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Todd Nief is the owner of downtown Chicago's #1 CrossFit gym and the coach to multiple CrossFit Games athletes. He has been featured by Men's Fitness, WGN Radio, and NBC Chicago among others. His background in chemical engineering and as a musician in multiple death metal bands gives him a unique lens with which to unpack the models that people use to solve problems in complex areas like fitness, business, nutrition, music, economics and psychology.

Latest Episodes

Sarah Sentes (Manager Tools) on managing in industries that resist management

Every small business that has any level of success hits a tipping point where the fact that business is going "kind of well" becomes the most stressful thing to the founders. I vividly remember hitting this point with South Loop Strength & Conditioning several years ago. The gnawing worry that we were missing something or doing something wrong with our business was replaced with a constant feeling of suffocating in emails, meetings, coaching, and duct taping together the cracks splitting apart in seemingly every area of the business. Every business book says that all you have to do is "systemize and delegate." Well, what happens when none of the tasks that you delegate get done properly, you find out your employees are doing crazy things when you’re not in the building, and it seems like everyone hates each other? In the fitness industry, "management" is seen as something for stuffy suits in office jobs. But, a lack of management results in something much worse taking its place. Sarah Sentes taught the Manager Tools conference that Paul and I attended several years back - and that was a game changer for operations at SLSC. I wanted to have Sarah on the podcast to talk about practical takeaways in management for people who hate the idea of managing - particularly those in the start-up scene or involved in the fitness industry. Check out more from Sarah and Manager Tools here: Website: Manager Tools Podcast: Manager Tools | Career Tools | Manager Tools Basics If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mail newsletter at www.toddnief.com. Most of my writing never makes it to the blog, so get on that list. Show Notes: [01:11] Sarah’s background in managing IT professionals – without a technical background. How should managers deal with impostor syndrome? [08:58] People often bristle at management – especially in start-ups or in the fitness industry. What are the costs of not having management structure in place? [16:30] How do organizations know when they are at the tipping point where they should start implementing formal management? [23:59] If you don’t have management structure, something more nefarious and toxic – aka “politics” and “clicqueiness” – will take its place. [28:50] Relationships are the foundation of good management. Without solid relationships, people find negative explanations for decisions. [33:10] Why even people who “hate meetings” should do regular one-on-ones [41:20] What management principles can coaches apply to working with their clients? How can coaches deliver helpful feedback to clients? [48:23] How to prioritize when and where to give feedback. Feedback is for the future, not the past. [54:46] Should people give use the “shit sandwich” to give feedbacK? [59:00] What are the most actionable starting points for people looking to implement management structure? [01:02:57] Where should people start with Manager Tools? Links and Resources Mentioned Impostor syndrome Goodhart’s law “Role Power Revisited” from Manager Tools “Assume Positive Intent” from Manager Tools

65 MIN6 d ago
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Sarah Sentes (Manager Tools) on managing in industries that resist management

