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Choice Conversations

Choice Conversations is a personal development podcast, dedicated to helping you improve your life, one *choice* at a time! I cover the following topics: * Holistic health, including physical, emotional, and spiritual health. * Improving relationships, be they between parents and children, romantic partners, or friends and family. * Being successful with money and in business. * Having a purposeful, fulfilling life. * Finding peace and happiness. If you like the podcast and want to contribute, please become a patron. Anything you can give would be appreciated: https://www.patreon.com/ChoiceConversations If you’re temporarily short on cash, there are other ways to help out. One way is to go on itunes and subscribe, rate and review. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2&ls=1 Sharing on social media is another. This will help the show to grow, which helps me do what I want to do -> help as many people as possible. Thank you for your time and good will. Make the choice to be great!
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Dec 31, 2013
The Dog Whisperer and Human Nature

 

Steve Patterson joins me for the greatly anticipated Dog Whisperer show.  We discuss the TV program The Dog Whisper, and very quickly the conversation turns toward comparing the techniques Cesar Millan uses to train dogs to the tactics parents use to control their children.  Are there parenting lessons to be learned from Cesar?  What is human nature?  Is it hierarchical as is the nature of canines?  

 

 

 

And just what exactly does Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter have to do with all of this?  You’ll have to listen to find out!  :)

 

 

 

This is Choice Conversations’ first Christmas episode, recorded Christmas Eve 2013.  Happy Holidays to all the wonderful listeners!  It is truly a privilege to have this opportunity to connect, share, and learn with you.

 

 

 

Here is the podcast mentioned on today’s show with Wes Bertrand and Darrel Becker where we discussed whether or not Non-Violent Communication went against human nature:  http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/judgment-and-responsibility-with-darrell-becker-and-wes-bertrand

 

 

 

Here are previous podcasts on parenting: 

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-world-is-our-classroom-with-miro-and-lainie

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/webpage/category/Parenting

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

 

   

 

             

 

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Dec 17, 2013
The World is Our Classroom with Miro and Lainie

 

Miro and Lainie from the Raising Miro on the Road of Life travel blog and podcast join me for a wonderful conversation.  Lainie and her son tell me all about their life on the road in South America, living outside of the main stream, unschooling, or “world schooling” as they call it, using travel as a tool for education for both son and mother.  In addition to education, much time is spent discussing the partnership that is required for successful, fulfilling parenting.

 

Plus we find out which HP Lovecraft tale is Miro’s favorite!  :)

 

Find more from Miro and Lainie here:  http://www.raisingmiro.com/

 

Previous podcasts on travel: 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-search-for-greener-pastures-with-erik-townsend-part-1

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-search-for-greener-pastures-with-erik-townsend-part-2

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

   

             

Bumper music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZv1rNqoNxo

Dec 8, 2013
Why We Love Shakespeare with Carson and Jeff

 

Carson and Jeff from Bardcast, the Shakespeare podcast, join me to discuss the life and works of William Shakespeare.  This is a fun conversation where we discuss why we love Shakespeare, and attempt to answer questions like “Is Shakespeare still relevant today?”  and “Was Shakespeare a racist?”  In addition, we spend some time talking about the glorious rock star life style us podcasters get to enjoy, and close it out with a short list of Carson’s favorite Shakespeare themed films and plays.

 

Find more from Carson and Jeff here:  http://bardcast.blogspot.com/

 

We spend more time discussing King Lear than any of Shakespeare’s other plays, simply because it was the play I’d read most recently and had closest to the forefront of my mind.  :)  I should mention there are spoilers for King Lear in this podcast.

 

Here is the lecture on King Lear mentioned during the show:  

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/king-lear-audio

 

 

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

                

Bumper music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZv1rNqoNxo

Nov 25, 2013
Bitcoin: Silk Road to Hell

 

So bitcoin is a can’t miss investment that is guaranteed to go up, right?  Steve Patterson joins me to discuss some of the reasons why that might not be the case.  Is bitcoin too volatile to be a useful currency?  Is bitcoin the AOL of cryptocurrencies?  How do you perform a valuation of bitcoin as you would other investments?  This fun conversation goes in many directions, covering topics like the Silk Road website, the NSA, pornography, gambling, privacy, competing currencies, and more.

