sam harris

  • Ep 247 - SPECIAL: The Theories of Everything Part 3

    · The Bryan Callen Show

    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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  • 51: Using standup comedy & improv to help war veterans — Sam Pressler

    · 01:03:49 · The Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs

    While studying at the College of William & Mary, Sam Pressler learned about the post-traumatic stress disorder war veterans were facing as they reintegrated into civilian life.  So in 2015, he started Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) to help them re-enter and thrive in their communities. ASAP, based out of Washington DC and Hampton Roads, VA gives veterans a voice by doing something completely unconventional… By offering them free classes and workshops in stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, and creative writing. But the entrepreneurial journey for Sam Pressler was no joke. He bootstrapped with just two other employees—and during the same week, they both quit. “That was rock bottom for us. I thought we were going to implode,” he said.  “How the heck am I going to do this?” he asked himself. Yet instead of quitting, Sam kept pushing forward. “Time stopped and I immediately went into survival mode." He asked himself one question, "What is the first step to take to get out of this?” and then created an insane schedule for himself—4:30 am workouts at the gym and 6-10 am focused solo time at the desk. “I ruthlessly prioritized my time, segmenting every minute of my day,” he said. Sam's hard work paid off and ASAP was asked to organize a show at the White House. "It was surreal," he said. Since 2015, more than 450 students have taken classes, and there have been over 700 performances in front of an estimated 40,000 audience members. Sam is an Echoing Green Fellow and was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurship. Sam Pressler Reading List Mastery by Robert Greene Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger Sam Pressler Show Notes Sam Pressler studied political science at the College of William & Mary Back in high school, Sam lost a close family member to suicide Humor and laughter are universal languages that can connect us Growing up, Sam’s passions were service and comedy Sam read Jerry Seinfeld’s biography Sam’s father went to the same gym as Tina Fey. Tina Fey agreed to have an hour-long lunch with Sam! 20 military veterans commit suicide each day in the US Suicide rates in the US are rising Older veterans are seeing the higher rates of suicides Less than 1% of the population has served in combat, so veterans have very few people who understand them when they return home Veterans can face identity issues when returning to civilian life Identity and purpose are important Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger The military gives soldiers a strong sense of community. When they go home, they are abruptly stripped of this community and social bonds. Social clubs and community groups are on the decline At William & Mary, Sam started a writing group and comedy club for 65 veterans from Williamsburg Sam got help from George Srour and Cosmo Fujiyama (my sister) and received a prestigious Echoing Green grant. For Sam, the very first comedy boot camp workshop was terrifying Seven veterans showed up to the first boot camp Two of those original participants now hold positions for Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) Many participants become best friends and even invite each other to their evenings Sam doggedly reached out to veteran service organizations, veteran clinics, student veterans, local military bases, etc. to find participants The very first performance was held at William & Mary World War II veteran Joe Bruni read a poem about a friend who was killed at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He expressed survival guilt in the poem. One participant shared his story of being homeless as a veteran and then eventually going to college The stories are full of tragedy, triumph, and humor Sam moved to Washington DC upon graduation Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is not an art therapy program, though some of their art programs can be therapeutic “Don’t ever say I, say we.” Hundreds of people are behind Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) “A village of people were supporting us. Teachers, administrators, students.” Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) has three staff members and 30 instructors Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) generate funds from ticket sales from their performances, corporate sponsorships of their shows, fundraising performances at conferences, grants, private donations Standup comedy generates the most revenue for Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP). Improv shows are mostly given for free They can reinvest the revenue generated to expanding their programs In October 2016 Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) carried out the first ever veteran’s comedy show at the White House “It was surreal.” People are interested in the comedic process and behind-the-scenes knowledge Sam’s family was at the crowd in the White House, along with family members of the participants Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) was overextended during the first months. One week, his only other employee suddenly and the volunteer CFO quit. Simultaneously, a good friend became suicidal. Deadlines were missed. He saw immense operational difficulties of the startup phase “That was rock bottom for us. I thought we were going to implode.” “How the heck am I going to do this?” “Time stopped and I immediately went into survival mode. What is the first step to take to get out of this?” He felt the imposter syndrome The difficulty forced Sam Pressler to think more deeply about his work and his deficiencies “It was terrifying and very difficult.” “I ruthlessly prioritized my time, segmenting every minute of my day.” “It taught me to rely on other people.” The co-founder, Ryan, volunteered for three months to help Sam rebuild Identifying the right people at the right time is the key “It’s about building the personal and organizational resilience.” Many veterans didn’t commit suicide because of Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) “The shiny end-state that you see with the awards and all, those are just snapshots in time and things can change very quickly.” Sam Pressler still has a flip phone! He listens to NPR and complains about the weather like an old man, lol Quarterly and monthly meetings to set the north star with staff are key He uses a composition notebook to write down his priorities and tasks Sam Pressler “calendarizes” his time around his peak periods Sam Pressler wakes up at 4:30 am every day and works out 6am-10am is quiet work time for Sam where he does uninterrupted work. Sam does meetings during the day when he is a bit more tired Sam gets 7 hours of sleep, going to bed around 9:30 pm every night Sam reflected on the question, “What is your life task?” upon reading Mastery by Robert Greene Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is now working with the Veterans Affairs office Joe Bruni was one of the first participants and joined near the 70th anniversary of Iwo Jima. He was 92 at the time. He wanted to simply survive until the anniversary. Joe Bruni wrote “Ode to Joe” about his friend Joe Esposito who fought alongside him CNN sent a film crew to cover the ceremony that Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) organized to honor Joe Bruni. The segment was released on Memorial Day, 2015 Joe Esposito’s nephew saw the segment and called Sam. Joe did another reading of Ode to Joe in Norfolk. Sam didn’t tell Joe that Joe Esposito’s family was going to be there. The family left a scrapbook with letters and photos from Joe and Joe. Joe Bruni realized that he had written some of those letters 70 years prior. He started crying. Everyone started crying. “They’re here?” Joe Esposito’s nephew gives Joe Bruni a huge hug and they start talking. “If nothing else happens through our programs, that alone was worth it.”

