Blog post #018 – The Power Of Journaling

Advice, Education, Life in General, Podcast

In today’s blog post I decided to share a teaching that I have taken from the book that I am reading at the moment. That book is the Art Of Resilience by Ross Edgley. I have spoken about Ross and his books on the podcast before and I am a follower of his work ever since his Great British Swim. 

The teaching that I am going to discuss today is one that Ross calls ‘The Power Of Journaling’. He says that the act of journaling is a shared habit that all stoics had in common. Ross suggests people like Socrates and Arelius from Ancient Greece are part of this group of so-called ‘stoics’. Ross states that they all took the time to document their daily thoughts, feelings and theories ‘with constant and continual reflection and self-improvement’. 

Ross presents these questions to ask yourself whilst journalling:

  • What bad habit did I curb today?
  • How am I better?
  • Were my actions just?
  • How can I improve?

The act of journaling is more than keeping a diary. It’s a daily practice in philosophy as you reflect on the days that have passed and prepare for those ahead. And this is something that I am trying to bring into my own life and trying to experiment whether this practice is something that I can sustain and proves useful. Perhaps you can give it a go, it is always worth a try. 

Happy journaling. 

Episode #008 – Andrew Gallimore: Exploring The Potential Of DMT

Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the eighth episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite today’s guest onto our podcast, Andrew Gallimore. His name is Andrew Gallimore, he is a neurobiologist, chemist, and pharmacologist who is interested in looking at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. He is the author of the book: Alien Information Theory, where he collates his findings and thoughts. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as we touch on a range of topics throughout our time together. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Andrew will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Andrew Gallimore, a neurologist, chemist and pharmacologist who looks at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. 
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Andrew to answer. However, throughout the episode, we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we cover a range of topics that relate both directly to Rafael’s research and ideologies. 

If you fancy finding out what Andrew’s insightful and interesting comments in reply to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  2. What were your first experiences with psychedelic drugs? School/university? Where did your interest start? 
  3. Differences between drugs/ different experiences?
  4. Can you tell us a bit about your book and your motivation to put pen to paper?
  5. The simulation theory is an ideology utilised in several films, do you like any of these interpretations and if so what is your favourite? 
  6. What has drawn you to live in Japan? 
  7. How would you like to be remembered? 

In this week’s interview, we strayed from asking precise questions but launched our discussion surrounding the topics below. I was truly fascinated by what Andrew had to say and it opens your mind up to what may be possible. 

  1. Topic: Aliens 
  2. Topic: Alternate Universes – Idea Of Infinity
  3. Topic: CPU/Matrix Simulation 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Andrew’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ was the release of a CIA classified file that describes techniques used by the US military to manipulate the frequency of the brainwaves by playing certain beats through headphones. This idea behind the experiments is to manipulate the mind to communicate with different aspects of reality which is very similar to what Andrew is looking at doing with psychedelic drugs. This could suggest that there is some weight behind the possibility of this becoming a reality. 

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the idea of “Minimalism”. I watched the Netflix documentary – Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. This, as well as some prior interest in the ideology, has pushed me to question what I have and what I need and to learn that perhaps less is more. I’m trying to shift my mentality to buying premium quality products that will last but only if I need them and they individually bring me joy. 

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80114460

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was a podcast called “Architecture Den” which is a weekly architecture news show with features and reviews. The co-hosts Bill and Ben discuss a host of topics related to architecture. Some of the topics they break down are Architecture School, Money and Technology to name a few. Hayden highly recommends giving this podcast a listen if you are interested in architecture. 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Andrew on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast. 

I highly recommend checking out Andrew’s website which is a treasure trove of information and you can find his book, courses and much more there.

http://www.buildingalienworlds.com/

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Episode #004 – Alien: Area 51, Moon Landings & Online Lectures

Education, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 

Welcome back to the fourth edition of the show notes for our brand new podcast. I am excited to return this week with both these show notes and the podcast episode. I hope that the show notes will add that further layer of communication between the two of us and our listeners by providing additional information but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


Within this episode, we:

  • Attempt to dismantle and discuss conspiracy theories. 
  • See how our week has gone with the Weekly Round-up. 
  • And much more…

Topic 1 – Conspiracy Theories  

This week we decided to embark on a conversation about conspiracy theories. This subject is something that Hayden and myself have discussed in the past and we thought that it would be fun to sit in front of a microphone and explore some select theories that have captured our attention. 

Both of us chose one or two theories each and spent some time doing some personal research on that particular theory, gathering some facts and formulating our own opinion. We then vocalised our findings to the other person and then discussed what we thought about the different theories trying to explain a phenomenon and then towards the end gauged our opinion on what theory we believed the most if any at that. 

