Reliable, Unbiased News Sources
Would you like to get news that hasn't been tainted with bias or exaggeration or hidden agendas? There are such sources available if you know where to find them. You'll discover where they are in this episode.
January 20, 2021
27 Years Alone in the Woods - A True Story
What would it be like to be by yourself in a natural setting for decades? Somebody has done it, and his story is remarkable. Get the condensed version in this episode.
January 12, 2021
Nitric Oxide: A Unifying Principle of Health
Many of the things we know are good for us have something in common: They increase the amount of nitric oxide in our bodies. Find out what a difference this can make to your health in this episode.
December 04, 2020
Magic Mushrooms Make People More Liberal Politically
This is a brief description of research indicating that psilocybin can change a person's political leanings.
October 29, 2020
Why Do People Differ in Their Political Views?
Each of us is born with five moral foundations, and depending on our temperament, we will feel strongly inclined or less strongly inclined toward some of those foundations. This results in being either a liberal or conservative, or somewhere in between. When you fully understand this, you will see the political world very differently.
October 27, 2020
Why Evolution Created Republicans and Democrats
All around the world, there are the equivalent of conservatives and liberals. Why? What created this division? What possible evolutionary advantage could it be to the species to have two different kinds of people? Find the answers in this episode.
October 21, 2020
The Differences Between the Sexes Have Real Consequences
This is the book, "What Difference Does it Make: How the Sexes Differ and What We Can Do About It," read by the author. This is an interesting collection of research findings about some surprising differences between men and women.
October 14, 2020
Masculinity Has Been Neutered - Here's How it Happened
How has natural masculine behavior become vilified and stigmatized? And what impact is it having on intimate relationships? We explore these questions in this episode.
October 08, 2020
Breathing Through Your Mouth While You Sleep Could Make You Less Healthy and Less Intelligent
Some dentists and myofascial therapists recommend people tape their mouths shut while they sleep to make sure they breathe through their noses while they're sleeping because it has such tremendous potential positive benefits. We explore in this episode why it has the effects it does.
October 02, 2020
Live! Death Approaches
Thinking about your own death can be surprisingly enlivening. In this episode we explore this idea. This is the final chapter of the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author.
September 27, 2020
What Myth Do You Live By?
You live in a story where you are the main character. What kind of story is it? And if you were to choose what story you lived by, is that what you would choose? You do have a choice, and your choice has consequences. This episode is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author.
September 24, 2020
Reframe by Visualizing Goals
This is an entirely different way of reframing. And sometimes it works better than anything else. This is an excerpt from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author.
September 19, 2020
A Lesson in Reframing From Groundhog Day
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English), read by the author. This episode illustrates the principle and power of reframing using an example from the classic movie, Groundhog Day.
September 14, 2020
How to Gain Perspective
One of the most valuable mental maneuvers you can make is to gain a perspective on something troubling you. In this episode we explore how this can be done. This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author.
September 11, 2020
Reframing a Disadvantage
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. When something is clearly a disadvantage, looking at it that way is the most natural thing in the world. But your point of view is not fixed, and seeing something as a disadvantage is not inevitable. There's always another way to look at things, and some of them are more helpful than others. This episode looks at the process of changing your point of view on something that you now see as a disadvantage.
September 05, 2020
One Good Reframing Process
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. This episode is about a simple and direct method for changing your perspective.
August 31, 2020
How to Create a Reframe
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. This episode has some practical advice about making reframes for yourself.
August 27, 2020
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. This episode is about one of the most powerful ways to reframe circumstances.
August 22, 2020
The Classic Reframe
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. This episode talks about one tried-and-true method to reframe just about anything.
August 17, 2020
Different Ways to Create Reframes
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. This episode has some practical methods you can use to help you see something differently.
August 10, 2020
Persistence and Determination
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. This episode has some historical examples of reframes.
August 09, 2020
Behold the Power of Reframing
This is a chapter from the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)," read by the author. You will hear some good examples how effective reframing can be.
