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    • I got to talk to Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED, a couple months ago for 2 hours on the phone. It was amazing.

      He believes in the acronym EAT, which stands for envy, ambition and terror. Those are the things that drive you to do really hard, ambitious things (like starting Cake 😁). You envy what someone else has achieved, you have ambition of your own, and you're so terrified of failure you go to extremes to succeed. He told me that if it isn't terrifying, you haven't tried something hard enough.

      So Tim's talk is soothing by comparison.

    • I'm really curious about why he feels the need to "biohack" his body. I've heard him talk about ingesting (sometimes injecting) various compounds and meticulously tracking results via frequent blood labs.

      What is the root of his desire that makes him willing to accept the unknown risks? Is he just trying to extend his life expectancy? Does he otherwise feel unsatisfied in some way? Is he worried about the potential unknown harm from what he could be doing to his body? Why not just turn that focus into eating an incredibly healthy diet?

    • Honestly, years ago I was listening to him being interviewed on a podcast and he went into the supplement stuff and it affected my view of him. I have this bias that if you fall for the marketing hype around sport supplements, what other things are you susceptible to believing without real evidence?

      I thought of him last year when I attended a lecture from Stanford football's team doctor. He said Stanford, like many top football programs, have removed all the potions, powders and vitamins from their training rooms and replaced them with an emphasis on fruit, beans, veggies, nuts and whole grains with great success.

    • I'd ask him to write more science books! Okay I assume he'll keep doing that so I'd ask him what his thoughts are about the future of space research and what he thinks we'll find out there in the universe and what he hopes we will find.

      Uh...I think I am talking about Tim Ferris the science writer and other people are talking about Tim Ferriss or some other Tim Ferris. I'm confused...I suspect you may have spelled his name Ferris when you meant Ferriss... ??