Can I Ask You a Question?

Can I Ask You a Question?

By Adam Kruger
This is a podcast where anyone can join me to discuss a topic we're both interested in.

I’d love it if you’d join me for an episode! It’s not a debate, and you don’t have to be an expert on the topic; just pick a topic from the list below that you’re most interested in. As a thank you, I’ll also be donating $20 to a charity of your choice docs.google.com/document/d/17CYUSEs11pBawp87oXEmw44ClavymrrD0Q1nqpjzqDc/edit?usp=sharing
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How can we limit the impact COVID-19 (and future viruses) have on society?
In this episode, Daniel Karten and I discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on society and how we can limit the negative impacts of future viruses. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 3:20: What impact is COVID-19 having on society today? 5:55: Do you think this is going to accelerate a shift towards remote work? 7:30: How has your organization dealt with remote working? 11:20: Will society take a safer, more hygienic approach in future? 13:00: What do you think some of the positive impacts from coronavirus have been? 19:35: What business ramifications do you see from coronavirus? What are some of the ripple effects? 20:50: Do you think companies have a social responsibility to help customers affected by coronavirus? 24:45: How can we encourage companies to do more good? 26:20: Would we ever decide to abandon globalization due to the risk associated with pandemics spreading? 30:15: What factors do you think go into a country's decision on whether to enter a lockdown (given economic impacts)? 35:30: How did China stop the virus? 38:30: What can we do to help right now? Is it irresponsible for us to be seeing people right now? What responsibility do we have to tell family & friends about the connection we have to other people that have tested positive for the virus? 48:55: Would you watch a movie like Contagion right now? 49:30: What are your thoughts on the risk of antibiotic resistance? Other relevant links: COVID-19 Forecasts The lockdown: One month in Wuhan YouTube video NASA Reveals How China’s Lockdown Drastically Reduced Pollution Get help building habits with the everyday app. Highly recommend! Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
54:48
March 29, 2020
What is the right level of income inequality?
In this episode, Anton Pytlovanyy and I discuss what level of income inequality creates the best outcomes for society as a whole. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 3:00: Why do you think inequality will continue to get worse over time? 3:50: Why did you pick this question to talk about? 6:25: Is the end goal that we want people to be happy? 14:30: Let's say you have a society that's very equal in terms of income. Will people just find other metrics to compare themselves to others on (i.e. fitness level, etc.)? 16:30: If everyone made the same amount of money, would people still choose to be doctors given it requires more work than other jobs? Would people still become doctors because it's rewarding to help people? 26:25: How do you get people to compare themselves to others less? 30:40: Are people's perceptions around what is 'deserving' changing?  Are we moving towards a direction where people appear to be less 'deserving' of their success? 38:40: Discussing the Ultimatum game - what is the minimum percentage of the pot of money that the other participant would need to give you in order for you to not sabotage the deal? Other relevant links: Inequality & happiness YouTube video How economic inequality harms society YouTube video How economic inequality might affect a society's well-being Youtube video Ultimatum game - Wikipedia article Get help building habits with the everyday app. Highly recommend!  Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
44:18
March 22, 2020
How can we balance being satisfied with what we have and wanting more?
In this episode, Jesse Uretsky and I discuss how to find a balance between being satisfied with what we have and striving for more. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 3:15: Can you be satisfied with your life today while also wanting more? 5:15: Do you compare yourself to others often? If so, do you compare yourself more so upwards or downwards and how might this impact your happiness? 7:10: Is it healthy to look downwards at someone who’s in a worse position than you as a way to gain a more positive perspective on your own situation? 9:30: Why did you pick this question for the podcast? 11:20: If happiness is just a mindset, should I still go out and try to get a better job? Or is it not going to make a difference for my happiness? 16:00: Why do you think we’re often so wrong about what we thought was going to make us happy? 17:25: If happiness is just a mindset, wouldn’t I lose motivation to improve my circumstances? 21:20: What things do you do to try to focus on the present and think less about the past or the future? 26:35: Doesn’t wanting more imply that you’re not happy with what you have now? 28:10: Do you currently have, or have you ever, set goals for yourself? 36:45: How should I be thinking about if I should start setting more or less goals? 38:20: If someone’s not happy with their job, how do they determine if it’s their mindset (the grass is always greener) or if the job is toxic? Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
48:13
March 15, 2020
Who is the best Democratic candidate?
