Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, co-author of The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity–And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, joins on episode 201 of the show~.
He divides his time between teaching, writing, and patient care. He is a clinical psychiatrist who received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, after undergraduate work at St John’s College. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, and is also Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs.
In this episode, we discussed:
Dr. Lieberman’s career, and the steps he took to be where he is at
some of the nice features of the Great Books program at St. John’s College
the details of his co-written book that focuses on dopamine
anticipatory effects and the connection to the unexpected
how drugs give hits of dopamine, and the pull to return to them
percentages of rewards needed to keep people playing games or using social media
desire dopamine versus control dopamine, and how dopaminergic individuals can flourish
agentic and affiliative relationships, and the people who prefer each type
control dopamine’s importance inhibiting aggression driven by passion
7R variant of the D4 receptor gene for dopamine and its link to migration
conservative and liberal perspective, and their connection to a dopamine or H&N(here-and-now) based set of neurotransmitters
liability of dopaminergic individuals, and their elements of most success
how to take into account one’s state for balance purposes
Welcome psychologist Dr. Gail Brenner to episode 195 of the show~. She is a licensed Ph.D. psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy.
She received her B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, Ph.D. from Temple University, post-doc from the University of Florida, and took part in a clinical internship at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. One specialty of hers is working with older adults during the transitions of the end of life period of aging.
Gail has worked with a variety of clients/patients, and speaking with her is a pleasure. We discussed a variety of topics, including:
welcome guest Farnoosh to episode 188 of the show~
I met Farnoosh early on in the blogging days, with her site Prolific Living
From her bio, “Farnoosh Brock went from electrical engineer and rising leader at a Fortune 100 to business coach, entrepreneur and CEO of her company, which she runs today with her husband. In her coaching work, she shows business owners, professionals, entreprenuers and leaders to choose serving over selling in order to build deep trust with their customers and profitable sustainable businesses for their employees and the future. In addition to her latest book, The Serving Mindset: Stop Selling and Grow Your Business (2018), she is the creator of Crack the Code to Get Promoted, an advancement leadership course for corporate professionals as well as the author of The Healthy Juicer’s Bible (2013), The Healthy Smoothie Bible (2014), and The Big Book of Healing Drinks (2019). Find out more at www.farnooshbrock.com.”
we discussed her book that released November 6th, called The Serving Mindset, which is about being of service to build your business instead of attempting to sell to grow it
knowing about objections from customers, and your own pricing, is very important to maintaining and building your business
some topics about sales and value were included
we also covered bits on juicing and her yoga practice
Glad to have you back on episode 97. Some of us like collecting things, and I recently collected a bunch of rocks when at Malibu Beach, and many of them are nice. In this episode, I discuss:
the colors and shapes of the rocks I collected
people around the beach who saw the collecting and noticed
what I might do with the rocks, and how they look
the super bowl party that we had, and how it was inclusive
These rocks were publicly available, and I went and searched them out. This is a nice message about life, in that some things you like are already out there waiting for you. I might find more later. Glad for your listening~
Sometimes you want to update about what is occurring, and shout out the people who make things or do things you know about. This is a nice thing you can do regularly. The people around us are the people we can connect with. In this episode, I discuss:
Toby Emerson and his cool music I have used on my Youtube and here
Gary Kazazian music I used for intro, and his planned gig at The Mint
Kenny bringing NotSocks to the people who want socks but not socks
Gary Vee and his latest book Crushing It that is out in the public
Alex and his EDM music I used as an intro, and his music-making
Alicia from earlier episode bringing life to life, and also clothes/gems
Jane with the Grayson power plant expansion and good fitness
People are our world, and we have to shout them out as applicable. We can do more things if we reach out and try connecting in different ways.
We are in the February. This one, episode 95, is on socially-known events like the Super Bowl, and making use of them for social happenings. There are not that many things that a lot of people know about, especially as the amount of niches grows in size. In this episode, I discuss:
the way that big events causes group energy that is atypical
making use of things like the super bowl to congregate
why you should include the people you know in what you do
some examples of including others in my own stuff
Even if something doesn’t fit you exactly, you can match with the part of it that does fit with you. We don’t have to take in all the elements of something that doesn’t fit, in the same way that you don’t have to eat every food at a buffet. Adjust what you go with, and leave the rest for others to be. Also, inclusiveness is a nice gesture. Through the 90s we go~
We are in the 90s like it is like 1994. This is episode 94, and the intro music is “Gone Home” by Gary Kazazian, and possibly Kaspar Kazazian as well. It is also in the outro. Music is always good for variety purposes. The Elephant In The Brain is now a book we have gone through and finished, and we move through February. In this episode, I discuss:
performance of a skill being paramount to preparation and reading about it
using your abilities in person to hone down what needs to be worked on
how we see political, religious, and sports fan teams in society
the teams that I identify with, and what I like to see more of
Taking the concepts from something you learned is important. You can’t just let them float away, or you won’t internalize anything. When I read a book, I include concepts from it in my discussions and actions, so that the book had an impact on my life.
