Ep 247 - SPECIAL: The Theories of Everything Part 3  

After hearing the Theories of Everything Part 1 and Part 2, everyone got suuuuuuper jealous that Hunter was getting Spiros all to himself. In the spirit of Mixed Mental Arts, Hunter decided to share Spiros with Dave Colan, Cate Fogarty, Andrew Hunter and Christopher Leon Price.

Continuing off from the last conversation, Spiros unpacks how he thinks of truth in thinking about physical reality. Then, Dave Colan (after struggling to remember Sam Harris' name) brings up Sam's recent comments about Hunter on the Joe Rogan Experience. Sam's comments prove to be an excellent teaching opportunity because they reveal the sort of theories we form about other people based on limited and emotionally provocative evidence. The whole point that I (Hunter) was trying to clumsily make on Joe Rogan was that because of the Dunbar Number most humans are an abstraction. We have to stereotype. The question is what we stereotype around. Spending time at Oaks Christian, it was clear that the stereotype people had of scientists was formed around people like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins was formed around people who insulted beliefs they did not understand. In fact, I came to realize that Jesus Christ was a better neuroscientist than Sam Harris which you can read about here. Now, Sam has proved my point. He has formed an opinion about me based on very limited evidence and his feeeeeeeeeelings about me. It's an amazing demonstration of #DescartesError and the #DunbarNumber. Is the model that Sam Harris laid out of Hunter Maats a good model of me? Well, I'll leave that for you to judge. But take a look at what he has said here. For regular listeners to Mixed Mental Arts, you'll see that while Sam's impression of me is perfectly understandable that it's a great example of what Spiros talks about with "truncate and renormalize." Sam has a truncated data set around who I am and that he has then renormalized around that very limited data. Can he justify his impression? Of course! He can point to that very limited amount of information and justify his impression. And yet, there's other data. There's over 200 episodes of Bryan and me interviewing hundreds of different scientists and then synthesizing those ideas together into a coherent worldview. Sam Harris has said I'm wrong about the "relevant biology." That's a huge problem. Whether I'm wrong or he is doesn't much matter. What matters is that the "relevant biology" has become so overcomplicated and atomized that either me (a Harvard biochemistry grad who has interviewed hundreds of scientists) or him (a neuroscience PhD) don't understand the "relevant biology." If we can't figure it out, then it's no wonder science can't win the public over. Science needs to figure out and present a coherent worldview in order to effectively win people over. The #MarchForScience is a nice show of support...but which science are these people in favor of? Is it rationalism or intuitionism? Is it the multi-level selection of David Sloan Wilson, Jon Haidt and Joe Henrich or the gene-centric model of Dawkins and Harris? And, more basically, what is science anyway? Because it's clear that Spiros, Jon Haidt and me are operating on a very different understanding of what science is than Sam Harris is. Sam Harris has painted a picture of religious people with statistics that is actually a terrible model of who they actually are. I'm an apatheist. I don't really care about God. I don't go to Church or Mosque. I care about practically improving people's lives using whatever tools are available. And that's why I'd moved on from Sam Harris and was focused on making Smart Go Pop but then Brentwood Boy got so emotional about the whole thing that he couldn't help saying Candyman five times. As Cate Fogarty points out in this article, I was just doing exactly what Joe Rogan did with Carlos Mencia. I was calling out someone who was hurting the community. Why does Joe defend Sam? Because Joe has feeeeeeeeeelings about Sam that cause him to value defending his friend over examining the evidence impartially. Sam Harris is Joe Rogan's sacred cow. And that's okay. That's the way humans work. All of us. You, me, New Atheists and old school Arabs. And if we want to have a better world, then we all have to stop pretending like we have it all figured out and start reflecting on the problems in our own culture and do the difficult work of self-reflection and calling out the Fundamentalists who have wrapped themselves in the flag of our cherished causes. As I've covered in earlier episodes, the challenge for people is to spot who is and who is not a Fundamentalist and to see who preaches our values but doesn't actually practice them. Joe Rogan's defense of Sam Harris will reveal before this community just how hard this is. Thank you, Sam Harris! You're the best. You beautifully proved my point and have created the social drama that will drive attention to the science. Don't believe me. Decide for yourself. That's what science is about. It's not about authority or Harvard or PhDs. It's about forming better Theories of Everything by breaking your old theories to make room for better and better ones. People do that all the time with TV shows. Look at Game of Thrones. People had theories about whether Jon Snow was dead. Then, they were confronted with the evidence of the next season. Many theories died and people moved on. You can't break your old theories unless you're exposed to the evidence and you can't be exposed to the evidence if the people who are the public faces of science don't tell you about it. That's why Mixed Mental Arts has branded an alternative to The Four Horsemen. We call it The Holy Trinity of Cultural Evolution. They present newer and much more powerful Theories of Everything. WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BELIEVE US. That's not what science is about. It's not about human authority. It's about the evidence. So, examine it and draw your own conclusions and then let's hash them out and see if we can all evolve better Theories of Everything together. The internet is our intellectual thunderdome. Sam Harris just dragged his public persona into the arena when he said I was wrong about the "relevant biology." May the best ideas win. Two ideas enter. One idea leaves. Idea dying time is here. In other news, Spiros is now going to be taking any and all questions and answering them for you through Mixed Mental Arts. Send questions to @quantum_spiros! Also send him requests for more 80's cartoon theme songs in Greek. Love to all humanity - Toto
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Episode 59: Tumors All the Way Down (With Sam Harris)  

