We live in a loud world that’s getting louder.
We encounter noise all around us—from the chatter of polite conversations, to street noise in a big city, to the constant intrusion of the dings of notifications.
But what is all of this noise doing to us, and what does it mean to find quiet in the midst of it?
In fact, what is silence, anyway?
How can it affect our minds, our bodies, and our relationships?
Harvard and Oxford trained policymaker Justin Zorn and NASA consultant Leigh Marz join host Ron Steslow to discuss their new book, Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise.
(02:38) What we can all learn from how the Amish evaluate new technology
(07:25) The attention economy and why it’s not working for us
(13:44) Understanding "ma" and how we can use it to resolve conflict
(22:14) Using quality over quantity to measure productivity
(26:26) Ways to incorporate silence in your everyday life
(35:35) Silence and expanded states of consciousness using psychedelics
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