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  • HotMix Club #182 - Especial Calvin Harris no Brasil

    · HotMix Club Podcast

    Calvin Harris vem para fazer apenas um show no Brasil, no Lollapalooza! TRACKLIST: Nicky Romero & Calvin Harris - Iron Calvin Harris & Alesso - Under Control Calvin Harris & R3hab - Burnin Calvin Harris & Ummet Ozcan - Overdrive pt II Calvin Harris & Ne-Yo - Let's Go Calvin Harris - Feel So Close Calvin Harris & Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing Calvin Harris & Rihanna - We Found Love (Calvin Harris Extended Mix) Calvin Harris - You Used To Hold Me Calvin Harris - Summer Calvin Harris & Example - We'll Be Coming Back Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame (Tom & Jame Remix) Calvin Harris & Ayah Marar - Thinking About You Curta a página (like on page) do HotMix Club no Facebook e assine (subscribe) no iTunes

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

    · 01:00:57 · Serious Inquiries Only

    Sam Harris made some comments that feminists did not take kindly to. Here’s a link to his explanation: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/im-not-the-sexist-pig-youre-looking-for I think there are some troubling points to his commentary, and here are some critics: http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/09/12/sam-harris-is-just-factually-wrong-globally-atheism-has-no-gender-split/ http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/09/15/a-professional-responsibility-to-get-the-facts-straight/#more-20633 I find this one pretty outrageous though: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/another-week-another-atheist-demands-we-call-his-sexism-not-sexism-this-time-sam-harris/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+(The+Raw+Story) Amanda Marcotte writes this as though Sam Harris has said women … Continue reading AS69: Is Sam Harris the Sexist Pig We’re Looking For? → The post AS69: Is Sam Harris the Sexist Pig We’re Looking For? appeared first on Atheistically Speaking.

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  • 【有文稿】罗煜春节回谁家?

