Dagny and Luke talk about whether some body parts are grosser than others (7:53), cleaning and roommates (26:26), shrink rays (40:11), where ideas come from and what we would look up if we could discover one mystery about the brain (50:49).
Dagny and Luke follow up on their previous conversation about the #MeToo movement.
Then we talk about the Aziz Ansari situation including:
A quick summary of the account, the internet’s take on it, Dagny’s response, and potential improvements and course corrections in the #MeToo movement (9:03).
The importance of verbal and non-verbal cues and the expectations of men and women (28:34).
Methods of influencing future behavior and how to participate in the #MeToo movement in a productive way (48:56).
Ways of making the #MeToo movement more inclusive, and enthusiastic consent (57:36).
Dagny and Luke debate Sports vs. Art.
We talk about our backgrounds and why we love sports and dancing (1:53).
We discuss the merits of competition and whether it’s the driving force behind the motivations and success of great artists (24:59).
We compare two fundamental parts of human nature—competition and curiosity— and debate their value to our culture. (44:56).
Dagny makes the case for an Eastern mindset towards competition (1:02:34) and tries to educate Luke on types of art that may not have been remembered at all (1:13:54)
Then we talk about emotion in sports and art (1:23:56).
We talk about Dagny’s sabbatical from social media and why we’re moving away from it (1:48).
Then we try to come up with responsible ways of using social media considering the goals of social media companies (32:01).
We discuss the algorithms that social media run on, the addictive power they have over us, their impact on children, and how it’s different than our childhood (50:13).
We try to set rules for ourselves on how we’re going to use social media going forward (1:02:33).
Then in our social media themed InterNet It For Me, Luke reads Dagny Trump Tweets she hasn’t heard (1:10:26).
And finally, in this week’s Working On It segment, we talk about Bullet Journaling (1:24:40)
In Part 2 of our Year in Review, Dagny and Luke look at some of the big stories of the year.
We talk about the #MeToo movement: Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Monica Lewinsky, and Al Franken, and the court of public opinion (7:02).
Then we talk about Trump, the Left, and the Assault on Truth, "objective" truths, SJW's, Bret Weinstein, and Nicholas Kristakis (50:37).
Then we come up with the official Similar Differences Safe Word (1:18:50).
Luke and Dagny do a Year in Review.
Dagny sets the record straight on her opinion of the Midwest (1:59).
Dagny and Luke reveal their Themes of 2017 (4:01).
We talk about our Themes of 2018 (29:32).
Then we have our first Working On It segment in which we talk about starting a podcast with your roommate and best friend (38:46).
Dagny talks about her current personal project (55:26).
Then, in our first InterNet It For Me segment, we talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS) (1:01:28).
In our pilot episode, we discuss what this podcast is going to be, including the goals of the pod, the reasons we want to do a podcast, what we like about some of our favorite podcasts, and stand-up comedy.
Then, we cover the main topic of the day, self-love (48:40).
And finally, we talk about why you should listen to this podcast! (1:35:19).
Welcome to Similar Differences! I suppose most introduction posts might start be answering the question: “What is this podcast going to be about?” so I’ll attempt to answer that in this post.
Most people would recommend that when you make a podcast, you should pick a specific niche in an area where you have expertise, because it’s easier to market your podcast to an audience that you already know will be interested in what you’re going to talk about.
Well, we’re going to go against that (admittedly good) advice and we’re going to cover all sorts of topics. In the episodes we’re releasing at launch, we cover self love, Star Wars, the MeToo movement, Trump, and social media, but we’re going to talk about tons of other stuff like artificial intelligence, psychology, the internet, philosophy, health, sports, art and really anything else we might think is interesting.
As far as I can tell right now, the only common thread I can foresee is that topics must be:
1. something we could have a coherent conversation about, (limited to just a few topics, at least for me), or
2. something we find interesting (a great number of topics), or
3. something we disagree on (most topics in the known universe).
Alright, so that didn’t really narrow it down much.
Rather than assume that you’ll be interested in any particular thing we’re going to talk about, I guess we’re asking you to buy into us. If we say anything worth listening to, it’s probably going to be because we have such different viewpoints on so many things.
This may seem paradoxical since Dagny and I are basically OG BFF's, but I tend to think it makes for, at worst, compelling conversation. And when it comes down to it, our friendship is more important than any irreconcilable differences we might have on an issue.
We really hope you like this podcast, and we’d love to hear what you think about it. Is it good? Bad? Too long? Too short? Too rambling? Too specific? Too serious? Too funny? Ha. Should we cover a particular topic? Should we avoid talking about particular topics ever again?
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