Archive for October, 2015


EP 013 Andrew Johnson on Hypnosis

Andrew Johnson wants help you relax. He's an online hypnotherapist and designer of a wildly popular series of hypnotherapy apps and mp3s.   Today, we talk about how to use relaxation techniques, including hypnosis and guided meditation, to change habits and improve quality of life.   We also contrast the mental state of relaxation produced by hypnosis or guided meditation from that of simple mindfulness techniques and the memory palace technique I discussed with Anthony Metivier in the previous episode, which I'm using while I'm interviewing Anthony, as I mention during our conversation ("the beach in Greece"). Anthony is a "non-visualizer", while I'm at the other end of the spectrum.   Anthony also takes us through a simple "aliveness" meditation inspired by Eckhart Tolle, which


EP 012 Anthony Metivier on Magnetic Memory Methods

Anthony Metivier, proprietor of, has taught fifty thousand people how to improve their memory using the memory palace technique. He is a one man content factory, producing books, podcasts, online videos and courses to teach foreign languages, meditation and relaxation, and memory improvement. Today, we talk about how you can improve your memory, what makes for a good online course, and why friendship can be  monstrous. Listen on iTunes. Show links and notes Anthony's website, Twitter: @anthonymetivier The Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Anthony interviewed me last year about Giordano Bruno's memory palaces. Nelson Dellis, memory champion and mountain climber, @climbformemory on Twitter. Nietzsche on friendship Foucault on friendship Joseph Epstein: Friendship, An Expose Christian Slater Very


EP 011 Warren Ellis on Writing and Weirdness

Warren Ellis is a master storyteller with over twenty years experience producing amazing stories as serials, singles, graphic novels, books and films. He is also a very funny man, in all the best senses of the word. From his website: Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name. Today, we talk politics, managing the creative pipeline, quiet technology, glamorless utilities and cunning folk.   Listen on iTunes. Show Links and Notes   Warren Ellis on the web:, his website,, his daily writings, sign up for his mailing