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What is The Why Debate?

The Why Debate was born from a love of books. Both Mike and Callum shared this love for reading, learning and expanding their knowledge. 
When it was pointed out to them that they regularly discussed the same books or topics and that it caused quite the distraction in the office space 'The Why Debate' was born. 

Each week Mike and Callum read one book for discussion, though its hard to keep them on topic, this podcast is a wild ride of discussion, debating and exploration. 

 Catch our new episodes every week on YouTube or watch our other episodes, available 24/7, on all your favourite streaming services, come and join the debate, get involved with the community and find out the 'Why?' of anything and everything.

We will see you there. 

Meet The Hosts

Mike Martin

You may know Mike from his own YouTube channel, or from the various podcasts and webinars that he leads, however you have never quite met him like this. 

Mike has stories upon stories to tell, from growing up poor to making it to the top of his industry. 
Mike has always said that knowledge is power and now he wants to expand his own and share that knowledge with the world. 


View everything in life as it is, not as society teaches you to view it  

Mike Martin
My Favourite Quote

Callum Roy

Though this may be a first venture for Callum, he certainly isnt inexperienced. 

Callum is a writer by day and a teacher by night, having travelled half the world in pursuit of knowledge and finding the place to share it, but that isnt all. This Jiu-jitsu fanatic likes to spend his spare time on the mats or reading the next big book to tell everyone about. 



If you know the Way broadly you will see it in all things 

Miyamoto Musashi
My Favourite Quote

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In this episode Callum and Mike sit down with email marketing stud Igor Kheifets to talk about his book List Building Lifestyle: Confessions of an Email Millionaire. We are both MEGA excited to have our first guest on the show, especially one that can teach you a thing or two about making SCHMONEY in the digital economy!

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Waking Up - Sam Harris

"Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion" is a book by neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris. It was published in 2014 and blends memoir, neuroscience, and philosophy to investigate the nature of consciousness and explore the concept of spirituality without the framework of traditional religion.

 "Waking Up" is Harris's call to a secular form of spirituality – one that seeks to understand and experience the deepest nature of consciousness and reality without resorting to religious belief or dogma. He presents a case that the true nature of consciousness, when deeply examined, can lead to profound insights and a meaningful sense of well-being.

September 29th 2023

Previously on The Why Debate:

Why Do We Yawn?

Ever wondered why we yawn?

Why is it contagious?

Is it really rude to yawn in public or is it just a form of non-verbal communication? 

Can YOU make it through this whole episode without yawning yourself? 

Watch Here: Why Do We Yawn?

Why Does Food Comfort Us?

Ever wondered why a slice of pie feels like a warm hug or why grandma's soup is the ultimate pick-me-up?

This week Mike and Cal take on the task of finding out why we crave carbs.

Diamonds are definitely not a girls best friend, pizza is! (or in Cal's case, lasagne)

Watch Here: Why Does Food Comfort Us?

September 12th 2023

September 5th 2023

Why is Laughter Contagious?

No book this week, instead we take a deep dive into the question "Why is laughter contagious?" and hopefully we will get some answers.

Afterall, Laughter is the best medicine... right?

Watch Here: Why is Laughter Contagious?

The Freedom Master Plan - Mitali Deypurkaystha

This week we invited to one and only Mitali to join us live on The Why Debate. Not only did we overwhelm her with questions, but we got into the real nitty gritty of WHY Mitali became 'The Vegan Publisher.

Mitali speaks about her whole food, plant-based diet and how it inspired her to turn Vegan, Ethical, Sustainable and Responsible business owners or entrepreneurs into bestselling authors. She also talks about the power of books, the value of freedom and the most dangerous book ever written! 


Watch here: Freedom, Veganism and The Most Dangerous Book!?

August 21st 2023

August 14th 2023

The ONE Thing - Gary Keller

"The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan is a self-help book that emphasizes the importance of focusing on the single most important task in any given domain of life to achieve significant results.

"The ONE Thing" promotes the idea that more isn't always better and that by narrowing one's focus to the most crucial activity, individuals can achieve better results, both professionally and personally. The key is consistent focus on that single most important task or goal that drives everything else.

Watch Here: Multitasking is a MYTH!

The Courage To Be Disliked - Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi

"The Courage to Be Disliked" by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi presents the ideas of 20th-century psychologist Alfred Adler in the form of a dialogue between a philosopher and a young man. The book explores several key Adlerian concepts and how they apply to individual happiness and personal freedom.

The book breaks down complex philosophical ideas into an engaging and accessible dialogue, providing readers with practical wisdom for daily life. The core message is that individuals have the power to change, and happiness is possible when one has the courage to live authentically, even if it means being disliked by some.

Watch Here: This Book is Like THERAPY!

August 7th 2023

July 28th 2023

Zero to One - Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

"Zero to One" by Peter Thiel is a captivating business book that offers a unique perspective on innovation and building successful companies. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, shares his insights on what it takes to create groundbreaking ventures and achieve lasting success.

Thiel covers various topics such as the power of technology, the importance of differentiation, and the role of visionaries in shaping the future.

Watch Here: Surprising TRUTH: How to Out-Earn Musk and Zuckerberg!

Confessions of an Email Millionaire - Igor Kheifets

In this episode Callum and Mike sit down with email marketing stud Igor Kheifets to talk about his book List Building Lifestyle: Confessions of an Email Millionaire.

We are both MEGA excited to have our first guest on the show, especially one that can teach you a thing or two about making SCHMONEY in the digital economy! 