Bestselling author and friend of the podcast Sam Harris joins Tamler and Dave for a marathon podcast. (Seriously, pack two pairs of astronaut diapers for this one). We  talk about the costs and benefits of religion, dropping acid in India, and the illusory nature of (a certain kind of) free will. Then we go at it on blame, moral responsibility, hatred, guilt, retribution, and vengeance. Sam thinks these are antiquated responses based on a belief in spooky metaphysics, Tamler thinks they are important components of human morality, and Dave just wants everyone to get along and be reasonable (like that nice Kant fellow). 

Time markers (roughly)

0:00-47:00 Intro and costs and benefits of religion

47:00-77:30 Drugs, the self, free will

77:30-- Blame, guilt, vengeance, moral responsibility, desert. 

Links Sam Harris [] Waking Up: A guide to spirituality without religion by Sam Harris [ affiliate link]  [] Sam Harris responds to Dennett's Review of "Free Will" [] Special Guest: Sam Harris.
Spécial - Sam Raimi  

Le retour de Spider-Man sur les écrans (voir notre Xtra : est une occasion rêvée pour évoquer avec nostalgie la carrière de Sam Raimi, père d’une trilogie mythique sur l’homme araignée. Au début des années 2000, aux balbutiements du numérique, Sam Raimi incarne le changement de paradigme technologique avec ses idées visuelles extraordinaires, et traduit à la perfection le comic dans son art. Génie de la mise en scène aux cadrages ludiques et inventifs, doué pour la construction psychologique de personnages riches et attachants, Sam Raimi porte un cinéma baroque, généreux, burlesque et un peu hystérique parfois. Il fait partie de cette frange de jeunes réalisateurs passionnés qui ont posé les standards des grands films populaires actuels, d’une génération d’artisans du blockbuster tel qu’on le connaît aujourd’hui. Podcast animé par Thomas Rozec avec Yannick Dahan, Stéphane Moïssakis, Alexandre Hervaud et David Honnorat. RÉFÉRENCES CITÉES DANS L’ÉMISSION Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981), It’s Murder (Sam Raimi, 1977), Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead II : Dead by Dawn (Sam Raimi, 1987), Evil Dead III : Army of Darkness (Sam Raimi, 1993), Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, 2002), Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi, 2004), Spider-Man 3 (Sam Raimi, 2007), Blade (Stephen Norrington, 1998), X-Men (Bryan Singer, 2000), Le Grand saut (Joel et Ethan Coen, 1994), Trilogie Seigneur des Anneaux (Peter Jackson, 2001, 2002, 2003), Rover Avary, Quentin Tarantino, Arizona Junior (Joel et Ethan Coen, 1986), Intuitions (Sam Raimi, 2000), Within the Woods (Sam Raimi, 1978), The Three Stooges, Darkman (Sam Raimi, 1990), Mort sur le grill (Sam Raimi, 1985), Massacre à la tronçonneuse (Tobe Hooper, 1974), Howard Hawks, Batman (Tim Burton, 1989), Mort ou vif (Sam Raimi, 1995), Impitoyable (Clint Eastwood, 1992), Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Hard Boiled (Geof Darrow et Frank Miller, 1990 - 1992), Un plan simple (Sam Raimi, 1998), Pacific Rim (Guillermo Del Toro, 2013), Blade 2 (Guillermo del Toro, 2002), Jusqu’en enfer (Sam Raimi, 2009), Hulk (Ang Lee, 2003). CRÉDITS Enregistré le 04 juillet 2017 à l’Antenne Paris (10 rue de la Vacquerie, Paris 11ème). Production : Binge Audio. Direction de production : Joël Ronez. Chargée de production et d’édition : Camille Regache. Direction générale : Gabrielle Boeri-Charles. Moyens techniques : Binge Audio. Réalisation : Jules Krot. Générique : "Soupir Articulé", Abstrackt Keal Agram (Tanguy Destable et Lionel Pierres). NoCiné est une production du réseau Binge Audio POUR ASSISTER AUX ENREGISTREMENTS Pour assister à notre prochain enregistrement en public à L'Antenne Paris, rendez-vous sur notre page

