May 25, 2016

EP. 131 — What Are The Benefits of Experimenting Every Day?

Are you bored with your nine-to-five life, but don’t know how to break away from your routine? Today’s guest, experimenter and author A.J. Jacobs, can help you find some solutions. Stephen, James, and A.J. continue their thread from yesterday’s episode discussing some major experiments A.J’s conducted on himself. Then our hosts get prescriptive with ideas for small experiments ‘regular people’ can come up with in additional to their daily lives, in order to help foster new ways of approaching a task, get their minds away from their daily monotony, and become more inquisitive people. Also, A.J. talks about renting a sheep and competing for fans in Times Square against The Naked Cowboy.

This episode is sponsored by Fracture.

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