In this episode, Aakash Shah and I discuss who is the best democratic candidate for the 2020 United States presidential election. *Apologies for the poor sound quality on this episode. Other episodes are a lot easier to hear!* Other questions we discussed included: Do you like Joe Biden over Bernie Sanders? Is Biden a safer pick than Bernie? Why don’t you support reparations for slavery? What are your thoughts on a wealth tax? How is a wealth tax different than income tax? Why is the wealth tax being proposed by politicians? What do you think about Nate Silver’s predictions? How should we feel about there being no female candidates left? Do you think it's okay to be in the 'middle' and not consider yourself left or right-wing? Are you concerned about sharing your opinions in the public arena? Do you think Bernie is as bad & extreme as Trump? Why do you think countries with higher tax rates (i.e. Scandanavian countries) have highest reported happiness levels? If unhappiness is often driven by comparing ourselves to others, will we be happiest in a society with less inequality? If people living 100 years ago were happier than us today despite a poorer quality of life, what does that say about what's wrong with today's society? Who are you going to vote for? Is it appropriate to ask others who they're going to vote for? Why do you like Romney better than Biden? Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
1:05:05
March 8, 2020
How can we reduce the political divide and bring people together?
In this episode, Neil Thakore and I discuss what can be done to reduce the political divide and bring people together? Other questions we discussed included: Should we stop placing people in one of two buckets by labelling them as either left-wing and right-wing, liberal or conservative, democrat or republican? Why can’t we remove the party names? Why do you have to run as a democrat or republican? If we have to keep the parties, do you think adding a 3rd party in the U.S. would help reduce polarization? Do you think the divide is growing or shrinking? How can we tell if it’s actually growing or shrinking? What data can we use to determine this? What do you think about countries like Russia purposely trying to create a divide by spreading polarizing news? Do you consider yourself left-wing or right-wing? Is it a cop-out if someone says they don’t identify as either? Should I engage in conversation with people I disagree with or block them out? What do you think about political attack ads? Should they be banned? What does Trump getting elected say about the state of the political divide? What issues do you think are most polarizing? Which are the least polarizing? Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
1:15:39
March 1, 2020
What is the right amount of open-mindedness?
In this episode, Ryan McDonald and I discuss whether it’s possible to be too open-minded (and if so, what's the right amount). Other questions we discussed included: Can you be too trustworthy? What other seemingly good traits could be bad if taken too far? What’s the best way to tell if I’m too open-minded, too close-minded, or ‘just right’?  How often should a person be changing their opinions on things? What things have you changed your mind on recently? How should universities, social media platforms, etc. decide who is allowed to speak their opinion, and who isn’t (i.e. censorship)? Do you agree that being open-minded takes more mental energy? Grant Cardone on the problem with an open mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA6Iyojls_g&t=34s Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
50:27
February 23, 2020
Should we ban cigarettes?
In this episode, Eddie Tsao and I discuss whether cigarettes should be banned. Other questions we discussed included: Can you ban it for people born after 2001 who aren't yet addicted? Why do you think cigarettes aren’t banned now? Should e-cigarettes follow the same policy? What sort of harm should the government let us do to ourselves? How should the government think about restricting things that harm others vs. ourselves? Should there be a difference? Is investing in education the better solution? Do you support a ban on drugs like cocaine and meth? If so, should the same logic follow for cigarettes? What about alcohol? Advertisement played in episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCMzjJjuxQI Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
48:08
February 17, 2020
How can we ensure that global surveillance programs like the one Snowden exposed are good for society?