    · Round Table 圆桌议事

    非常感谢热心听众【Maggie-吕欣欣】对本文稿的贡献The Spring Festival is around the corner. An old question that has been brought up again for many couples is whose home should they go back for Spring Festival? 春节就要到了,对于很多夫妻和情侣来说,一个老问题又摆在了眼前。春节到底应该回谁家过年呢? Heyang: So going home for Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year, that’s the most important moment for family reunion in China. Why is it sometimes a little bit of a difficult question to take the answer for couples?Sam: For first of all, I think on this topic, me, Heyang and Luo Yu are probably the three most unqualified people to talk about it, because I’m the lonely “老外 that can’t go back to England because it’s too far and it would be too much effort for the sake of the week. And you guys are both from Beijing right, which means you don’t travel on Chinese New Eve anyway.Heyang: Oh Sam I can’t believe that you didn’t pick up that very important piece of information about Luo Yu because you guys are good friends. Luo Yu is not from Beijing.Sam: Really? Where are you from, Luo Yu?Luo Yu: I was born in Xinjiang and raised in Xinjiang as well.Heyang: [We should pretty much…talks about everything on the show.]Sam: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region?Luo Yu: You’re joking.Sam: I’m not joking. You have a thick Beijing accent.Luo Yu: Are you my best friend, Sam?Sam: But you’ve got a thick Beijing accent when you speak.Luo Yu: No, I don’t have a thick Beijing accent. Heyang does.Heyang: It’s hardly thick, Luo Yu. Mine, well, a little bit. Yes, I was hoping that you wouldn’t highlight this fact.Sam: From Beijing [I’m actually about that?](Luo Yu: But even…)Heyang: Yes, Luo Yu, you’re gonna say?Luo Yu: But even speaking of which, I think Sam hasn’t highlighted the right thing.Heyang: I thought we were in the same camp (Luo Yu: We are.), the singleton’s camp. So stop, you know, highlighting that fact. Well, now the cat is out of the bag, let’s just talk about it then. You haven’t answered the question for me. Why is it a bit of a big deal and a hard decision for couples?Luo Yu: So well Heyang and me don’t have this current question because we are both single and fabulous【注:Single and Fabulous化用《欲望都市》S02E04 即“单身贵族” 呼应赫扬的’the singleton’s camp’】. But when you are happily involved in a lot of family affairs with your lovely spouse, you have to decide this very important issue. Is it your mother’s house or your husband’s mother’s house to visit?Heyang: For the Spring Festival.Sam: So let me give a couple of details other way here. First of all, Luo Yu, you were just on a really big TV show where you meet that special someone so we have a chat coming later on today (Heyang: Oh, dear). And secondly, am I right in saying that in china there’s a tradition here of the girls usually going back to the boy’s house as a sign of respect and if the guy doesn’t take the girl home and has to go to the girl’s house, it kind of demoralizes to a certain extent. Is that right?Heyang: Well usually I think the tradition is, especially if you’re married, then it’s usually the wife would go to the husband’s mom’s home to celebrate the Chinese New Year.Luo Yu: Yes, as the society has been evolving all the time, I think both husband and wife have become breadwinners of the family. So I think they have been quarreling about this case.Heyang: Why does earning money, been financially independent have anything to do with quarreling about who should go to whoever’s house? (Sam: Wait)Luo Yu: Because traditionally we think ‘嫁鸡随鸡 嫁狗随狗’, given that you don’t have financial independence. You are not the breadwinner. Now as the wife, you are financially independent and you can also make the right choice to visit your family first. (Sam: That’s quite bad.)Heyang: Oh my, that’s a little…What he said is going to start more wars at home and that’s exactly what we don’t want to happen.Sam: I’ve got…I have a few more questions. So let’s just say for example…You’re from Xinjiang right (Luo Yu: Right). Heyang’s from Beijing. Let’s say you two are dating (Heyang: Stop using people in this studio as example). So Heyang and Luo Yu are dating and they both work in Shanghai (Heyang: Oh dear what?) Is it a tour possible for you to get your parents to go from Xinjiang to Shanghai and you get your parents to go from Beijing to Shanghai? And they then just all meet where you guys reside and then everyone’s happy.Heyang: That’s too beautiful a picture. I don’t want to imagine. (Sam: But is that possible?)What do you want to say, Luo Yu?Luo Yu: First you have to have a very big mansion to occupy those four parents.Sam: We stay in a hotel. Everyone live in Shanghai. So it’s gonna be…Everyone…Luo Yu: That’s really a pathetic picture. You invite both of the parents coming from Xinjiang and Beijing to Shanghai, then you settle them down in a hotel?Sam: Ok I got a second option. I got a second option. Heyang and her parents, Luo Yu and his parents all buy plane tickets and they go on holidays to Thailand or Sanya. Will that work?Luo Yu: That’s…What do you say, Heyang? I agree with his idea.Heyang: I don’t agree with this idea (Luo Yu: Why?! Sam: I can see you are thinking about it Luo Yu.)Heyang: No he’s not, not like I can read his mind but no, he’s not and…(Sam: You guys are really in sync. Couple sync) And I’m in sync with you too, you know, this is Round Table. (Sam: It’s different but yeah) Okay okay, let’s get back on track. I think that is one suggestion that makes sense that these days if you have the financial means, you don’t have to have the big mansion, but you need to have a place for two set of parents to come together I think that’s really nice if you can afford that because these days a lot of us are the single child, the only child of your family. So I would hate it that one day if I get married to someone and I would have to leave my parents at home on this special day. What do you think, Luo Yu?Luo Yu: So my advice is quite simple: Earn as much money as you can and bring your four parents. You go to Maldives, go to Thailand Phuket, go to Saipan, go to all those beautiful resorts on beautiful islands.Sam: Sounds really nice. Heyang you are a lucky girl.Heyang: It has nothing to do with me. And if it was two people who go on holiday because they’re good friends, it should be Luo Yu and Sam.

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  • The Genius Who Runs Ad Budgets of Politicians You Know with Vincent Harris of Harris Media