Wayne Banks (KIPP Academy) on remote learning, protests, and race in CrossFit

Wayne is the principal in residence at KIPP Team Academy in Newark, New Jersey. I’ve wanted to have Wayne on the show for awhile to talk about education since I’m endlessly fascinated with learning, learning about learning, teaching, teaching others to teach, and basically every other possible recursion and iteration of the words "teach" and "learn." Given the climate in the world right now, we discuss Wayne’s expertise through the lens of suddenly transitioning into remote learning due to COVID-19. We also discuss the climate of race in 2020 and Wayne’s experiences as a black, gay man. We also dig into the pending "cancellation" of Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, and we work through how to reconcile someone’s contributions with their toxic personal behavior. There’s a lot of hot button and potentially dangerous issues in this conversation, so I appreciate Wayne being vulnerable. Hopefully we were able to touch these topics in a nuanced and helpful way. Check out more from Wayne and KIPP here: Website: KIPP TEAM Academy Instagram: @banksylifts If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mail newsletter at www.toddnief.com. Most of my writing never makes it to the blog, so get on that list. Show Notes: [02:42] Wayne’s experience suddenly transitioning into online learning - and also likely having COVID-19 in February. Also, the importance of access to resources in education to facilitate moving to online education. [14:20] How can children engage in self-guided learning? How can educators? Facilitate self-guided learning? [22:15] What is the role of motivation in learning? How is Wayne preparing for a likely "middle ground" in the future with some online learning and some in-person learning? [28:45] What transfers over from an in-person learning environment into an online learning environment? [36:04] How to have high expectations and "hold someone’s feet to the fire" - both in managing teachers and in educating children. [47:30] What have we seen exposed as far as systemic inequalities through both COVID-19 and the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd? [58:52] What are Wayne’s recommendations for self-educating regarding social justice issues? How should we think about racism in our current society? [01:11:10] How should we think about "cancel culture" - and what are some unintended consequences of online shaming? [01:23:23] How do we reconcile the contributions of people who are unethical in their personal lives but who have made important contributions to their field? This is especially timely in the context of Greg Glassman, the founder and former CEO of CrossFit. [01:30:55] How to learn more from Wayne Links and Resources Mentioned "The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work" from the Wall Street Journal Khan Academy "Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott Stonewall riots "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" "13th" Jane Elliott Video of Jane Elliott's brown eyes and blue eyes experiement "Counting Prison Inmates Differently Could Shift Political Power to Cities" from The Pew Charitable Trusts 'Head Of CrossFit Retires After Telling Staff On A Zoom Call, “We're Not Mourning For George Floyd”' from Buzzfeed "James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse." from The New York Times "In Defense of Greg Glassman" from Dale Saran

93 MIN2 w ago
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Wayne Banks (KIPP Academy) on remote learning, protests, and race in CrossFit

John Wooley (Make WODs Great Again) on the essentialness of CrossFit gyms

I recently wrote a controversial oped for the Morning Chalk Up on why my CrossFit gym isn’t an essential business. John Wooley, from the regularly hysterical CrossFit satire account @makewodsgreatagain, wrote a thoughtful response disagreeing with my claim that CrossFit gyms are not essential. I figured it would be interesting to have a recorded conversation where we hash out where we agree and where we disagree. While John and I don’t completely agree on everything, I think this is a complicated, nuanced issue, and working it out in public is hopefully helpful to some people. You can check out the full conversation here. Check out more from John, Make WODs Great Again and Make Pods Great Again here: Website: www.makewodsgreatagain.com Instagram: @makewodsgreatagain | @makepodsgreatagain Podcast: Make Pods Great Again If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a differen...

70 MINMAY 29
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John Wooley (Make WODs Great Again) on the essentialness of CrossFit gyms

Jeff Wang (Modern Asian Kitchen | Yum Dum Truck) on COVID-19's impact on restaurants

When people think of the culture of a country or a city, food is one of the first things that comes to mind. But, with the economic disruption caused by COVID-19, a lot of folks - myself included - have serious concerns about the ability of restaurants to make it through to the other side of an extended shutdown. As a fan of regional ethnic cuisine, I’m concerned that a big chunk of my “to try” list is going to be wiped out - and for the implications on the families that run these restaurants. I think there’s a lot of parallels between the fitness industry and the restaurant industry, and I’ve spoked with Jeff multiple times about these similarities. So, I wanted to get Jeff’s take on how COVID-19 is impacting both his food truck business and his brick and mortar restaurant business. Check out more from Jeff, Yum Dum Truck and Modern Asian Kitchen here: Website: www.makrestaurant.com | www.yumdumtruck.com Instagram: @yumdumtruck If you're enjoying the show, the best way to sup...

58 MINMAY 18
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Jeff Wang (Modern Asian Kitchen | Yum Dum Truck) on COVID-19's impact on restaurants

Brad Stulberg (The Growth Equation)

Brad Stulberg has a list of accomplishments that would make most authors drip with envy. Hundreds of thousands of books sold. A regular column in Outside Magazine. Contributions to publications like The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Wired. A blue checkmark on Twitter and tens of thousands of followers. A lot of Brad’s message is about avoiding the trappings of chasing external validation - yet, he remains acutely aware of the necessity of playing the status game in order to create the opportunity to do the work that he loves and spread the message that he cares about. Check out the full conversation with Brad to learn how to chase lofty goals without burning out, how to properly balance chasing status with focusing on the internal process, and how to mitigate the damage of burning the candle at both ends when it’s necessary. Check out more from Brad and The Growth Equation here: Website: www.thegrowtheq.com Podcast: The Growth Equation Podcast Twitter: @bstulberg Amazon: ...

