201: Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman | Dopamine, Creativity, Love, And Progression In “The Molecule of More”

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
  • and more

You can check out his website here, or take a look at his book The Molecule of More on Amazon. It was voted on Forbes as one of the Must-Read Brain Books of 2018.

Glad to have Dr. Lieberman on the show.

200: Professor Scott E. Page | Modeling, Complex Systems, And Applications In “The Model Thinker”

  • welcome Professor Scott. E Page, Ph. D., of the University of Michigan, to episode 200 of the show
  • he currently teaches complex systems, computer science, and economics
  • also has taught an online course to initially 60000 people, and then a million people in its second iteration
  • on this episode, we discussed his career, many of the models presented in the book, and some applications of them in this world
  • many-models approach to modeling, that helps prevent modeling gaps
  • Markov models and their ability to represent an equilibrium state, with percentages representing transfer from one state to another
  • the impact of diversity on complex systems, which has been a large part of Professor Page’s focus, also in his earlier books The Diversity [Bonus] and Diversity and Complexity
  • how socioeconomic status is more likely to continue at the lower and upper bounds than for middle class folks, though they are 50% likely
  • discussion about entropy as representation of uncertainty, and how it differs from variance equitability of options
  • the Matthew effect of some support for something causing more support for it, causing a snowball
  • opioid models, and some of the issues with their treatment
  • we covered other topics not listed here, and it was great to speak with Professor Page about his material, which I am also interested in
  • you can check out The Model Thinker on Amazon, look at Professor Page’s Michigan webpage, or look at a listing of all his books.

199: Yossef Sagi | Spiritual Guidance Of Consciousness To Connection And Individuality

  • welcome Yossef to episode 199 of the show(last of the 100s)
  • this episode was recorded in Culver City and and set in place by Melanie
  • Yossef is a professional trainer coach from a spiritual framework
  • we discussed many elements of internal being
  • a story related to his kindergarten teacher and our impact on others by being our selves as we are
  • helping people build self-love instead of seeking what’s wrong with them
  • getting back to being a student when away from your craft for too long
  • how figures are often deified when there could be more focus on letting each of us be our own great light
  • going with your inner feeling as you progress through an endeavor or connection
  • Yossef’s participation in a repressive group and how he started to see it as off, and then exiting and seeing that kind of form
  • preventing oneself from hitting a plateau of growth that is comfortable
  • Yossef’s great message of what he would say to all
  • a cool description of myself and my way of action
  • great to have Yossef on the show~
  • the podcast he mentioned that he was on is RichardListens

198: Adapting To Change, And Taking Quantity To Quality

  • welcome to episode 198 of the show with only Armen
  • on this one I give some updates and bring up a couple of key points
  • talked about adapting to change with example of how publishers used to send me books to review or read
  • you have to work with conditions as they are and adjust
  • discussed reading the book on representative models
  • mentioned Scott H. Young article about quantity and quality
  • quality is a representation of quantity at depth
  • you can only get to the quality with the effort of quantity
  • characterized my episodes up until now, and ongoing
  • this is one of those updates episodes that explains the track
  • glad to have you listen

197: Titan Burl | Year-End Discussion With The Return Of The Baller

  • welcome Titan back on the show for episode 197~
  • went over end of year material including holiday time and events remembered on New Year’s
  • talked about 2018 reflection and fitness changes
  • fitness goals for the next year
  • sports played including volleyball and basketball
  • games being played and content being consumed, including Fortnite and comedians on the television
  • dynamics for developing of games with updates coming regularly
  • weight and height material over periods of Titan’s lifetime
  • glad to have Titan on

196: Chris Grounds | Northwestern Actlete Entertaining Through Acting, Singing, And Rapping

  • Welcome actor and entertainer Chris A. Grounds to the show~
  • recorded in Koreatown on two mics
  • we discussed how we met, where we met
  • playing basketball and what it is like to be an actlete
  • growing up in the Northwest and its impact on life
  • content creation and plans in songwriting and screenwriting for the upcoming year
  • participation in something like city council that I went to a meeting of prior to our time
  • his relationship and relationships in general
  • the value of collaboration and looking to do more of it
  • glad to have Chris on the show
Chris on episode 196

195: Dr. Gail Brenner | Psychology, Spirituality, Awareness, Being Present, And A Healing Ebook

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:

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194: Nelson | Rule Testing, Social Engineering, Strategy, Honesty And Confidence

  • Nelson on the show, family member to past guests Alex and Christi
  • Nelson was on the previous podcast I ran called That Guy Named Armen
  • we talked about truthfulness and strategy
  • lying as it relates to social manipulation and what it means
  • why you would want to check the rules of society
  • what value there is in leaving things as they are, versus agitating or playing with the social/rule-based framework we live in
  • some discussion about where the world is headed, or currently at
  • glad to have Nelson on the show

193: Maryann Hall | Observing Adopted Scandinavian Motorcyclist Describes Happenings

  • welcome Maryann to the show
  • this talk was recorded at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena
  • nice place to be in during the month of November in the Los Angeles area
  • we talked about observing others and noticing what is around
  • Maryann was adopted and that is a thing that impacts life
  • we went over some of the ins and outs of family
  • being left at Disneyland and found hours later
  • Maryann bullied in the past and built some strength from that
  • we did some accents and beats here and there
  • onward we go

192: Eve Mutso And Mary Mullen | Dancing, Choreography, Performance, And Working Together