 

Find out more about bitcoin here:  http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/episode-117-a-bit-about-bit-coin

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

                

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

Nov 19, 2013
Judgment and Responsibility with Darrell Becker and Wes Bertrand

In this conversation Darrell Becker and Wes Bertrand joined me to tackle the topics of judgment and responsibility.  I found that these two things, judgment and responsibility (or denial of responsibility as is often the case) often go together.  We discuss how these topics handled using Non-violent communication (NVC), and go over many examples, including events in the news, sexism, the Free Domaain Radio podcast, and more!

 

Find more from Darrell here:

http://voluntaryvisions.blogspot.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-trivium-and-non-violent-communication-with-darrell-becker

 

Find more from Wes here:

http://completeliberty.com/

http://happinesscounseling.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-virgin-diet-and-n-1-experiments-with-wes-bertrand

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/complete-liberty-with-wes-bertrand

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

                

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

Nov 8, 2013
The Search for Greener Pastures with Erik Townsend, part 2

 

The conversation continues with Erik Townsend, as he tells us about his epic journey around the world.  

 

Many topics are explored, including the following:  How do the considerations differ when evaluating a place for snow birding verses a primary residence?  Hawaii is a hell hole?  Why not the Carribean?  But isn’t Europe fiscally insolvent?  What was it like living out of a suit case perpetually?  What about our good friends in the TSA?  What are some good survival tips for this type of traveling?  What is the value in agility?  And finally, what was Erik’s pick for a home base?  What about a plan B in case things sour there?  Conclusions?

 

 

 

Below are the travel destinations covered in this show:

 

 

 

Honolulu

 

San Sebastian

 

Paris

 

Cannes (France)

 

Monaco

 

Munich

 

The Italian country side

 

Montreal

 

And more on Hong Kong and Puerto Vallarta

 

 

 

If you missed part 1, you’ll find it here:  http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-search-for-greener-pastures-with-erik-townsend-part-1

 

 

 

Find more from Erik here:

 

http://www.eriktownsend.com/

 

http://www.financialsense.com/financial-sense-newshour

 

 

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/slow-motion-armageddon-with-erik-townsend

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/episode-10-green-shoots-erik-townsend-interview

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/getting-technical-with-townsend

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-argument-against-hyperinflation-with-erik-townsend

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/beyond-peak-oil-part-1-of-2

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/beyond-peak-oil-part-2-of-2

 

 

 

Looking for a house in Maine?  Buy Erik’s house!  http://www.eriktownsend.com/Latest/maine-waterfront-property-for-sale.html

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

 

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

 

                

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0H3RlaQVrM

Oct 28, 2013
The Search for Greener Pastures with Erik Townsend, part 1

 

Erik Townsend is back, but this time to cover a different topic: world travel!  Erik had spent his entire life living in the United States, and thought it was time to evaluate what the rest of the world had to offer.  Erik tells us about his epic trip around the world, evaluating alternative residences.

 

 

 

Learn about the differences between traveling to a location for recreation and actually living there.  Why is it that recognizing that a place is up and coming is not the same thing as determining it is a place where you’ll want to live?  Find out that and much more, including what Erik liked and didn’t like about the following places:

 

 

 

Hong Kong

 

Thailand

 

Mexico City

 

Puerto Vallarta

 

Argentina

 

Chile

 

Australia

 

New Zealand

 

 

 

In order to keep the shows to a more readily digestible size, I broke the interview into two episodes.  This is part one.  Part two can be found here: http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-search-for-greener-pastures-with-erik-townsend-part-2

 

 

 

 

 

Find more from Erik here:

 

http://www.eriktownsend.com/

 

http://www.financialsense.com/financial-sense-newshour

 

 

 

Looking for a house in Maine?  Buy Erik’s house!  http://www.eriktownsend.com/Latest/maine-waterfront-property-for-sale.html

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

 

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Oct 15, 2013
Old School Value Investing with Jae Jun

Jae Jun from the Old School Value blog joins me to talk about value investing.  We discuss what is value investing, as well as the importance of having a systematic approach.  Jae tells us about some of the specifics to his investment strategy, including tactics to help prevent letting your emotions sabotage your ability to successfully manage your money.

