My Favorite Celebrities

Don’t worry. It’s not what you think.

In an effort not to have you scroll on by, I’ll use the Manosphere.com aggregate-blog-post-preview to let you know that there won’t be any content about ‘Keeping Up With The…’ or ‘The Real House…’ or any other crap like that.

Still here? Good.

The ‘celebrities’ I’m talking about are the type of public figures that guys like me go nuts for. That would almost make me want to scream like a tween who just saw Beiber or TheWeeknd get out of their limo. Almost.

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The men that I admire are in the spotlight constantly. They have their own ‘media empire’ or ‘personal brand’ that they promote.

The ideas and lifestyles that these men promote are far more enriching and interesting – to the mind and spirit – than any of the other ones you see in the mainstream outlets.

Notice I said ‘mainstream’.

With mainstream comes a bit of PC. I get that. But the basics of the content of what these guys know is what I’m interested in.

Their ideas span across the entire spectrum of science and culture.

From personal/self-improvement and autodidactism to astrophysics and the mind.

These men are writers, authors, thinkers, pundits, comedians and some are even doctors.

Before we continue I want to mention I couldn’t care less about what these men’s political affiliations are. This post is for your ‘self-education’ on the particular fields of study that each of these men pursue. Plus, I’m still trying to find out what I value when it comes to my political beliefs.

After reading this list I think you’ll find a new favorite celebrity of your own.

Grab some coffee, food, weed, whatever you need, and sit back and enjoy.

DCL’s Favorite Celebrities:

David Eagleman – Born April 25, 1971 (age 44), Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

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David is a neuroscientist, author and now TV show host.

Some books of his include, Incognito: The Secret Lives of Brains, The Brain with David Eagleman and has been featured numerous times in John Brockman’s Edge.org book series (highly recommended book series).

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David Eagleman’s work was one of the first things to introduce me to the idea of the ‘unconscious mind’ and the powerful influence it has on our daily lives.

I first wrote about David here and here.

He also introduced me to a concept known as umwelt. An umwelt is the reality in which you are engulfed.

Think of it this way – an insect has a different umwelt then a human being. Us humans have our five senses to detect our surroundings within our umwelt. An insect uses different peripheral devices (like the antennas on an ant) to detect it’s surroundings within its umwelt.

If you’re interested click here for more info on the umwelt.

David is now also a TV host on the new PBS series called The Brain.

David Eagleman’s work can be found here.

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson – Born October 5, 1958 (age 57), Manhattan, NewYork City, U.S.

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Neil is an astrophysicist, science promoter and TV show host.

Some books of his include: Death by Black Hole : And Other Cosmic Quandaries, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (I have not read either one) and has been included in the Edge.org book series as well.

Neil has this way of being very dramatic while explaining his understanding of the cosmos. This may turn some people off. Not me. I can’t think of a better way of expressing those cosmic ideas.

I first wrote about Neil here and here.

Did you know Neil used to wrestle?

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Neil became a TV host of the re-make series called, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. If you like planets, space, physics, and the mind, I suggest that you check it out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson also has a Podcast called StarTalk Radio. I’ve listened to about 10 episodes. It’s an interesting mix of science, pop-culture and comedy.

Like David Eagleman, Neil is what I would call a ‘science promoter’. That’s a person who is in the public eye speaking out about esoteric state/national policies regarding science education and religious doctrines in schools. He also talks about general public science promotion.

Neil’s work can be found here.

 

Sam Harris – Born April 9, 1967 (age 48), Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Sam is a neuroscientist, philosopher and author.

Some of his books include: A Letter To A Christian Nation, Free Will, The Moral Landscape, Lying and Waking Up.

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It’s hard to pin point exactly who it was that was my first introduction to the idea of being ‘lost in though‘. I started reading and watching all these guys’ work at about the same time. Around the age of 25.

But Sam’s work in regards to the brain/mind has been perhaps the most influential to me when it comes to pondering my own personal beliefs and habits.

I recommend his book Waking Up. If you’re a young adult trying to find his spiritual way, and at the same time don’t want to believe in a deity to do so, this book is for you.

