Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren

Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren

Do Explain is a conversational podcast centered around questions of individual and collective human progress. Originally inspired by the visionary worldview of David Deutsch, the podcast has expanded into a lighthearted exploration of growth and progress in all its forms. Common discussion topics include the nature of mind, meaning, and knowledge; technologies of personal transformation; and the future of human flourishing. Hosted by the irrevocably curious dickhead, Christofer Lövgren.

Episodes

October 1, 2022 67 min

Christofer and executive coach Joe Hudson speak about following your own wisdom in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the idea of love languages, the trap of trying to make other people happy, loving vs. liking people, empathizing without getting lost in a story, limiting belief cycles, if Joe still suffers, embracing physical pain, and other related topics.

Joe Hudson is a sought after executive coach and creator of The Art o...

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Christofer and metabolic nutritionist Marek Doyle speak about the role of physiology in meditative success in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Marek's own path to introspection, the energetic cost of emotional suppression, neural rewiring of maladaptive associations, technical debt, body tension, the misunderstood role of cortisol in the stress response, physical hurdles to psychological progress, Marek's approach t...

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This is part 4 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).

In the fourth episode they focus on Chapman's discussion of Robert Kegan's stages of adult development. They talk about Piaget's constructivis...

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May 25, 2022 75 min

Christofer and micro-celebrity Aella speak about exploring one's mind in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Aella's ten months of doing acid, deconstructing identity, inner vastness, exploring pain, embodiment, four categories of enlightenment, fallibilism, spiritual authority, belief construction, holding on to ideas, twitter-questions, and other related topics.

Aella is a sex worker, blogger, and controversial twitte...

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This is part 3 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).

In the third episode they focus on the different ways Chapman and Sam Harris speak about the central insight of Dzogchen. They talk about the self as an i...

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Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about practical tips for having a useful psychedelic experience in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss if using drugs is cheating, dealing with bad/challenging trips, ceremonial containers for a trip, nested arcs, fractal insights, tripping in a group, psilocybin retreats in Holland, DMT, QRI and neural annealing, meeting extra dimensional beings, and other related topics.

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Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about the transformative powers of psychedelics in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss how nice Canadians really are, common objections to using psychedelics, Aaron's most memorable psychedelic experiences, Atman Retreat, tripping solo or with a sitter, crying as a therapeutic tool, bodymind tension, highly sensitive people (HSP), the experience of Oneness, the metaphysi...

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February 12, 2022 68 min

Christofer and executive coach Joe Hudson speak about resisting positive emotions in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss crying at bus stops, laughing, dealing with anger, the shadow, inherent goodness, original sin, love what you do vs. do what you love, parts work, and other related topics.

Joe Hudson is a sought after executive coach and creator of The Art of Accomplishment, an online learning platform for personal developme...

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This is part 2 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).

In the second episode they focus on why the search for a universal theory of epistemology is problematic. They talk about mathematical and semantic inform...

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This is part 1 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).

In the first episode they focus on problematic cognitivist assumptions that undergird much of Deutsch's critical rationalism. They talk about Heidegg...

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November 23, 2021 80 min

Christofer and executive coach Joe Hudson speak about emotional fluidity in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss fishing in Alaska, the value of being impartial in conversation, connection, repressed emotion and physical tension, rationality vs. emotion, improving decision making, cognitive deconstruction, enlightenment, non-duality, the self, depersonalization and zen sickness, and other related topics.

Joe Hudson is a sought a...

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Christofer, Walter Veit, Dennis Hackethal, and Matt Guttman speak about whether animals are sentient in this episode of Do Explain. Walter argues "yes", Dennis argues "no" and Matt argues that the hard problem really is hard. They discuss the difference between sentience and consciousness, the special way humans learn, consciousness as a binary jump vs. gradually evolving, animals as mere robots, information process...

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October 22, 2021 89 min

Christofer joins Josh Levent on the Humans podcast (Josh's episode description below): 

"Christofer Lövgren calls himself the irrevocably curious dickhead. Born and raised in Sweden, he grew up playing with Legos, Gameboy and Trading Cards. When he was 5 he picked up the guitar from his granddad and fell in love with it.

He only gave it up at age 19, when his workout addiction led to extreme pain in his hands and forearms mak...

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Christofer, Marek Doyle and Dr. Purvi Parikh speak about the COVID-19 vaccines in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss their effectiveness/efficacy, CDC's change in reporting of breakthrough infections, methodological limitations of certain studies, vaccine safety, comparing COVID-19 with the flu, natural immunity, self-reporting, and other related topics.

Marek Doyle is a functional nutritional therapist based in London, En...

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September 21, 2021 99 min

Christofer joins Ben Chugg and Vaden Masrani on the Increments podcast (their episode description below): 

"Christofer Lövgren, host of the marvelous Do Explain podcast and the world's most famous Swede (second perhaps only to that Alfred fellow with the peace prize), joins us on the pod to teach us how podcasting is really done. And how to pronounce his last name. When we're not all sobbing, we touch on:

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    Christofer and writer Jake Orthwein speak about the interaction between self and the world in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Jake's Youtube-channel, the tension behind your face, nonduality, monism and Cartesian dualism, embodiment, the difference between conjectural knowledge and knowledge by acquaintance, representation, existential benefits of CR, and other related topics.

    Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker bas...

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    Christofer and podcaster Ben Chugg speak about probability and prediction in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Pascal's mugging, bayesian decision theory, historicism and cliodynamics, AI-risk, immortality, moral cluelessness, and other related topics.

    Ben Chugg is a research fellow at Stanford law school. He has a background in math and computer science and, along with Vaden Masrani, hosts the increments podcast. He also...

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    Christofer and podcaster Ben Chugg speak about evolutionary psychology in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss listening to podcasts at faster speed, information addiction, the role of neurobiology, impatience, the fun criterion, universal explainers, the salience of memory/speed in intelligence, and other related topics.

    Ben Chugg is a research fellow at Stanford law school. He has a background in math and computer science and,...

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    Christofer and CEO Mathias Sundin speak about how the world is getting better in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss bitcoin, anti-dancing laws, Starcraft, why Mathias got into politics, bad criticism, human potential, law of Jante, echo chambers, social media, AI, the importance of progress, extreme poverty, colonizing space, idea sex, moral relativism, liberal democracy, fact-based optimism, the Warp Institute, and other rel...

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    Christofer and writer Sarah Fitz-Claridge speak about romantic relationships in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss problems with open relationships, why the standard take on monogamy is mistaken, the importance of commitment, relationship as a knowledge-creating institution, depth vs. breadth of knowledge, sexual connection, cheating, genetic impulses, love and acceptence, non-coercion, boundaries, and other related topics.

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