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 should we balance false positives & negatives in the justice system? - Aidan Little
Aidan Little and I discuss how to best balance the potential for false positives (i.e. an innocent person is convicted) and false negatives (a guilty person is set free) in the criminal justice system? Video version of podcast available on YouTube here. Episode sponsor: Get help building habits with the everyday app. I use the app myself and love it. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes, and promise not to take offence! Thanks for listening and hope you enjoyed!
1:32:09
May 24, 2020
How often should I upgrade my laptop? - Natty Maor
In this episode, Natty Maor and I discuss how often I should upgrade my laptop. Episode sponsor: Get help building habits with the everyday app. I use the app myself and love it. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes, and promise not to take offence! Thanks for listening and hope you enjoyed!
1:00:55
May 17, 2020
Is it worthwhile to hire a career coach? - Daniel Holley
In this episode, Daniel Holley and I discuss whether it is worthwhile to hire a career coach. Daniel is a performance coach and has his own podcast. You can learn more about him here. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 8:45: How does someone decide that they deserve a coach and that they should invest in one if it's a luxury? 14:15: How should I person decide between a coach, a mentor, a therapist, or a combination of those? 19:00: Would you recommend people just try out a coach to see if they think it's worthwhile for them? 22:45: What are your thoughts on 'the grass is always greener mentality'? How often in your own experience coaching do you find that you're helping people realize that they can actually be happier with what they have already? 28:00: Do you find that what a person wants sometimes changes from when you first talk to them, and then they reflect, and they realize that it's actually something else that they really want? 33:40: What is something extravagant that you would buy if you got a $20,000 unexpected bonus at work? (asked me) 34:30: Where would you go on vacation, and why there? (asked me) 35:15: What does nature do for you? (asked me) 35:35: Why did you say specifically Africa for your vacation? (asked me) 36:15: What's your ideal spot you'd like to go to? (asked me) 36:25: So the reason you picked this place is being you want to be more present? (asked me) 40:10: Have you found that the feeling of being respected is often at the root of what people want? 42:05: Let's say someone wants to spend money on personal development, and that could come in the form of buying books, signing up for different courses or you could get a life coach or personal coach; what are your thoughts on deciding between those options? How do you think about tradeoffs between those? Would you suggest someone tries them all and sees what they find most valuable? 48:20: For people who can afford a coach but haven't gotten one yet, how much of it do you think is maybe a view from them that it's not going to be worthwhile to them vs. how much of it might be a view from them that they're afraid of people looking like they don't have things figured out for themselves and that they need help from someone else? 51:50: Any books or resources or videos you often recommend to people around self-improvement or self-development? 57:10: In closing, anything you were hoping to talk about that we didn't get around to? Episode sponsor: Get help building habits with the everyday app. I use the app myself and love it. Sign-up here to join me for an episode! I'd also love feedback for improving future episodes, and promise not to take offence! Thanks for listening and hope you enjoyed!
58:21
May 11, 2020
What will the future of Misü (and mental health tech more broadly) look like? - Dan Seider
In this episode, Dan Seider shares his thoughts on how technology and mental health may intersect in the future. Dan also shares his vision for Misu, an automated mood tracker he’s built. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 5:15: Do you want people to use Misu to reflect on their mood and decide which they want to use less often? How have you used Misu so far? 7:10: What would you say to someone who’s trying to weigh the privacy concerns of using an automated mood tracker against the benefits of becoming more aware of how apps are influencing us? 10:00: What’s the difference between Facebook and Misu? What led Facebook down its current path and how will you ensure that Misu continues to be good for its users? 12:40: You’ve talked about your vision for Misu being to track fitness and sleep against mood as well. Is your goal to partner with companies/products like Fitbit and Apple Health to do this? 14:45: Do you see pushback from social media platforms against Misu? 18:30: What’s your preference for the future business model of Misu - government funding, freemium consumer model, or both? 19:40: Do you think ad models are inherently an issue (i.e. incentives aren’t aligned with customers), or can subscription models be just as harmful? 23:05: How much of what you’re trying to solve with Misu is (a) eliminate the difficult habit of remembering manually tracking your mood, (b) getting a more accurate picture of what’s actually driving your mood, or (c) hold apps accountable for their impact on our well-being? 26:20: What are some of the biggest challenges you’re currently facing with Misu? 29:10: Are you not able to get camera permissions on phones (in the same way you can on laptops)? 30:25: Do you know why Apple allows background camera usage on Mac yet not on iPhone? 31:45: How long do you think the tech has existed for a product like Misu to come to market? 34:00: Have you seen any apps around word tracking, to help you realize which trains of thought are helpful/unhelpful? 46:00: Do you lean towards the freemium model vs. advertising model? 49:55: How confident are you that you’ll be able to overcome the privacy concerns/trust issues consumers have around using a product like Misu? 51:40: Are we doing enough to address the rising rates of mental health in society? 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!
