The Comfort Crisis, With Michael Easter

Michael Easter is a leading voice on how humans can integrate modern science and evolutionary wisdom for improved health, meaning, and performance in life and at work. He travels the globe to embed himself with brilliant but often overlooked scientists, thinkers, and people living at the extremes and shares the best of his findings and experiences in books, articles, and other media. Michael is also a contributing editor at Men’s Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work has appeared in more than sixty countries and can also be found in Men’s Journal, New York, Vice, Scientific American, Esquire, and others.

Time Stamps:

0:07:08 Podcast begins

0:08:00 The story of Ignasi

0:15:30 We experience stress all day every day

0:16:40 The rituals of Misogi

0:19:15 The power of “right of passage”

0:22:15 The experience Michael had in Alaska

0:29:15 Why is it taboo to talk about our past as humans?

0:32:00 Humans and our addiction to constant brain-stimulation with technology

0:40:55 When people learn new things, their perception of time begins to slow down

0:42:10 Would you stay in a room for 15 minutes without your phone or choose an electric shock?

0:46:30 Alone time in offices

0:47:35 Landscapes of despair and why living in dense cities results in more mental distress

0:52:10 Every time I come back to Austin I realize new “right angles”

0:55:10 The research around the TSA

1:02:15 We might not be experiencing enough despair in our modern world

1:04:35 Death: how we obsess over increasing longevity

1:10:15 We need to live more in the present

1:11:45 Michael’s meditation practices

1:13:15 We have a huge disconnect with the food we are eating, especially the mortality of the animals

1:15:00 The story of Michael’s successful hunt

1:20:45 We do not face the responsibility of being a part of an ecosystem in our modern day society

1:22:55 Those who are most against eating meat are typically the most disconnected from our ecosystem

1:23:55 How Michael is incorporating more nature into his daily life

1:31:30 Closing thoughts and where to find Michael Easter

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