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#300 – Joe Rogan: Comedy, Controversy, Aliens, UFOs, Putin, CIA, and Freedom

1h 50min • Jul 4, 2022

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1. Introduction

Joe Rogan is a world-renowned podcaster, comedian, and UFC commentator. He has inspired many with his honest and thought-provoking conversations. On this, the 300th episode of his podcast, he is joined by his friend Lex Fridman.

The two discuss a wide range of topics, including Lex's experience immigrating to the United States, the current state of the world, and their shared love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They also touch on the importance of self-care and how to stay positive in the face of adversity.

Throughout the conversation, Joe and Lex offer insights and perspectives that are sure to leave a lasting impression on those who listen. Whether you are a longtime fan or just discovering Joe Rogan for the first time, this is an episode not to be missed.
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2. Discipline

Charles Bukowski said that style is the answer to everything and that a fresh way to approach an adult or dangerous thing is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. He also said that doing a dangerous thing with style is what he calls art. Joe Rogan agrees with this, saying that a dangerous thing with style is art. He also says that he thinks people can live their lives as art. He gives the example of his friend Cameron Haines, who he says practices an art that very few people appreciate. He says that Haines is disciplined and that his discipline is art. He also says that kindness is an art.

3. Controversy

Joe Rogan survived a mass attack by the media this year by taking mushrooms every day and working out hard. He sees this as an opportunity to grow and express himself, and to understand how the media works. He gained two million subscribers during this time.

4. UFOs and aliens

Lex Fridman and Joe Rogan had a conversation about Bob Lazar, a scientist who claims to have worked on back engineering UFOs. Fridman notes that Lazar's story is consistent and that he was one of the early people to force people to start taking these topics seriously. Rogan agrees, adding that the vast majority of people assume that there is life out there and thatLex Friedman exists an infinite number of times in the cosmos.

5. Intelligence agencies

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman discuss the KGB, the FSB, and the scale of surveillance and manipulation that these organizations are capable of. Rogan notes that there are probably people working undercover for these agencies who have been on his podcast, and Fridman agrees that this is likely the case. The two men discuss the ways in which these agencies can plant narratives and manipulate people's thoughts and opinions. Rogan notes that the danger lies in when someone has a large reach and is also detached from the system, as this makes it difficult to compromise them.

6. Trust

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman discuss the process of becoming a great comic and the importance of trust in relationships. Rogan explains that comics are generally trustworthy people, and that the process of becoming a great comic is humbling. Fridman agrees, adding that even if someone is a surface-level bullshitter, they are usually trustworthy on important matters.

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7. Greatest comedians

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman discuss the greats of comedy, with Rogan saying that there is no greatest comic of all time. Fridman brings up the fact that Norm McDonald released a special after his death, and Rogan says that it is genius. The two discuss how important laughter is, and how comics like McDonald and Dave Chappelle are raw and unique. Rogan shares a funny story about how he was seated next to McDonald on an airplane twice.

8. Childhood

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman discuss the impact of Joe's parents splitting up when he was five. Joe reflects on how, at the time, he thought of his father as a hero. He notes that every kid looks up to their dad in this way. The conversation then turns to a discussion of the movie Talladega Nights, in which a small boy talks to his grandpa about how he'll be all over him like a spider monkey. This leads to a discussion of how some animals, like wolverines, are able to take on larger animals despite their size.

9. Advice for young people

Joe Rogan's advice to young people is to find something they're passionate about and to channel their energy into it. He also advises them to not listen to people who tell them they can't succeed. He believes that hard work leads to success and that understanding this correlation is beneficial.

10. Relationships

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman discussed the importance of finding a partner that you can grow with and who shares your values. Rogan advised Fridman to be someone that someone would want to be in a relationship with, and to avoid settling for the wrong person. Fridman shared that he admires the discipline that Rogan has in juggling so many things. Rogan explained that it is important to have your shit together in order to be successful in a relationship. The conversation ended with a discussion of the CIA and whether or not they are recording all conversations.

11. Putin, Ukraine, and Russia

Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman discuss the possible health conditions of Vladimir Putin and how they may have impacted his recent actions. Rogan suggests that Putin may have cancer, which could explain his recent aggressive behavior. Fridman argues that even if Putin is sick, he is still motivated by his legacy and would not want to be remembered as a leader who started a nuclear war. The two debate the degree to which Putin's health may be impacting his cognition and decision-making.

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