The Anthony Boyd Podcast is an experiment in the articulation of the undercurrents of life, and modern society as a whole, through a multitude of lenses—specifically, psychology, philosophy, theology, science fiction and technology.
In Season 5, I wrestle with one of life's most asked question: "Does life have meaning?" Recently, I've found Yahshua(Jesus Christ) and I'm going to be giving a Christian Theological perspective on the meaning of life. I'll be starting with Gods existence and working through the intricacies of the Big Bang. Stay tuned.
In this episode, I give a little motivational speech, share some technology and health news as well as some simple tips for content creation.
Someone tried to track their kid with apples new AirTags. AirTags are used to track/locate lost or stolen items such as keys, wallets, etc. This person decided to see if they can use it as a long distance locator device. Luckily, this shouldn’t present any true privacy concerns because apple implemented a feature that cuts down on unwanted tracking.
Call of duty 2021 is being developed by sledgehammer, Activision confirms. Look, I think im about tired of call of duty after what they pulled with Cold War. Cold War was garbage. I played it a grand total of 8 times. Not a fan.
Sony is talking about integrating discord into its playstation. That would be awesome because I know ALOT of gamers who’s community lives within the discord app.
Apparently, there’s a website that calculates how lazy, er, I mean hard you have to binge to finish a show in time. Whatever that means. I think binging content is useless and life draining but to actually calculate how hard you have to binge to finish it is even more loser-esque, but thats just me.
Your Apple Watch will track your alcohol intake? Also, In addition to alcohol intake, it will be able to track blood pressure, blood glucose. Wow. You know what, this actually shouldn’t surprise me because I think data is such a huge commodity.
In this podcast, we go tinfoil hat. We take it to the science fiction level and explore the possibility(again) that we may be living in a simulation. This time we use the concept of procedural generation to give credence simulation theory.
At first I use to laugh when people brought simulation theory up. I would scoff and say “you think we live in a computer?” Then I would humor them and ask “but what would be the point of this simulation?”
I studied engineering. And along with engineering I studied heavy mathematics which is the language of the universe. And the more I thought about it, the more simulation theory seemed to make sense. Think about it, it’s almost as if this whole universe is made up of code. There’s constants, a formula gravity and golden ratios, etc.
I saw a movie called “Mandela effect” the other night and, yes...this is another episode on the Mandela effect and simulation theory but we have more cool terms to play with, Procedural generation, top-down cosmology and the observer effect.
Procedural generation is creation of data by computers.
When content is created quasi-randomly by a computer rather than manually programmed by a human. Think, mmorpgs or final fantasy where monsters and loot drops are generated randomly.
How does this play into simulation theory. Well, I don’t really know. This is a tin foil hat episode and we’re having some fun here. So, let’s try to connect some dots.
That new age, law of attraction stuff we always talk about? Yeah, what if we play a part in the world as we experience it. In other words, what if our thoughts create our world. This would be similar to procedural generation in gaming except we set an intention and that intention manifests or is generated where it wasn’t before.
Or what if we don’t create intentionally? That is we “create by default” as Esther and Abraham Hicks put it. Where we just experience things by random?
Say for instance we stand outside a building, maybe it’s our gym. We “know” what’s in the gym: exercise equipment, personal trainers, etc. But is it really? When we’re on the outside of the building, are those things really in there if we don’t observe them?
In other words, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound, does the forest even exist when we aren’t observing it?
Now why would our world be set up like this? Well, if we are in a simulation, that would probably mean we exist inside some super computer. But that super computer would require immense energy to run.
Procedural generation would probably ensure that the system isn’t wasting resources on data that isn’t in use at the moment, that’s is until we observe anything.
Now where does the Mandela effect come in? In the movie, Mandela effect, the story insinuated that these “false memories” were glitches in the system. Or patches by the “programmer(s)” of this simulation we live in. But then it started to point to the possibility of multiple realities colliding. That is, curious George might not have a tail in this reality but he might have his tail in another reality.
Or maybe the monopoly man has his monocle in another a reality but not this one.
In this episode, I give a brief news segment and we dive into the process of putting yourself together from the standpoint of self-help/personal development. We speak about the importance of utility of reparenting from the perspective of Dr. Nicole LePera and we use some concepts from Dr. Jordan B. Petersons 12 Rules For Life.
News segment starts at 4:11
Main topic starts at 17:43
Ransomware was on the rise in 2020, making up 81% of all finically motivated attacks. Read more.
Also, ransomware attackers are teaming up with traders of questionable character to short stocks. Read more.
Electric car sales rose by 43% in 2020 despite the pandemic. Read more.
