Book summary of some of the key ideas from Dr Robert Glovers’ No More Mr Nice Guy. No More Mr Nice Guy is a book that shows why nice guys aren’t as nice as they appear and how being nice is actually a fear defense mechanism to avoid confrontation. The book then goes on to show how to stop being nice and offers a healthy model for masculinity.
Professor Hans Rosling loves statistics. He loves them so much that he enlisted a team of computer techs to create the most amazing interactive picture of the life and wealth of the world over the last 200 years using using augmented reality animation.
OK, you want to try it? Watch this video before you read any further. Got it? Good. Let’s see how smart you (maybe) are.
In a study run by researchers at the University at Rochester, researchers had subjects watch that same video you just did. They also had them take a standard IQ test. What they found was that people who had an easier time seeing movement in the smaller bars as opposed to the larger ones had—drum roll please—higher IQs. Generally.
I was listening to a clip of Alan Watts expounding on the Buddhist concept of “No Self” so I clicked on it in YouTube to see what else came up, and there I found this little clip of Charles Manson answering the question of “Who are you?”
After listening to Watts, Manson’s answer struck me as profound. “I am nobody”, was his answer, basically. It struck me that Manson is a Zen Master.
One rainy afternoon an inspired 15-year old boy named John Goddard sat down at his kitchen table in Los Angeles and wrote three words at the top of a yellow pad, “My Life List.” Under that heading he wrote down 127 goals.
These were not simple or easy goals. They included climbing the world’s major mountains, exploring from source to mouth the longest rivers of the world, piloting the world’s fastest aircraft, running a mile in five minutes and reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.
Now, a generation later, he has accomplished 109 of these quests, and has logged an impressive list of records in achieving them.
This is a wonderful animated version of the remarkable true story of Dock Ellis’ legendary no-hitter while high on LSD. The audio is of Ellis himself telling the story on NPR on March 29, 2008. Bizarre!
Wim Hof is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme coldness. He holds nine world records including a world record for longest ice bath. In 2007, he attempted, but failed (due to a foot injury), to climb Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts.
Hof has been criticized for his stated justifications for this attempt, “Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest was a testament to human achievement, my climb of Mount Everest in my shorts will be a monument to the frivolous, decadent nature of modern society.”
Kyle MacDonald has taken creative problem solving to a whole new level by turning one red paperclip into his own home. This video is a great reminder that there is definitely more than one way to achieve a goal. While most people would think of how to make more money, get a better job, find a loan, and pay the bills, Kyle has shown that conventional thinking isn’t always the best or the fastest.