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AS69: Is Sam Harris the Sexist Pig We’re Looking For?  

Sam Harris made some comments that feminists did not take kindly to. Here’s a link to his explanation: I think there are some troubling points to his commentary, and here are some critics: I find this one pretty outrageous though: Amanda Marcotte writes this as though Sam Harris has said women … Continue reading AS69: Is Sam Harris the Sexist Pig We’re Looking For?

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119: How to Win even when you Lose! with Sam Weinman  

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Sam Weinman. Sam is the digital editor for golf digest, and is the author of the new book WIN AT LOSING: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead To Our Greatest Gains.

Sam's insights into the mental and emotional side of how we deal with losses shows us that in many cases, winning isn't everything.  In fact, it might be argued that we may learn and grow more from our losses and struggles than we do from our wins.  In his book he interviews some very influential figures in sport, Hollywood, politics, and more all of whom have at one time or another, lost on the biggest stage.

From all of these experiences and conversations, Sam shares with us some of the lessons he has learned and how we can use these to make us even stronger on the golf course.
Sam Weinman’s Background

Sam is the digital editor for Golf Digest.
Prior to that he covered golf and the NHL for The Journal Newsin Westchester, N.Y., and wrote for publications that included Golf Digest, USA Today, Golf World, Yahoo Sports, ESPN the Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.
He gravitated towards golf journalism in college, after originally being interested in fiction writing.
Sam was very into hockey as a kid, and didn’t take up golf until college.
Sam has been honored with multiple first place award in the Associated Press Sports Editors and golf Writers Association of America writing contests.

Highlights from this Episode

What made Sam decide to write about losing, rather than winning. In a roundabout way, the book ties in to success by talking about how to respond to failure, which is a big part of winning.
We get into a number of examples of real people in sport or otherwise, who have failed and bounced back to become successful.
In golf, Greg Norman is a key example of someone who has handled losing extremely well. We talk about Sam’s conversations with Greg, and what was going through his head at the time.
Tiger Woods, and how he went from being the greatest golfer in the world, to falling off the pedestal, and how these experiences may shape his return to the game.
How golfers can take the lessons taught in Sam’s book, and apply them on the golf course. Sam writes regularly on the topic with Golf Digest, and backs up his finding with psychological research.
Where Sam stands on a ‘reward everything’ mentality, such as the one we see in most schools, where everyone gets a trophy. Without giving too much away, Sam believes it is crucial for kids to realize that they will lose at certain points in their lives, and they should learn how to adapt to that.
The biggest things Sam has learned in his research and writing of the book.

Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?
Caddy Shack
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
 My grandfather and Barack Obama at Augusta
What is the biggest takeaway you want people to get out of your book?
Realizing that there is an opportunity in every downfall and failure, and to see the upside in losing.
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Episode 020: Sam MacPherson : Lean Leadership and The Green Berets  

