Camento: Searching for Self-Awareness
"It's sort of like someone else is doing an autopsy on your dead body, but you're looking at it through a TV screen and you're completely confused what's going on."
- Mohnish Soundararajan
Imagine a grand experiment. Two men set foot to reconstruct your past - as accurately as they can. They talked to everyone you've ever cared for, looked at, talked to, yelled at, peed on, and washed a dish for.
But the story keeps changing. And in the process, they shatter everything you ever knew about your memory, your self-awareness, and - lucky you - your sense of self.
And what if - we actually did this.
Featuring special guest Cam Poter, this episode deconstructs not just Cam's narrative identity, but the search for self-awareness, and covers:
- The most technically challenging and time-consuming podcast we've ever done
- Specific, actionable steps to get a better sense of self-awareness, so you don't take the one, precious life your parents paid so much money for and absolutely screw it up
- The differences in memory between a diverse, dynamic social circle, and yourself
- How we piece together our narrative past - and how wrong we get it
And more, all on this episode.
Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji, and edited by Jarrod Sport.
Music is by Podington Bear.
Feedback is by Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm.
Our main guest is Cameron Poter - listen to his podcast, Sex Talk With My Mom. It is seriously fantastic.
Special thanks to Scott Breen - if you want to learn about sustainability, check out his podcast Sustainability Defined. Also, you can find special guest Karen Lee Poter on Youtube at the Karen Lee Poter Show.
Special thanks to Jeremy Poter, David Goese, and Leesa Hapsel.
The Fun Stuff
- Meditation has a bad reputation. But the empirical evidence is so dense, I could probably knock you out with it into a 6-month coma. A great place to start, is with Sam Harris's book, Waking Up.
- Honest feedback is fantastic for self-awareness, because it accurately pinpoints the discrepancy between your own delusion (however slight that might be) and the truth. It's like a free, fantastic, but sometime hurtful, calibration machine. Here's a quick piece from Psychology Today that puts this nicely.
- Kevin (co-host) solidified his meditation habit with Headspace. I did too. Try it. No one is paying us to say that - it's just that good.