The nature vs nurture argument is still booming. The guardian says “Genetic differences between identical twins can begin very early in embryonic development, according to a study that researchers say has implications for examining the effects of nature versus nurture.” Read more.
Stress + Sleep deprivation can lead to concussion like symptoms. Read more.
“Being fat linked with worse heart health even in people who exercise.”
It goes on to say ““One cannot be ‘fat but healthy’,” said study author Dr. Alejandro Lucia of the European University, Madrid, Spain. “This was the first nationwide analysis to show that being regularly active is not likely to eliminate the detrimental health effects of excess body fat. Our findings refute the notion that a physically active lifestyle can completely negate the deleterious effects of overweight and obesity.” Read more.
Learn more about reparenting here
Does social media atrophy our communication skills by way of the mechanisms implemented to keep us as passive consumers on the platform?(You can already tell the position I'm taking just by reading that question).
In this episode I explore 3 arguments for and against the pros and cons of social medias influence on our ability to communicate.
Technology is accelerating the rift between the those who are thriving and those who are suffering. Those who fail to take advantage of technological advancements will continue to fall behind.
TLDR: People are angry with Kevin Samuels because he's speaking the truth of thousands of men and they're not use to that and they simply don't want to hear it—especially because it’s a Black man saying it. In this episode, I give my take as to why I think people are so angry with Kevin Samuels. I usually don't do these kinds of podcasts, but I think his show is important because of what he was able to accomplish: productive dialogue with women with regard to dating and marriage while simultaneously being able to keep his platforms. And, more importantly, he's a voice for a large portion of men. While I don't agree with everything he says, I appreciate the bar he's set with regards to how we should present our arguments/differences and experiences in the dating world. I also want to note that Kevin Samuels has almost 800,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 600k followers on instagram; that's telling. And, many may say it's pure entertainment, but I'd let you be the judge of that if you were to watch his full content.
In this podcast, we put on our tin foil hat to talk about the possibility that we might be living in a simulation. We go through a few signs that point to the fact(or suspicion) that this world we’re living in is simulated. But before we explore that, we visit some of the interesting topics I’ve come across since the last podcast.
Curated Segment(4:16), Simulation Theory(1:14:30)
“The flip side of the argument, though, is that it would indeed be totalitarian for the government to dictate to a private company that it must allow certain speakers or irresponsible speech on its platforms, even when they run counter to its terms of service or even expose it to liability.”
It Turns Out that Deplatforming Works | Washington Monthly
Tesler's Law | uxtoast
Tizeti's low cost 4G LTE service to be rolled out in Nigeria's Edo State
Excerpt from Article by: Oladunni Adetula
“Tizeti, a startup with solar-powered Wi-Fi towers in Nigeria, has announced that it will be rolling out its 4G LTE network in Edo State. The service will be available to people in Edo for $8/month.
According to Tizeti, they currently have 1,7 million unique users on their network.”
From time to time, I indulge in shameless confirmation bias to justify over the top coffee use. A read an article from medical news today recently that states:
“Numerous studies have suggested that caffeine has many health benefits. Now, research suggests that a dose of caffeine after a learning session may help to boost long-term memory. This is according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.”
There was an article named 15 Irrefutable Reasons Why We Might Be Living in a Simulation written by Matt Stieb. I read it and thought it would be a great tinfoil hat concept to share and talk about.
What is this simulation theory we talk about?
Historical Experiments that question our reality.
In this episode, we wrestle with various perspectives of Free Will. Do we have Free Will? Do we have a little Free Will? Or do we not have Free Will at all? We also wrestle with censorship again, a difficult topic to pin down when it comes to private companies. But this time we talk about censorship with regard to Section 230.
Free Will - (2:49)
Censorship - (55:30)
For a long time I’ve pondered what social media actually is, whether it was simply a reflection of us or something more—an excavator of our most carnal and visceral inclinations. I’ve watched us become increasingly toxic via social media and the events of the past year or so seems to be evidence of this toxicity spilling onto the streets. In this podcast, I broach the subject of human nature as it relates to technology as well as the nuanced topic of censorship.
This episode is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the topics of "Decoding Reality." We discuss a concept that has been spoken about for thousands of years, the fact that thoughts are things. Do we create our own reality? Or is everything just up to chance? Can we build the life we want to live?
In this episode, we start off season 3 with a brief discussion about technology and society. We use 2020 as the background of the discussion on privacy concerns and the outlook for the future.
A Future Without Privacy - https://danielmiessler.com/blog/future-without-privacy/
Why I'm Staying In The Stock Market - https://danielmiessler.com/blog/why-im-staying-in-the-stock-market/
In this episode we deal with the postmodern worldview, specifically the, "theoretical questions about textual authority." Postmodernist make a few arguments predicated on:
Claims that words have no meaning.