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Sam Harris is probably the most controversial person on this list. His views regarding Radical Islam and religion in general make him a target for constant ridicule in the media and vulnerable to death threats in real life.

Now that sounds like an interesting person to me!

Sam’s work can be found here.

 

Jason Silva – Born February 6, 1982 (age 33), Caracas, Venezuela

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Jason is a philosopher, futurist and TV show host.

Silva, like Neil, is very ‘out there’ when it comes to expressing his ideas.

Jason has this cool ability to be able to pull quotes out of, what seems like, thin air. He’s like a philosophical-evangelical being given divine knowledge, in real time, by higher beings. He makes these complex ideas, about the universe and the mind, flow smoothly within his fast-paced verbal barrages.

You may recognize him from his TV show, Brain Games.

But what you may not know is that he also started a video campaign called, Shots of Awe – short videos containing “trailers of the mind” which “serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination.” (quote from his website)

Jason is a relatively young man when you compare him to the rest of the list. But I think this actually helps with getting his information across to young people.

Young people these days can be turned off by any old man with a white beard telling them what’s what (I’m looking at you Dennet).

Did Silva swallow the Red Pill?

Jason’s work can be found here.

 

Les Stroud – Born October 20, 1961 (age 54), Mimico, Ontario, Canada

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Les is a musician, survivalist, film maker and TV show host.

My older brother introduced me to Les and his work years ago.

Les is not like Bear Grylls or that other goober whose name escapes me. Unlike those guys who claim to know what their doing, Les actually gets his crew to drop him off in some area, with a camera and some random things for him to use to help him survive by himself… for seven days.

It’s hard to pick my favorite episode, they’re all good. But there was something that stuck with me, a survival tool/technique/mindset called ‘zones of assessment.’

Zones of Assessment is a way to assess a dangerous situation. It’s a way to help make sure you don’t freak out because you’re lost and stranded somewhere.

Zone 1. What’s Immediately On You?

Zone 2. What’s Right Around You?

Zone 3. What Kind Of Area Are You In?

This is a haggard version of it as I don’t quite remember the details. But I’m sure you get the idea. Let Les guide you through it.

Les reminds me of my time out in the wilderness in my youth. I was part of Beavers, Scouts and when I was a bit older, I did some camping excursions in Algonquin National Park and Kilarney National Park. Nothing to the extent of what Les does, but challenging nonetheless (if you count drinking beer, smoking dope, portaging, canoeing and having a fun time).

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Les Stroud’s work can be found here.

 

Joe Rogan – Born August 11, 1967 (age 48), Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

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Joe is a comedian, MMA commentator and popular podcaster.

This man’s personal life seems like it’s filled with more hobbies, goals, projects and businesses than many people will ever attempt to try in their lifetime.

Here’s a list of some:

-he’s a martial artist

-a cannabis and psychedelic drug advocate

-UFC MMA commentator

-actor, TV show host, stand-up comedian

-partnered with Onit, a supplement-food-fitness equipment company, as an ‘Onit Pro’

-uses meditation in combination with isolation tanks, has also done sensory deprivation

I’m sure most, if not all of you, are familiar with the PowerfulJRE (his podcast). His podcast guests are from many different disciplines and professions.

The guests on his show have different opinions then his own. He gives them a platform to present their arguments. That said, he’s certainly not afraid to stand up for himself and others.

I quite enjoyed his talk with Milo Yiannopoulos. Even though I’m a new fan of Milo’s, I tend to agree with Joe, that Milo is probably a third real talk, a third bullshit and a third trolling. I’m still not sure.

Joe (unofficially) speaks for the masses. I imagine a good portion of the North American population has the same sentiments he has towards popular current issues.

Joe Rogan’s work can be found here.

 

Bill Maher – Born January 20, 1956 (age 59), New York City, New York, U.S.

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Bill is a comedian, film maker and TV show host.

I had seen a stand-up or two of his but didn’t really know much about him until his Religilous documentary came out. That’s when I started to follow his work more closely.

From what I know so far about his political beliefs is that he dislikes Liberals and Republicans. He agrees with some Liberals and agrees with some Republicans. He’s an Independent.

(sort of what I am, I think)

He doesn’t pander too much to one side of the aisle (although I’d say he’s centrist-left). One of the cool things I enjoy about his comedy is that when he delivers a joke, and then if the audience boos or complains, he’ll call them out for being pussies and too uptight. They love him for it.

As a matter of fact Bill Maher has been a vocal advocate against the rising mainstream PC culture.

His back and forth with actor Ben Alffeck is a perfect example of what a regressive-leftist does when confronted with facts against their feelings.

Bill Maher’s work can be found here.

 

DCLLive Celebrity Notables that are worth checking out:

Bill Nye aka The Science Guy

Max Tegmark

Lawrence Krauss

Michio Kaku

Brian Green

Bill Burr

Louis C.K.

Milo Yiannopoulos

Ezra Levant

David Rubin

Gavin McIness

John Brockman

 

As much as I like these scientists, comedians, TV hosts and other interesting men, it’s so damn unfortunate that they don’t have better websites/blogs. I happen to agree with Mike. I bet they would have an even more dedicated group of fans and followers if they had a blog they updated once a week.

Thanks for sticking it out. Like I said, after reading this I think you’ll find a new favorite celebrity of your own.

I know I missed some people. If you can think of any current interesting figures, feel free to let us know in the comments. You can leave links to videos, blogs, twitter accounts, essays, scientific papers, anything for the new-age autodidact.

Who’s YOUR favorite ‘celebrity’?

 

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9 thoughts on “My Favorite Celebrities”

    1. Florian welcome to the blog my man.

      Last photo, ah the lady in pink. Good call.

      I’ve been following your blog for awhile now. I bet you’ve got some people you could recommend for this list. Any suggestions?

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      1. Yes, the lady in pink is also ok.

        I was referring to the two celebrities in front of ScarJo though 😉

        Thanks for following my blog! That means a lot to me, as you can probably sympathize.

        Favorite celebrities…

        Gary Vaynerchuk –
        for propagating the “hustle” above all and showing in almost all of his videos how to connect to your employees and customers in a genuine way that STILL grows your business.

        Jeff Olson –
        author of the ‘Slight Edge’ who showed that it is about consistency above all if you want to reach a goal.

        James Altucher –
        for sharing his honest thoughts and trying out new things without long debating about it.

        Pat Flynn –
        owner of smartpassiveincome.com. In the realm of Internet Marketing, there is so much BS around that it is almost impossible NOT to use the same tactics and phrases as other scammy marketers. Pat gives good advice – for example, how to optimize your work efficiency, markets good software, e.g. LongTailPro or ‘ScreenFlow’, and gives good ideas for businesses on his podcast. And he does earn a good chunk of money, and is transparent about it.

        Neil Strauss –
        we can think about him whatever we want and we can belabor the fact that he has gone “blue pill” or “sold out” – but this guy can write. I can read “The Game” over and over without tiring, simply because his style is so good.

        Wim Hof –
        The Iceman. Amazing what this guy has achieved. His “Breathing Course” is no Bullshit either – I haven’t taken it (yet), but people like Mike Cernovich and others swear on it, so it must be legit.

        Scott Adams –
        Creator of Dilbert and lately showing on his blog in which way Donald Trump’s messages gain traction while almost everyone else in politics looks on in puzzled confusion. People’s attacks against Trump are either helping him or hurting themselves. I find it amazing that career politicians with a huge media and analytical/polling appartus can not figure Trump out. Yet people like Adams, Cernovich and Milo Yiannopoulis can use common sense to do it with ease.

        Milo Yiannopoulos –
        Breitbart columnist, Twitter troll and outspoken against SJWs. He headlines the new Tech section at Breitbart.com and is one of the few journalists that I would still regard as independent.

        Kevin O’Leary –
        He is one of the investors of Shark Tank. And even though I am not an investor, I found his advice always made most sense. He also has a great interview on James Altucher’s podcast – where he basically said that if a project does not survive or make yuo money beyond three years, you go behind the barn and “shoot it”. Sometimes we have to let go.

        Paul Stanley –
        I have read three autobiographies from similar rock stars: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and David Lee Roth. They are all Rennaissance Men, and if you tried to copy any of those, you’d be successful.
        However, Pual Stanley stood out to me as someone who was deaf on one ear, yet rose to success despite his problem and then later on faced the demons of his perceived incompleteness by acting in the Phantom of the Opera, subsequently giving his money away for children born with face deformations.
        I don’t think I can begin to imagine how much of a help and role model he is for those that have a hard time growing up because of being different.

        Those are my ten.
        And of course, I can mention some of the most impactful people in the manosphere.
        Matt Forney (a brillant writer and favorite punching bag of SJWs);
        Aaron Clarey (giving actually helpful advice with Asshole Consulting);
        Mike Cernovich (who did some decisive steps in the direction of journalism this year);
        Victor Pride (who is now reaping the fruit that he seeded years ago with his website);
        Chris Deoudes (whose advice simply WORKS) etc.
        So those are sort of evergreens – always included in any list, and the readers of this blog know about them.

        I just talked to an old friend and made a harmless comment about working with a lot of girls, and he jokingly called me a “sexist”. Jokingly, yes. But it made me realize just how big the rift is between “The Red Pill” and everyone else in society.

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      2. “I was referring to the two celebrities in front of ScarJo though”

        haha agreed

        “Thanks for following my blog! That means a lot to me, as you can probably sympathize.”

        I sure can. I get pretty happy when someone comments or follows my blog. Doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does, I’m grateful.

        Neil Strauss

        He is a good writer isn’t he. I grabbed a copy of his book ‘The Truth’. It’s about him going to sex therapy (sex addict) because he cheated on his gf. I pick the book up from time to time. Its a good read so far.

        Scott Adams

        Started reading some of his blog recently. Like you mentioned, because of the Trump.

        “Yet people like Adams, Cernovich and Milo Yiannopoulis can use common sense to do it with ease.”

        Those three guys, as well as some other people, are gaining traction and riding the pulse of this ‘new movement’ that is happening. By ‘new movement’ I mean libertarian/centrist/independent/alt-right thing happening.

        I’m actually starting a new blog in the new year that is centered around my new unplugging – from the media. Basically trying to find out my political beliefs and such.

        Milo Yiannopoulos

        First heard of him from either Mike Cernovich or that Joe Rogan podcast. I can’t remember. He is certainly great to listen to. Apparently he is writing for Buzzfeed or something. That should be interesting.

        Kevin O’Leary

        I googled him. He’s Canadian. Right on.

        The ten guys you suggested were great additions to my post. The Manosphere guys as well. Hell, you could even write your own post about it. By the way, you’re killing it with those ’10 idea a day’ posts. SO much content. You can’t not be a good writer after doing that for a year. Good on ya man.

        “I just talked to an old friend and made a harmless comment about working with a lot of girls, and he jokingly called me a “sexist”. Jokingly, yes. But it made me realize just how big the rift is between “The Red Pill” and everyone else in society.”

        Having a red pill lens certainly makes you aware of that “rift.” At least the culture is slowing changing that other people, not so red pill aware, will start to notice that rift as well. Hopefully.

        The 2 year college program I’m taking in the new year is in a female dominated career. This should be interesting as I’m sure you know. Lots of content to write about though.

        Great comment you left here man. Your always welcome on my blogs.

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  1. And wait… the two girls in the front row, to your right in the title photo of this article, they looked familiar. Then I realized where I seem to have seen them before: those were the girls that joined ISIS – which tragically ended not so good for them. Or maybe the similarity is just a coincidence. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3331846/Teenage-Islamist-poster-girl-fled-Austria-join-ISIS-beaten-death-terror-group-trying-escape-Syria.html

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  2. Thanks for your kind comments! It’s great to hear you like my writing. I enjoy writing. And maybe I can call myself a writer indeed after – well, writing every day! Even if I don’t publish it, I see that I write 1,000+ words per day. It lets me express my thoughts. Almost like a form of active meditation.

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