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Johann Hari

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Johann Hari (Pt 2) - Why Do We Do What We Do?

The Imperfects

In Part 2 of this Academy of Imperfection, author and profanity purveyor, Johann Hari answers more of your brilliant questions.As a result, Johann talks with Hugh, Ryan and Josh about intrinsic and extrinsic values, and how they affect the things we do and social media’s role in why we do them.Also (speaking of click-bait), in an Imperfects exclusive, Johann reveals his go-to KFC order.And double-also, we recorded this episode before the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, which will make more sense when you listen.


14 Sep 2022

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Johann Hari (Pt 1) - How Can We Change?

The Imperfects

Imperfects regular, Johann Hari joins us IN STUDIO for the first time to answer your questions!In this very special edition of The Academy of Imperfection (which we’ve split into 2 MASSIVE EPISODES OVER 2 MASSIVE... um... EPISODES!), Johann Hari talks with Hugh, Ryan and Josh about our ability to change our habits in the face of addiction. And why we can learn from the approach of Overeater’s Anonymous to help our addiction to our phones and the internet.Johann will be back later this week to answer more of your questions.For app recommendation 'Freedom', to block websites, follow this link: https://freedom.to/To learn more and purchase Johann's books, follow this link: https://johannhari.com/


11 Sep 2022

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707: Johann Hari | Why You Can't Pay Attention—And What to Do About It

The Jordan Harbinger Show

Johann Hari (@johannhari101) is a New York Times best-selling author and top-rated TED speaker. His latest book is Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention—And How to Think Deeply Again. What We Discuss with Johann Hari: It's not just your imagination: attention spans are shortening, and finding the mental state that fosters deep thinking is increasingly elusive. It's not just kids: college-age people switch tasks, on average, every 65 seconds. Adults? Every three minutes. We've become accustomed to interrupting ourselves when external distractions aren't there to do it for us. It's not your fault: your inability to focus isn't a personal failure; your focus has been stolen from you by powerful external forces that have left all of us uniquely vulnerable to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit. It's not just the internet and technology: our lack of focus has actually been happening for generations. Discover what Johann learned about reclaiming this focus—as individuals, and as a society—on a trip that took him around the world. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/707 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the conversation we had with Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, the primary subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, and co-host of the podcast Your Undivided Attention? Catch up with episode 533: Tristan Harris | Reclaiming Our Future with Humane Technology here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

1hr 24mins

4 Aug 2022

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HIBT Lab! Stolen Focus: Johann Hari

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Like so many of us, author Johann Hari noticed that the more time he spent looking at screens and switching from device to device, the harder it became for him to concentrate and achieve his goals. After talking to more than 200 doctors, researchers, and neuroscientists around the world, Johann came to a sobering conclusion: the human race is in the middle of an attention crisis. He examines this societal challenge in his new book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again.This week on How I Built This Lab, Johann and Guy discuss the factors chipping away at our ability to focus, and what we can do to reclaim our attention. They also talk about flow states – how we get into them, and why everyone in the business world should be working to achieve them. Check out Johann’s book here: https://amzn.to/3L3wsMCSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


19 May 2022

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Johann Hari | Why You Can’t Pay Attention (and how to get it back)

Good Life Project

I’ve come to believe that the quality and richness of our lives is, in no small part, determined by the depth and quality of our attention. If it’s massively distracted, perpetually spinning out, and focused on negativity, that will also largely be the state of our lives, regardless of the actual objective circumstance of our lives. And, that is where we go in a powerful way with my guest today, Johann Hari. Johann is a writer and journalist, whose work appears in everywhere from the New York Times, Le Monde, to The Guardian and many other newspapers and media outlets. His TED talks and NowThis viral video have been viewed almost 100 million times, and his work has been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah Winfrey to Noam Chomsky. He was the Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated film “The United States vs Billie Holiday” and of a forthcoming eight-part TV series starring Samuel L Jackson. And following an incident with his Godson a few years back, he decided to turn his attention to the topic of attention, what attention actually is, how it affects us our mental and physical health, relationships, careers, and lives, what our ability to either harness or lose control of it is doing to us, and how our world, technology and global enterprise have built models designed to hijack our attention not in the name of the betterment of our lives or of humanity, but rather for their own good. Johann goes deep into his research and ideas in the groundbreaking book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention - and How to Think Deeply Again, and we explore what he calls an attentional pathogenic culture, how it’s making life both harder and sadder, and, importantly, what we can do about it to reclaim our attention and, in doing so, our lives.You can find Johann at: Instagram | WebsiteIf you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley about the way our brain works.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.AquaTruRitualThrive Market Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 7mins

5 May 2022

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354) Johann Hari: Reclaiming our capacities for deep thinking and intimate engagement

Green Dreamer: Seeding change towards collective healing, sustainability, regeneration

"“There’s a lot of evidence that the world, and our experience of life, has massively sped up... We’re all speed-reading life now, and we’re living at a pace that makes deep thought impossible.” In this episode, we welcome Johann Hari, a writer and journalist who has written for the New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and other newspapers. His TED talks and NowThis viral video have been viewed almost 100 million times, and his work has been praised by a broad range of people. Johann is the author of Stolen Focus, which was published in January of this year. Support our community-powered show: GreenDreamer.com/support (The musical offering in this episode is Debt by Luna Bec.)


