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August 31, 2018

Dan is that unusual creature, the C-level exec who loves poetry. Or, perhaps he is not. Perhaps, there are many more individuals in corporate jobs who spend their evenings amongst great poets and scholars.

We tend to think of life as having a series of crossroads: go do...

August 26, 2018


America is no longer a country of immigrants. This unfortunate situation has nothing to do with borders or immigration policies, but the death of the spirit that made this country great.

The word immigrant has been ruined by politicization. When we think of immigrant w...

August 15, 2018

Can you unravel the success paradox in Napoleon Hill's favorite poem "Success" By Berton Braley?

Philosophers both ancient and contemporary go to great lengths to create problems they hope that no one can solve. One of their favorites is the paradox. 

Simply put, a par...

August 6, 2018

7 Months, 30+ hours of podcast recordings over 25 books, 15 poems, dozens of hours of lectures, numerous essays, 13 notebooks filled and I have finally finished my reading of Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

I've thought a lot about what v...

August 5, 2018

Rule 12: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One on the Street.

This podcast I seek to answer Jordan Peterson's fundamental question posed in Chapter 12: "Is there any coherent alternative given the self-evidence horrors of existence? Can Being itself, with its malarial mosqui...

August 1, 2018

What is masculinity? Why is it under attack today? 

These are the fundamental questions addressed in Jordan Peterson's Rule 11: Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding.

We'll be exploring the life of MAN from Ancient Greece to modern time. We'll be talking abo...

July 28, 2018


Rule 10: Be Precise in Your Speech.

Here are just a few of the topics we will be covering on this episode about poetry, language, perception, philosophy and anthropology.

  • Robert Frost and Jordan Peterson's differing view on meaning

  • Frost's Mending Wall poem

  • ...

July 26, 2018

There's a youtube sensation going on in England. Her name is Stacey Reay and she teaches Poetry. Her channel is a must watch if you have children in school and even if you just want to understand a poem more thoroughly.

Visit her channel: Stacey Reay

Stacey and I will be...

June 30, 2018


In this episode we will be exploring Peterson's rule "Assume that the person you are Listening to might know something you don't." it's a lesson we should all take to heart, especially those (like myself) who are so inclined toward totalitarian certainty.

While certai...

June 24, 2018


Peterson's 8th Rule "Tell the Truth (Or at least don't lie) is important not only for avoiding disaster but for building a new you! That's what Ed Catmul, founder and president of Pixar, did. He was honest with himself that he was not a good enough animator to become...

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