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Latest Podcasts

June, 2021

  • 2 June

    Non-False Fabrication, With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #717]

    ...or How Cherry-Picking Helped Ruin Science, the Economy, Race Relations, Higher Ed, America, and the World (BUT can you put it to work for you?!) (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 9) Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Today: How a biologically inevitable mental shortcut called availability bias leads to (and enables) the destructive practices of cherry-picking and "non-false fabrication We'll explore: * how one or two missing puzzle pieces can completely distort the full picture. * by controlling what information is available, you have major ...

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  • 1 June

    The Map Is Not the Territory [FREE A/V #716]

    (FREE A/V - DISCOMFORT WEEK! - Part 2 of 4) Recorded February 18, 2019 - How did our week of "do the more uncomfortable thing" go? What awkward social situations did it create? More discussion about block scheduling, the "stairway of influence," and how to identify and accentuate what's working in our business relationships. *This show also addresses cognitive distortions, and the stories we might tell ourselves in search of comfort. OUR NEXT VIRTUAL SUMMIT IS JUNE 7&8 Visit to learn more about this exciting new presentation, the topics, and bonuses Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only ...

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  • 1 June

    The Split Personality of Entrepreneurship [FREE A/V #715]

    (FREE A/V - DISCOMFORT WEEK! - Part 1 of 4) Recorded January 11, 2019 - Back together in Pittsburgh, Brett and Andrew discuss a book called The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It. The book was written decades ago and last updated at the dawn of the digital revolution, but it contains wisdom still very relevant to us today. The E-Myth describes the self-employed or small business owner as a person who initially tries to play three distinct roles: a technician, a manager, and an entrepreneur. Brett and Andrew evaluate their aptitudes in each area, and discuss strategies for improving. OUR NEXT VIRTUAL SUMMIT IS JUNE 7&8 Visit to learn more about this ...

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Supporter-Only Content

February, 2021

  • 24 February

    Let’s Not Prepare Kids For A World That Sucks [Un-iversity]

    This conversation has a very nice crescendo. On Sunday I hosted the weekly discussion group as I sat in a parking lot in what I call a very dystopian part of Pittsburgh - in the shadow of a giant Google complex watching people wait in line for food. (I'll explain more) It was very candid conversation about parenting struggles, largely around screen time. It eventually turns to the question "should people prepare their kids to exist in an increasingly unconscious and docile society?" I suggest (from the observation of my surroundings) that this world and is already here, but none of "us" are really living in it. Joel joins in to encourage everyone to go beyond the first question, shift ...

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  • 12 February

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s04e02) Get Out.

    Listener and friend Jay joins us again, helping us launch our new rotating TDZ format (Brett's pain point -> Andrew's pain point -> listener pain point). It begins as a calm and constructive look at how to "get out of your own way,"  shame, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, and countering negative self-talk (like in the previous episode). Then about half way through we discover some new elements of Jay's story, and it transforms into a fiery conversation about failed relationships, how to know when they've failed, when to get out, and how to move on. MUSIC: "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad -> Cold Rain and Snow" The Grateful Dead "Get the Hell" Supersuckers "The Lonely Bull" Herb Alpert ...

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  • 10 February

    Ritual Humiliation [UN-IVERSITY]

    A very large group convenes to discuss the recent viral Time Magazine article called "The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election." It was presented to me a "confession" but I see more as psychological warfare and demoralization. Scott Hambrick joined us for the discussion and called a "ritual humiliation" of all non-blue-pilled Americans. Then Scott asked: so now that we know this is how politics will work going forward, what do we do? This led to one of my favorite Un-iversity discussions to date, and from there we transition into communication strategies to reach the potentially reachable people in our personal lives, at this incredibly crucial time. Several new voices and points of view here! ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

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