August 08, 2020
The Creation of Inner Strength
This is a chapter of the book, How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English), read by the author.
August 07, 2020
The Game Reframe
This is the introduction of the book, "How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English), read by the author.
August 04, 2020
Ruthless River Reframe
This is an example of a shift in perspective from a true story of a couple's experience surviving an ordeal in a South American jungle.
August 03, 2020
Turning a Disadvantage Into an Advantage
It's worth taking the time to think about how you can turn a disadvantage into an advantage. This podcast episode is a brief illustration of that principle.
August 03, 2020
The Five Love Languages Explained
If you can communicate to your spouse in her or his love language, she or he will feel loved in a way that is not possible using any other love language. Find out all about it in this episode.
July 30, 2020
The Strange Story of How Microbes Were Discovered
The man who first discovered the invisible world of microbes was not a scientist. He was the owner of a drapery shop, and he never knew that microbes had anything to do with everyday life. To his dying day, he thought they were inconsequential curiosities.
July 23, 2020
What's So Great About Changing Your Perspective?
By changing the way you look at something, you can quickly change the way you feel about it, change the way you interact with it, and, depending on how important it is, you can completely change the trajectory of your life. Your perspective (or the way you look at something) is very powerful, and largely in your control if you know what you're doing, which is what you will learn in this episode.
July 22, 2020
How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English)
A change in your perspective on something can make a huge difference in how you feel about it and what you do about it. This episode is an exploration in ways to find a new, more powerful perspective on an issue that's important to you.
July 21, 2020
These are some examples of how the principles from Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance, have been applied in real life to overcome the main barriers to creativity and integrity (the two main things that impede those are conformity and a drive to appear consistent).
July 14, 2020
This is Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance, translated into modern English by Adam Li Khan. It is Khan's book, unabridged, read by the author. It's a manifesto on personal integrity and creativity.
July 13, 2020
If You're Young and Shy and Think Your Shyness is a Problem
Is there anything you can do about being shy? Is there anything you ought to do? Adam Li Khan shares his own experience in getting over his shyness, and talks about what worked and what didn't work.
July 10, 2020
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is the entire essay, read by Adam Li Khan, and includes the dictionary definitions of some of the words that are no longer commonly used.
July 09, 2020
How Dogs Changed History
There are many significant historical events that you already know about, but the role dogs played in those historical events are generally unknown. We talked about a few of them in this episode.
July 07, 2020
The Roots of Inequality
The world is unequal, and it has been for hundreds of years. Much of the inequality seems to be divided by race. Where did it come from? How did it start? In this episode, we explore how it came to be this way.
July 04, 2020
Conspiracy Thinkers Are LESS Likely to Wash Their Hands If The Government Recommends It
This is a short podcast about a recent study showing that conspiracy thinkers were using protective measures like hand washing and social distancing until their government recommended they do so, and then they stop doing it.
July 03, 2020
Why You Shouldn't Argue on Facebook
Arguing with someone on Facebook is very likely to have the exact opposite result from what you're looking for, and it's not anybody's fault. It's just the way the human brain works. Find out how it happens and what ingenious experiment discovered it.
June 24, 2020
Racism is Only Part of a Much Bigger Problem
Our brains evolved to divide the world into us and them. This fundamental element of our psychological makeup is the problem. One of the many ways it manifests itself is as racism. But even though we can't get rid of our own evolutionary biology, we can still do something about it. That's what we will explore in this episode.
June 24, 2020
The Underlying Driver of World History: Soil Erosion
Why did the Roman empire keep expanding? What caused the Civil War? The surprising answer to these and many other big historical events is soil erosion. Find out how soil erosion drives human history in this episode.
June 23, 2020
The Fundamental Key to Great Relationships: The Bid
The bid is the most basic element of a relationship. In this episode, you will learn what it is and how to use it to make your relationships better than they have ever been. You will understand relationships in a whole new way.