54 MINMAY 4
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Brad Stulberg (The Growth Equation)

Jon Callahan (The Great Unlearn)

Cal spent a long time chasing money, social status, and all kinds of external validation. And he didn’t just chase it. He was good at getting it. As an interest rate trader in Chicago, he had checked a lot of the boxes that people think will make them happy. (Including playing golf with Michael Jordan - crazy, right?) Cal was in the audience at the Route 91 Festival shooting in Las Vegas, and - since then - his priorities have changed. Through his podcast, The Great Unlearn, Cal hopes to share his message with other hard-charging, successful people. The happiness and validation you’re looking for isn’t on the other side of whatever mountain you’re climbing. Check out more from Cal and The Great Unlearn here: Website: www.thegreatunlearn.com Instagram: @bunkercal Podcast: The Great Unlearn If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people ...

81 MINAPR 20
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Jon Callahan (The Great Unlearn)

Ian Kaplan (Hybrid Performance Method)

So, what’s the deal with chiropractors? Are they all just full of it? Ian Kaplan is the COO of Hybrid Performance Method (Stefi Cohen’s training company) and soon to be doctor of chiropractic, and he’s also one of the most thoughtful and skeptical people in the fitness space. In this conversation, Ian breaks down how he thinks about uncertainty and providing treatment options when a lot of the research shows that most things that we talk about in the fitness and rehab space - well - don’t actually work. He also lays into some of the most common issues he sees with other chiros. And, of course, we spend awhile getting into the weeds and discussing pain science, Bayesian reasoning, and the future of artificial intelligence in guiding treatment protocols. Check out the full conversation with Ian if you want to hear two dorks talk about things like "epistemic humility" - or if you want to hear one of the smartest fellas in fitness explain how he thinks about pain. Check out more fro...

71 MINAPR 6
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Ian Kaplan (Hybrid Performance Method)

Jason Collins, PhD on Loss Aversion and Ergodicity Economics

People are predictably irrational, right? We have a poor intuitive understanding of statistics, we leap to drawing cause and effect relationships where none exist, we don’t understand exponential growth very well, and we gorge ourselves on junk food and junk television. We’re broken! While there are all kinds of quirks to our built-in reasoning hardware, some of those quirks might not be as irrational as they seem. Jason Collins has a PhD in economics and evolutionary biology, and he’s long been writing about they ways in which our "cognitive biases" may - in some cases - actually be adaptive decision-making strategies. In this episode, we dig into some of Jason’s recent posts on ergodicity, and how that may inform the "loss averse" ways that humans make decisions. While this episode does get pretty technical, anyone who is interested should take a look at Jason’s blog posts on the topic. [Note: In this episode I talk about logarithmic functions as asymptotic functions. This is...

85 MINMAR 23
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Jason Collins, PhD on Loss Aversion and Ergodicity Economics

Joshua Becker, PhD on Polarization, Collective Intelligence & Social Tipping Points

Joshua Becker studies computational social science - particularly collective intelligence and tipping points. Joshua has recently published some papers on polarization showing that the grim headlines about an increasingly fractured society unable to agree on basic facts about the world might not be quite right. Joshua also discusses the way that societies hit "tipping points" and how the networked relationships of human beings interact to create change. Check out the full episode to find out how polarization impacts our ability to learn from each other and why "be the change you wish to see in the world" isn’t just a corny platitude. Check out more from Joshua here: Website: www.joshua-becker.com | Research Twitter: @joshua_a_becker If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mai...

77 MINMAR 9
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Joshua Becker, PhD on Polarization, Collective Intelligence & Social Tipping Points

Jason Crawford (The Roots of Progress)

Jason Crawford studies the history of innovation on his blog The Roots of Progress with detailed case studies on things like the invention of the bicycle, the invention of steel, and how we decided between alternating and direct current. In this conversation, we discuss why my skeptical and argumentative 16-year-old self was misguided about the nature of progress and what Jason has learned through his studies of historical progress. We also discuss possible causes of stagnation in economic growth and scientific discovery, as well as the differences between studying history from a top down vs a bottom up approach. Check out more from Jason and The Roots of Progress here: Website: www.rootsofprogress.org | www.jasoncrawford.org Twitter: @jasoncrawford | @rootsofprogress If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can...