58:12
May 3, 2020
Should I reframe my podcast questions from 3rd to 1st person?
In this episode, a friend shares their thoughts on whether I should consider switching the framing of my podcast questions from 3rd person to 1st person moving forward. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 3:40: Do you feel like questions are still somewhat unanswered for you at the end of most episodes you have? (question posed to me) 5:30: Do you think I'm more likely to have these questions answered if I pose the questions as 1st person? 7:40: Do you think 3rd person questions or 1st person questions would be generally more interesting to listeners? Which type would be more relatable to listeners? 13:10: Should I worry about how long these podcast conversations are? Is it okay if they vary significantly in length from episode to episode? 16:20: Why do you feel like this conversation is a lot different from some of the other episodes I've done? 17:20: Asking again, which type of podcast do you think listeners would like best? 17:45: Do you feel like you 'relate' to your favourite YouTuber? 20:00: Would can I do to be more sure if I should pivot my questions to 1st person moving forward? 21:00: What are your thoughts on pivoting episodes away from a specific topic (like Joe Rogan)? 22:45: Is this podcast episode title misleading if we end up talking about other things for a majority of our conversation? 24:20: How much should I try to steer each podcast conversation to stay 'on topic' vs. letting the conversation flow naturally? 24:55: What other things do you think I could do to improve this podcast? 25:45: What do you like most about your favourite podcast? 27:15: How much do you think people tune into Joe Rogan's podcast to hear from him vs. hear from his guests? 28:20: Should I have cut this episode a while ago when you satisfied the answer to my original question? 28:55: Am I overanalyzing this? 33:35: Is it unprofessional to have my birth year in my email (i.e. adamkruger94@gmail.com)? 35:20: How do you usually wrap up these episodes? (question posed to me) 36:50: What else would you like to talk about? 40:30: Should I start using Instagram again? 42:30: Why am I interested in going back on Instagram? (question posed to me) 45:45: What's a reasonable amount of time to spent on Instagram? 46:15: How do you decide if Instagram is good or bad for you? 46:50: How addicted do you think Instagram is vs. cigarettes? 48:40: How much FOMO is acceptable? 49:40: What if I use Misu (the automated mood tracker) as a guide to help me understand how using Instagram is affecting my mental health? 50:45: Can you help me put in place a rule (ex. no more than 30 minutes a day) to avoid getting addicted to Instagram? 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!
53:43
April 26, 2020
Which conversations are better kept private vs. made public? - Jesse Uretsky
In this episode, Jesse Uretsky and I discuss the pros and cons of making conversations public (via a podcast like this) vs. keeping them private. Jesse has his own podcast called HAYN, where he also posted this conversation. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 4:50: As a podcaster yourself, how do you feel about the quality of the conversations you've had so far? Do you feel if you weren't recording the conversations would have been any different? 6:45: Do you feel like you're really trying to steer your podcast conversations vs. letting them flow naturally? 8:00: How are you doing right now? 9:50: Do you think it's misleading to listeners to edit out parts of a podcast episode? 14:30: Is it a good thing that more and more of our lives are being documented and shared? 22:50: Why do you think we should avoid conversations about politics and religion? 32:00: Are things that we want to keep private an indication of things we are embarrassed about? 46:00: What topics are you uncomfortable talking about publicly? 52:00: If we get to a point where our thoughts can be documented, how do you think the world would change? 55:30: What's your prediction for how many episodes of your podcast you'll have published before it ends? 1:02:00: Do you think it's bad to passively listen to podcasts in the background while doing other things (like eating, walking, etc.)? 1:07:30: Would you do a podcast (i.e. make a conversation public) when you're under the influence? 1:11:40: Any closing thoughts? HBR Article - Stop Documenting, Start Experiencing 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!