In this episode, Michael Vogman and I discuss global surveillance programs and how they related to the tradeoff between privacy and security. Follow-up questions we discussed included: How do you balance the need for safety and security with privacy? Is it inevitable that we will have to surveil everyone given technology/weapons are getting more and more powerful? Let’s say the right thing to do is surveil everyone, but the public wouldn’t agree to it; should the government do it secretly in our best interest? Google CEO Eric Schmidt articulated a blunt defence in a famous 2009 interview with Maria Bartiromo. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know,” Schmidt said, “maybe you shouldn’t be doing that in the first place.”; do you buy this argument against privacy? It’s known as the “nothing to hide” argument Would you be supportive of a software program owned by the government listening in on all phone and in-person conversations that flags when you say certain things? What about something implanted like Neuralink that monitors your thoughts? Are privacy and security in opposition? Can we achieve both? Relevant article: The Personal Privacy vs. Public Security Dilemma | RealClearPolitics Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
1:06:09
February 12, 2020
Plant-based vs. clean meat: which is more likely to take off?
In this episode, Daniel Karten and I discuss whether plant-based meats or clean meats are more likely to become widely adopted by society. Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
33:36
January 30, 2020
What laws or regulations should be introduced, changed, or removed in order to make the world better?
In this episode, Charlotte Davie shares her thoughts on laws she’d like to see introduced, changed, and removed. The start of the conversation centred around conservatorships, and later touched on recycling, universal basic income, and other interesting topics. Charlotte and I work together at TELUS. Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
54:05
January 23, 2020
Causing vs. allowing harm - how are they the same, how are they different?
In this episode, Daniel (Doonie) Maman shares his thoughts on the similarities and differences between causing harm (i.e. hurting someone) vs. allowing harm (i.e. letting someone get hurt). Doonie and I previously worked together on a podcast called The Avocado Advocates, aimed at helping vegans have more productive conversations with friends, family and people in general. Get help building habits with everyday. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
36:48
January 20, 2020
What should be considered 'crossing the line' in comedy?
In this episode, David Heller shares her thoughts on what should be considered crossing the line in comedy. David and I work together at TELUS, and his father used to do stand-up comedy. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
57:27
January 9, 2020
Why do we have less close friends today than in the past?
In this episode, Catherine Tu shares her thoughts on why people today might have less close friends than in the past. Catherine and I work together at TELUS. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes. Thanks for listening!
37:26
December 13, 2019
Has technology made our relationships with others better or worse?
In this episode, Likky Lavji shares his thoughts on whether technology has made our relationships with others better or worse. Likky Lavji is a certified coach, keynote speaker and the founder of Dante Group. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
20:09
November 28, 2019
Which inventions have had a net negative impact on the world?
In this episode, Daniel Gordon shares his thoughts on which inventions have had a net negative impact on the world. Daniel is a good friend of mine. We studied together at Queen’s University, and worked together at KPMG. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
51:26
November 27, 2019
What life lesson took you a while to learn?
In this episode, Buster Benson shares his thoughts on a life lesson that took him a while to learn. Buster is a writer and builder of things. Buster co-founded 750words.com, and was previously a product manager at Amazon, Twitter, Slack and Patreon. Most recently, he wrote “Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement.” Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
46:08
November 19, 2019
If someone owns my data, do they own a part of me?
In this episode, Konrad Szpirak returns to share his thoughts on data ownership. Konrad is the first guest to make a 2nd appearance on the podcast. He is a Project Manager and NetSuite Consultant, with a wide variety of interests. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
53:19
November 17, 2019
Should we try to find meaning in life?
In this episode, Naryan Wong shares his thoughts on finding meaning in life. Naryan is a strategy and analytics leader with a background in marketing, operations and management. He has created and taught rationality and strategy workshops for three years. Most recently, Naryan founded ThinkBetter, a start-up dedicated to teaching advanced thinking skills Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
1:01:01
November 11, 2019
What are your thoughts on meditation?
In this episode, Andrew Feinstein shares his thoughts on meditation and how it can help us make us happier. Andrew is the author of Find Your Mind: Meditation for the Bold and Ambitious, as well as the Head of Mindfulness at Be Time Meditation in New York City. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
55:25
November 8, 2019
Why do so many people seem to dislike their job?
In this episode, Kyle Grappone shares his thoughts on why so many people seem to be dissatisfied with their jobs, and how we can work to change this moving forward. Kyle is an experienced youth educational public speaker with a passion for guiding, mentoring and educating high school and college students. You can email Kyle at kyle@tothenextstep.org to sign up for 1-hour free introductory call. More about him at his website. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
51:17
October 26, 2019
Is multitasking effective?
