Below is a list of the Top 10 most played episodes on audio of 2023.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, that epic Goggins episode from January came in at #1, it’s still so so good.
It’s great to see such a range of topics performing well, I love how varied I can go with the show and everyone still enjoy it.
Anyway, all the links for Spotify and Apple Podcasts are below, go back and check some of these monsters out.
If you would like to get me a present for Christmas, just send some of these episodes to a friend or two that you think would enjoy them.
The most recent podcast growth research shows that more than 50% of listeners discover new podcasts through personal recommendations.
So the only way this show grows is from people like you sharing it with people like you – so these suggestions to friends are hugely appreciated.
A massive thank you to everyone that’s been sharing and supporting the show throughout this year, Spotify said Modern Wisdom is in the top 1% of all shows shared in 2023. The squad is strong.
Merry Christmas everyone. Enjoy the holidays!
Modern Wisdom Top 10 Episodes (2023)
I do a podcast which is officially ratified as Santa’s favourite thing to listen to as he delivers presents.
This week’s upcoming episodes:
Day off. Time to gain weight.
1.5m Q&A – how do I deal with negativity on the internet, what are my plans for 2024, is Naval coming on the podcast and more.
Seerut Chawla – why should you stop listening to Instagram Therapy gurus? Just how dangerous is a victimhood mentality? Does everyone have trauma?
THINGS I’VE LEARNED
The Narcissist’s Bedpost.
Notice how many times a person uses the words “me” and “I” when speaking about a non-personal topic as a good gauge of how self-centred they are.
The narcissist can’t resist injecting themselves into every story and example, no matter how unrelated or tenuous, because they can’t imagine a story that doesn’t have them at the centre.
11 Great Christopher Hitchens Quotes.
“I’ll try anything once except incest and folk dancing.”
“To whom do you award the right to decide which speech is harmful or who is the harmful speaker? To whom would you delegate the task of deciding for you what you could read?”
“I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.”
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god.
Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
“If someone tells me that I’ve hurt their feelings, I say, ‘I’m still waiting to hear what your point is.’
I’m very depressed how in this country you can be told, ‘That’s offensive!’ as if those two words constitute an argument.”
“Those who are determined to be ‘offended’ will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt.”
“I have one consistency, which is being against the totalitarian – on the left and on the right.
The totalitarian, to me, is the enemy; the one that’s absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your head, not just your actions and your taxes.”
“When you hear people demanding that the Ten Commandments be displayed in courtrooms and schoolrooms, always be sure to ask which set.
It works every time.”
“The four most overrated things in the world are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.”
“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”
— h/t Alex O’Connor and Steve Stewart-Williams
Your calendar is a better indicator of wealth than your bank balance.
“An empty calendar is a competitive advantage. The person who fills their calendar with average opportunities has no time for exceptional ones.” — Shane Parrish
Two duvets when sharing a bed.
A George Mack special from the Christmas Episode this week.
Based on an extensive sleep tracking study from a couple.
One of the best predictors of a good night’s sleep for the woman was being in bed with her husband.
One of the best predictors of a bad night’s sleep for the man was being in bed with his wife.
Two duvets, one each, supposedly solved this problem.
Forreal, if you share some of those episodes with your friends I’ll love you long time.