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David Epstein

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David Epstein: The Sports Gene Book and The Fascinating And Misunderstood Role Of Genetics In Sport

Primal Endurance Podcast

It was a pleasure to connect with the legendary author and investigative journalist David Epstein (who wrote one of my favorite books ever, The Sports Gene) for this episode! Our conversation ranges from the validity of the 10,000 Hour Rule (you’ll hear David dispel the accuracy of the science behind the concept) to the role our genetics play in sports and performance to the concept of practice variability, and David also shares that he’s looking at writing a book on the specialization in youth sports.  TIMESTAMPS: David Epstein is an investigative journalist reporting many aspects in the sports world including the role of genetics in sports. [00:27] If you spend 10,000 practice hours on something, can you become a master at it? [07:09] There is a concept called practice variability which is not focusing on just one skill. [11:52] Genetics plays a big role in high level athletics. Some people have a compulsive desire to train. [16:30] Many people become afraid to go against the traditional approach to training. [27:16] When we see these exceptional feats in sports, we assume it is their natural God-given gift that allows them this performance. Not so simple.  [29:37] Usain Bolt’s training has been varied. There are no secrets or templates. [30:17] Epstein, while investigating doping in the sports world, found he had to deal with much controversy. [38:28] Dave is looking at writing a book on the specialization in youth sports. [46:21] LINKS: Brad Kearns.com Brad’s Shopping page PrimalEndrance.fit The Sports Gene Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World ProPublica DavidEpstein.com thompsonriverranch.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


6 Jan 2023

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Interview with Scott Fawcett and David Epstein

The Brandon Adams Podcast

Scott Fawcett (@scottfawcett) is the creator of the DECADE golf system and he has coached Will Zalatoris, Stewart Cink, Keith Mitchell, and many others. In the first hour, we do a deep dive into golf analytics. He describes his career in professional golf, his early discovery of the PGA Tour's Shotlink Data and Mark Broadie's Strokes Gained Metric, his development of the DECADE system, and his experience coaching PGA players. At the one hour and three minute mark, we are joined by David Epstein (@DavidEpstein), author of the bestselling books Range and The Sports Gene. The three of us discuss talent in sports, similarities between golf and poker, "tilt" in golf and poker, the history of game theory in poker, and the emotional make-up of poker players.

1hr 38mins

15 Nov 2022

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The 232 Degrees Podcast Episode 2: We unpack Range by David Epstein

The 232 Degrees Podcast: Unpacking Great Books.

Welcome to The 232 Degrees Podcast!! This is Episode 2 of Season 1. Subscribe and be notified of new episodes. And pass it on :-) We love books and reading, and in this second episode we unpack Range by David Epstein. Be prepared to have a few popular myths debunked... Check it out here:  SCORPIO BOOKS: https://scorpiobooks.co.nz/product/range-how-generalists-triumph-in-a-specialized-world/ BOOKO: https://booko.co.nz/w/7810352/Range_by_David-Epstein Connect with us here: the232podcast@gmail.com


14 Nov 2022

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David Epstein on Range

The Great Antidote

David Epstein is the author of New York Times #1 bestsellers, Range and The Sports Gene, and an investigative reporter at ProPublica. Today, he talks to us about Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. Listen for generalist success stories! He explains when best to use a generalist approach, in sports, versus a specialist approach, in chess. We talk about how to integrate the generalist approach into schooling and everyday life to improve learning, and he gives me advice on my guitar-learning journey. Never miss another AdamSmithWorks update.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

1hr 5mins

23 Sep 2022

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David Epstein: Never Underestimate the Generalist

World of DaaS

David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Range” and “The Sports Gene”.  Auren and David discuss David’s latest book Range and his counterintuitive ideas about specialization and why generalists are so powerful. They talk about why the 10,000 hours rule is overrated, how specialists get so many major predictions wrong, and how to think about talent and interest in your own career. David also discusses some of the intricacies of genetics in medicine and gives some non-obvious advice for healthy living. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.‍You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and David at @DavidEpstein. You can also find David’s newsletter at https://davidepstein.bulletin.com/. 


26 Jul 2022

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Starting a Fluoride Company After 44 Years in Practice, with Dr. David Epstein of Wonderful Dental

Brews and Tiny Teeth, The Unfiltered Pediatric Dentistry Podcast

Imagine being a pediatric dentist for 44 years, and then still having the ambition to start a thriving fluoride and prophy paste company at 80 years old. It was a pleasure to interview the founder of Wonderful Dental and our guest today, Dr. David Epstein. In today's episode, we learn more about what pediatric dentistry was like in the 1970's, how our profession has changed, and why the most important thing we should be doing is looking for ways to do things better. Dr. Epstein lets us look inside of the world of manufacturing fluoride varnish and why there was a need to develop better fluoride at a more reasonable price point. We had a fantastic discussion and Dr. Epstein's detailed bio can be found below. David W. Epstein, D.D.S., M.S.D. is a retired Pediatric Dentist in West Hartford, Connecticut. His education began with the study of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, a degree in Mathematics followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Indiana University. In 1970, he joined the original Dental School Faculty at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He began his private practice in 1972, which has grown into a group practice consisting of five Pediatric Dentists and two Orthodontists. For more than forty years the primary focus of this practice has been preventive care with an emphasis on active child and parent participation.

1hr 13mins

28 Jun 2022

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Generalist vs. Specialist: David Epstein

Creative Confidence Podcast

Learn how being a generalist can lead to career success with David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of Range.View the full recap at ideou.com/blog.


8 Mar 2022

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The Sports Gene by David Epstein

Sports Literati

The Sports Literati returns after a hiatus to discuss The Sports Gene by David Epstein, a book that examines the science and genetics behind elite level sports performance.  Intro and Outro Music: Sergei Rachmanioff Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32 performed by Justina Sam.


12 Feb 2022

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Ep 19: David Epstein

The Reformed Sports Project Podcast

David Epstein is the two-time New York Times Best-Selling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. He is currently an investigative journalist for ProPublica and is widely considered a thought leader in debunking the infamous 10,000 Hour Rule. Epstein joins Nick to discuss his evidence-based theory on the importance of avoiding early specialization and why physical literacy, sampling period, and match quality should be commonplace in every youth sports stakeholder's vocabulary. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


9 Feb 2022

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The Reign of Specialists is Over with David Epstein, Best-Selling Author of Range and The Sports Gene

Data Radicals

Growing up, we’re all asked what we want to be when we’re older. Our answer is normally met with an explanation of the years of education and dedication we’ll have to go through to get there. Whether it’s trade school, medical school, a PhD, or apprenticeship, we start to understand that we’ll need years of specialized training to get to where we want to be. But what if that whole way of thinking is wrong? Today, we’re learning to completely shift our approach to the understanding of expertise. Our guest is David Epstein, bestselling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. He shares why you should shift your focus from being a specialist to a generalist, and how that can exponentially increase your odds for success. You won’t want to miss it.--------"The people who are good forecasters sometimes have an area of specialty, sometimes they don't, but more important than what they think, is how they think." - David Epstein--------Time Stamps* (0:00) How Satyen became a generalist* (2:52) Why IQ tests aren’t as helpful as you think* (5:53) What makes an environment kind or wicked* (13:23) Getting comfortable with sporadic success* (18:31) The perks of generalization* (22:57) The shortcomings of specialization* (26:36) What we can learn from Vincent Van Gogh--------SponsorThis podcast is presented by Alation.Hear more radical perspectives on leading data culture at Alation.com/podcast--------LinksConnect with David on LinkedInCheck out David's website


19 Jan 2022