 

 

 

You’ll find Jae’s blog, along with the great utilities and resources mentioned during the podcast, right here:  http://www.oldschoolvalue.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0H3RlaQVrM

Sep 23, 2013
Slow Motion Armageddon with Erik Townsend

 

Erik Townsend returns to the show to discuss what he sees as a slow motion Armageddon.  Yes, there are deep problems in the global financial system, but they’re not going to manifest overnight.  It will play out over many years, as the United States uses financial repression to attempt to get out from under its debt load.  What can you do to protect yourself?

 

 

 

Many other topics are explored in this enlightening interview: Syria, hypocrisy from Obama, gold and the likelihood of confiscation, the NSA and the police state, and the lack of critical thinking in the United States.

 

 

 

Find more from Erik here:

 

http://www.eriktownsend.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 19, 2013
No Tapering with Andrew Horowitz

By popular demand Andrew Horowitz is back!  We discuss the Fed’s decision not to taper and how fundamentals are out the window right now if you’re trying to invest in these markets.  Andrew talks about how technicals are the only thing working in this environment, and then provides some details of his technical based product Trigger Point Research.  Trigger Point Research provides subscribers with detailed, actionable trades, where to get in, where to get out, sent directly to their phones the moment the markets give a signal. 

 

 

 

Get a free trial here:  http://triggerpointresearch.com/freetrial

 

 

 

After the 2 week free trial, Choice Conversations listeners get a 35% discount for the first month using the following coupon code:  chrismoney 

 

Thanks Andrew!

 

 

 

Find more from Andrew here:  http://www.thedisciplinedinvestor.com

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/andrew-horowitz-the-disciplined-investor

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 12, 2013
Couples Communication with Dr. Warren Farrell

 

Acclaimed author Warren Farrell joins me to discuss couples communication.  We talk about how the human species evolved a certain reaction to criticism which was useful during more primitive times, but is no longer serving us in modern times as we try to have fulfilling marriages.  The focus is primarily on communication with a life partner, but we dip into parenting, education, and communication with friends, co-workers, or anyone!

 

 

 

http://www.warrenfarrell.com/

 

 

 

Meet Warren in person!  Scroll to the bottom to find his latest appearances, including the one discussed on the show in Big Sur:  http://www.warrenfarrell.com/sample-page/

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook and share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

 

 

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Aug 30, 2013
The Trivium and NonViolent Communication with Darrell Becker

 

Darrell Becker from Tragedy and Hope joined Steve Patterson and me to discuss merging the Trivium with Non-Violent Communication.  This was a fun and fascinating journey into melding two seemingly very different things, a strategy for learning and a strategy for connecting with yourself and others, and finding that the sum of the parts creates something greater.

 

Darrell is the first person I’ve interviewed where he was the one to initiate contact.  He’s been a long time listener, and it was a new and pleasurable experience to have a fan of the show on as a guest. 

 

Find more from Darrell below:

 

Darrell’s blog:  http://voluntaryvisions.blogspot.com/

 

Darrell on Tragedy and Hope, Merging the Trivium with NVC: https://www.tragedyandhope.com/history-merging-the-trivium-method-with-nvc/

 

 

 

Darrell on Unplugged Mom: http://www.unpluggedmom.com/umradio-podcast/8654/

 

 

 

 

 

Below you’ll find more information on the topics we discussed:

 

Previous podcasts on the Trivium:

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/episode-115-the-trivium-education-with-jan-irvin

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/episode-116-gene-odening-on-the-trivium

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/rhetoric-with-gene-odening 

 

Non-Violent Communication:  http://www.cnvc.org/

 

 

 

Parent Effectiveness Training:  http://www.gordontraining.com/parent-programs/parent-effectiveness-training-p-e-t/

 

Previous podcasts on Parent Effectiveness Training: http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-basics-of-p-e-t

 

 

 

Pete Gerlach’s site on Inner Family Systems Therapy:  http://sfhelp.org/gwc/guide1.htm