In this episode, Mark Struczewski shares his thoughts on whether multitasking is effective, and how we can generally become more productive. Mark is a speaker, coach, podcaster and the author of How to REALLY Be Productive. You can learn more about Mark and his free 7 day productivity challenge at https://www.markstruczewski.com/. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
47:58
October 25, 2019
How can we become better communicators in order to build stronger relationships with others?
In this episode, John Klymshyn shares his thoughts on how we can become better communicators, and in turn, build stronger relationships with others. John, also known as Coach K, is a professional speaker and coach who teaches executives to discover their creative potential and leadership capabilities in order to close high-revenue sales, all while connecting to their personal purpose. Now, 20 years after launching The Business Generator, Inc., Coach K has authored 3 acclaimed leadership and sales books, 2 audiobooks, an extensive video training series, and hosts a podcast. He also provides seminars, retreats, and one-on-one coaching designed to dig deeper into where you are versus where you want to be, and the exact steps you need to take to get there. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
56:35
October 24, 2019
What are the keys to building a successful startup?
In this episode, Jawwad Siddiqui shares his thoughts on startups. Jawwad has started various companies, and has worked at several tech startups too. More about him at jawwad.me. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
53:25
October 4, 2019
Has there always been fake news throughout history?
In this episode, Kevin MacGillivray and I discuss the topic of fake news; whether it’s always been around, and how it impacts our world today. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8 Links related to this episode U.S. Supreme Court case concerning campaign financing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC
40:55
September 23, 2019
Are we better off believing in free will, even if we don't actually have it?
In this episode, Daniel (Doonie) Maman shares his thoughts on whether he thinks we’re betting off believing in free will, even if it doesn’t exist. Doonie and I previously worked together on a podcast called The Avocado Advocates, aimed at helping vegans have more productive conversations with others. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
49:20
September 21, 2019
What things should we consider "basic necessities" in today's world?
In this episode, Konrad Szpirak shares his thoughts on what should be considered basic necessities in today’s world. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8 Transcription: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nr_s66CW4-WcAZjgaq6kaU3e3RkW8YGPF-m-wyhONW0/edit?usp=sharing
54:11
September 19, 2019
Do you think the attitude of "one person's actions doesn't make a difference" is dangerous?
In this episode, I ask Colin Bested whether he thinks the attitude of "one person's actions doesn’t make a difference" is dangerous. Colin is a Community Builder for Effective Altruism Toronto. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
41:33
September 15, 2019
Will our lives be significantly altered by virtual & augmented reality?
In this episode, I ask George Vogman whether he thinks virtual & augmented reality will significantly change our lives in the future. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8
42:44
August 24, 2019
What drives behaviour change?
In this episode, I ask Aidan Little for his thoughts on what drives us to change our habits. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8 
24:31
August 17, 2019
Is telling the truth always better than lying?
Daniel Karten and I discuss whether or not it's better to always tell the truth. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8 
27:54
August 13, 2019
Should there be limitations on free speech?
A friend and I discuss the topic of free speech, and whether limitations on it should exist. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sign-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8 
24:22
August 12, 2019
Who’s the better team - the Lakers or the Clippers?
In this episode, Michael Vogman and I discuss which Los Angeles team is more likely to win the NBA title next season. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sing-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8 
22:36
August 8, 2019
Is there free will? If not, are we better off without it?
In this episode, Neil Thakore and I discuss whether free will is an illusion, and whether we’re better off without it. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sing-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/7xVHbJgskJJMcnCV8  A good introductory read on the concept of free will: https://samharris.org/the-illusion-of-free-will/
35:17
July 25, 2019
Should all forms of advertising be illegal?
In this episode, Ryan McDonald (@BestRegardsRyan) and I discuss whether all forms of advertising should be made illegal. Sign-up link to participate in an episode: https://forms.gle/sqCznHZMVxyt96x7A Sing-up link to provide feedback for improving future episodes: https://forms.gle/625efqS4nxmCeFXt9 Sources for this episode: Introduction to The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu 
27:16
July 9, 2019