181. Steven Kotler – The Devil’s Dictionary

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. He is the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective, as well as the co-host of a podcast by the same name. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance and has appeared in over 100 publications. In addition, he has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. In his latest book, The Devil’s Dictionary, he writes about what the world could look like in 15 years if we manage to solve some of the biggest problems we face as a species and what adjustments we would see in society.

In this interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Steven shares about his latest book, The Devil’s Dictionary. It’s a near-future thriller about the evolution of empathy in the tradition of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. In this interview, we talk about empathy and why it’s critical for us as humans to cultivate at this time to expand our sphere of caring and how we can do so. Steven shares personally from his life about his loving-kindness practice, the skepticism he had coming into that, and the benefits he’s found from doing it. We also talk about a conservation technique called mega linkages, how we can connect more nature for very specific reasons.

“If we’re going to solve the environmental challenges that we’re up against, we are going to have to start caring for forests and oceans the way that we care about friends and family.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is happening with the world and what hope to have for the future
  • How “empathy for all” could be the key to solving the big environmental challenges we face
  • What are mega linkages and how they could help us save the natural environment around us
  • What is loving-kindness meditation and how it can bless our lives
  • How we can cultivate empathy and its role in us performing at our peak
  • What difficulties writers face when writing both fiction and non-fiction books

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