Regular listeners to the podcast will recognize that we took a week off to observe the 4th of July holiday.  I was able to spend time with the people I love and to enjoy the fruits of freedom that our men and women in uniform have sacrificed to provide us.  I caught some fish, I caught some sun, and I enjoyed my wonderful extended family.  I also caught a great guest. Today’s guest is Sam McPherson.  Sam is a co-founder and Executive Director or The Lean Leadership Academy.  Sam is very familiar with leadership… Sam is a former Chief of Training for the Elite United States Army Special Forces (The Green Berets) and a Manufacturing Executive Vice-President of Operations. Sam has dedicated over 25 years to developing organizational leadership and lean transformation leaders. Sam was introduced to the Toyota Production System and the Shingo method in the mid-1980’s, while serving as project leader for Dr. Shigeo Shingo to establish Modular Maintenance for the U.S. Army’s new Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Sam also led operational excellence as a plant manager for Crown Cork and Seal’s plastics operations in Birmingham, AL and Salt Lake City, UT and has led successful Lean Transformations in operations and engineering as Director of Lean Operations and Quality Systems; Division Director of Operations, and Executive Vice-president of Operations in the marine industry. Sam retired from active military service in 2004 and private sector daily operational senior leadership in 2007 to devote full time to his Lean advancement partnership with North Carolina State University and helping to develop Lean Leadership and the Toyota Management System in his personal clients through his organization the Lean Leadership Academy. I really enjoyed my conversation with Sam as he talks about his experiences including How the best thing a leader can do is create other leaders The effects of formal leadership training from the military to Toyota The mistake of waiting too long to train our leaders The need to communicate two levels up, two levels down and one level side to side The mistakes people make in creating standard work incorrectly and poor training and Why transformations fail. I’m sure you will enjoy my conversation with Sam, so sit tight, buckle up, and prepare to ride the Leadership Knowledge Express with our guest Sam McPherson. Favorite Lean Quote: -Vince Lombardi Setback in their Lean Journey: Sam talks about the mistakes of not listening to the admonishments of his mentor about not getting the buy in of his senior leadership in implementing a lean operating system. Lean “A-Ha!” Moment: Sam talks about his experiences in implementing TPS at Crown Cork and Seal and seeing how everything came together. Advice for the person starting out with Lean/Continuous Improvement: Advice for the journeyman professional in Lean/Continuous Improvement: Embrace the TWI programs and share your knowledge through those capabilities to bring up the future leaders of your organization. Book Recommendation: New Shop Floor Management: Empowering People for Continuous Improvement by Kyoshi Suzaki   Interview Links: We Wait Too Long to Train Our Leaders HBR Article Lean Leadership Academy Website Lean Leadership Summit Connect with Sam on Twitter Connect with Sam on LinkedIn Leave feedback for this episode or ask Sam a question Get a free audiobook from

El sótano - En directo (IV); Sam Cooke - 22/05/17  

Nuevo episodio de la serie esporádica “En Directo” donde vamos rescatando álbumes grabados en vivo por grandes artistas de nuestro pasado. Programa dedicado al insuperable Sam Cooke engullendo al completo su mágico “Live At The Harlem Square Club” grabado en 1963 y aderezando con algunos cortes de “At the Copa” (1964).


SAM COOKE “Feel it” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Chain gang” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Cupid” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “It’s alright/For sentimental reasons (medley)” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Twistin’ the night away” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Somebody have mercy (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Bring it on home to me” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Nothing can change this love” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “Having a party” (Live at the Harlem Square Club)

SAM COOKE “This little light of mine” (At the Copa)

SAM COOKE “Bill Bailey” (At the Copa)

SAM COOKE “Blowin’ in the wind” (At the Copa)

SAM COOKE “Tennessee Waltz” (At the Copa)

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AS219: The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown  

The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown Today’s episode is all about breaking down the Sam Harris Maryam Namazie breakdown which happened on Harris’s Waking Up Podcast. The episode in question can be found here. While my podcast will provide a more detailed explanation, I’m also going to do a bit of a blog post here to hit some … Continue reading AS219: The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown

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When Opera Meets Autism  

Michelle Dunn and Larry Harris make an unlikely team.

Dunn is an autism researcher and Harris was an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers – and is now an opera singer. They met at a church choir in New York.

Between sessions at the church they got to talking about Dunn’s work at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Autism and Communication Disorders. She works with patients who are bright and high-functioning, but often struggle to speak and communicate in an effective tone and cadence.

“They speak in a very disfluent way or their voice sounds really unusual and people shut them down right away,” she said.

Michelle Dunn and Larry Harris developed a new technique to help people with autism communicate. (Meghan Cunnane )

When Larry Harris heard about Dunn’s struggle with her patients’ speech, he was intrigued, and offered to help – using his opera training and his athlete’s background. Together they created lesson plans for the patients that incorporated training vocal cords and breath, which forces a person to stop and organize their thoughts.

“My brain just kicks into this place where I want to help them,” Harris said. “It’s exciting.”

