Episode Number: 1021
Episode Guest: Russell Brand
Original Airdate: October 5, 2017
Episode Sponsors: Onnit, TrackR, Quip, Square Cash
Guest Bio: Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. His new book Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions is available now, and his podcast called Under the Skin is available on Apple Podcasts.
Topics Discussed: Getting away from things; Vice documentary Heimo’s Arctic Refuge; we’re living lives we don’t necessarily want to live; Sapiens book; dogging; people want to connect with others; trying to adapt to the internet; society and trying to get along with so many people; humans are getting along for the most part; we’ve created a system based on the worst aspects of our nature; Trump and Brexit shines a light on what we don’t like about the world; people see Trump as a “fuck you” to the system; discussion arises when bad things happen; Russell talks about changing his life and what he’s learned; we need smaller groups of power rather than a centralized force; working is like taking a cheese grater to the soul; Marxism; we have more freedom than ever; people who want to control other people’s freedom; how much of our activity is unconscious; surround yourself with people you love; find something you enjoy to do; you are no one without other people; living a spiritual life rather than a materialistic life; Kundalini yoga; Russell had a dream about Joe and talks about it; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is like a language; MMA is high-level problem solving with dire physical consequences; more BJJ talk; evolution is slow; Graham Hancock; Russell is afraid to try DMT because he’s surrendered to sobriety; he misses the experience of taking acid; twelve steps; consciousness; his book will help people reach their own spiritual truth; connect to who you really are; no politicians talk about love and community; more Trump and Brexit talk; we are constantly in a fight between 49.9% and 50.1% good and evil, and they fluctuate; Joe talks about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and what they mean to him; who will come along to challenge the current system; (1:00:00) the line between good and evil runs between every human heart; people aren’t perfect; chaos is an important part of evolution; civilization is a clearing in the forest; Moby Dick book; wealth and power corrupts; getting caught in momentum; reward systems for constant improvement; nothing is fulfilling unless you’re true to who you really are; community and BJJ, comedy; you need to feel like part of a tribe; everyone is a work in progress; talk about the 12-step system; in the future we will have a better way to communicate; Joe doesn’t want to change himself but just get better at what he does; forgiveness; you can’t just do one thing; Joe talks about preparing for his new special; Miyamoto Musashi; Russell talks about the birth of his daughter and using it as material; yoga and pushing your boundaries; yoga is humbling; thinking during extreme stress; don’t let your body find out its dying; the world of the rich; nobody wants to lose their money; Infinite Jest book; the flags of our nations are a veil over the true corporate interests; stadiums are named after corporations now; Russell talks about asking Joe for free tickets for his friends; recognizing your motivations; learning from your mistakes and failures; promiscuity; self-improvement is about creating community; Joe talks about his podcast; Russell asks Joe about Conor McGregor and what he means to the UFC and MMA/boxing; Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. McGregor talk; Conor’s popularity; the importance of Ireland to Conor’s popularity; more Conor talk; the role of the hero; sacrifice; Conor compared to Kurt Cobain; becoming a product; money isn’t always a negative; it’s unfortunate that Conor’s greatness is given to us as a product; (2:00:00) evolution of hip hop; Nas; cultural movements turn into products; sports and money; how Conor handles the weight of pressure; money is the side effect of greatness; Conor was a regular working class guy; Russell asks Joe about the DMT experience; the role of the shaman; people helping others in times of crisis; Tribe book; escaping the system; pulling yourself away from greed and toward altruism; (Russell goes to take a piss); Nas on the verge of becoming a billionaire; Russell wrote about Joe in his book Recovery.
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