086: Culture Is A Community Growing Together with Jesse Oliver Sanford

In this episode, we are joined by Jesse Oliver Sanford, who talks about cognitive science, the importance of cultural capital, flow, and the way people think when they write code.

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Panelists:

Rein Henrichs | John K. Sawers  | Jamey Hampton | Sam Livingston-Gray

Guest Starring:

Jesse Oliver Sanford: Cloud City Development

Show Notes:

01:18 – Oliver’s Superpower: The Ability to Read

01:54 Cognitive Science and Emotional Cognition

George Lakehoff

Restylane Injections

The effects of BOTOX injections on emotional experience.

11:24 – How People Think When They Code and the Intersection Between Mind and Body

fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Brodmann Area

15:38 – The Importance of Cultural Capital

14:42 Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: All About Flow & Positive Psychology

Flow Genome Project

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler  

Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

21:33 – Ritual in Developer and Engineer Culture

29:24 – Achieving Flow During Pair Programming / Hedonic Balance

Dr. John Gottman: Bids for Connection

42:29 – Emotional Intelligence and Progress

Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy by Bruno Latour

57:00 – Culture. What is Culture?

More from Oliver: 

Debunking Three Myths About How We Think When We Code

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Reflections:

Sam: One’s ability to solve problems as a technical person depends as much on one’s social network and social skills as it does on technical knowledge.

Jamey: You can affect things about yourself by being mindful of facts about your body.

John: Teams and effectiveness: People you work with are important.

Rein: In the future, we’ll realize that the code we wrote was a very small and unimportant artifact of what we’re doing as communities and cultures.

Oliver: Engaging with others who think about these things and who realize how high the stakes are.

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