26 Apr 2022

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439: Why You Can’t Pay Attention - And How to Think Deeply Again | Johann Hari

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

What is it about modern life that is completely disrupting our ability to focus, and how much of it is our fault? Turns out, not a lot. A number of factors from technology to our sleep habits, and even air pollution, play a role in what causes us to have about the same attention regulation skills as a kitten. In this first episode of our two-part series on focus, guest Johann Hari breaks down why our ability to pay attention is collapsing, and what we can do about it. Johann Hari is the author of Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again. His first book, Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs was adapted into the Oscar nominated film The United States Vs Billie Holiday as well as a documentary series. Johann is also the author of Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions which was featured in a previous episode. His TED Talks have been viewed more than 80 million times.   In this episode we talk about: Johann’s notion that there are twelve factors draining our focusHis argument for the importance of both collective and individual action to reclaim our attentionWhat he learned from a self-imposed three-month internet-free experimentHow this impacts our children, and what we might do about it Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/johann-hari-439See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 19mins

18 Apr 2022

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Johann Hari On Why You Can’t Pay Attention (& How To Reclaim Your Focus)

The Rich Roll Podcast

We are living in a time of upgraded technology and downgraded humans.Our collective ability to resist distraction and sustain attention is in decline.Although will power plays a role, this problem is not entirely our fault—it’s the by-product of powerful forces incident to modern life.Disconnection from nature. Disrupted sleep. Toxic environments. Predatory tech.What exactly does a focus-less future augur? And what can be done to reclaim our ability to truly concentrate?Back for his second appearance on the show, our steward for these existential questions is journalist & multiple New York Times bestselling author Johann Hari, who, when confronted with his own deteriorating attention span, dove deep into the individual and systemic solutions to this dispiriting collective trend.Johann has written for the LA Times, Le Monde, and many other outlets, has two of the most-watched TED Talks, and has been profiled in essentially every prominent media outlet. His books include Chasing The Scream and Lost Connections,, which explores the roots of addiction, and was the subject of our first exchange back on episode #416. But today, he’s here to share big lessons from his latest book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, which is a provoking journey into the forces robbing us of our attention and a look at how we might begin to reclaim our minds, and our lives.Today’s conversation focuses on the problematic impact of big tech, smartphone addiction and surveillance capitalism on our well-being and that of our children.We discuss the specific factors contributing to attention decline–from reduced sleep, environmental pollution, and something called the switch/cost effect, to chronic stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and disconnection from others and the natural world.Beyond the many problems, we, of course, also address solutions—both systemic and individualistic—such that we may recapture our focus and be the best version of ourselves.Johann is quite the entertaining storyteller, with humor that makes hard truths go down a little easier.To read more, click here. You can also watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.This is a hopeful conversation about how to build a life of greater joy, enhanced personal fulfillment, and focus. My wish is that it serves and enlightens.Enjoy!Peace + Plants, Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

2hr 23mins

14 Feb 2022

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Johann Hari on Stolen Focus and Attention

The One You Feed

Johann Hari is a writer and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, and other newspapers and his TED talks have been viewed over seventy million times. His work has been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah Winfrey to Noam Chomsky to Joe Rogan.Eric and Johann discuss his book, Stolen Focus Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply AgainBut wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!Johann Hari and I Discuss Stolen Focus and Attention and…His book, Stolen Focus Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply AgainHis experience of spending 3 months with no internet or smartphoneThe negative effects of consuming too much of social mediaHow the evidence is showing we are in an attention crisisThe deep forces at work that are damaging our attentionUnderstanding the two levels of response to the attention crisis; individual and collectiveCruel optimism is offering a simple solution to complex problems that may not workThe alternative to cruel optimism is bringing awareness to the many layers of the problemHow the human brain can only think about one thing at a timeThe negative effects of multitasking, or the switch cost-effect The debate between being “pro” tech and “anti” techThe damaging effects of the current business models of social media designed to steal people’s attentionHow technology could be used to heal and aid your attention rather than steal itHow the current model of economic growth contributes to dwindling attentionHis thoughts on the need for an attention movement to resist the forces invading our attentionJohann Hari Links:Stolen Focus Book WebsiteJohann’s WebsiteTwitterInstagramWhen you purchase products and/or services from the sponsors of this episode, you help support The One You Feed. Your support is greatly appreciated, thank you!If you enjoyed this conversation with Johann Hari you might also enjoy these other episodes:Johann Hari (2015 Interview)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 3mins

25 Jan 2022

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Johann Hari: on why we're losing our ability to focus

Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading

Author and journalist Johann Hari talks to Cheryl Akle about why we're losing our ability to focus, and what we can do to fix this. His latest book, Stolen Focus, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


16 Jan 2022