Mark and Andrew reunite in Colorado after months of separation and launch into a deep discussion of the stories we tell that make up our lives. In a nod back to Episode #2, they explore the narrativity of experience, the loss of story that can become a loss of identity, the problems with mobility and the lack of solid storytelling in contemporary family life. They talk about the value of journaling, letter-writing and keeping up on local news as well as the cultural import of local song-writing and story-making. Bedouins, autobiography and long-term frienships also make an appearance.
Mark and Andrew fly blind, taking an astounding series of spontaneous turns through digital community, analog Lent, Peyton Manning, the mystique of Apple, the social engineering of big Internet companies, government spying on us, their first Internet experiences, a paper world, and the public square
Mark and Andrew talk over what role sports really play in the lives of spectators. Baseball, football, and other sports impact the lives of those who watch, not only those who play. Andrew tells about his encounter with sports greatness. Mark relates what it is like to attend a game at Michigan stadium. They get into the ceremony, pageantry, and dogma of sporting events.
Mark and Andrew look back on what has happened for the past few months. Thdy discuss Andrew's new daily show, the Counter Position, his apostolate, Calix, Andrew's famous customers, Mark's new YouTube channel - "Bible Broccoli," local culture vs. mass culture, newspapers, how Google affects elections, Facebook's trending topics, Internet advertising, attention span, Steve Jobs, aliens, clickbait, Andrew's coffee shop consulting projects, movie night, Mark's new book, and wine shopping.
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Mark and Andrew talk about how violence has been ritualized by various cultures in many forms. They cover execution, human sacrifice, ISIS, bar fights, boxing, sacrifice, fight or flight response, Andrew's roasted Brussels sprouts with bourbon maple Sriracha sauce, samurai, seppuku, personal appearance, football, military uniforms, Mel Gibson, survival, robot armies, jetpacks, nuclear war, sports, CrossFit, hunting, and duelling.
Mark and Andrew talk about visualization, Andrew's narcissism, athletic visualization exercises, momentary vs. on-going performance, weight loss, process vs. outcome, muscle growth, rehabilitation, the Odd Couple, ADD, coaching, affirmation, negative and positive reinforcement, the reptilian brain, Rick Hanson's "Hardwiring Happiness", light bulbs, sugar, and electromagnetic waves.