We thought this was a really fun exercise, for us at least and we hope you enjoy the conversation and perhaps learn something you didn’t know. Who said we’re not an informative podcast at times!

I will give a brief outline of the theories discussed but if you want to find out more, follow the links below: 

I decided to discuss the phenomenon that is ‘Area 51’ which has become the focal point of alien conspiracy theories in America for decades. 

Within the discussion, I expand on the reason behind the inception of the base and some potential explanations for the strange occurrences in the area at the time. I also dive into some of the claims that have fueled the fire and added more substance to the theories. A person that comes up in the discussion is Robert Lazar who is a well-known person within Area 51 discussion circles. He featured in the 2018 documentary, Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers and was invited on the Joe Rogan podcast which then led to far more attention on the subject. I have linked up both of these if you fancy checking them out. 

Hayden’s choice of conspiracy theory was whether the ‘The Moon Landing Was Faked’. This is another theory that is bounced around a lot. I must say that I was not very educated on some of the evidence that gives substance to these claims so I learnt a lot during this particular conversation. Some of what Hayden revealed is plausible and makes sense but I remain confident in the fact that man has stepped on the moon, but again any theory retains the possibility to be disproven which is explored by Karl Popper an Austrian-British philosopher of science.  

Hayden also discussed an architectural conspiracy theory involving Norman Foster, but that is all I am revealing here. You’ll have to give this episode a listen to find what Foster is wrapped up in, I will admit that this one sounds rather far fetched but you never know! 


The Weekly Round-Up 

I feel that it would be wise to offer some explanation for this segment which will become a recurring section of the podcast each week, or at least we think it will be. The general idea is that every week, each of us will choose three weeks that best sum up that week trying to be as honest as possible and then will explain the reasoning behind the selection of the words. The chosen three words will be kept secret from the other person until recording which we hope will allow for some interesting conversation. 

In these show notes, I will provide our words but if you want any explanations then you’ll have to give our podcast a listen. Can’t give it all away here sorry readers! 

My three words of the week were: 

  1. Car
  2. Lectures 
  3. Drawing 

And Hayden’s words of the week were: 

  1. Guests 
  2. Podcasts 
  3. Margate 

This week it was obvious to see that we kept our words away from each other as there was some overlap in the reasoning behind our choice in word. I doubt you’ll be able to work out which two words those were so you’’ have to listen to the podcast to find that out. 


‘Thing’ Of The Week

Not dissimilar to The Weekly Roundup, this will also be a recurring segment of the show. In this section of the podcast, each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Arrow Puzzles” 

Hayden’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ was Arrow Puzzles which has been something that has filled his time over the last week. He’s found his inside the newspapers but if you fancy giving these a go then I have included a link to a book exclusively for ‘Arrow Puzzles’. Happy puzzling! 

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“Banana Bread 

I decided to head down an alternative route with my ‘Thing Of The Week’ this week and chose a foodstuff that has captured my attention this week. 

Following the recipe from the BBC Good Food website, I managed to make myself some banana bread which I thoroughly enjoyed both cooking and eating. Highly recommend the recipe and it is a good way to get rid of those bruised bananas in the fruit bowl. 

Link:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/brilliant-banana-loaf


I hope that the show notes have provided that further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

I also highly recommend checking out last week’s episode after listening to this week as we invited our very first guest, Kyle Sinko. A highly interesting individual with a range of topics discussed which will prove valuable to all. The link to that particular episode is linked below. 

Cheers to exciting times, happy listening! 

Blog Post #006 – Breaking News: Exams Are Cancelled

Life in General

All across the world educational examinations have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including my own exams. This is the first time that exams have been cancelled since their introduction in 1888, even continuing through two world wars. These must be unprecedented times if this is the course of action that must be taken.

This has now left so many students across the world in such a strange situation, in a matter of days going from huge pressure from teachers and schools to achieve in the summer exams to being told that they are in fact cancelled. It has stirred strange emotions within myself as I am having to react to the news and process the ramifications of these decisions.

On one hand, I feel released from the huge pressure and stresses that are associated with the exam season which is a positive thing. But on the other hand, I feel that I have lost all control of my destiny almost and it is now up to the judgement of my teachers and the examination bodies. This is a feeling that I am struggling to deal with as I much prefer being able to work at something to ensure the best possible result rather than leaving it to fate almost. I am sure many other students are feeling like this as well and I know that I need to maintain trust in those making the decisions to make the correct ones. This is a unique situation that we are all in and we must remember that every other person is in the same boat as us. 

Like I have mentioned in an earlier blog post, try to control the controllables rather than the uncontrollables. Of course, this is always easier said than done, it will just take time to wrap our heads around this forever evolving situation.

Stay well, everyone.