FLASHBACK! Episode 12: Fear

Fear can be crippling, but it can also be helpful. Fear certainly got us through some tough evolutionary times. “no, don’t pet the big kitty, be afraid of it eating you.” Or something like that.

Nowadays though, we’re afraid of everything. Failure. Looking bad. Getting made fun of. Making mistakes. Pretty sure our ancestors didn’t intend for us to live in a fearful state of what people might think about us. I don’t think natural selection was ‘choosing’ a fearful state to be status quo for future homo sapiens.

In this flashback I talk about good and bad fears, and what we can and can’t do about them. Be friends with our allies, but get rid of the monkeys on our backs.

Video flashback link: https://business.facebook.com/kpluseiswise/videos/688862061771159/

Original post here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/07/10/kew-episode-12-fear/

FLASHBACK! KEW Episode 10: Connectedness

In these divisive times I hope you find this episode compelling. If you already understand how connected *everything* is to everything else, please help spread the word.

We are stardust

We are golden

We are billion year old carbon

All repackaged generation after generation.

Connected through molecules

Connected through history.

Connected through energy.

Being divided goes against the very evolutionary principles that have dominated literally every process that has happened since the big bang.


Preview link here: https://business.facebook.com/kpluseiswise/videos/1004085276777860/

Original post here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/06/26/kew-episode-10-connectedness/

FLASHBACK! to KEW Episode 6: Competition

Often I think competition brings out the worst in people. In ecology, natural selection can be thought of as a solution to competition and the problems it creates. In fact, competition is the mechanism that, when avoided, leads to speciation and biodiversity.

In sports and economics competition is often viewed as fun or even critical. Here I argue that competition is important, but can be taken too far; to the point where it can negatively affect us as individuals and as a society.

Link to preview video: https://youtu.be/bftCj3AfB4Q

Link to Full episode release page: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/05/29/kew-episode-6-competition/

KEW Episode 16: Who Tells Your Story?

Eliza Schuyler finally tells her husband’s story in Lin Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”. But we’ll never really know Hamilton’s story, because he isn’t around to tell it. And, really, did he even know his story? Do you know yours?

Here I argue that it is an important goal of human life to understand who we are and why we do things. To ‘know thyself’ by the time we die. No one else can know us as well as ourselves, and any ‘history’ or ‘her story’ told about us is necessarily inaccurate as it is filtered by someone else’s lens. Only one person can know the ‘truth’, and that’s you.

And, really, it’s not the knowing but the journey toward knowing. Making the decision to know yourself is how you learn. I wonder how many people care enough to make that effort?

Podcast audio (also available on iHeart radio, Stitcher, Apple podcasts, and Spotify: https://www.buzzsprout.com/530563/4847678-kew-episode-16-who-tells-your-story.mp3?blob_id=19308149&download=true

Youtube video: https://youtu.be/1brbEKZHUxk