 

Previous podcasts with Pete Gerlach:

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/breaking-the-cycle-with-peter-gerlach

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/five-personal-marital-and-family-hazards-with-pete-gerlach

 

 

 

42 Fallacies: http://aphilosopher.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/42-fallacies.pdf

 

Rhetorical Triangle: http://www.mrgunnar.net/ap.cfm?subpage=347030

 

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff:  http://www.amazon.com/Continuum-Concept-Happiness-Classics-Development/dp/0201050714/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377811154&sr=1-1&keywords=jean+liedloff

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 21, 2013
The Virgin Diet and N=1 Experiments with Wes Bertrand

Wes Bertrand from the Complete Liberty Podcast joins me to talk about my personal experience with the Virgin Diet, as well as a general look at N=1 experiments.  We spend a good bit of time discussing what makes for good science: removing bias, controlling variables, and so on, while mixing in my own anecdotal findings while trying JJ Virgin's elimination diet.

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like what you hear from me, "like" me on facebook and share my page with your friends:

 

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Find more from Wes here:

http://completeliberty.com/

http://healthymindfitbody.com/

http://happinesscounseling.com/

http://logicallearning.net/

 

 

 

Bumper music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8ECalN6oXI

Aug 14, 2013
Snowden, Manning, the FED, and Competing Currencies with Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson joined me for a free-flowing discussion, a “BS session” if you will.  A potpourri of subjects was covered, including the following:

 

  • Edward Snowden
  • Bradley Manning
  • traitors vs heroes
  • The American Revolution
  • 9/11
  • critical thinking skills
  • questioning authority (but I repeat myself)
  • the economy
  • What would you do if you were chairman of the FED?
  • inflation
  • competing currencies
  • being bearish during a bull market
  • the challenges of running a podcast
  • being star struck
  • setting major life goals
  • success in sales
  • debating politics
  • The difference between progressives, conservatives, and libertarians
  • “speed reading” audiobooks and podcasts with applications like stitcher:  http://www.stitcher.com/

Steve breaks up a bit for a minute or two in the middle of the podcast, but the audio quickly improves afterward.  Don’t get discouraged, it won’t last long!

Aug 13, 2013
Street Smarts with Jim Rogers

 

I was privileged to have the chance to speak with legendary investor Jim Rogers.  Jim is one of my favorite authors, as his books are not only full of great investing advice, but they also hold a wealth of lessons that are useful in all facets of life.  We spent much of the time talking about his latest book, Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets, which details his journey to this point in his life.  It is quite possibly his best book yet!

 

 

 

Jim is a hero of mine, having already accomplished two of my personal goals.  One, he “retired” from his day job, and then began “working” for himself investing his own money for a living.  Two, he then became an accomplished world traveler.  I too am working toward both of these goals. 

 

 

 

I have to admit, I was a little star struck during the interview because I admire Jim so much.  If I didn’t have a few talking points written down ahead of time this could have been a VERY short interview, as my mind was blank for much of the time.  :)  Fortunately, Jim cared the day and the show still turned out great. 

 

 

 

Find more from Jim here:

 

http://www.jimrogers.com/

 

 

 

And definitely check out his books.  Street Smarts and A Gift for my Children are required reading for anyone, not just those who are interested in investing:

 

http://www.jimrogers.com/books/listing/                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumper music: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xA84aIAWEk

Aug 6, 2013
Investment Strategies with Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig, author of Own the World, is back for another great discussion.  Andy starts by sharing his journey from working on “The Hill” in DC, to working as a broker in the banking industry, to starting his own business, and recently returning to investment banking.  We learn how he developed his strategies for investing and get a small peak “under the hood” at some of the details of these strategies. 

 

 

 

Check out Andy’s blog:

 

http://www.plainenglishfinance.com/

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xA84aIAWEk

Jul 16, 2013
Eat More, Exercise Less, and Lose Weight with Dr. Jack Kruse

 

Today, I’m joined by neurosurgeon Jack Kruse.  Dr. Kruse used foundational laws of science to develop protocols to maximize hormones in the body and optimize health.  This is done by timing when to eat, getting in tune with natural circadian rhythms, using cold thermogenesis, and most importantly utilizing labs. 