Dunn had been working for many years with a patient named Devon* who was prone to repeating himself or fixating on a topic while speaking. But she and Harris started to focus on the new technique, and after just five months, they noticed great improvement in Devon’s speech. The quickest improvement Dunn had ever seen.

“I’ve been learning to take calming breaths and breathe pause,” Devon said. “I come across to people more normally.”

It’s been two years now since Dunn and Harris started their new technique, which they’ve chronicled in a guide called The Music of Speech. Autism manifests in people very differently, so Dunn and Harris’s approach may not work for everyone on the autism spectrum. But they’ve worked successfully with ten patients so far.

Dunn and Harris found a new way to work with people on the autism spectrum. (Meghan Cunnane )

Dunn says their work is not just about training people to speak a certain way to fit in, it’s about helping them feel comfortable enough to live their lives in society at large. So instead of getting shut down in the first conversation, Devon and others with autism can have a second, third or fourth conversation where they can maybe let go.

“It makes people care about me more, it makes people value what I have to say more,” Devon said.

*Devon’s name was changed to protect his privacy.

78: Why quieting the mind is making some noise with Sam Goulden  

Sam Goulden joins us in this episode to share his experiences as a coach and a player in this incredible game of golf.  Sam has become one of the most sought after coaches in the game that is working with the Focus Band and delving more into the world of managing the mind and focus on the course,as opposed to the traditional model of instruction which is generally based more on technique and positional changes.

In this episode, Sam and I talk about his travels and experiences from playing/teaching here in St. Louis, to selling all of his possessions and traveling to California to play, at times living in a tent and struggling to figure out his position in this game.  Sam loves the game of golf and has found a new appreciation for playing and coaching using this new approach of mind over technique.

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Sam Goulden's Background

Grew up in Washington, Missouri
Skateboarder first, golfer second (at least used to be).
Started coaching golfers, then his fucosed shifted more to playing competitively in 2006.
Moved to California in 2009 to play on the mini tours.
In 2012, decided to give it a run at PGA Tour qualifiers, sold all his possessions and took his show on the road, documenting the whole process with a group of other players, known as TourQuest
Sam has been doing a lot more teaching and instruction as of recently, working very closely with the developers of the Focus Band (Graeme and Henry Boulton) and mental game/short game instructor Jason Goldsmith.

Highlights from this Episode

Sam gives us the highlights of his incredible journey from when he was a golfer in Washington Missouri to where he is now (which is currently The Royal Isabella in Puerto Rico!).
We talk about how we met many years ago here in St. Louis when we were both much younger, more naive and probably more handsome.
We discuss Sam's experiences using the Focus Band in his instruction with students and how it has completely changed how he teaches.
Sam shares his unique perspective on how the ability to quiet one's mind (which is actually an ancient process) can make practice much more effective and competition much more relaxing and FUN.
Sam walks us through some practical applications of the focus band as well as a couple of things we can do to work on the mind without the high tech components.
See the target, see the ball.  Know where your intended target is and let the rest go.
Lots of great stories and experiences in this episode.  Definitely take a listen!

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life?
Ben Hogan's 5 Lessons

Jason Goldsmith
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Ben Hogan

The 19y.o. version of himself
What are you excited about in your near future?
Getting as good as possible, playing great golf and continuing to grow the game with his golfers
Where to Find Sam Goulden:

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Ep. 71 - Sam Harris: Is Sam Harris the Smartest Person Alive?  

Sam Harris, a brilliant and often controversial author and lecturer, joins James today to talk about science, religion, spirituality, and Ben Affleck. has said of him...   "Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life."   Sam is willing to take on the topics that most run from. Today he and James dive into all of them.   What is consciousness? How does something as simple as a thought take over you?   You have an angry thought and suddenly you're angry. How can a happy thought make you happy?   Is this controllable and should you want to control your thoughts?   Sam says yes...   The energy of anger can be very useful. There are times when you want to convey anger. Detaching yourself from passion can become a huge liability and often unhealthy.     This is an amazing interview. Open your mind and allow some of Sam's ideas to force you to think deeply.

514: Sam Harris | The Anti-Trump  

Sam Harris (@samharrisorg) is a neuroscientist, author, and philosopher; he's also a staunch critic of religion (while being an advocate of mindfulness) who joins the show to discuss some views that -- fair warning -- many may find controversial.