Also, on a separate note, Bill Gates liked the upcoming book Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker(it’s not out yet), and I have read a few books that Bill has also read. We have a similar interest in books and knowledge. Maybe I will get back to getting advanced copies of books like when it was 2010 and my blog was booming. Onward we go.
This one is the closer as far as the chapters of the latest book I have been reading, which is The Elephant In The Brain. It was a cool book, and informed a lot about why people do much of what they do, and how we can learn about ourselves through that. In this episode, on the first of the month of February, I discuss:
how the educational system is about signaling and certification
the ways that medicine is about conspicuous caring more than healing
the details of religion that make it about loyalty and group effort
politics and the way it brings people into certain categories
We can do a lot once we realize the hidden motives we have, the ones others don’t share, and the ones that are built into institutions. We can adjust how we present ourselves, and design things so they are aligned with people’s actual motives. Glad to have you check out the content on this book, and keep a look-out for that interview article in February.
Knowledge is the way, and we keep it moving on The Elephant In The Brain. This one gets into some more of the chapters on sections of society and the hidden motives that go with them. I discuss:
how laughter represents more than something being “funny”
the way that conversation is used to showcase one’s own ability
where consumption is used to present an image of abundance
the impracticality of art and its underlying subtext of high fitness
the way that charity is nearly always conspicuous in nature
These chapters flowed well, and the concepts link through them, regarding how a person uses the world to represent themselves better. The next episode will be on the last chapters of the book, which are 13 through 17, and then I will have an interview article in February with the two authors. Glad to have y’all on board this podcast in January, and we move on to February 2018.
People like looking back at the past and seeing it as a good time. This is also a practical business opportunity of our day. Whether it was Mario or some band, there is an emotional connection to a time we lived in many years ago. In this episode, I discuss:
how nostalgia has been becoming popular on the internet
how the age of internet users is related to this
some of the things I remember from early times
a separate note about how I am perceived by the general public
We are in now, and the future is later, but many are linked to a time of the past, as it reminds of an easier setting. We connect with that past moment when feeling like it disappeared. Episode 91 represented for the 90s, and for some, it is the 80s or the 70s or the 00s. Onward we go through 2018
Self-deception is the name of the game. I am continuing to read through The Elephant In The Brain, and it has great insight into the hidden content in our society. Not everything is always revealed, and a lot is kept underneath for multiple reasons. Episode 90 is about:
self-deception, both as a defense and a method of manipulation
how our minds process in a modular sense, and piece thoughts together
the split-brain experiments revealing how the brain comes up with answers
what body language tells us about status and dominance
There is a lot to look at in the world, and I often focus on the brain, people, and how we relate to each other, based on evolutionary underpinnings of our current moment. This book gets into that. More onward, and chapters to come
I have not watched many shows on television or the internet in my lifetime, but I have watched a few. This episode is meant to go over some of them. It’s episode 89, and we are here in the land of internet.
shows like The Office and Entourage that I watched many episodes of
the categories of content I have checked or know about
how I have watched more Youtube clips than shows
the fact that I read more than I watch stuff at times
The tech show I mentioned called Diggnation was not bad, run by Kevin Rose and his sidekick Alex Albrecht, and had some good info on the technology and services of the day. Different shows have different purposes. Hope you enjoyed some info on my past show viewing.
Double 8’s in the building. I mentioned staying humble in this episode, as it was mentioned that bragging is not a thing to do often in The Elephant In The Brain. This one was mostly about podcasts that are out there, and in this episode, I discuss:
some of the top and popular personal podcasts
how the people running them use their abilities/strengths
why I and others should stick to the strengths that we have
how socializing has been a part of my life for some time now
Shout outs to Live Room LA that I mentioned in this episode. A lot of realizations happen before the episodes, but some linkages are made during episodes, and what I present is a network of thoughts. Socializing can lead you to a network of people that looks like my network of thoughts.