 

Dr. Kruse tells out about the success he’s had, doing such amazing things as adding muscle mass without weight lifting and losing weight while eating more and exercising less!  I considered titling this episode “Live Like a Polar Bear, Eat Like a Great White Shark.”  :)

 

 

 

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Today’s show was just the tip of the iceberg.  Find out more here:

 

http://www.jackkruse.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 8, 2013
Rhetoric with Gene Odening

 

Gene Odening comes back to continue the discussion of the trivium, this time focusing on rhetoric.  Gene takes us on a walk through many topics: history, philosophy, psychology, politics, education, Non-violent Communication, and tying all of it back to the trivium.  The show ends with Gene detailing ways you can increase your skill with rhetoric.

 

 

 

Trivium Resources:

 

http://www.triviumeducation.com/

 

http://www.gnosticmedia.com/triviumstudy

 

http://triviumbinder.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.unpluggedmom.com/tag/trivium/

 

http://www.triviumpursuit.com/

 

http://board.freedomainradio.com/forums/t/29741.aspx

 

 

 

Rhetoric Resources:

 

http://librivox.org/rhetoric-by-aristotle/

 

http://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Book-Intelligent-Touchstone/dp/0671212095/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373312561&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+read+a+book

 

http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Rhetoric-Aristotle-Student-Guide/dp/1930953445/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373308400&sr=8-1&keywords=rhetoric+aristotle+student+guide

 

 

 

Also discussed during the show:

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/who-is-chris-stefanick

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/five-personal-marital-and-family-hazards-with-pete-gerlach

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/radical-unschooling-with-dayna-martin

 

http://www.cnvc.org/

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle/dp/0345409469

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemony

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cartoon-History-Universe-Volumes-1-7/dp/0385265204

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cartoon-History-Universe-Volumes-8-13/dp/0385420935/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cartoon-History-Universe-III/dp/0393324036/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

 

 

 

Here are the show notes Gene promised during the interview:

 

“The comprehensive self-study course on Rhetoric is:

 

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Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle, Student Guide - by Martin Cothran (Note: the books Rhetoric by Aristotle & W. Rhys Roberts, as well as How To Read a Book by Adler & Van Doren are also required for this course.)

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Thumbnail sketch of Formal Rhetoric

 

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RHETORIC - Systematic Wisdom - persuasively expressing or using Knowledge (general grammar) and Understanding (Aristotelean logic).

 

> (Definition of Art - Anything produced by the "arm" of man ["arm" is being used metaphorically to reference etymology]. This is, again, a broad definition that includes the concept of "fine art" which is the most popular connotation of "art". It can be either an idea having only mental existence or a physical art-ifact produced by the "arm" of man from an idea. An unwritten poem passed on from one person to another is an example of the former; a novel, an opera, a sculpture, a space shuttle, or the protocols of medicine are examples of the latter.)

 

Systematic Wisdom is not the art of persuasion and explanation itself, but the art of selecting the best means of persuasion and explanation from a set of known principles. 

 

As a body of Knowledge has been gathered and arranged, and an Understandable summary or conclusion has been made from that arrangement, the choice of how best to communicate this information to others must be considered and, in the process, the subject being examined usually comes into a still sharper focus to the author of the propositional argument. At this point of clarity, the entire propositional argument can be called a "Statement of Rationale". That is, the conclusion, and - of equal importance - the thought processes behind that conclusion have been stated. In a modern context, what is often overlooked when considering the Wisdom Phase is that it can be more than a form of conceptual expression; i.e., of simply being the Art of Persuasion. In times past, civic matters were the major concerns, and the art of having others come to one's point of view was of paramount importance. Today, due to its product of mental clarity, rhetoric can also be used to provide a physical outcome by deducing a "Statement of Protocols" (a set of instructions) from the Statement of Rationale. A physical result or a man-ufactured artifact can be actualized by proceeding from Knowledge, to Understanding, and on through the Wisdom Phase. Again, this is a broader view of rhetoric than the view proposed by the ancients. 

