009 | How to Win Friends and Influence Reality


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By Gianluca Truda and Jared Tumiel, Gianluca Truda, and Jared Tumiel. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

This episode looks at how to disrupt social dynamics. Gianluca and Jared consider the properties of social modes and narratives, examine Don Hoffman’s theory of fictitious reality and its evolutionary origins, and discuss ways to overcome your social limits through psychological hacks like self-characterisation and frame shifting.



The Seven Basic Plots: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Basic_Plots

The Hero’s Journey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey

The Map is Not The Territory: https://fs.blog/2015/11/map-and-territory/

Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will: https://samharris.org/the-illusion-of-free-will/

Carl Sagan (a classical rationalist): https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Dragon_in_My_Garage

Mandatory Eliezer Yudkowsky link: https://www.lesswrong.com/users/eliezer_yudkowsky

The Map is Not the Territory (on LessWrong.com): https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/The_map_is_not_the_territory

The “Infinite” Coastline Paradox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coastline_paradox

Mental models: https://fs.blog/mental-models/

Intuitive (naïve) physics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na%C3%AFve_physics

Human’s bias towards negative thoughts and emotions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias

Don Hoffman—Reality Isn’t—on the After On podcast: https://after-on.com/episodes/026

Friston’s Free Energy Principle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_energy_principle

Frame shift video with Tyrion (from Charisma on Command): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NQiHtbpa8s

Derren Brown: http://derrenbrown.co.uk/derren/

Derren’s interview on the Sam Harris podcast: https://samharris.org/podcasts/143-keys-mind/

Lying by Sam Harris (our favourite essay/book on honesty): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869177-lying

The episode where we deep-dive on lying: https://www.podtangent.com/e/001-you-don-t-want-to-be-the-people-in-friends/

Information asymmetry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_asymmetry



Derren Brown was on the Sam Harris podcast, not the Tim Ferriss Show. See link above.

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