    · 00:20:34 · The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

    Ep 155 features Vincent Harris, the CEO of Harris Media and Chief Digital Strategist for Senator Rand Paul. Listen as Nathan and Vincent discuss the Harris Media’s online services and how it relates to political strategy. 3 Key Points: As media choices become more and more fragmented, it’s become important to observe which online platforms can maximize a politician’s voice. (Reddit, Snapchat, Facebook) Most online funding for political campaigns come through online email solicitations. It pays to have more patience in one’s professional and personal life – and also to stress less about the little things. BioVincent Harris is CEO of Harris Media and Chief Digital Strategist for Senator Rand Paul. Previously he has worked on the digital side of three Presidential races, having run all online operations for Texas Governor Rick Perry and Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 2012 campaigns. In 2014 Vincent was hired by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to oversee the digital operations for his Likud party’s successful campaign. Vincent spent over three years working with Ted Cruz, whom many have credited his successful use of the web as part of his incredible underdog win. Under Vincent’s watch, the nationally acclaimed firm, Harris Media, has grown into a successful company with over 20 employees proudly headquartered in Austin, Texas. Vincent is a strong believer in the power of the internet as a tool to influence the public arena, and his firm’s successes have been noted in numerous publications and news outlets. His expertise stretches from practical application into academia where he is working towards a PhD at the University of Texas and is blessed to be guest faculty at Baylor University. He was named the youngest “Rising Star” in Politics by Campaigns & Elections Magazine and was recently profiled in Bloomberg, where he was dubbed “The Man Who Invented the Republican Internet.” Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:00 – Nathan’s introduction to today’s show 01:38 – Vincent joins the show 01:48 – Vincent’s been working in politics since the age of 14, volunteering locally and building websites. 02:50 – At Harris Media, Vincent’s team manages digital communication for his clients by building websites, maintaining social media, and creating videos. 03:45 – As media platforms increase every day, reaching an audience is now dependent on new online trends and websites such as Snapchat and Reddit. Vincent watches these trends to most effectively reach audience members for his clients. 05:19 – Vincent’s firm has found that applications like Heyo are useful for getting emails. 06:13 – Roughly ten percent of Rand Paul’s online fundraising came from his online store which Harris Media maintains. 06:32 – In order to increase sales, Vincent’s firm allowed customers of Rand Paul’s online store to vote on which products they wanted on sale. 07:43 – According to Vincent, most political campaigns raise their money through online email solicitations. 08:30 – Rand Paul’s raised a little south of 10 million dollars through online means in the past 12 months for his campaigns. 09:27 – Harris Media makes money through online services for clients who usually pay them a monthly retainer. The company was started in Vincent’s dorm room in college and currently has about 35 employees. 10:37 – Vincent’s clients pay a range from 4K to 15K a month. The firm has about 15 clients. 11:22 – Although Harris Media is a conservative/libertarian agency – their clients are not necessarily politically affiliated. 12:50 – Vincent talks about a full day live stream for Rand Paul. 15:06 – Vincent believes that Trump is too brash with his political statements. 16:58 – Famous Five Resources Mentioned: Growth Geeks – The way Nathan hires growth hackers on a per project basis for things like info graphics, blog posts, and other growth projects Too Conservative – Blog Vincent started in High School Harris Media – Vincent’s Website mobile app Wikipedia – More information on Vincent Mark Zuckerberg – CEO Vincent keeps up with Love Works – Book Vincent stands by Over App – One of Vincent’s favorite tools Perfect Video – Another of Vincent’s online tools Famous 5 Favorite Book?—Love Works by Joel Manby What CEO do you follow?— Mark Zuckerberg What is your favorite online tool?— OverApp and Perfect Video Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Most nights, yes. If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—Be more trusting of God, stress less about the little things. And also to have more patience in his professional and personal life. Credits Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives Listen to The Top if you want to hear from the worlds TOP entrepreneurs on how much they sold last month, how they are selling it, and what they are selling - 7 days a week in 20 minute interviews! Join the Top Tribe at http://NathanLatka.com/TheTop The Top is FOR YOU if you are: A STUDENT who wants to become the CEO of a $10m company in under 24 months (episode #4) STUCK in the CORPORATE grind and looking to create a $10k/mo side business so you can quit (episode #7) An influencer or BLOGGER who wants to make $27k/mo in monthly RECURRING revenue to have the life you want and full CONTROL (episode #1) The Software as a Service (SaaS) entrepreneur who wants to grow to a $100m+ valuation (episode #14). Your host, Nathan Latka is a 25 year old software entrepreneur who has driven over $4.5 million in revenue and built a 25 person team as he dropped out of school, raised $2.5million from a Forbes Billionaire, and attracted over 10,000 paying customers from 160+ different countries.   Oprah gets 60 minutes or more to make her guests comfortable to then ask tough questions. Nathan does it all in less than 15 minutes in this daily podcast that's like an audio version of Pat Flynn's monthly income report. Join the Top Tribe at http://NathanLatka.com/TheTop

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  • AS219: The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown

    · 00:51:19 · Serious Inquiries Only

    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 → The post AS219: The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown appeared first on Atheistically Speaking.

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  • Spécial - Sam Raimi

    · 00:59:46 · NoCiné

    Le retour de Spider-Man sur les écrans (voir notre Xtra : soundcloud.com/nocine/xtra-spiderman-homecoming) 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’ÉMISSIONEvil 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). CRÉDITSEnregistré 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 www.binge.audio.POUR ASSISTER AUX ENREGISTREMENTSPour assister à notre prochain enregistrement en public à L'Antenne Paris, rendez-vous sur notre page bingeaudio.eventbrite.com

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  • Episode 59: Tumors All the Way Down (With Sam Harris)

    · 02:32:15 · Very Bad Wizards

    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 religion47:00-77:30 Drugs, the self, free will77:30-- Blame, guilt, vengeance, moral responsibility, desert. Links Sam Harris [samharris.org] Waking Up: A guide to spirituality without religion by Sam Harris [amazon.com affiliate link]

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  • What To Do If You Are Making Too Much Money! | Mike Harris, Campbell & Company | #40

    · Top Traders Unplugged with Niels Kaastrup-Larsen | Engaging Conversations with the Top Traders & Investors