The Cheat Sheet: When does stubbornness stop being a virtue and become a confession of intellectual dishonesty? What makes Sam Harris the Anti-Trump? Why do so many people subscribe to the package beliefs of their political parties or religions even when clearly proven scientific facts prove contradictory to these beliefs? If Sam Harris considers himself primarily a philosopher, how did he wind up with a PhD in neuroscience? Why do we lie -- even when we know how destructive it can be? And so much more...

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New York Special: Sam Schwartz  

In this, the second episode of our New York mini series, Nicole talks to Sam Schwartz about the efforts to introduce road and congestion pricing in New York.

Sam Schwartz served as New York City‘s Traffic Commissioner and the New York City Department of Transportation’s Chief Engineer.  He now runs his own transport consultancy, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and is a columnist under the moniker Gridlock Sam. Sam also spearheads the Move NY campaign, which has put forward the case for a new approach to managing and financially supporting transport in New York. The proposal includes rationalising the bridge tolls, introducing congestion charging in the city centre and importantly also investing in public transport.

A native New Yorker Sam joined the city’s transport department, which is responsible for street space not public transport, neither surface transport nor subways or commuter rail, as a graduate in the early 1970s.

In the podcast, Sam outlines current efforts with the Move NY campaign to manage congestion, traffic levels and transport demand in New York. He also reflects on the various attempts in the last few decades to introduce road pricing or congestion charging and meet the public transport funding gap in New York – and his part in them.

Check out the Move NY campaign where you can find more detail about Sam’s current proposal. For a summary of Sam’s role in transport in New York read Aaron Renn’s profile of Sam in the Guardian. For a deep dive Sam’s book Street Smart – The Rise of Cities and Fall of Cars offers insight into the his story and changing attitudes to transport in New York.

For more up to date views on transport in New York, you can find Sam’s column in the Daily News.

Look out more episodes of the mini-series coming soon.

From College Dropout to Successful Serial Entrepreneur at 25 With Sam Forline  

Mobile App Guru, Viral Marketing Expert, Business Visionary - Sam Forline

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The psychology behind making people want to buy from YOU rather than your competitors. The amazingly simple “Foot In The Door” strategy for upsells. Why Facebook advertising is perfect for local businesses. Step by step marketing tactics that work well today.

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Here are the templates I asked Sam Forline for! :)

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Thanks so much for listening!

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Jaime Tardy: Welcome to Eventual Millionaire. I'm Jaime Tardy and today on the show, we have Sam Forline. I'm so excited. He's a serial entrepreneur. I was trying to get all of the company names before and just figured we'd call him serial entrepreneur instead. We'll talk about it today. Thanks so much for coming on the show today.

Sam Forline: Jaime, I love what you are doing. You are prying the secrets of success and allowing them for the mass media. Just keep doing what you're doing. I love it.

Jaime Tardy: I thank you. I totally will. So now you can tell us all your secrets. No. 1, you look ridiculously young. When did you actually start in business?

Sam Forline: Oh man. I tried to start when I was 13 years old. I made these little paper cards with my friend Sam Lickman, went door to door and said, "Hey, we'll do weeding and stuff." People called back. People were like, "Yeah, let's do it." And I never followed through. You know, 13 years old.

Jaime Tardy: You didn't?

Sam Forline: Yeah. But then 18, 19, tried to do the same thing, but I was a little [inaudible] [00:05:05]. It wasn't until I was 22, 23. That's when I started to really get into business.

Jaime Tardy: Really? Okay. I just asked you before, are you cool with telling us how old you are right now?

Sam Forline: Yes. I'm 25. I'm 25 – I just turned 25.

Jaime Tardy: Insane. So give us a trajectory of 22 to 25 and what you were doing.

Sam Forline: Okay, so I dropped out of college. I kind of failed out. You know, I wasn't – yeah, yeah, I failed out, man. I was getting straight A's for a while, but it was just – you know, I wasn't really focused. But I was coaching soccer. So I had something to fall back on. I was making $50.00 an hour by myself because I played in college. I played since I was 2 years old, and I'm really good at articulating myself, getting people to like me. So I was able to coach these kids, and they were able to do well. They recommended me. I was making $50 .00 an hour. It was all right.

Jaime Tardy: So then how did you go from that to actually doing your own thing?