Claims that there is no objective truth.
Although the postmodern worldview is hard to articulate, I deal with this worldview in this podcast to the best of ability.
In this season, I come back with some fresh intellectual insight. I talk about evolving my worldview, God & two influential figures who's work that I'll be studying along the way.(Listen to the song at the end, it's fire!)
Fear. Fear is the biggest hoax on the earth. Yeah, I wasn't going to leave you in suspense with this clickbait title. lol. But yes, in this episode, we explore to what extent this hoax has ruined and is currently ruining peoples lives by pulling a veil of illusion over their face.
We also talk about how to manage our mental health in a practical way during this pandemic. Many of us in the USA are marooned. Unemployment is high but for some, morale is low. I talk about the importance of building something that is important to you. I also emphasize trying to build something that will reap you financial security. You might as well take the leap. What do you have to lose?
Music by Ryan Little - Maybe Next Time(FREE DOWNLOAD: https://hypeddit.com/track/jioa4o)
The other day I came across a post from a young lady educating her timeline on botany. She showed us a plant with a withered leaf. This leafs dilapidated state is due to redistribution of nutrients to a new leaf that is in the early stages of growth. This made me think of paradigm shifts.
Pulling nutrients from a full grown, worn out leaf, the plant prioritizes the younger leaf for new growth.
In other words, one part of the plant has to die in order for another part for it to grow.
In that moment I had an epiphany. One part of us has to die in order for another part to grow. Paradigm shifts are necessary in order for us to experience growth in all aspects of our lives.
Many of us hold onto old ways of doing things. Without considering a shift in paradigm, we end up stagnating as a whole.
Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.
This is how we humans operate. We operate out of a force of habit that becomes stagnation and void of any growth.
Taking a birds eye view of our lives helps us see where we are withered. We need to realize that this is the prime opportunity to make a paradigm shift for growth.
Redistribution of the nutrients of our attention allows for growth in all areas of our lives.
In this podcast, I’m going to talk extensively about paradigm shifts and why they are important.
A paradigm is a “pattern.” It is a framework that may be used for many different applications.
Paradigms exist in many different contexts but the context we are going to be speaking about here is the context of life, of personal development and how it relates to our growth in many facets of life.
A paradigm shift is a movement away from the old models. It’s a movement away from the old frameworks. These frameworks might consist of the traditional way of doing things because they are no longer applicable to the current culture and society as a whole.
Paradigm shifts are the ridding of the old and moving to a framework that may not necessarily be “new,” per se but practical for a specific context.
Ryan Little - sunkissed.
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In this episode we explore Luke 11:33-36 & The Dhammapada to highlight the effect that focus has on our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.
This podcast mainly deals with attention. Our attention creates our reality by way of perpetuation of the things we focus on.
We live in a world where content is the main focus of our attention. I address the benefits of giving attention to wholesome content.
When we value our attention we improve the health of our being. The "lamp" of our body can be interpreted as the five senses which is the same as the content we give our attention to. In other words, our attention mirrors the content therefore showing up within our beings.
The attention we give to whatever we are focusing on colors the perception of our past, present and future. This is important to understand because our past experiences can be looked at in a healing light or a further damaging, traumatic perspective.
Therapists know the value of attention and they use it to reshape and recolor the narrative of the dialogue or the "lamp" within.
We also explore what attraction is within the context of dating. Many of us betray ourselves by not using our attention to attract the the success and people that we want. We use our attention unknowingly to draw experiences that we don't want to live.
In this segment, we define attraction and apply it to the context of not only dating but for personal success as well.
Sources: The Bible - Luke 11:33-36, The Dhammapad- Chapter 3:36
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In this episode we explore "The Uncanny," specifically as it relates to A.I. and Robotics. The Uncanny Valley is the chasm which we approach and enter into as robots become increasingly reminiscent of human beings in their likeness.
We start off by exploring the background of the uncanny as it relates it its pioneers. Pop culture references such as The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror were explored in this podcast as well. “What is the uncanny? For Freud, the uncanny locates the strangeness in the ordinary and can also be repressed material from childhood. The uncanny, as psychoanalytic theorist Jacques Lacan states is "in the field where we do not know how to distinguish bad and good, pleasure from displeasure", resulting in an irreducible anxiety that gestures to the Real.” The uncanny is that part of us that sees something that triggers the repressed material from our subconscious causing it to jump to the surface at a moments notice. The Uncanny is a strange place. It presents itself to us in many different contexts. But contrary to what many believe about the uncanny, we don’t have to fear it. The uncanny can be used to stimulate many of our creative pursuits.
Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley
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In this episode we visit the mechanisms that support the state of misery. We dissect "Ego Identification," via it's discreet parts. After we identify a series of definitions, we devise a method(s) for potentially overcoming the state of misery.
LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights
In yet another challenging podcast, I present my enthusiasm for a fresh perspective on the shadow archetype within the God of the book of Job via the controversial work, "Answer To Job" by Carl Jung. The Shadow Archetype is the repressed version of ourselves. Many of us leave the Shadow Archetype in the dark to fester. When this Shadow Archetype isn’t given room to express itself, it can cause much of the problems we see in our day to day lives. In Answer To Job, we see the Shadow Archetype play out in the book of Job through Carl Jungs Analytical Psychology. If you want to learn more about the Shadow Archetype, be sure to check our episode 12.5 where we discuss Carl Jungs 4 major archetypes including the Shadow Archetype.
This was a very challenging episode for me to do because it is such a broad topic despite how specific the title appears. In this episode we attempt to tackle the problem of the decline of civil discourse through the reasoning of a psychological lens. First we approach it with a potential solution, then we work backwards toward the origin of the issue.
Most importantly, we talk about what happens to the individual throughout all of this and how they are effected.
In this episode, we put on our tin foil hats to explore The Mandela Effect. This episode, although inspired by a previous episode, allows us to engage our imagination in order to take a peak into the paranormal. Towards the end we balance everything out with some good ole rational thought and reasoning.
Sources: The Mandela Effect, False Memory
In this episode we briefly talk about spiritual warfare waged on us by psychopaths, narcissists, sociopaths, etc. I go into ways and methods for guarding against attacks including some basic tools.
Source(s): Psychic vampirism, The Grey Rock Method
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In this episode we explore the inner workings of the human psyche via the question of whether people change or not. What is the motivation behind this question? Why do we care to know if people change? We also explore the mythical doppelgänger through the premise that it is that physical manifestation of the shadow archetype.
Doppelgänger: Wikipedia article
Doppelgänger: My article on the Doppelgänger
Fly Around -Saidsed
In this episode, I share my personal view on how to deal with bullies. I also share the concept of The Pareto Principle, a principle that will help us to be more efficient in not only our business life but our personal life as well.
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In this episode we briefly discuss the philosophy of Kaizen. Many of us feel the pressure of high productivity demands. Kaizen flips that pressure on its head by offering methods of taking small, essential, incremental steps toward our goal. We also visit some supplements that actually deliver real performance gains.
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In this episode we explore the 4 Major Jungian Archetypes that go beyond the much talked about "Shadow" archetype. We also dive into what the devils laughter means and how we can avoid it.
If you want to read the full article referenced in the podcast, read it here.
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In this episode, we discuss the psychological necessity of the villain archetype in Freudian Psychoanalytic terms as well as within a Jungian Psychological lens. What does dreams truly reveal about us? We also go into my love for the Villain archetype in Jungian psychology and explain what The Joker means to me.
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In this episode we explore the conundrum that is "Black Men Don't Cheat." We briefly explore the question as to why, the real reason why, women get mad when this statement is made. I also go into detail as to how and why discipline comes about.
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In this podcast I talk about love on a semi-deep level. We all think love is something that we receive but it’s quite the opposite, love is given, specifically self love. I talk about an investing app that I use to save for retirement as well as passive income. Want to know why your lazy co-worker got that job and you didn’t? Listen to this episode to learn about the organizational structure of your corporation.
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In this episode I use the Tao Te Ching to illustrate the power of dropping resistance and going with the flow while simultaneously bashing “content creators” who prey on your insecurity of not feeling like you’re doing enough.
This episode is heavy on the psychology. I go into two sides of psychological projection and how it manifests itself in human relations. I also briefly discuss how technology was designed to manipulate us which coincides with some of the bare bones principles of Cialdini's 7 Principles of influence which I cap this podcast off with.
In this episode I try out a new format by segmenting the podcast into discreet parts to make it more palatable for, you, the listener. I talk about Solomon's Paradox, and I attempt to widen the discussion further about A.I.
Time Stamps: Artificial Intelligence - 8:29, Solomon's Paradox -33:23
In this episode I talk more about the impacts of artificial intelligence and its impact beyond just my daily consumeristic utilization. I talk about How attraction works and I go into a lengthy discussion about the correct way to lose weight and to keep weight off. More on The Bad Buddhism Website.
In this episode I talk about my obsession with turning my condo into a smart home. I also go into what it was like to take 41 days off from social media. The highlight of this segment is the conversation we have about our generation cashing in on our creative energy way too early for a mortgage, student loans and marriage. For more content visit The Bad Buddhism Website