Today Jamie Wheal is joined by Daniel Schmachtenberger. Daniel is co-founder of Neurohacker Collective, and now his central interest is long term civilization design: developing better collective capacities for sense-making and meaning-making, to inform higher quality choice-making. In this episode they discuss human behavior and how to have good discernment in the current state of the world. They suggest strategies for sensemaking and also dive into:
- How to channel grief and rage in social protest
- What is wartime footing?
- Perspective seeking vs. passion
- How to do better sensemaking in narrative warfare
- Understanding human behavior
- The ego trap of wanting to be on the right side of history
- Why the solution rests on education
I see no solutions that don’t rest on the development of humans to have the cognitive, emotional, social, and volitional capacities to be able to be in service to that which they care most about and that which are most worthy of caring about. -Daniel Schmachtenberger
Tune in to hear the wisdom Daniel Schmachtenberger has to offer and learn how we can make better decisions and develop better sensemaking.
Daniel helped co-found the Neurohacker Collective, specifically focused on the research and product development process. In addition to his central interests related to social systems, he has had a long term interest in integrative medicine and human health.
Daniel is a founding member of The Consilience Project, aimed at improving public sensemaking and dialogue.
The throughline of his interests has to do with ways of improving the health and development of individuals and society, with a virtuous relationship between the two as a goal.
Towards these ends, he’s had particular interest in the topics of catastrophic and existential risk, civilization and institutional decay and collapse as well as progress, collective action problems, social organization theories, and the relevant domains in philosophy and science.
Motivated by the belief that advancing collective intelligence and capacity is foundational to the integrity of any civilization, and necessary to address the unique risks we currently face given the intersection of globalization and exponential technology, he has spoken publicly on many of these topics, hoping to popularize and deepen important conversations and engage more people in working towards their solutions. Many of these can be found here.
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