    "If a model makes more money than you expected to in a short period, that is just as much reason for you to put up the hood and take a look at the engine as when you lose money." - Mike Harris (Tweet) Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Managed Futures expert and President Mike Harris of Campbell & Company. In this episode we delve into the specifics of Campbell & Company's trading programs, how models are added or removed, and the importance of risk management. This episode also explores the managed futures industry as a whole and is a must-hear for anyone looking to gain knowledge about this strategy. Thanks for listening and welcome to the second part of our discussion with Mike Harris. Subscribe on: In This Episode, You'll Learn: About Campbell & Company's trading program. How they create a trading strategy. Why they use a hypothesis driven system to add new models to their programs. "We build models based on that economic thesis that we believe will stand the test of time." - Mike Harris (Tweet) About the peer review process they use before adding or subtracting models. When do you remove a model? How do you know when it isn’t working anymore? About position sizing and why its important. How they look at risk through something called Vertical Risk and Horizontal risk. Campbell's systematic approach to risk management. How he deals with drawdowns. "In fact, drawdown recovery in managed futures is much better than traditional assets." - Mike Harris (Tweet) Why he worries about systemic risk and natural disasters. Why Mike thinks redundancies are so important. The risk of regulation. "The current regulation that the market is dealing with may actually be a benefit to our industry." - Mike Harris (Tweet) How these strategies tend to perform when interest rates go up. "In periods of high interest rates, CTAs were actually more profitable than in periods of declining interest rates." - Mike Harris (Tweet) The trend of the managed futures industry and why it has been dominated by European firms in the past 10 years. "We love competition; I don’t think we’d be involved in the financial markets if we didn’t love a good hearty competition." - Mike Harris (Tweet) What people need to become a successful manager: humility is “at the top of the list.” Books that Mike recommends. What he would do differently if he could talk to his younger self. The importance of managing work and life balance. "It's a problem that you can never solve - and so having that passion and competitive spirit is crucial." - Mike Harris (Tweet) What the future looks like for Campbell & Company. Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode: Learn more about Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University.  Mike suggests reading: Hedge Fund Market Wizards by Jack Schwager Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets by John Murphy Trend Following with Managed Futures This episode was sponsored by Swiss Financial Services: Connect with Campbell & Company: Visit the Website: www.campbell.com Call Campbell & Company: +1-800-698-7235 E-Mail Campbell & Company: information@campbell.com Follow Mike Harris on Linkedin "We believe risk management is the difference between a good manager and an OK manager." - Mike Harris (Tweet)

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

    · The 18STRONG Podcast: Golf | Golf Fitness | Mental

    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. Where to find Sam Weinman: Website: http://www.samweinman.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/samweinman To continue the conversation and ask any questions you may have, head over the 18STRONG Facebook page. Resources: Get a copy of Jeff’s Best-Selling Book: “The Golfer’s Guide to a Bogey Proof Workout” Get your very own 18STRONG t-shirt Check out the 18STRONG Complete At Home Warm-Up Video and Cheat Sheet Check out the 18STRONG Flexibility Guide Check out the 18STRONG e-Book and Video Series: 5 Yards in Less Than 5 Minutes Connect with 18STRONG 18STRONG’s Facebook Page 18STRONG’s Twitter Profile 18STRONG’s Instagram Profile   The post 119: How to Win even when you Lose!

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  • #71: Sam Harris, 'Waking Up' Podcast Host, Neuroscientist

    · 01:33:14 · 10% Happier with Dan Harris

    Sam Harris, who has no relation to our beloved host, is a scientist, a controversial skeptic and the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including "The End of Faith," "The Moral Landscape" and "Waking Up" (also the title of his popular podcast). During our interview, Harris hosts a clinic on deconstructing "consciousness and its contents" with the help of meditation, and recognizing how getting lost in thought can be tied to suffering. Like what we're doing? Leave us a review! ----> http://bit.ly/2lkYXxT Sam on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SamHarrisOrg Sam's "Waking Up" podcast: http://bit.ly/2okCRtN Referenced: "On Having No Head": http://amzn.to/2pmYHwm Referenced: Nightline Face-off: http://abcn.ws/2okEF64 Referenced: Joe Rogan podcast with Dan Harris & Sam Harris: http://bit.ly/2p0otXI Check out our other podcasts: http://bit.ly/2eBJMNa * ABOUT DAN HARRIS: Dan Harris is co-anchor of "Nightline" and the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" on ABC News. In 2014, Harris published the book, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works." It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics. Dan on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2fBXFIo 10% Happier app: http://abcn.ws/2flUXph 10% Happier book: http://abcn.ws/2fC5yNP

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  • President of Famous Managed Futures Firm Tells All | Mike Harris, Campbell & Company | #39

    · Top Traders Unplugged with Niels Kaastrup-Larsen | Engaging Conversations with the Top Traders & Investors

