Not Overthinking

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By: Ali & Taimur Abdaal

The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better. Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week. We'd love for you to join us.

The Case Against the Sexual Revolution
#129
06/24/2022

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How Our Lives Have Changed Through 3 Years of this Podcast
#128
06/17/2022

In this episode, we take a look back over the past 3 years of doing this podcast, and how our lives have changed since that fateful day in March 2019 when we decided to start recording “Not Overthinking”. Enjoy!


The Conversation that Changed Ali's Life (in theory)
#127
06/11/2022

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In this episode, we discuss Ali's theoretically life-changing conversation with Will MacAskill, a professor of moral philosophy, about how to orient his career for impact rather than personal gain. Taimur is skeptical. 

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Should we share our personal life on the podcast?
#126
06/03/2022

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In this first episode of the new season of the podcast, we discuss the extent to which we should / want to be open about our personal lives on the podcast. Taimur takes an unusual stance towards privacy, which Ali attempts to break down. Enjoy xx

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Mind Viruses
#125
03/14/2022

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In this episode, Taimur presents his new theory of Mind Viruses. We discuss the aetiology, pathophysiology and implications thereof. Enjoy xx

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The Pathless Path
#124
02/07/2022

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In this episode, we discuss our friend Paul Millerd’s new book The Pathless Path, which is all about reimagining our relationship with Work and Careers. Enjoy xx

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Pills & Paradigm Shifts
#123
01/17/2022

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In this episode, we discuss the discourse around pills - Blue Pills, Red Pills, Black and White Pills - and share some of the ‘pills’ that we’ve taken in our own life that have led to paradigm shifts in our perspectives. Enjoy xx

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Exploring Taimur's New Relationship
#122
12/23/2021

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In this episode, we discuss Taimur's new relationship! If you've got any questions about it, please do leave a comment down below and we'll maybe discuss them on a future episode. Enjoy xx

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Eye Surgery, Mind Chatter and Spirituality
#121
12/14/2021

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In this episode, we do our usual life update (Taim’s just been to Turkey, Ali’s had Laser Eye Surgery), followed by a discussion of ego, which somehow segues into a conversation about mind chatter, and aspects of spirituality. Enjoy xx

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Thriving in Life
#120
12/06/2021

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In this episode, we discuss the various ways in which both our lives seem to be going swimmingly at this point, and then meander around various business-type things around hiring, organisational design, culture and a few other bits. Enjoy xx

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Trying to Understand Crypto
#119
11/02/2021

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In this episode we go over our histories with crypto, how we understand it, plans for the future and a short overview of NFTs.

Resources mentioned:

https://tim.blog/2021/03/08/vitalik-buterin-naval-ravikant/

https://tim.blog/2021/10/28/chris-dixon-naval-ravikant/

https://www.acquired.fm/

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Critiquing Ali's life choices
#118
10/25/2021

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In this episode we discuss angel investing and going back to school. Taimur analyzes my life choices and offers some insight on my future plans. Enjoy!

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How can we find peace in our lives?
#117
10/18/2021

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In this episode, Taimur shares his continuing woes about his calendar. We discuss the zen, peaceful nature of Benjamin Franklin’s calendar, and Ali attempts to coach Taimur through finding more peace in his life. Enjoy!

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The Asymmetry of Cringe
#116
10/11/2021

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In this episode, we discuss the philosophy of “cringe”, and opine about the shrinking of the “cringe” overton window, especially amongst the youth of today. Enjoy!

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Why are we running these businesses?
#115
09/27/2021

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We get back from a low optionality trip to Croatia and talk about how it went. This leads us to talk about why we’re doing what we’re doing with our lives.

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How to Setup a New Social Life
#114
08/23/2021

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In this episode, we discuss Ali’s new move to the big city of London, and Taimur shares some thoughts on how to setup the optimum social life. We also end up talking about the power of calendars and Ali’s recent journey of self-acceptance and self-discovery. Enjoy!