You know books will be read, and I will happen to be one of the people who reads them. The Elephant In The Brain is the current one, and it is by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson. It is mostly about hidden motives people have and act on. This episode is a summary of chapters 1 through 4, including:
how altruism has a competitive side to it
types of competition that exist between animals
how signals are used to identify quality of person or mate
elements of cheating and ways people do it discreetly
The book reads pretty easily, and has examples from animals and the past. The actual nature of society is represented in it. This is my first book of 2018 I will be reading in full, with a follow-up interview. It was put out very recently(few weeks ago), and I like when books are relatively new. Onward we go to more reading and content.
This is another one of those episode where I talk fast. Time goes quickly in it, and a lot is mentioned. These episodes have a fun flair to them, but I don’t know if I will do them often. I might. In it, I discuss:
being assertive with orders of food like with the haircut
group messages and how they are not my style
some book info as I always throw that in
the concept that you have many years to go to get somewhere
I was able to say a lot here, in the course of the 10 minutes or so. That is a nice feature. It takes a lot of breath, but it’s nice to share the content. 85 episodes in 85 episodes out
One past listener mentioned that you never know what you will get when you listen to The Armen Show, and he was right, for the most part. There is variety in what I put out, but there are continuous themes I am about. In this episode, I discuss:
how I view much other publicly available popular content
my perspective on the world and what we are on it
how presenting your perspective is needed to speak your side
seeing similar content across books, and recognizing authors
I look to bring more value through episodes over time, and I seek to find out ways to do that and connect with other material out there. To the show being better and better.
What are the stories that we write? What happened with the Laguna Beach show, or the other reality shows with characters from these smaller beach towns? How did they expand the view of who they were in the public eye? In this episode, I discuss:
the reality shows and how they built up a story
how it can be embellished or exaggerated to present a view
to give people your own story, with a beginning, middle, and end
thinking about what the beginning of a story of yours would be
Marketing and branding has changed how we look at some people, who are, in fact, people like the others who walk by us. Perspective changing takes a lot of strategy, and some people apply it. To more understanding of the world~
Music is a big part of the world. Alex from episode 48 and Gary from episode 3 are two individuals who are into making music. They both get into the technicals, and enjoy the creativity. I like some music too, and in this episode, I discuss:
types of music I have liked over time
trance and music with melody or beats
a lyric from a Jay-Z song that I break down into parts
vocal music I have enjoyed in years, along with its motivational aspects
Music is a big part of the world, through Spotify, Google Play, iTunes, Pandora, and so on. All of these services bring tunes that give people feelings and energy they use. To more creativity.
77 in the place to be. I have started reading Homo Deus by Yuval Harari. It’s the sequel to Sapiens, which was one of the top books of the past few years in the category of humankind’s progress over time. This one includes material from that book, and has updated content, and also discusses the future. In this episode I discuss:
the introduction to this book, and how it is laid out
plague like Black Death sweeping through nations
famine no longer being the issue in relation to food levels
the lack of war and the impacts it has on society
I am looking forward to flowing right through this book, and understanding more about some of the linkages between happenings over time. To more knowledge, and continuing the story.
Insight and examples are what I bring to the table here. Most of how I communicate is through concepts. This episode includes Alex’s jingle as the intro and outro again. I might make that the regular thing. In episode 76 of the show, I discuss:
aligning with individual who have a similar energy to you, and who you can relate with or believe in
types of chocolate I have enjoyed eating or drinking
talk show games and their routine nature of a sounded intro and comfortable elements
weekly cycles that society rolls through, and “hacking culture”
You have to link the parts of your life if you want to reach new levels. There are a lot of details to the networks of our thoughts and actions. Glad to have you following along the story I’m narrating. If you like the show, let others know it~
How did we get to 75? Probably 25 * 3. We are here at the 75th episode, and over half of this episode is about my mind map that I made in 2009. In it, I discuss:
the content in the mind map that I made on MindMeister
how you can brainstorm using one of your own
vocabulary word groups and word roots being drawn out
ways to organize your day or year in mind map form
concepts about blockchain and its connection to the universe
There is a lot of cool content in this one. You can check out the mind map from the link at the beginning, and I’m glad to have you listening. Feel free to let others know about the show, and we’ll see you on the next one.
