As noted below, the main focus of this episode is about how painstakingly slow progress often is, both at a personal and public level. I also recap and elaborate on topics from the previous episode 32, and talk about The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1.
Timeline of topics discussed:
00:00:00 to 00:24:54 Recapping the prison system & layoffs
00:24:55 to 00:41:17 The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 + the power & fearlessness of art
00:48:13 Progress: Human evolution & civilization
00:54:38 Progress: Slavery in the U.S.
01:07:08 Progress: Same-sex Marriage in the U.S.
01:17:37 Progress: Womens' Rights in the U.S.
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What is ASMR?
To me, ASMR is 2 things: a sensation and a medium (like music for example).
The sensation itself (ASMR) stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and is the current (non-scientific) name given to the feeling characterized as a pleasurable tingling sensation felt in the head, scalp, back and other regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli, such as crinkling bags, hand movements, whispering, personal attention or watching someone perform a task. It's like goosebumps, but much more pleasant.
ASMR videos, the medium, are not only meant to help induce the sensation or "tingles" in the viewer, but also help provide a relaxing, calming and soothing experience for the viewer. They often help those dealing with anxiety, stress, headaches, insomnia, mental health issues, concentrating, studying and more. It is quite therapeutic, for both the creator and recipient, which is not that much different than the mediums of music and painting, for example.
Many people who do not experience ASMR still enjoy the videos for their calming and sleepy effect.