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What is the purpose of group holidays?
#113
08/18/2021

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For the first time in the history of the podcast we have a six people on this episode - a new record for Not Overthinking. Given that we're on a group holiday in the Cotswolds, we discuss the purpose of group holidays, why they're different to socialising in everyday life as well as whether we should be doing work in these settings and how this might affect the experience of others in the group. Enjoy :)

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Do we have a specific personality type?
#112
08/08/2021

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After discussing why we've become consistently inconsistent in publishing episodes (sorry, not sorry), we spend the rest of this episode discussing the Enneagram - a model of the human psyche made up of nine interconnected personality types. Ali is fairly certain of his own type and so we move onto to trying to figure out which type best describes Taimur and ask how much can we really trust these types of test. Enjoy

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Why is agency a precious resource?
#111
07/12/2021

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We're back into our weekly schedule and in this episode, after diving into why Taimur has signed up to do a triathlon and why Ali suddenly wants a dog, we discuss thoughts on autonomy sparked by an interesting article by Simon Sarris which describes why agency is the most precious resource. Enjoy :)

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The Most Precious Resource is Agency

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Why are childhood memories so varied?
#110
07/05/2021

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In this episode of the podcast, after Ali explains the revelations he’s had about his business, we take a trip down memory lane. Following a family trip to the area where we grew up, we reflect on our emotional experience of revisiting the sites of our early childhood as well as the memories we have of that time. From lying on the floor to kiss chase to running away from home, we each seem to have certain moments that stand out from those...


What do debates on Twitter reveal about identity?
#109
06/21/2021

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After a short sabbatical from recording, we’re back once again. In this episode, we catch up with what’s been going on in our lives over the past few weeks before discussing why certain tweets end up becoming more contentious than intended and how identities can be revealed through how people respond to certain tweets. We also debate some of Taimur's recent book suggestions which Ali has found to be surprisingly good.

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Online Dating and Unconditional Parenting
#108
06/01/2021

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After a few weeks away, we’re back with another episode that dives into Ali’s dating life and explores more theories and ideas around children and parenting.

We first discuss the etiquettes and expectations of texting on dating apps and what’s considered a ‘normal’ amount of interaction before asking someone out for a coffee or a meal. We then shift gears and move onto exploring Taimur’s theories around intrinsic and extrinsic motivation as well as the ideas from Unconditional P...


Starting A Charity, Having An Impact and An Important Pledge
#107
05/10/2021

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This week we’re joined by returning guest to the podcast, Lucia, to talk about her charity work. We discuss her reasons for starting her charity, LEEP, her experiences since it was formed and the impact that it’s had. We talk about what motivates us to pursue different causes and where we can have the most impact and then finally, at the end of the podcast, Taimur takes a very important pledge. Enjoy :)

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Guitars, WeWork & The Curse of Knowledge
#106
05/03/2021

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After a couple of weeks away, we’re back with updates on what we’ve been up to since our last recorded episode. From Taimur’s live rendition of Brown Eyed Girl to Ali’s discovery of WeWork to a conversation on the value of business coaches, we cover a lot of ground in this typically wide-ranging episode. Enjoy :)

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Anna Codrea-Rado (Author & Podcaster) on Writing, Careers & The Changing Nature of Work
#105
04/26/2021

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This week we’ve got another in-betweenisode because our diaries didn’t match up for us to record a podcast so we’re releasing an interview that Ali recently did with journalist, author and podcaster Anna Codrea-Rado. Anna worked for VICE and the Guardian before going freelance 4 years ago and her articles now appear in the New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, Wired, the Atlantic, Vice, and loads of others. She’s just released her first book entitled “You’re the Business: How to build a succ...


How should we treat children? (A Brief Discussion)
#104
04/19/2021

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In this short episode, we continue our recent discussions around how kids are treated in society. We talk about a recent post by Duncan Sabien which raises four main points about how we treat, or should treat, children and talk about how it relates to our own experience as kids. After a brief update about Ali’s latest gaming troubles, we bring the episode to an early end. We’ll be back with a longer episode next week.

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Toxic Productivity, Competition & Framing Work
#103
04/12/2021

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After a week away, we’re back with a typically wide-ranging episode. Our discussion ranges from toxic productivity to mindsets around competition and competitiveness to how we should frame the abstract nature of work that we ‘have’ to do. Ali’s also looking for a name for his new stationary brand so if you have any suggestions then please send them in. Thank you for listening and please leave us a review if you can. Enjoy.