 

The elements of Systematic Wisdom are:

 

1. The five stages (or what are called "canons") of composition:

 

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1] invention, 2] arrangement, 3] style, 4] memory, and 5] delivery.

 

2. The three types of discourse: deliberative (political), judicial (forensic), and ceremonial (epideictic). They are related to time: future, past, and present tense, respectively. 

 

The Past and Future belong to men; the eternally present Now belongs to the gods.

--Aristotle

 

3. The three appeals: rational, emotional, and ethical. Stated more succinctly in Classical terms: the rational is the Logos of the proposition or argument being presented, the emotional is the Pathos of the audience, and ethical is the Ethos of the author or orator of the proposition. 

 

4. Types of proofs: inartificial (which is external, objective evidence), artificial (is subjectively devised or invented by the author of the proof or argument). 

 

5. The topics --

 

The common topics: genus or kind, comparison, and consequence.

 

The special topics: the right and expedient (deliberative), the just and unjust (forensic), praise and blame (epideictic). 

 

> Oration (Wisdom presented in formal speech)

 

6. Arrangement: the five parts of classical oration: introduction (exordium), statement of facts, confirmation, refutation, and conclusion (peroration).

 

7. Style: diction (selection of most appropriate words), sentences (length, type, and variety), rhetorical figures (schemes and figures of speech or tropes).

 

Skilled Wisdom authors can use the discipline in two senses. In its most fundamental form, Systematic Wisdom is the art of efficiently passing thoughts from one person to others. In its most effective form, it is the art of passing "validated" thoughts from one person to others. 

 

The internet is a valuable adjunct to the concepts presented above. A simple word search on any of the technical terms listed should suffice to bring the proper clarification needed to implement a useful rhetorical dissertation.

 

A SUMMARY OF WISDOM / RHETORIC

 

> The work of Wisdom is the cogently expressed communication of Knowledge and Understanding. It leads to a higher levels of knowledge and understanding: the knowing of Knowledge and the understanding of Understanding.

 

> The effect of Wisdom is to demonstrate the usefulness of Knowledge and Understanding. That is, it is to display the insight - the thought process - in an article of persuasion or in the formulation of an outcome.

 

>Through the skilled use of rhetoric, all planned human activity can be communicated and directed. This is a two edged sword. Rhetoric / Wisdom can be directed to beneficial or to malevolent goals.

 

Let us end by reviewing some of the personal benefits which are inherent in the Trivium Method. The following will be most efficiently and effectively realized by using the trivium to train the mind for critical and creative thinking: 1] the path to a challenging, productive livelihood can be intelligently defined; 2] sound physical and psychological health, a judicious ethical standard, a high level of self esteem and the sense of well-being can be optimized; 3] rewarding personal relationships will manifest through the cultivation of beneficial ethics and well being; and 4] the astuteness to best discern the issues (i.e., the quality of information) regarding security will be developed. That is only the beginning. An adherent of the Method can acquire elevated levels of penetrating insight which would otherwise not be available. Through that insight he can also self-teach the contents of a propositional argument or of an entire, formalized subject of knowledge if he chooses to bring his - likewise - heightened focus to doing so. When a culture's government, education systems, and news media are not corrupt, the constant need for "fact checking" is not as critical as it is during the periods of dis-information and propaganda like that which we are currently experiencing. The trivium is the premier method for independent fact checking. The next two benefits of insight are corollaries: 1] a person is truly educated in that he can now thoroughly entertain any idea without necessarily embracing it (this was an observation made by Aristotle); and, 2] traveling somewhat in another direction, he becomes free from the prison of his own prejudicial opinions ... he obtains an open mind. Because the trivium harmonizes subjective thought with objective reality, he could, in fact, develop new and original propositional arguments and entire bodies of knowledge as competently as those respected people who have preceded him. An integral person, one who is fully mindful, is limited only by his or her interests and ambitions.

 

He is happy, as well as great who needs neither to obey nor to command in order to be something -- 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ”

 

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Jul 4, 2013
Healthy Skin and Hair with Liz Wolfe

 

Liz Wolfe joins me to discuss healthy skin and hair.  She provides us with practical, natural solutions that you can make at home for shaving, hair care, and more!   There is much more where this came from at her sites below.  Check them out!