    "At the end of the day it’s about being correlated to the industry, but also being different so that we can justify our role in peoples' portfolios." - Mike Harris (Tweet)This episode goes in-depth into the history of one of the most well-known managed futures firms in the world, Campbell & Company. We explore the beginnings of the company, how they have dealt with challenges a long the way and how they have succeeded to overcome them, as well as the current state of the company and the systematic models their products are built on. Our guest is current President of the company, Mike Harris, and you'll hear about how he entered the industry as well as his path to becoming Campbell's President.Thank you for taking the time to listen to this discussion and please welcome our guest, Mike Harris.Subscribe on: In This Episode, You'll Learn: How Mike explains what he does. How his grandfather gave him money to invest in his first stock as a child. How his interest in the financial markets started young and how he structured his whole education around working in this industry. About his first job out of college. About his time as a Futures Broker."When I picked up the phone and it was a CTA calling wanting to buy 10-Year futures, I was wondering what’s happening systematically that’s causing them to want to put that trade on." - Mike Harris (Tweet) How he joined Campbell & Company in 2000, starting at the European Trading desk. How he came to be President. The story of how Keith Campbell started the firm in 1972."One of the keys I think to Keith’s success and one of the things that makes him different from many of the other CTAs is that he was not a scientist." - Mike Harris (Tweet) The history of Campbell & Company. How they dealt with drawdowns in 1994 and '95. Why Mike has always been an avid reader."There are a lot of experiences that you can gain as an individual by learning from the mistakes of others through reading their stories." - Mike Harris (Tweet) How Campbell's 2nd President, Bruce Cleland ran the business for 20 years and how I met him back in 1993. What the company’s product offering looks like today. How the company's 130+ employees are organised. How they outsource things on the technology side of the business. What he looks for when adding staff to his research team. How Mike builds a strong company culture. How investors should make sense of the track record of Campbell & Co since they have such a long history."If you want to be laser-focused on what that the portfolio is going to look like in the future, focusing on the last 3-5 years is probably most applicable." - Mike Harris (Tweet) Changes they have made to the trading models after 2007 and 2008. The ways the company uses long term, medium term, and shorter term systems."The fact that we have a 25% commitment to commodities is a real differentiator." - Mike Harris (Tweet) Where the company wants to grow and how big it wants to get.Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode: Learn about a Carry Trades. Learn more about short-term mean reversion.This episode was sponsored by Swiss Financial Services:Connect with Campbell & Company:Visit the Website: www.campbell.comCall Campbell & Company: +1-800-698-7235E-Mail Campbell & Company: information@campbell.comFollow Mike Harris on Linkedin"I’m one of the few people in our industry who literally have been part of managed futures since the first day when I started on Wall Street." - Mike Harris (Tweet)

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  • 20VC: Lux Capital's Scientist-In-Residence on Why We Cannot Just Be Specialists Today, The Benefits of Interdisciplinary Thinking & Computational Creativity That Makes Man and Machine Partners with Sam Arbesman

    · 00:24:26 · The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

    Sam Arbesman is the Scientist-In-Residence @ Lux Capital, the fund that supports scientists and entrepreneurs who pursue counter-conventional solutions to the most vexing puzzles of our time, the more ambitious the project, the better. Sam works with companies and founders that recognize the future happens at the boundaries of science and technology infusing computation into everything from biology to manufacturing.Sam’s scientific research has been published in everything from the Wall Street Journal to The New York Times and The Atlantic. Sam is also the author of the award-winning The Half-Life of Facts and the new book Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Sam made his move from being a best-selling author to Scientist in Residence for Lux Capital? As Scientist in Residence, what does Sam do on a day-to-day basis? 2.) What does Sam mean when he says that startups need to embrace "radical interdisciplinarity"? What really is "radical interdisciplinarity"? What are the benefits it brings to an organisation? Does this go contra the importance of specialisation? 3.) How does Sam view the partnership between man and machine? Why does Sam believe we will see computational creativity in a way never seen before? How does Sam view the societal barriers to the embracing of this partnership? 4.) How does Sam view the promise of analogizing in the face of such complex systems? How does Sam assess the perils of such analogies? Does Sam believe that VCs of today are equipped to invest in such complex systems? What must they remember? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Sam’s Fave Book: The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, The Three Body Problem Sam's Fave Blog: Marginal Revolution As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Sam on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. Lattice is the #1 performance management solution for growing companies. With Lattice, it’s easy to launch 360 performance review cycles as often as you want. And you also get a continuous feedback system with OKR goal tracking, real-time feedback, and 1-on-1 meetings to make sure employees get feedback between reviews. Find out why the likes of CoinBase, PlanGrid, Birchbox and WePay trust Lattice as their performance management solution by heading over to lattice.com to start investing in your people. That’s Lattice.com. Recurly, the company powering subscription success, with Recurly’s enterprise-class subscription management platform providing rapid time-to-value without requiring massive integration effort and expense and they have the ability to not only increase revenue by 7% but also reduce the all-important churn rate. That is why thousands of customers from Twitch to HubSpot to CBS Interactive trust Recurly as their subscription management platform. Check them out on recurly.com that really is a must.

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  • Episode 020: Sam MacPherson : Lean Leadership and The Green Berets

    · Lean Leadership Podcast

    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 Audible.com

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  • 383: Sam Cook | Life-Saving Negotiation Skills

    · 00:53:27 · The Art of Charm | Social Science | Cognitive Psychology | Confidence | Relationship Advice | Behavioral Economics | Productivity | Biohacking