June 23, 2020
The Man Who Invented Peanut Butter
This is a short tribute to a childhood hero, a man I still admire.
June 22, 2020
Fuel Competition Would Change the World
Although you can buy an electric car, a hydrogen car, a CNG car, etc., there are very few cars on the road that allow any fuels to compete directly with gasoline. And until petroleum has a direct competitor that can be chosen on the spot, we do not have true fuel competition. But it is possible. Find out more in this episode.
June 17, 2020
Chop and Drop: A Permaculture Idea Explained
Chop and drop is a technique to help your plants grow without costing you any money. You can help reduce the amount of water you need to put on the plants, it can help protect the plants from heat stress, it can fertilize your plants, and it will feed the microbes that will help your plant. Learn all about it in this episode.
June 17, 2020
How One Man Discovered That Trees Aren't Made of Dirt
Back in the 1600s, people thought that trees consumed soil, and that's what they were made of. But one man did an experiment showing that was not the case. And he did another experiment that gave an important clue to the real source of the material trees are made of.
June 16, 2020
Why Africa Has So Much Wildlife
When we see the Serengeti plains teeming with wildebeest and giraffes and lions, we are not looking at an ancient wild area, we're looking at something that has only come into existence in the last hundred and thirty years. How did it come about? Find out in this episode.
June 15, 2020
Do You Know Someone Going Through Chemotherapy? They Need to Hear This
If you are going through chemotherapy (or know someone who is) this episode talks about something you personally can do that might increase the effectiveness of your chemotherapy, and could possibly reduce the negative side effects of the treatment.
June 14, 2020
Does Your Body Hurt Even Though You're Not Injured?
Even if you haven't been working out lately, even if you've been taking it easy, it's possible that your body feels sore. Why? It might be a lack of motion variety. Your body might be literally aching to move.
June 13, 2020
What Natural Activity is Meditation an Artificial Substitute For?
Meditation has many positive effects, but it is an unnatural act. Is it a substitute for something more natural that can produce the same effects? Find out one proposed answer to this question in this episode.
June 07, 2020
Himalayan Blackberry Vines: Are They Good or Bad?
The Himalayan blackberry is well-known as an invasive species. Why is it so successful? And what should we do with invasive species? There are massive efforts around the world to eliminate them where they don't belong. Is this the best approach?
June 05, 2020
Finding Your Place in the World
How can you find true contentment? Ancient Greek mythology had a surprisingly profound answer, which we cover in this episode. And we also look into what hidden superpower you have.
May 31, 2020
One Way to Remember More of What You Learn
This episode covers a simple method you can use to remember more of what you learn, and remember it longer. And it's something that won't really take much extra time to do.
May 30, 2020
If You Fight With Your Spouse a Lot, Listen to This
This is a useful insight from the inventor of the most effective couples therapy ever created. It will change the way you respond two arguments with your spouse from this point on. And that will change your life.
May 29, 2020
One of the most consequential issues, one of the most important contributors to global problems, especially environmental problems, is something that most of us consider a taboo subject: Overpopulation. This needs to change. And this episode provides a solution to the problem.
May 28, 2020
End Political Contributions
A lot of political problems in the U.S. can be traced to a single source: That politicians are legally allowed to accept money for their campaigns, and then they owe those contributors a favor. But this problem can be solved, and there are already effective organizations working on solving it. This episode explains the ideas behind the movement.
May 27, 2020
Fasting Boosts Your Immune System
This is a short excerpt from a much longer podcast (What's So Great About Fasting?). This episode discusses what happens during fasting that might affect your immune system and even might help prevent cancer.
May 25, 2020
Fasting and Heart Disease
This is a short excerpt from a much longer podcast (What's So Great About Fasting?). This is about an experiment showing what fasting does to heart disease.
May 23, 2020
A True Story of Persistence
Adam Khan reads the bonus chapter in his book, Antivirus For Your Mind, which is about a couple trying to save their son's life. The story is inspiring and instructive.