Hey all and welcome to episode 74. This one is on my text interview with Dr. Sapolsky on his book Behave that I’ve been talking about. It is 8 questions instead of my usual 5, and that’s because I got so into the material through reading and notes. In this episode, I discuss:
marketing and how it relates to the brain development of the viewer
being generous in an individualistic culture
how someone can adapt to their environment that doesn’t suit them
efficient ways to manage executive decision-making ability that you have
It was great to have this dialog with Dr. Sapolsky, and his answers were informative to me. The little nuances of answers in response to how I asked the question also teach me a lot about what I was missing or didn’t pay enough attention to.
Do I get books on hold from the local library? You know it. I continue to lean in the science/nonfiction section, and got some books lately for potential reading or analyzing. In this episode, I discuss:
Harari and his books Sapiens and Homo Deus
things about the books that make me more likely to read them
Designing Reality and how it has some new tech in it
what I look for in books before I dive in
I throw in some concepts and talk at the end of the episode, and always continue the trend. As we move through the 70s, in terms of episodes, I see good smoothness. Only do what fits you, and your world becomes more suitable.
We are back in the place with episode 72 of the show, and on this one we also have a guest. Our guest is Jane, and there is a lot of material described on this episode, mostly about the proposed expansion of the Grayson power plant in Glendale. Included is discussion about:
why the Grayson power plant expansion plan in Glendale should be paused in search of alternatives
the impacts that expansion can have on local air quality
how a coalition formed to oppose the plan
local power plant information and history regarding costs and profits
getting involved in your local city council
some discussion on life and books in the category of child development
In relation to the Grayson power plant issue, you can either check out the website Jane had mentioned (stopgrayson.com), take part in the City Council meeting January 23rd at Glendale City Hall at 6 PM wearing a green shirt(if you are local), or check out the Facebook group. To more great material~
We roll back in here with guest Felipe. He is the 14th guest on the show, and makes his way to episode 71. We talked about many topics on this episode, and it was a cool time in Koreatown. Discussed included:
the elements that bring value of production to an economy
how those elements can be manipulated by those running the system
the type of activism that Felipe leans toward
little interludes about blockchain and crypto I threw in
concepts about monetary bubbles and how they can be prepared for
2018 goals that Felipe as well as I have
Great episode to have, and Felipe is a solid individual. This is another one of the longer ones, but maybe this will be the new length for episodes. There is no predictability to the show~. On we go.
Hey all. I threw in some stories in this episode, because I don’t include enough of them. On episode 66, I discuss:
a Long Beach house party that I went to
a coffee shop named Intelligentsia where I go regularly
how I met Willow there and saw her a few times
my attitude of recording in DTLA
That is a couple of stories that I have included here, and I will have more on the way. Also, a text interview should be coming this month, and Ryan may be a near future guest on the show. Keep it flowing.
On episode 63, 2 days into 2018, we have a guest~. Also, there is some light background static throughout the episode due to possibly a phone or electric interference so I thought I would mention that. Aside from that, the guest is Ramy, and the episode included:
socialization plans for 2018 involving strangers
surprise guests joining along for a bit
thoughts on how people should connect with one another
my goals for 2018
This episode was recorded in Pershing Square, not far from the ice skating rink. Glad to have Ramy on the show~
This one is the closer on Behave by Robert Sapolsky, which is a great book on human behavior and neuroscience. I go through content in the last chapters of it, including:
morality and doing the right thing
elements of human behavior in competition/cooperation
details of empathy regarding Us/Them thinking
metaphors and symbols that we as people live by
the people in the trenches during war and peace
This book has been a big one for me, and finishing it was a great happening. I took complete notes on the whole book, and was able to share much of them with you here across these episodes about it. Here are direct links to the episodes about chapters 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12.
Sometimes on The Armen Show, we have guests, and that is the case here~ On this one, we have our first time having two guests, who are Mariam and David of my extended family. In this episode, we discuss:
It’s the big 50, and you know we do it big here on The Armen Show. Little known fact is that I used to do freestyle raps that I would record every few days for years. I have raps from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and some from 2017 (over 300 in total). In this rap I include:
messages on self-esteem
updates on current happenings
lyrics with style to a certain beat
some switches in flow and speed
The beat I rapped on here is one called “A Touch Of Gold”, by Elliote Waite, one of the people who makes beats for JeeJuh. It is one of the only ones I bought on there a few years ago. JeeJuh has some great beats that I have rapped to over the years.