    If you have options and resources negotiation is easier. "In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king." -Sam Cook The Cheat Sheet: Why there's no such thing as a safe and secure job. What's the hardest part of negotiation? He who cares the least ____. Sam fills in the blank. What does Sam say is the secret to life? How he doubled his team's productivity. And so much more... Our guest for today's show has negotiated with some of the most militant insurgencies in the world, and some of the most dangerous members of those groups. Sam Cook is a former officer in the US Army who spent 13 years serving, including two tours in Iraq. He joins us to share how negotiation skills helped him when dealing with opposing forces. All of that and so much more on this episode of The Art of Charm. Click Here to Support The Show and Get 10% Off Onnit! More About This Show: Sam Cook spent 13 years in the armed forces, but when he was just 7 years away from retirement age he left. He knew he had been passionate and dedicated to his service for those previous years, but he wasn't feeling the same way about the next 7. Sam had always turned to digital content and web sites throughout his career so it made sense to go into that arena as a civilian. As the head of Prism Communications today he is on a mission to help experts with powerful messages get those messages out into the world. His key to success is using the networking and negotiating skills that served him so well throughout his military career and brings them into the business world. Today we talk about the tactics and strategies of negotiating and networking as he's learned them, whether in a hostile environment or simply a business deal. One of the most important skills he says is to always be networking. It's something we discuss at length here at The AOC and Sam reiterates this belief. People skills and soft skills helped him fight insurgencies in Iraq and they'll help you whether you're asking for a raise, negotiating a buyout or building a network to advance your career. A powerful perspective Sam recommends is to put yourself in the other person's shoes. When you're talking to them be sure they know you understand their position and where they are coming from. By doing so you're showing empathy and respect which will go a long way towards creating a solution. He also says it helps to keep things in perspective. In your negotiations no one is going to die, most likely you're just talking about money. In the grand scheme of things it isn't that big of a deal since no one's life is on the line. So keep that in mind. Remember you have options and you have other resources, these two things combined are one of the most potent combinations you can have in your corner when negotiating. And you'll have options and resources because you've continued to build your network. Spend the money to meet people face to face, it's completely worth it. Sam has done this in his business and he knows people value the relationship they have with him because they've met in person. In fact, his team's productivity doubles every time he meets with them! In today's digital age face to face has become a novelty so set yourself apart from everyone else and break bread with people, it'll go a long way towards creating lasting, powerful relationships and partnerships in your professional career. Sam also shares some tips on taking your emotions out of the negotiation and some fascinating stories from his negotiations with insurgents. Special thanks to Sam for being here, and thanks to you as well. We'll see you next time on The Art of Charm. THANKS SAM COOK! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let Sam know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Sam on Twitter! Resources from this episode: Sam Cook's web site Sam Cook on Twitter The Art of Charm bootcamps   You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast Wanna leave a comment? Too bad! Email me instead (we read everything)!   HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there.   FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email jordan@theartofcharm.com Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!

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  • Episode 11: Mingle With Sam Ghobril

    · 00:30:11 · App Story

    19 year old self taught developer, Sam Ghobril, joins me to discuss creating his action based contact app Mingle, teaching himself to code and being the only coder he knew growing up around his home in Lebanon. A lucky break in a University CS contest showed Sam his true passion would be in mobile development. In a perfectly timed coincidence with the Hour of Code week, App Story is proud to bring you Sam Ghobril. Sam is a 19 year old, self taught, indie iOS developer in Beirut, Lebanon. He got himself started as a developer at around 12 years old. He was curious about how video games were made, and discovered C++. He started learning that and grasped some programming fundamentals. Shortly after that Sam was inspired by the movie, The Social Network. He shifted gears a little and started learning web development, and built a few hobby websites for himself. Later he got an iPhone and a Mac, and he began learning mobile app development. After he entered a University Computer Science contest with a web development project, a teacher volunteered him in the mobile app contest as well. He didn't win the web entry, but he did win for his mobile app entry and found his true passion for mobile app development. Mingle was built from the ground up to make connecting with your contacts faster, easier, and more enjoyable in every way! Mingle is an app that makes it easy to interact with your contacts in virtually any way possible like calling & messaging contacts, jumping to their Twitter profile on Tweetbot, or even setting up a meeting through Fantastical. You can select four actions from a number of built-in actions or create custom actions using URL schemes and customisable icons. These actions are all easily accessible through a simple swipe of the contact’s photo. You can even use it to add potentially missing info from contact details. For example if you run an action that required the contact’s Twitter username, and that username is not saved, a simple prompt will ask for the username, run the action, and save the username for future use. All prebuilt actions have an ‘info’ button to easily see that action’s URL, icon, etc, to help users get started on custom actions, and see how they’re built.
 Mingle was born from a unique perspective of trying to find a practical application for an interesting UI. After winning the University CS contest with his mobile app entry, Sam began playing with lots of app ideas, and built some prototypes. He even made a few he deemed worthy of putting into the App Store, like a an album based music player. Unfortunately some of these apps showed him he still had some things to learn about development and device constraints, and resulted in him pulling the apps. He didn't get discouraged though, he kept his head down in the code and continued learning and prototyping app ideas. Eventually he had an interesting UI idea and animation that he really liked. He began looking for a good practical idea to put it to use and Mingle was born. Sam's interesting UI gestures and animations became the main UI for Mingle. He began learning the C based contact API's and worked it all together in an uncommon UI first direction. Originally Mingle had a hard coded set of actions, but eventually Sam got the idea to incorporate URL Schemes into the app, to increase it's flexibility to be customized. This is the current implementation of Mingle available today and you should definitely check it out! Sam is still actively working on Mingle and brainstorming new ideas all the time. We look forward to seeing his future efforts. Contact Links: Mingle Website Sam on Twitter Mingle on Twitter Vic on Twitter App Story on Twitter Support Sam & the show by using this link to get Mingle on the App Store: Mingle on the iOS App Store Additional links: Sam's Blog A few reviews Sam is particularly proud of: MacStories Review Tech Crunch Review If you're an indie developer and you'd like to tell your app's story on the show, click here. If you are enjoying App Story, please consider reviewing/rating it in iTunes. I'd also love to hear your feedback and to know how you found the show. Please feel free to use the twitter links and let me know! Thanks so much for your support!