Sam Forline: So I decided the same company I tried to start at 13 and 18, which was weeding, I was like, "Man, I'm going to do that." You know, I live in Bethesda Potomac. They're very well-off communities, and they all have lawns. They all have nice yards. They have gutters to be cleaned, houses to be painted. Every single neighbor could be a customer. And I thought, man, this could be so easy. This is where the money is. I don't have to go to college. But I decided we have to have a good name. I was young then, 22, 23, so I called –

Jaime Tardy: [Inaudible] [00:06:42], sorry.

Sam Forline: Yeah, I'm getting older every day. See this beard? I don't know what happened. But I decided to call the company Blue Collar Scholars. We're college students doing this blue collar work. We're not just these people you don't know from the other side of town. We're students trying to pay for our college tuition, pay for our books and whatnot. So I said, "Okay, we're Blue Collar Scholars." So that was my sale point. And people absolutely loved the idea.

Sam Harris: Seeking Transcendence Without Religion  

It’s been ten years since the publication of Sam Harris’s book The End of Faith kicked off the cultural phenomenon of “new atheism,” bringing frank criticism of religion into mainstream conversation. In the decade since, Harris has emerged as something of a maverick among nonbelievers and progressives, frequently at the center of controversy with his opinions on Islam and extremism, science’s role in morality, and his embrace of a kind of “spiritualism” grounded in science.   It is this last item that is the subject of his latest book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, in which he seeks a rational approach to transcendence; one that puts the supernatural aside in favor of an honest, scientific exploration of the mind, altered states of consciousness, and other (as he puts it) “spooky phenomena.”    On this special episode of Point of Inquiry, Harris talks to host Josh Zepps about his foray into the mystical. In this fascinating interview, Harris asserts that experiences such as bliss and transcendence must be removed from the realm of sectarianism, but that “one of the great holes in secularism” is that “we don’t have a ready answer for someone who wakes up tomorrow morning with an extraordinary change in their conscious life which they deem positive.”    Harris talks about the search for this answer, as well as the illusion of the self, expanding our moral circle to include other creatures, and an evaluation of the progress secularism has made since the time “new atheism” was still new.

Episode 63: Stalemates and Closets (with Sam Harris)  

Sam Harris gets back in the VBW ring for another round on moral responsibility, ethical theories, and the grounds for our obligations to other people. Are we at a genuine stalemate when it comes to blame and desert? Is Tamler a closet consequentialist? Is Sam a closet pluralist? Why is Dave such a big Wagner fan? Plus, Twitter shaming: what is it good for? Settle in, get comfortable, pour yourself a drink, you’re in for the long haul on this one.

Links How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco's Life [] The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris [] Value Pluralism [] Bill Burr vs. Philly [] Special Guest: Sam Harris.
Coverville  1167: A Cavalcade of Birthdays  

So many birthdays that warrant getting mentioned, but maybe don’t have enough content for a whole cover story – and that’s the whole reason I went to the longer format, isn’t it? Celebrating birthdays for MC Hammer, Herb Alpert, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Joss Stone, Sarah Cracknell (lead vocalist for Saint Etienne), Liz Phair and the late Gerry Rafferty. So much stuff! (74 minutes)

Featuring Title Artist Length Artwork Album Original Artist Versions Buy U Can’t Touch This Viech 4:22 Death To The 90s MC Hammer 3 Amazon Whipped Cream (Remixed by Anthony Marinelli featuring Ozomatli) Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 4:04 Whipped Cream Other Delights Re-Whipped Herb Alpert Amazon Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight (Emmylou Harris) – Shovels & Rope Shovels & Rope 3:33 Busted Jukebox: Volume 1 Emmylou Harris Amazon Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This Foghat 4:57 Covered By Foghat Emmylou Harris Amazon Boppin’ The Blues Brian Setzer 2:53 Rockabilly Riot, Vol. 1 - A Tribute to Sun Records Carl Perkins iTunes Amazon Dixie Fried Chris Isaak 2:16 Beyond the Sun Carl Perkins iTunes Amazon Blue Suede Shoes The Residents 2:36 The King And Eye Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley 4 iTunes Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing Mike Ness 3:12
FREE PREVIEW - Harris After Dark - Week 1  
This is a free preview of Christopher Harris's new weekly podcast, "Harris After Dark." Here's what it's all about:   The 2016 NFL season is finally upon us! Christopher Harris and Jon Anik begin a season of handicapping fun by picking every Week 1 game against the spread, giving you their DraftKings tentpole picks, and helping your Survivor pool. Plus in this week's show, discover what the words "ubiquitous," "inimitable" and "pelican" have in common. Enjoy!



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