May 23, 2020
Why You're Less Hungry Fasting Than Dieting
This is a short excerpt from a much longer podcast (What's So Great About Fasting?). This one touches on the counterintuitive biological reasons many people find fasting to be significantly easier than dieting.
May 22, 2020
How Long Can Someone Fast Before They Die?
This is a short excerpt of a much longer podcast (called What's So Great About Fasting?). This excerpt looks at some of the recorded extremes of fasting duration.
May 21, 2020
One Simple Way to Improve Your Marriage
This is a description of an experiment showing how one simple change can improve how satisfied your spouse is in your marriage, and how committed your spouse is.
May 20, 2020
What's So Great About Fasting?
In this episode, Adam discusses some of the benefits of going without food, and talks about some of the interesting studies that have been done on it. He also mentions a few things he's learned about doing it himself that might help make your fasts easier.
May 19, 2020
5G Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Misinformation
The number of 5G conspiracy theories has grown rapidly recently, partly being driven by foreign governments trying to slow down our deployment of the technology, but do we really know if 5G networks really harm human beings? In this episode Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner discuss the issue.
May 14, 2020
Why is the Coronavirus Crisis so Confusing?
It is frustrating how little we still know about this virus. Why? How is it possible that in this modern age we can't seem to figure it out? Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner discuss it in this episode.
May 13, 2020
The Global War of Data: The New Central Commodity
This is a conversation between Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner, discussing how data is replacing oil as the key commodity in the world.
May 12, 2020
The Game Changers Documentary Has Some Flaws
This is a conversation between Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner talking about the documentary, The Game Changers, a very well-made movie that tries to convince the viewer that a vegetarian diet is far superior than eating meat. But some of what they said in the movie was misleading.
May 12, 2020
Is It Possible to Cure Someone of Conspiracy Thinking?
This is basically about a scientific paper on how to correct misinformation, written by five researchers. The scientists look at the studies available on what is actually effective when correcting misinformation, and how to prevent the backfire effect (when your efforts to change someone's mind makes them even more firmly convinced they were right to begin with).
May 05, 2020
Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
This is a summary of what I thought were the best parts of the book, "Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them," plus a few extra comments from me. The book is a collection of chapters written by 31 different authors, all of whom are experts on conspiracy theories, but in different fields, including political scientists, psychologists, sociologists, and historians. Although most of the chapters are written like scientific papers (academic language and lots of citations), the book is fascinating.
May 01, 2020
Zeitgeist's Criticism of Our Monetary System — Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner 12 April 2020
This is an excerpt from a longer podcast, originally published 12 April 2020. Ben Wagner and Adam Li Khan talk about the movie, Zeitgeist, and its view of the current financial system of the world, and its sustainability.
April 18, 2020
Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories — Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner 12 April 2020
This is an excerpt from a longer podcast, recorded 12 April 2020. In this segment, we talked about theories about the pharmaceutical industry, and whether Bill Gates' commitment to vaccinations is suspicious or just practical.
April 18, 2020
What is a Legitimate News Source? — Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner 12 April 2020
Adam Li Khan and Ben Wagner discuss whether or not conspiracy theories can be considered a legitimate news source, and questions about mainstream news sources and their reliability. This is an excerpt from a longer podcast.
April 17, 2020
Adam Khan and Ben Wagner Talk About Conspiracy Theories
A father and son discuss their differences of opinion about conspiracy theories. Are conspiracy theories important? Are they ridiculous? Can they be simply dismissed? Do their presence have an influence on a functioning democracy?
April 15, 2020
Are Conspiracy Theories Dangerous or Necessary? Are They Important?
Why are conspiracy theories so common? What do people get out of them? In this podcast, I explore some of the research about conspiracy theories and the people who believe in them.
April 09, 2020
The Ultimate Answer to Boredom
The answer to boredom was found by a psychiatrist locked away in concentration camps during World War 2. He left behind his wisdom for all of us. Curing boredom turns out to be something profound.