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  • 063: How I’m trying to help a desperate family member

    · 00:05:06 · Sovereign Man

    Yesterday I received a rather desperate phone call from a relative of mine named Sam.I used to spend a LOT of time with Sam growing up. And back then he was an amazing guy.Sam was the kind of person who was so charismatic that you felt happy and excited just being around him.He was an incredibly positive person with a keen interest in helping others.I remember how frequently he used to start some meaningful project to benefit his community, or quite often less-fortunate people thousands of miles away that he had never met.Sam was also incredibly successful. He was just one of those people who always seemed to be able to make money. And over the course of his life he amassed substantial wealth.Sam was constantly learning and creating; he was in to art, science, technology... a real Renaissance man.Most of all, Sam was a person of rock-solid integrity. He stood up for his values, and the rest of us deeply respected him.I’m really grateful to have had his mentorship for so long, and I know that I’m a better person as a result of his influence.But starting around 15 years ago, Sam started to change.He went through a major personal crisis… the kind of thing you hope to never have to experience in life.It was absolutely terrible. And the entire family rallied around him in support.I personally spent several years of my life going to bat for Sam, and I sacrificed a lot for him. The whole family did.But Sam never recovered. In fact he just got worse.He started making the most incredibly bizarre financial decisions, squandering away his wealth in ways that just seemed completely crazy to the rest of the family.He had dozens of businesses at that point, and ALL of them were losing money.But he refused to make any changes. He refused to tighten the business spending. In fact he started spending even more, squandering what little wealth he had left.We tried to help. Some of his accountants approached us at one point and gave us a snapshot of Sam’s finances. It was gruesome.This guy had easily been the wealthiest person we had all known. But he had been reduced, at least on paper, to poverty.His debts were astronomical, and he hardly had any savings or assets left other than his house and a few fancy antiques.But Sam refused to believe it; he insisted on living like the multi-millionaire he had always been, even though he no longer had any income to support his lifestyle.It was so bad that the entire family had to chip in and start putting money into his bank account on a monthly basis.But whatever amount we could muster was barely enough to cover Sam’s most basic living expenses, let alone all the luxury he was accustomed to.And we couldn’t even begin to make a dent in Sam’s debt burden, which was growing by the day. We found out later that he had even gone into debt with some pretty shady characters.We tried intervening again and again. But Sam wouldn’t listen.And despite all the help and support we had extended him, Sam ultimately turned on his own family, attacking the people who loved him most.He used to ring us up, and sometimes even show up on our doorsteps in the middle of the night, demanding money… screaming that we had an obligation as a family to pay him.He even got violent with some of my relatives; with others he broke into their houses and stole from them.At some point there was a complete mental breakdown, and he became totally paranoid. He started taking letters from the mailbox and reading our mail.And he even ratted out a few of my relatives to the authorities for some petty violations of the municipal code.A few members of the family started to distance themselves from Sam; at that point the guy was a loose cannon and becoming dangerous.We found out later that he started embezzling funds from his companies. He’d taken money out of his employees’ pension accounts for his own personal use.

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  • Radio Show #31 Guest Mix Dirty Harris

    · 01:00:16 · Made in Spain

    Dirty Harris Manta Ep Promo Mix: 1. Dirty Harris & ThreeSixty - Manta (Leaders Of The New School) 2. Dirty Harris & Kiddo - Bora (Dojo Music) 3. Grant Nalder - Los Ninos Del Sol (Maquina Music) 4. Dirty Harris & Shafe - Everything (Dojo Music) 5. Muzzaik - Fat Patchy (Belocca & Soneec Dark Dub) - (Toolroom Records) 6. Dirty Harris & ThreeSixty - Storm (CDR) 7. Dirty Harris & ThreeSixty - Polaris (Leaders Of The New School) 8. Dirty Harris - Reach Out (Dojo Music) 9. Hauswerks - Savanna (Suara) 10. Dataworx - Closer Now (Toolroom Records) 11. Paul Thomas - Wookie (Toolroom Records) 12. Dirty Harris & Jack Harris - Desanges (Leaders Of The New School) http://www.lizmugler.com http://itunes.apple.com/es/podcast/radio-show-made-in-spain/id357099534 http:/www.facebook.com/pages/Liz-Mugler-Deejay/114536269450 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43815436543&ref=ts http:/www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=152068435368&ref=ts http://twitter.com/lizmugler http://www.youtube.com/feelthe8 http://www.youtube.com/elisabethmugler http://www.feelthe8.com http://www.reverbnation.com/lizmugler http://feelthe8records.wordpress.com http://feelthe8records.blogspot.com/ http://www.ibizawhitexperience.com

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  • 514: Sam Harris | The Anti-Trump

    · 01:14:18 · The Art of Charm | Social Science | Cognitive Psychology | Confidence | Relationship Advice | Behavioral Economics | Productivity | Biohacking

    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... Show notes at http://theartofcharm.com/podcast-episodes/sam-harris-anti-trump-episode-514/ HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dig the show, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from the crowd and help people find the credible advice they need. Review the show in iTunes! We rely on it! http://www.theartofcharm.com/mobilereview Stay Charming!

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