Episode 197: Sleepwalking Through Life

Joe and I drink tea and discuss philosophy. Well, kind of. I reveal myself to be a bit of a dick, but am on a self-improvement kick. And Joe's problem with baggy grey sweatpants floats to the surface. In this episode of the 1,000 Authors Show, the intrepid podcasters dive deep into their own brains to figure out why thinking is so hard, how to get better at it, and why it's crucial that we do.

Key Points

  • [1:25] It’s been a tough few days at the Dingle. The fun adventures of herding sheep.
  • [5:35] The Atomic Habits book that Vicky is reading is life changing! 
  • [11:05] We’ve evolved to have these giant brains, but it’s really not efficient.
  • [13:55] Vicky and Joe weren’t really taught in school how to think critically.
  • [17:10] By the way, nobody is good at multitasking.
  • [18:45] How does Vicky define ‘thinking’?
  • [20:10] Unfortunately, throughout our lives, we are taught not to question things.
  • [22:05] Why is critical thinking so important?
  • [27:50] What are some of your cognitive biases? Let Vicky know!
  • [29:00] Ask basic questions about a topic, even if you think you know it.
  • [31:20] A lot of horrible things are happening in the UK at the moment. A little bit of empathy would be nice!
  • [33:45] Don’t just read the headline! Read the story. Also, double check where the research comes from.
  • [37:25] Get better at thinking. 

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Kings of the Wyld, by Nicholas Eames

Iolo's Revenge: Sheep Farming by Happy Accident in Mid-Wales, by Diana Ashworth

Atomic Habits, by James Clear

The Art of Asking Book, by Amanda Palmer

A History of Western Philosophy Book, by Bertrand Russell

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Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she's not doing that, she's hanging from a trapeze by her feet.

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