74 MINFEB 24
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Jason Crawford (The Roots of Progress)

Latest Episodes

Sarah Sentes (Manager Tools) on managing in industries that resist management

Every small business that has any level of success hits a tipping point where the fact that business is going "kind of well" becomes the most stressful thing to the founders. I vividly remember hitting this point with South Loop Strength & Conditioning several years ago. The gnawing worry that we were missing something or doing something wrong with our business was replaced with a constant feeling of suffocating in emails, meetings, coaching, and duct taping together the cracks splitting apart in seemingly every area of the business. Every business book says that all you have to do is "systemize and delegate." Well, what happens when none of the tasks that you delegate get done properly, you find out your employees are doing crazy things when you’re not in the building, and it seems like everyone hates each other? In the fitness industry, "management" is seen as something for stuffy suits in office jobs. But, a lack of management results in something much worse taking its place. Sarah Sentes taught the Manager Tools conference that Paul and I attended several years back - and that was a game changer for operations at SLSC. I wanted to have Sarah on the podcast to talk about practical takeaways in management for people who hate the idea of managing - particularly those in the start-up scene or involved in the fitness industry. Check out more from Sarah and Manager Tools here: Website: Manager Tools Podcast: Manager Tools | Career Tools | Manager Tools Basics If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mail newsletter at www.toddnief.com. Most of my writing never makes it to the blog, so get on that list. Show Notes: [01:11] Sarah’s background in managing IT professionals – without a technical background. How should managers deal with impostor syndrome? [08:58] People often bristle at management – especially in start-ups or in the fitness industry. What are the costs of not having management structure in place? [16:30] How do organizations know when they are at the tipping point where they should start implementing formal management? [23:59] If you don’t have management structure, something more nefarious and toxic – aka “politics” and “clicqueiness” – will take its place. [28:50] Relationships are the foundation of good management. Without solid relationships, people find negative explanations for decisions. [33:10] Why even people who “hate meetings” should do regular one-on-ones [41:20] What management principles can coaches apply to working with their clients? How can coaches deliver helpful feedback to clients? [48:23] How to prioritize when and where to give feedback. Feedback is for the future, not the past. [54:46] Should people give use the “shit sandwich” to give feedbacK? [59:00] What are the most actionable starting points for people looking to implement management structure? [01:02:57] Where should people start with Manager Tools? Links and Resources Mentioned Impostor syndrome Goodhart’s law “Role Power Revisited” from Manager Tools “Assume Positive Intent” from Manager Tools

65 MIN6 d ago
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Sarah Sentes (Manager Tools) on managing in industries that resist management

Wayne Banks (KIPP Academy) on remote learning, protests, and race in CrossFit

Wayne is the principal in residence at KIPP Team Academy in Newark, New Jersey. I’ve wanted to have Wayne on the show for awhile to talk about education since I’m endlessly fascinated with learning, learning about learning, teaching, teaching others to teach, and basically every other possible recursion and iteration of the words "teach" and "learn." Given the climate in the world right now, we discuss Wayne’s expertise through the lens of suddenly transitioning into remote learning due to COVID-19. We also discuss the climate of race in 2020 and Wayne’s experiences as a black, gay man. We also dig into the pending "cancellation" of Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, and we work through how to reconcile someone’s contributions with their toxic personal behavior. There’s a lot of hot button and potentially dangerous issues in this conversation, so I appreciate Wayne being vulnerable. Hopefully we were able to touch these topics in a nuanced and helpful way. Check out more from Wayne and KIPP here: Website: KIPP TEAM Academy Instagram: @banksylifts If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mail newsletter at www.toddnief.com. Most of my writing never makes it to the blog, so get on that list. Show Notes: [02:42] Wayne’s experience suddenly transitioning into online learning - and also likely having COVID-19 in February. Also, the importance of access to resources in education to facilitate moving to online education. [14:20] How can children engage in self-guided learning? How can educators? Facilitate self-guided learning? [22:15] What is the role of motivation in learning? How is Wayne preparing for a likely "middle ground" in the future with some online learning and some in-person learning? [28:45] What transfers over from an in-person learning environment into an online learning environment? [36:04] How to have high expectations and "hold someone’s feet to the fire" - both in managing teachers and in educating children. [47:30] What have we seen exposed as far as systemic inequalities through both COVID-19 and the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd? [58:52] What are Wayne’s recommendations for self-educating regarding social justice issues? How should we think about racism in our current society? [01:11:10] How should we think about "cancel culture" - and what are some unintended consequences of online shaming? [01:23:23] How do we reconcile the contributions of people who are unethical in their personal lives but who have made important contributions to their field? This is especially timely in the context of Greg Glassman, the founder and former CEO of CrossFit. [01:30:55] How to learn more from Wayne Links and Resources Mentioned "The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work" from the Wall Street Journal Khan Academy "Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott Stonewall riots "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" "13th" Jane Elliott Video of Jane Elliott's brown eyes and blue eyes experiement "Counting Prison Inmates Differently Could Shift Political Power to Cities" from The Pew Charitable Trusts 'Head Of CrossFit Retires After Telling Staff On A Zoom Call, “We're Not Mourning For George Floyd”' from Buzzfeed "James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse." from The New York Times "In Defense of Greg Glassman" from Dale Saran