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Brandon Sanderson (Best-Selling Author) on Writing, Careers and Finding Your Passion
#102
04/05/2021

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Hey everyone - another bit of an 'in-between'-isode this week. In this episode, Ali talks to Brandon Sanderson - his favourite author of all time. Brandon is a best-selling author who has written books that have sold millions of copies including the incredible fantasy books, Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive. He also wrote the final 3 books of The Wheel of Time series. Brandon's output is legendary - he writes books almost faster than we can read them, and he teaches creative writing at Brig...


Reflections on 100 Episodes
#101
03/29/2021

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In this episode, we look back over the past two years of recording this podcast. We discuss why we think it’s lasted so long, reflect on how the podcast has changed over the two years since we began recording in March 2019 and finally consider whether we should think more about our target audience and we try to break down why people listen.

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Should we optimise our relationships?
#100
03/22/2021

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In this episode, we're joined by Joey Savoie, co-founder of Charity Entrepreneurship. Joey's an expert at 'spreadsheetising' all aspects of his life, including health, relationships and careers to have the biggest impact on the world. Our wide-ranging conversation discusses the extent to which we can (or should) quantify our lives, and Ali gets a lot of dating advice as well. Enjoy

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Introverts, Extroverts and Identity Signals
#99
03/15/2021

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In this episode, we begin by talking about Ali’s theory for what makes for a good blog post or YouTube video before a tweet from none other than Agnes Callard about introverts sends us down a path debating introversion, extroversion and signalling.

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Social Media and Sincerity
#98
03/08/2021

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In this episode, we talk about earnestness and sincerity when posting on social media. We discuss Ali’s decision to start writing online, why it feels different posting a blog post as opposed to publishing a YouTube video and how we each want to come across on Twitter. We also delve a little into Ali’s dating life and how we each deal with people reaching out to us.

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Justin Kan (Twitch Co-Founder) on Entrepreneurship and Living a Meaningful Life
#97
03/01/2021

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Hey everyone - a bit of an 'in-between'-isode this week. In this episode, Ali talks to Justin Kan a renowned internet entrepreneur, investor and founder and the co-founder of Twitch, the video game streaming platform. He's also helped found a number of other platforms including Socialcam, a mobile app for sharing video and is an active angel investor and mentor for many startups. They chat through a whole variety of things in this wide ranging discussion, we hope you enjoy it. We'll both be...


Pity vs Sympathy
#96
02/22/2021

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In this episode, we break down our feelings over the outpouring of nice comments that viewers kindly left on YouTube on our last episode. We touch on the difference between pity, sympathy and ‘feeling sorry’ for someone. Taimur feels strongly about this, Ali less so. We explore these feelings. (Apologies for the slight issue with the audio).

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Emotional Rollercoasters
#95
02/15/2021

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In this episode, we explore some emotional rollercoasters we've both been on - Ali with regards to his book and reading mean comments online, and Taimur with regards to his startup and their narrative journey.

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Kevin Kwok Blog Post

Entrepreneur First

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Book Discussion: The Righteous Mind
#94
02/08/2021

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In this episode, we discuss The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, which explores questions of morality. We take a look at the three principles about morality that form the basis of the book and why people have different understandings of right and wrong. We also briefly talk about Ali’s concerns and struggles with his YouTube channel.

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Should we be trying to build an online audience?
#93
02/01/2021

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This week we talk about the phenomenon of 'social media grifting' - trying to build an audience online through deliberate tactics. Most people think it's cringe, but we try to figure out whether it's objectionable. We also workshop Ali's book proposal.


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Trying to be Confidently Wrong
#92
01/25/2021

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In this episode, we talk about epistemic humility - acknowledging the limitations of our beliefs. Taimur has recently made an effort to be *less* "epistemically humble" when he talks about things, and we into why.

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Book Discussion - The Tyranny of Merit
#91
01/18/2021

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In this episode, we discuss Michael J Samuel's book the Tyranny of Merit, which talks about the problems with the ideals of Meritocracy. We take a look at the history of the Rhetoric of Rising, and end with a discussion about why praising people for their achievements feels problematic. Do we really respect people more because of their credentials?

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How can we optimise for a meaningful life?
#90
01/11/2021

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In this episode, we're joined by Neel Nanda to discuss life optimisations, career choices, how to live in alignment with your own values and how to treat your relationships more intentionally. We discuss some of the principles behind how we can do the most good with our lives, while also being fulfilled and enjoying the journey.

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80000 Hours Key Ideas

Misconceptions about EA 

Map of local EA groups

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