Episode 35

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22nd Jan 2021

Happiness and meaning with Paul Baker

Practical philosopher Paul Baker takes the Old Fox Young Fox team on a journey through his life and what he has discovered of happiness and meaning along the way.

In a story that ranges from Eton to pioneering microlights, and from meditation to lessons from ancient greece, we cover a lot of ground and put a few ideas to rest along the way.

Show mentions:

  • 04:30, 05:30 if i look for meaning what would happen
  • 06:30 going from meaninglessness to meaning
  • pascal's wager
  • 08:30 what if this is your one life...leaving the world better off
  • 10:20 the thing i learned from hang gliding
  • 12:00, 37:30 permaculture is...
  • 13:30, 15:30 the alexander technique
  • The Alexander technique
  • incorrect sensory perception
  • the habit of thought
  • the U.S. election
  • 18:33 frog into boiling water
  • the boiling the frog concept
  • NLP
  • virginia
  • castell
  • milton ericcson
  • fritz furls
  • john mcquerther NLP
  • Hypnotherapy
  • 22:20 definition of hypnotherapy
  • 24:30 magic and science
  • book - Yiral harare - homo deus
  • 25:30 human beings are complex
  • 28:30 the most important thing any living thing can do
  • documentary - the social dilemma
  • 30:15 one of the reasons we are more fragmented than ever <-------
  • 31:15, 32:50 a bristol engineer, staying curious <-----
  • martial arts
  • civil engineering
  • UN report: a common future
  • 33:30, 34:47 UN report and climate change took a week to understand <----
  • Quakers
  • Oxfam
  • William Waldergrave MP Bristol
  • 35:30, 37:00 what can we do to create a fair world <---
  • the environmental movement
  • karl henrique robere - Swedish Doctor and Karate champion
  • Karate
  • 38:00 Karl henrique robere wanting a consensus between scientists in sweden <--------
  • 39:30 how to be unsustainable
  • 42:00 there are 3 environments - social human environment
  • mesopotamian myths
  • 45:00 the yin yang symbol and seeking balance as humans <-----
  • 50:40 we are a part of nature, we are struggling with a need to conserve
  • 52:30 the magic of life as a gardener
  • Veganism and evolutionary theory
  • 57:30 the difficult thing for humans as hunters and gatherers
  • 1:02:00 when we eat we should be grateful
  • 1:06:00 the most impt rule - look after your environment
  • book: hindsights guy kawasaki
  • 01:27:00 quality of our reacting ...systemic nature of our actions <--
  • 01:29:00 the power of three

About our guest:

Paul Baker is a practical philosopher most interested in how we as individuals can help each other to live lives that get better and better. A coach, therapist and trainer, Paul can be reached via the email below.

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Old Fox Young Fox
A show that explores the impacts of a rapidly changing world.
Old Fox Young Fox is an intergenerational conversation where hosts Jeremy Woolwich and Oliver Happy talk through themes impacting our lives, viewed through the lense of different generations and guided by acknowledged experts.

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Oliver Happy

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Oliver works in tech and enjoys building things that help improve people’s lives. Oliver is the Young Fox in the Old Fox Young Fox podcast (and definitely isn't ready to be called a 'Middle Fox'), co-host of Problem Busters and host of Gone Workabout. Oliver recognises the value of the new world view learning from the wisdom of the old and loves sharing good ideas.

Jeremy Woolwich

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Jeremy Woolwich is a marketing, communications and strategy consultant with over 30 years of experience. His practice Independent Perspective Ltd. helps companies both global and local, tackle common challenges, plan for change and evolve. Jeremy is our Old Fox and is damn good at it. However the world has changed since Jeremy cut his teeth in business and as the speed of change gathers pace, he is intrigued by the new and emerging trends that are shaking the foundations of how business get things done and the challenges they present to individuals, management teams and the wider community. Jeremy reads widely and enjoys developing strong, educated opinions on things that matter.