 

 

 

Liz’s sites:

 

http://cavegirleats.com/

 

http://skinterventionguide.com/

 

http://balancedbites.com/podcast

 

 

 

As discussed during the show:

 

http://purelyprimalskincare.com/easy-homemade-toner-for-sensitive-skin/

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Vitamin-Solution-Strategy-Problems/dp/0452296889

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumper music:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ucKaYr7h4

Jun 28, 2013
Leader Effectiveness Training with Steve Crandall

 

Steve Crandall joins me to discuss Leader Effectiveness Training, as developed by Thomas Gordon.  LET is a method of communication and conflict resolution that enables anyone who has been placed in a leadership position to get better results and to do it in a manner that is pleasant for both the leader and their followers.  It is based on the same principals as Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training, which of course has been mentioned numerous times on the show.

 

 

 

To find out more from Steve go to his website:

 

http://www.crandallpartners.com/

 

 

 

Or send Steve an email:

 

steve@crandallpartners.com

 

 

 

Gordon Training International’s site a tremendous resource for LET:

 

http://www.gordontraining.com/

 

 

 

Gordon's essay What Every Leader Should Know:

 

http://www.gordontraining.com/wp-content/uploads/What%20Every%20Leader%20Should%20Know%202012.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Bumper music:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB9LXpO6yWo

Jun 12, 2013
The God of Atheists with Stefan Molyneux

 

Stefan Molyneux is back, and this time we discuss his fantastic novel The God of Atheists.  I had a ton of fun talking about this book with Stefan, and if you’ve not yet read it, don’t worry, this episode does not contain any spoilers.

 

And if you’ve not yet read The God of Atheists, I have to ask why not?  This novel is truly a masterwork, the most important work of fiction since The Fountain Head.  You’ve got to read this book!

 

 

 

The paperback version can be found here:

 

http://www.lulu.com/shop/stefan-molyneux/the-god-of-atheists-softcover/paperback/product-1775028.html;jsessionid=E620D82D6A8242A91415F77BAECF6534

 

 

 

PDF and audio versions of the book are available for gold donors on Stef's website: 

 

http://www.freedomainradio.com/Donate.aspx

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j1sxvun384

Jun 11, 2013
Punished by Rewards with Alfie Kohn

Steve Patterson co-hosts with me as we talk to Alfie Kohn, the best-selling author of many books on parenting and education.  We spend a large portion of the show discussing how using punishments and rewards, carrots and sticks, teaches children that they are only loved under certain conditions, they are only valuable when they do good.   There are many ramifications of this approach, none of which are desirable.  We also discuss some of the flaws of the public education system, how it crushes the natural desire of children to learn.

 

Find more from Alfie Kohn here:  http://www.alfiekohn.org/index.php

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0H3RlaQVrM

Jun 4, 2013
Deconverted with Seth Andrews

In this show I speak with Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason, and founder of the website and podcast The Thinking Atheist.

 

 

 

We talk about Seth’s journey from being a Christian radio DJ to being a public advocate for truth, what proof is required to believe in a deity, free markets, and more!

 

 

 

Please visit Seth’s wonderful site and buy his book:

 

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xA84aIAWEk

May 17, 2013
Andrew Horowitz, The Disciplined Investor

 

Andrew Horowitz joins me to discuss investing in the financial markets.  He talks about his journey working in the industry the last 20 plus years and how much things have changed.  We discuss the economy, and learn what do you do when the economy and the market send you different signals. 

 

Find more from Andrew here:

 

http://www.thedisciplinedinvestor.com

 

 

 

Bumper music:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAdQzCq53XE

May 10, 2013
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen with Adele Faber

 

With Mother’s Day looming, there is no better time to have on one of my favorite mothers, Adele Faber.  In this show, we both share stories about our experience as parents.  Adele talks about the new edition of her best seller How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids will Talk and provides us with scores of sage advice.

 

 

 

You can find Adele here:  http://www.fabermazlish.com/

 

And her books here:  http://www.fabermazlish.com/publications.php

 

 

 

Bumper music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

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