  • welcome first-time guest dancer and choreographer Eve Mutso to the show~
  • return guest Mary Mullen is on this show with Eve as well
  • Eve from Estonia does great forms of dancing and choreography with various productions
  • she has worked with people of different physical abilities, complementing their styles with her own
  • she is friends with Mary, who has also designed clothing for her to wear during performance, as Mary handles costume design
  • Eve spreads kindness and an open-mindedness to the world
  • we discussed her upcoming goals in the performance space, and some features about people she and Mary resonate with
  • glad to have Eve and Mary on the show

191: Alan Gaskill | Storytelling, Inner Fears, Books, And A Look At Time Of Youth

  • welcome Alan to the show on episode 191
  • Alan brings a creative flair and a groundedness
  • we recorded the episode in his recently set up studio
  • talked about inner fears and how they link to youth
  • a story from long-lost parables, with Alan presenting it as the author would hope to have it performed
  • various discussion about books of note and their takeaways, including Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • we went over what we would relay to our younger selves, or how we view some of the progression to our current state
  • a lot of interview converted to discussion on this one
  • glad to have Alan on the sh

190: On Knowing Self, Being Connected, Expression, And Transformation With Guest Angelix

  • welcome Angelix to episode 190 of the show
  • the numbers 1 and 9 are big in her being, and they are in 190 as well
  • we talked about a variety of topics in the more abstract category
  • these are ones about your internal state, and how you express yourself
  • we went over some details about what holds people back, or how their internal vision is a continuous block
  • we brought up Jim Carrey and the way his discussions are not stifled
  • the ways that we manifest things we are looking for in this world where we all connected as part of a collective
  • how a person can find their way to live less out of fear
  • a fun light-hearted episode with a lot of material for the internal
  • there is some rap and singing in this one
  • glad to have Angelix on the show~

189: On Melbourne Opera, Literacy Advocacy, And Protecting Your Energy With Guest Ren Barlow

  • welcome Ren Barlow from Australia to episode 189 of the show
  • this one was recorded on my phone outside a restaurant in Beverly Hills, so the quality is a bit more phone quality with some background sounds from people
  • the associated video for this episode will be at this link
  • she has done work for Melbourne Opera, and done various singing gigs
  • one of her large pushes is for improvement in literacy for children, with literacy being the way for them to grow from their environment
  • she also illustrates children’s books
  • we talked about the importance of protecting your energy and being kind
  • a bit as well about books and a book recommendation
  • glad to have had her~

188: On The Serving Mindset, Life Coaching, Juicing, And Yoga With Guest Farnoosh Brock

  • 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 her on the show~

187: On Celebrity Styling, Clients, Personality, And Kindness With Guest Melissa Souza

  • welcome celebrity stylist Melissa Souza to the show on episode 187
  • from her bio, she “is an established celebrity, editorial, and commercial stylist, and is the owner/founder of Haven Street Style Studio”
  • we talked about a variety of topics including her abilities and skills
  • discussed fashion and our time at Los Angeles fashion week, including some of the shows she liked
  • a bit about personality and features of Melissa’s
  • there was some material about kindness and its value in public discourse
  • her assistant Charmina joined in with a message about how to conduct onesself in life
  • You can find her material on her website
  • glad to have her on the show~

186: Jackfruit Effort, Doing Things Yourself, And Halloween Festivity

  • welcome to the episode known as #186
  • the topic of putting effort to open jackfruit
  • it’s not easy to eat like a banana, but worth it, like life
  • you get value out of trying things yourself
  • there are those moments of high effort where time stops
  • the more of these you work with, the better prepared you are
  • life is not light, and your ability to respond is key
  • Halloween is here and many will dress up and be creative
  • festivities in West Hollywood and across the lands
  • P.S. – guest post by Gary on the blog

185: On Mental Health, Improv And People Connection With Guest La

  • Zvirby up in the building for episode 185
  • we went over the topic of mental health and concern for others
  • La talked about her helping of homeless people
  • She had made a care package for an individual she will find~
  • La has done improv and performs regularly
  • we tried doing an improv bit together but I am more about doing comedy improvically, which is different
  • discussed connection of people, and how we can reach out to others
  • we went over books we know of, and she liked You Are A Badass as well
  • glad to have La Zvirby on the show

184: The Return Of Los Angeles Fashion Week, And The People

  • Los Angeles Fashion Week is upon the Majestic Downtown in LA
  • The event continues its tradition of bringing together fashion, styles, models, designers, art, and people
  • I have seen some key individuals at the event including painter Crystal from episode 135 of the show
  • As well, Robby of future episode number ? had set up the event once more with assistance from others
  • Dancer and model Rayna from episode 140 up in the place and brought the flair
  • I like seeing people and meeting new people
  • I met another individual also named Crystal
  • May the fashion week continue to go smoothly with stylish shows of people with thematic ensembles

183: One Year Of The Armen Show

  • hello and welcome to episode to episode 183 of the show
  • it has been one year since I started the podcast on October 6, 2018
  • it is good to signify changing moments in time
  • we have had many guests and topics and series of discussions
  • on the way is continued science, guests, and happenings
  • there may be a more structured form of the show to happen
  • we look at making our own building among the other ones
  • glad to have had you all listening and joining thus far
  • to more~

182: On Video Game Design, Adversity, And Church With Guest Donald

  • welcome Donald on episode 182 of the show
  • discussed his entry into the video game design world
  • you can find this individual at Insomniac Games
  • we talked about adversity and what it can lead to
  • the challenges from before lead to the strength of now
  • included some content on relationships and/or relating with others
  • socializing is a theme we brought up about reaching out
  • we went over some books that Donald liked to read
  • also Donald’s church-going and his interest in faith
  • glad to have Donald up on the show