93 MIN2 w ago
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Wayne Banks (KIPP Academy) on remote learning, protests, and race in CrossFit

John Wooley (Make WODs Great Again) on the essentialness of CrossFit gyms

I recently wrote a controversial oped for the Morning Chalk Up on why my CrossFit gym isn’t an essential business. John Wooley, from the regularly hysterical CrossFit satire account @makewodsgreatagain, wrote a thoughtful response disagreeing with my claim that CrossFit gyms are not essential. I figured it would be interesting to have a recorded conversation where we hash out where we agree and where we disagree. While John and I don’t completely agree on everything, I think this is a complicated, nuanced issue, and working it out in public is hopefully helpful to some people. You can check out the full conversation here. Check out more from John, Make WODs Great Again and Make Pods Great Again here: Website: www.makewodsgreatagain.com Instagram: @makewodsgreatagain | @makepodsgreatagain Podcast: Make Pods Great Again If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a differen...

70 MINMAY 29
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John Wooley (Make WODs Great Again) on the essentialness of CrossFit gyms

Jeff Wang (Modern Asian Kitchen | Yum Dum Truck) on COVID-19's impact on restaurants

When people think of the culture of a country or a city, food is one of the first things that comes to mind. But, with the economic disruption caused by COVID-19, a lot of folks - myself included - have serious concerns about the ability of restaurants to make it through to the other side of an extended shutdown. As a fan of regional ethnic cuisine, I’m concerned that a big chunk of my “to try” list is going to be wiped out - and for the implications on the families that run these restaurants. I think there’s a lot of parallels between the fitness industry and the restaurant industry, and I’ve spoked with Jeff multiple times about these similarities. So, I wanted to get Jeff’s take on how COVID-19 is impacting both his food truck business and his brick and mortar restaurant business. Check out more from Jeff, Yum Dum Truck and Modern Asian Kitchen here: Website: www.makrestaurant.com | www.yumdumtruck.com Instagram: @yumdumtruck If you're enjoying the show, the best way to sup...

58 MINMAY 18
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Jeff Wang (Modern Asian Kitchen | Yum Dum Truck) on COVID-19's impact on restaurants

Brad Stulberg (The Growth Equation)

Brad Stulberg has a list of accomplishments that would make most authors drip with envy. Hundreds of thousands of books sold. A regular column in Outside Magazine. Contributions to publications like The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Wired. A blue checkmark on Twitter and tens of thousands of followers. A lot of Brad’s message is about avoiding the trappings of chasing external validation - yet, he remains acutely aware of the necessity of playing the status game in order to create the opportunity to do the work that he loves and spread the message that he cares about. Check out the full conversation with Brad to learn how to chase lofty goals without burning out, how to properly balance chasing status with focusing on the internal process, and how to mitigate the damage of burning the candle at both ends when it’s necessary. Check out more from Brad and The Growth Equation here: Website: www.thegrowtheq.com Podcast: The Growth Equation Podcast Twitter: @bstulberg Amazon: ...