1:15:54
April 19, 2020
Should we donate anonymously or with our names attached? - Rebecca Kruger
In this episode, my sister Rebecca and I discuss whether it’s better to donate anonymously or with our names attached. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 8:10: Why did you pick this topic? 10:00: Do you think selfless deeds exist? 13:25: Why do platforms like GoFundMe give you an option to be anonymous? Why are some of the reasons someone would want to donate anonymously? 15:20: If platforms like GoFundMe didn't give people the option to be anonymous, how would it affect the number of donations they get? 18:30: Can you tell me more about the paper you wrote on altruism? 19:25: How many people do you think would agree with you and me that selfless deeds don't exist? 21:00: What percentage of your salary should you donate? 27:55: Is there a 'right' amount to donate? 35:25: What are your thoughts on giving money to the homeless? 37:30: What would happen if a homeless person was given thousands of dollars at once, instead of a few dollars every now and then? Would they be more likely to use that money to get help (i.e. a place to live, etc.)? 39:10: How can we solve the issue of collective action problem (i.e. the feeling that my actions alone won't make a difference)? 46:20: Do you think company donation matching programs make a difference? 49:00: Does Zuckerberg deserve to get heat for only giving $25 million towards COVID-19? Curb Your Enthusiasm - Anonymous Donor - YouTube Clip 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!
53:22
April 12, 2020
Should we try to colonize Mars?
In this episode, my dad and I discuss whether we should try to colonize Mars. Follow-up questions we discussed included: 3:25: Do you think we should be spending resources to try to colonize Mars? Is it worth it? 7:05: Would you like to see more money and resources allocated towards space exploration? 9:20: Why are we hearing more about Mars colonization than the Moon colonization? 12:20: Is there anything about Mars that makes it more habitable than the Moon? 17:10: How important do you think it is that we have a backup plan in case something catastrophic happens to Earth? 20:40: Do you think the effort to colonize Mars is more likely to make us treat the Earth better (because it helps us realize how much more habitable the Earth is) or worse (because we feel we have a backup plan and don't have to worry about our current planet)? 25:10: Is it fair to say you think efforts to colonize Mars are more likely to be a good thing for Earth than a bad thing? 28:20: Would you say that one of the biggest benefits of space exploration is that it fuels general interest in science? 31:20: Do you have any thoughts on whether space exploration should be privately funded, publicly funding, or both? 35:40: Do you know why private companies (i.e. SpaceX) have been able to bring down the cost of space travel, while governments haven't had the same success? 38:45: Why aren't governments incentivized to bring down the cost of space travel? 40:25: Any articles, books or resources on this subject you'd recommend? 42:10: What probability would you guess there's a chance that there are humans living permanently on another planet 100 years from now? 43:15: Anything else you wanted to talk about? Recommended YouTube video: Should we have humans in space? Quirks & Quarks Bob McDonald hosts debate 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!
45:25
April 5, 2020
How can we limit the impact COVID-19 (and future viruses) have on society? - Daniel Karten
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? - Anton Pytlovanyy
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? - Jesse Uretsky
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? - Aakash Shah
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? - Neil Thakore
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? - Ryan McDonald
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? - Eddie Tsao
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? - Michael Vogman
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? - Daniel Karten
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? - Charlotte Davie
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? - Daniel Maman
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? - David Heller
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? - Catherine Tu
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? - Likky Lavji
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? - Daniel Gordon
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? - Buster Benson
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? - Konrad Szpirak
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? - Naryan Wong
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? - Andrew Feinstein
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? - Kyle Grappone
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? - Mark Struczewski
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? - John Klymshyn
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? - Jawwad Siddiqui
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? - Kevin MacGillivray
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? - Daniel Maman
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? - Konrad Szpirak
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? - Colin Bested
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? - George Vogman
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? - Aidan Little
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
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? - Michael Vogman
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? - Neil Thakore
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? - Ryan McDonald
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