiliate&utm_sfcampaign=701Rb000009EnmrIAC For comprehensive financial news and analysis, visit the incredible brand that so many great investors use, https://yahoofinance.com.   Visit https://BetterHelp.com/ImpactTheory today to get 10% off your first month. Go to https://shopify.com/impact now to grow your business–no matter what stage you’re in Get $1,000 off Vanta when you go to https://vanta.com/THEORY Get 5 free AG1 Travel Packs and a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D with your first purchase at https://drinkag1.com/impact. Secure your digital life with proactive protection for your assets, identity, family, and tech – Go to https://aura.com/IMPACT to start your free two-week trial. Take control of your gut health by going to https://tryviome.com/impact and use code IMPACT to get 20% off your first 3 months and free shipping. ***Are You Ready for EXTRA Impact?*** If you’re ready to find true fulfillment, strengthen your focus, and ignite your true potential, the Impact Theory subscription was created just for you.  *New episodes delivered ad-free, EXCLUSIVE access to hundreds of archived Impact Theory episodes, Tom AMAs, and so much more!* This is not for the faint of heart. This is for those who dare to learn obsessively, every day, day after day. *****Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3PCvJaz***** Subscribe on all other platforms (Google Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Downcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, Podkicker, and more) : https://impacttheorynetwork.supercast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dark Matter & The Future of Life Beyond Earth | Alex Filippenko (Replay)

    Dark Matter & The Future of Life Beyond Earth | Alex Filippenko (Replay)
    We live in a universe filled with awe and wonderment so much so that scientists of all disciplines have been exploring the world around us for hundreds of years. Although we have made great advances there is still an immeasurable gap in what there is left to discover. Alex Filippenko joins we today to share his vast knowledge as an astrophysicist that has been exploring fundamental physics, black holes, galaxies and more for over 40 years. He breaks down quantum entanglement and the expanding universe and a way that is digestible for nearly everyone. [Original air date: 5-27-21]. SHOW NOTES: Star-stuff | Alex shares what people should understand about coming from “star-stuff” [3:07] Contribution & Purpose | Alex on meaning and contributing to understanding the universe [5:54] Theory | What a good model of theory is and why an ultimate theory may never exist [12:46] Spinoza’s God | Alex speculates what Einstein meant by God in relation to theory [15:31] Expanding Universe | Alex demonstrates what it is to simplify the 4th dimension visually [18:57] Gravity | Why gravity is the weakest of all forces & how it may explain multiple universes [27:46] Black Holes | Speculation of being ripped apart on squeezed singularity and possibilities [31:53] Negative Mass | Making sense of mathematical solutions that appear to be unphysical [42:29] Open Minded | Alex shares why staying open minded is essential and avoiding the trap [50:35] Spooky Action | Alex breaks down quantum entanglement that Einstein called spook action at a distance [55:35] Richard Feynman | Alex shares Feynman intuitive view of nature & theory [1:01:04] Always Learning | Alex on educational opportunity and learning as much as possible [1:05:16] Quantum Entanglement | Information traveling faster than the speed of light [1:08:28] Novel Insights | Tom & Alex discuss areas of overlap that creates novel insights [1:16:56] Quality of Life | Alex on quality of time and what you do with your time not stagnate [1:23:18] SPONSORS: Explore the Range Rover Sport at https://landroverusa.com Use this link and Hartford Gold will give you up to $15,000 dollars of FREE silver on your first qualifying: order.offers.americanhartfordgold.com/content-affiliate/?&leadsource=affiliate&utm_sfcampaign=701Rb000009EnmrIAC For comprehensive financial news and analysis, visit the incredible brand that so many great investors use, https://yahoofinance.com.   Visit https://BetterHelp.com/ImpactTheory today to get 10% off your first month. Go to https://shopify.com/impact now to grow your business–no matter what stage you’re in Get $1,000 off Vanta when you go to https://vanta.com/THEORY Get 5 free AG1 Travel Packs and a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D with your first purchase at https://drinkag1.com/impact. Secure your digital life with proactive protection for your assets, identity, family, and tech – Go to https://aura.com/IMPACT to start your free two-week trial. Take control of your gut health by going to https://tryviome.com/impact and use code IMPACT to get 20% off your first 3 months and free shipping. ***Are You Ready for EXTRA Impact?*** If you’re ready to find true fulfillment, strengthen your focus, and ignite your true potential, the Impact Theory subscription was created just for you.  *New episodes delivered ad-free, EXCLUSIVE access to hundreds of archived Impact Theory episodes, Tom AMAs, and so much more!* This is not for the faint of heart. This is for those who dare to learn obsessively, every day, day after day. *****Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3PCvJaz***** Subscribe on all other platforms (Google Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Downcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Podcast Republic, Podkicker, and more) : https://impacttheorynetwork.supercast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices