Mark Rippetoe on BS Science, Intellectual Courage, and How to Think for Yourself

If you lift weights, you probably already know who Mark Rippetoe is. He’s a legend in the world of strength training. Mark is known for his no-BS approach to making people strong, and his book Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training has sold nearly a million copies.

With that said, this isn’t a podcast about strength training. It isn’t even a podcast about health and wellness. So why did I invite Mark?

Well, it turns out that Mark has a lot to say about subjects that go far beyond strength training. He’s been a vocal critic of the “scientific literature” that’s coming out of the universities, and he’s not a fan of government health & wellness advice either.

Just a taste of what we talk about:

  • The “greatest in the world fallacy”
  • How Mark uses common sense and logic to deal with arguments from authority
  • Why getting strong gets more and more important as you age
  • Why Mark and his team don’t care about aesthetics
  • How to set up your life for intellectual honesty
  • How Mark was wrong in the past and how he has changed his mind
  • The difference between science and scientism

And much more. Enjoy!

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Links & Resources

See Starting Strength website, discussion board, articles