54 MINMAY 4
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Brad Stulberg (The Growth Equation)

Jon Callahan (The Great Unlearn)

Cal spent a long time chasing money, social status, and all kinds of external validation. And he didn’t just chase it. He was good at getting it. As an interest rate trader in Chicago, he had checked a lot of the boxes that people think will make them happy. (Including playing golf with Michael Jordan - crazy, right?) Cal was in the audience at the Route 91 Festival shooting in Las Vegas, and - since then - his priorities have changed. Through his podcast, The Great Unlearn, Cal hopes to share his message with other hard-charging, successful people. The happiness and validation you’re looking for isn’t on the other side of whatever mountain you’re climbing. Check out more from Cal and The Great Unlearn here: Website: www.thegreatunlearn.com Instagram: @bunkercal Podcast: The Great Unlearn If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people ...

81 MINAPR 20
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Jon Callahan (The Great Unlearn)

Ian Kaplan (Hybrid Performance Method)

So, what’s the deal with chiropractors? Are they all just full of it? Ian Kaplan is the COO of Hybrid Performance Method (Stefi Cohen’s training company) and soon to be doctor of chiropractic, and he’s also one of the most thoughtful and skeptical people in the fitness space. In this conversation, Ian breaks down how he thinks about uncertainty and providing treatment options when a lot of the research shows that most things that we talk about in the fitness and rehab space - well - don’t actually work. He also lays into some of the most common issues he sees with other chiros. And, of course, we spend awhile getting into the weeds and discussing pain science, Bayesian reasoning, and the future of artificial intelligence in guiding treatment protocols. Check out the full conversation with Ian if you want to hear two dorks talk about things like "epistemic humility" - or if you want to hear one of the smartest fellas in fitness explain how he thinks about pain. Check out more fro...

71 MINAPR 6
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Ian Kaplan (Hybrid Performance Method)

Jason Collins, PhD on Loss Aversion and Ergodicity Economics

People are predictably irrational, right? We have a poor intuitive understanding of statistics, we leap to drawing cause and effect relationships where none exist, we don’t understand exponential growth very well, and we gorge ourselves on junk food and junk television. We’re broken! While there are all kinds of quirks to our built-in reasoning hardware, some of those quirks might not be as irrational as they seem. Jason Collins has a PhD in economics and evolutionary biology, and he’s long been writing about they ways in which our "cognitive biases" may - in some cases - actually be adaptive decision-making strategies. In this episode, we dig into some of Jason’s recent posts on ergodicity, and how that may inform the "loss averse" ways that humans make decisions. While this episode does get pretty technical, anyone who is interested should take a look at Jason’s blog posts on the topic. [Note: In this episode I talk about logarithmic functions as asymptotic functions. This is...

85 MINMAR 23
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Jason Collins, PhD on Loss Aversion and Ergodicity Economics

Joshua Becker, PhD on Polarization, Collective Intelligence & Social Tipping Points

Joshua Becker studies computational social science - particularly collective intelligence and tipping points. Joshua has recently published some papers on polarization showing that the grim headlines about an increasingly fractured society unable to agree on basic facts about the world might not be quite right. Joshua also discusses the way that societies hit "tipping points" and how the networked relationships of human beings interact to create change. Check out the full episode to find out how polarization impacts our ability to learn from each other and why "be the change you wish to see in the world" isn’t just a corny platitude. Check out more from Joshua here: Website: www.joshua-becker.com | Research Twitter: @joshua_a_becker If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mai...

77 MINMAR 9
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Joshua Becker, PhD on Polarization, Collective Intelligence & Social Tipping Points

Jason Crawford (The Roots of Progress)

Jason Crawford studies the history of innovation on his blog The Roots of Progress with detailed case studies on things like the invention of the bicycle, the invention of steel, and how we decided between alternating and direct current. In this conversation, we discuss why my skeptical and argumentative 16-year-old self was misguided about the nature of progress and what Jason has learned through his studies of historical progress. We also discuss possible causes of stagnation in economic growth and scientific discovery, as well as the differences between studying history from a top down vs a bottom up approach. Check out more from Jason and The Roots of Progress here: Website: www.rootsofprogress.org | www.jasoncrawford.org Twitter: @jasoncrawford | @rootsofprogress If you're enjoying the show, the best way to support it is by sharing with your friends. If you don't have any friends, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can...

74 MINFEB 24
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Jason Crawford (The Roots of Progress)
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