April 01, 2020
How to Enjoy Talking Politics
When you're talking to someone who is of a different political persuasion than you are, it can sometimes be uncomfortable and unpleasant, but it doesn't have to be. I explain on this podcast how you can make those conversations fun and enjoyable, and also how to become less upset by social media posts and comments from the other side of the aisle.
April 01, 2020
The Righteous Mind: Why We Are Politically Divided
Why can't liberals and conservatives get along? Has something changed? Can something be done about it? Jonathan Haidt's book, "The Righteous Mind," provides the best answers I think we'll find. I discuss the book in this podcast. I make a mistake in this podcast, and I'd like to apologize to Haidt for it. I refer to him as a moral philosopher. He's a moral psychologist. Although he was originally interested in philosophy, when he found psychology, he switched and has never looked back. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
March 27, 2020
Your Built-in Antidote for Anxiety and Stress
We all know about the fight-or-flight response, but many of us are not aware of the built-in, natural recovery response, or how to activate it. But you are about to find out. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
March 22, 2020
A Reframe on People Buying Out Toilet Paper During the Coronavirus Crisis
Why are people buying toilet paper? Why is it selling so fast? Are people stupid? Crazy? Freaking out? I don't think so. And I don't think it does us any good to judge others so harshly. Here in this brief podcast I offer an alternative explanation. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
March 20, 2020
Relieve Anxiety by Fleeing into a Purpose
As a human being, you need a compelling purpose. Otherwise you are prone to anxiety. In this episode I explore three different ways you can relieve anxiety by fleeing into a purpose. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
March 20, 2020
An Easy Thing You Can Do To Lower Your Stress Level: Judge Not
We all get a dopamine hit from feeling self righteous, but it adds a level of stress that we don't need. And it is pretty easy to stop doing it. I have a suggestion of what you can do instead.
March 15, 2020
How Taiwan Stopped a Coronavirus Epidemic
This is a short podcast about how Taiwan managed to be one of the most successful countries at dealing with the coronavirus.
March 14, 2020
Literally Saving the Earth by Regenerating Grassland
The way to save the largest ecosystem on land is so counterintuitive it will blow your mind. This is about meat, how it's produced and the consequences of the different ways of producing it. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
November 27, 2019
Girl Raised By Monkeys: A True Story
This is the true story of a girl who was "raised" by a troop of Capuchin monkeys in a Columbian jungle, and lived to tell about it.
November 09, 2019
Change HOW You Think (As Opposed to WHAT You Think)
You can make your life more difficult and unpleasant, OR you can make your life easier and more enjoyable, by not just changing WHAT you're thinking, but by changing HOW you're thinking it.
November 02, 2019
Gain a New Perspective
Change the way you look at something, especially something that's bothering you. There are many ways to do that, and we cover some of them in this podcast. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
October 17, 2019
Can your tongue make you better looking?
We explore the concept of your habitual tongue posture and its effect on your facial structure.
October 05, 2019
Fungi Helping Plants Grow
Some kinds of fungi form cooperative relationships with plants. The plants give the fungus sugars and the fungus gives the plants nutrients and water. They benefit each other. Sometimes plants give up to 1/3 of the sugars that they produce to the fungus. Voluntarily. Somewhere around 95% of all plants in the world are capable of forming these kinds of relationships with fungi. If you want to help a plant grow, this is something to look into.
September 29, 2019
Guns, Germs and Steel
Why was it Europeans that conquered the globe rather than some other culture? Why did Europeans give so many diseases to Native Americans? Why didn't Native Americans give lots of diseases to Europeans? What are the essential ingredients of civilization? Find the answer in this podcast. Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). https://www.adamlikhan.com/
September 20, 2019
An interesting quote from the book "Brilliant Green."
It's a short quote about how plants affect people, their ability to concentrate, and their health.
September 18, 2019