Glad to have y’all on here through 50 episodes and onward we go. More raps on the way in the future.
Welcome to episode 48 of The Armen Show, and on this one we have guest Alex who makes music and is in the music/event scene. In fact, Alex made the jingle that starts and ends this episode! We discuss:
types of music that Alex likes
the hardware and software that Alex uses(and will be using) to make electronic dance music and similar
performers and events he likes to listen to and attend
the fact that we used two mics on this advanced episode
Glad to have Alex on this one. We used two Shure SM58 microphones to record, and also had headphones to hear input. Technology is all over the place on this one. Onward we go.
In a recent conference where Gary Vaynerchuk was answering questions, he said “People love to be romantic about their judgment in character; thus it deems them non-actionable when it most matters”. This episode is about:
Not being attached to your past decisions or maneuvers
Make it more about firing, or cancelling, and not about hiring
Being adaptable over time instead of fixed in place out of weakness
Giving weight to your own mobility, instead of to reputation management
Podcast too strong we are rolling out through December. Episode 37 on December 7. Join the train while the track is still visible~
Fires happen in Southern California, or near Los Angeles, and a few are currently burning away. This prompted me to do this episode on how to manage during such instances, and those of earthquakes and other disasters, and to think about them in advance.
Couple of fires going on right now (Thomas Fire and Creek Fire)
Understanding the elements that take place in the area you live in
Keeping in mind what is valuable for you to take or leave
Organizing your possessions at all times so you are aware of what you have
Aside from this content, I hope all of you are doing smoothly, and will continue with book and related content in the near future. Shout outs to the firefighters who battle against fires, stopping them at tops of mountains or before they get to housing regions.
We are back at it with some Sapolsky for you. This is a summary of chapters 9 through 12 in his book “Behave”, and I took in-depth notes on these chapters regarding human behavior. Some of the topics in this episode are:
collectivist versus individualist cultures and their different thinking
how culture impacts action
how behavior evolved in terms of kin selection and pairing to family and extended family
us versus them thinking, and how Others are viewed by Us groups
levels of hierarchy in society and how noted they are by all animals, but especially people
This book is packed with information. The next episode that includes content on it will be on chapters 13 through 17(which is the last chapter), and then I will do a recap.
This episode is discussion about life concepts presented by Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) in his discussion with Dean Baquet of The New York Times, as seen/heard in this Youtube video. This video/audio had concepts about people, vulnerability, truth, fear, pain, compassion, helping, challenging, having a dialogue, and more.
All the times links are to that time in the video, so you can hear him talk about the concepts himself if so desired.
2:57 – goal to live life through your abilities, not to be successful/famous
9:31 – having a dialog about a thing is necessary, it happened regardless of if talked about or not (what you reveal you heal)
11:15 – Jay-Z doesn’t feel racism until when he challenges the status quo – life shows its cards when you challenge it
Episode 25 of The Armen Show, being posted on November 25th(continuing the matching day trend of the past few days) includes a guest who is actor Josh Sussman. Josh is full of life and a warm nature. We went over many things, including:
acting he has done over many years since he was 9
how we met, and how socializing involving risk-taking can be great
movies Josh has enjoyed watching
foods of interest and that Josh has enjoyed eating
various banter between us as we relate
Shout outs to Josh for taking part~. As mentioned in the episode, here are links to Josh’s various social media:
In this episode, I chose to respond to a few choice posts on the ENTP subreddit on Reddit. ENTP is a grouping of a certain personality type that I am most similar to of that personality type system. (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving)
Here I discussed:
whether my type does breathing
thoughts on ego and its relation to self-esteem
our introverted nature even though we are extroverts
Robert Sapolsky, Stanford professor of biology and neurology, has written the great book “Behave” about what causes human behavior, from the most recent moments, to far back in time. I am enjoying this book thus far
In this episode is information from chapters 1 through 4 of the book, including:
regions of the brain and their purposes
triggers of behavior, and subtle cuing
impacts of hormones on behavior, including testosterone and oxytocin
Hey all – I’m back with more from the book I have been reading and am almost done with.
In this discussion of content from chapters 5 through 8, I discuss:
scaling of organisms in relation to cities
how cities provide economy of scale
how the sun relates to energy requirements
how a larger city affects the people inside it
levels of social connections
If you like statistical information and an understanding of complex adaptive systems, the content in Scale would interest you. As well, reading anything that might interest you is a great idea. Onward we go~