Join the secret society of lazy millionaires today

Watch Here: REVEALED: Confessions of an Email Millionaire

July 14th 2023 

July 7th 2023

The Warrior Ethos - Steven Pressfield 

Embark on an awe-inspiring odyssey through the annals of valor and indomitable spirit, discover the ancient code that ignites warriors' souls and unlocks their unwavering strength. "The Warrior Ethos" by Steven Pressfield unveils the secrets of legendary warriors throughout history. From Spartans to Samurais, this captivating exploration delves into the mindset that propels heroes to face insurmountable odds. Join us for a captivating discussion on this powerful manifesto that will inspire you to embrace your inner warrior and conquer life's battles. Unleash your potential and witness the transformation as we delve into "The Warrior Ethos"!

Are you a lover or a fighter? Come with us to find the key that unlocks your inner warrior and true self. 

Watch here: Knights or Ninja's? Unleash the Warrior Within - The Warrior Ethos

SEO 2023: Search Engine Optimization with Smart Internet Marketing - Adam Clarke

SEO 2023 will walk you through search engine optimization techniques used to grow countless websites online, exact steps to rank high in Google, and how get a ton of customers. SEO 2023 explains the inner workings of Google's algorithm, and reveals the latest and greatest industry resources, so you can achieve top rankings and generated hundreds - or even thousands - of new customers to your site."

Adam Clarke is known for his expertise in SEO and digital marketing, and his books often focus on practical strategies for improving website ranking and visibility on search engines. This week we are talking about everything search engines.

Does this book do what it says on the tin or is this 'smart strategy' guide just a can of worms we want to avoid? 

June 30th 2023

June 23rd 2023

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai - Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai" is a classic text from Japan, compiled in the early 18th century by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, a samurai-turned-monk. The book serves as a manual, guide, and treatise on the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido—the Way of the Warrior.

"Hagakure," which translates to "Hidden by the Leaves" or "In the Shadow of Leaves," consists of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that together form a fascinating and intricate view of a samurai's life and code of conduct. The 1,300 aphorisms cover aspects like loyalty, honor, personal character, and the correct mindset for a samurai.

One of the most notable themes in Hagakure is the concept of living as if one is already dead. Tsunetomo believed that a samurai must be willing to die at any moment in order to be fully committed to his lord. This outlook was meant to remove any fear of death, thereby allowing the samurai to fully dedicate themselves to their duties and live with complete honesty and integrity.Other recurring themes include loyalty and obedience, a strict sense of ethics and morality, the importance of mastering one's profession, and the necessity of understanding and appreciating the fleeting nature of life.

While the teachings of Hagakure were initially intended for a feudal society's warrior class, the timeless wisdom and insights offered by the book have found relevance even in the contemporary world, particularly in fields like leadership, personal development, and decision-making.
Watch here: A Samurai's Art of Dying - Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

The Art of Strategy - Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff

The Art of Strategy" by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff is a book that explores the principles of strategic thinking and decision-making in various contexts, including business, politics, and personal interactions. The authors draw upon game theory and real-world examples to provide insights into strategic behavior and how to gain a competitive edge.

The book emphasizes the importance of understanding and anticipating the actions of others in strategic situations. It introduces game theory as a tool for analyzing interactions between individuals or organizations and highlights the role of incentives, information, and strategic moves in shaping outcomes.

"The Art of Strategy" also explores how strategic thinking applies to a wide range of scenarios, including pricing decisions, market competition, political campaigns, and military conflicts. The authors discuss the importance of thinking strategically about timing, framing, and considering multiple perspectives to achieve desired outcomes.


Watch Here: Life has a Cheat Code - The Art of Strategy 

June 16th 2023

June 9th 2023

The Immortality Key - Brian C. Muraresku 

Drawing from his own research and personal experiences, Muraresku investigates the therapeutic and transformative potential of psychedelics, suggesting that they may have contributed to the intellectual and philosophical advancements of ancient Greece. He explores the profound impact that the suppression of psychedelic substances had on Western civilization and proposes a reevaluation of their therapeutic benefits.

"The Immortality Key" offers a captivating journey through time and explores the enduring human quest for transcendent experiences. It challenges conventional narratives about the role of psychedelics in society and provokes thought about their potential significance in shaping human history and spirituality.

Was this mind-bending or just a load of psychedelic fuelled nonsense?

Watch here: Psychedelics and Spirituality - The Immortality Key

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind- Yuval Noah Harari

"Sapiens" by Yuval Harari is a thought-provoking and widely acclaimed book that presents a sweeping overview of human history, from the emergence of our species, Homo sapiens, to the complex societies we have built today. Harari explores how Homo sapiens surpassed other human species, such as Neanderthals, and developed cognitive abilities that allowed us to cooperate in large numbers, create myths and stories, and build civilizations. The book delves into key milestones like the Agricultural Revolution, the rise of empires, and the scientific and technological advancements that have shaped our world. Harari challenges conventional wisdom and offers fresh insights on topics such as the impact of religion, the role of money, the consequences of colonization, and the future of humanity in an increasingly interconnected and technologically driven world. 

Come and challenge history with us

Watch here: Cave Paintings to Computer Code - Sapiens

June 2nd 2023

May 26th 2023

The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant - Eric Jorgenson

"The Almanac of Naval Ravikant" offers a roadmap to personal and professional success, encouraging readers to build meaningful relationships, adopt a long-term perspective, and prioritize their well-being. It serves as a thought-provoking and inspiring guide for those seeking a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life.

The book covers a wide range of topics, such as self-improvement, decision-making, finding purpose, and financial freedom. Naval's ideas often draw from philosophy, economics, and psychology, providing a unique perspective on how to navigate the complexities of modern life.

Readers can expect to find practical advice and philosophical insights presented in a concise and accessible manner. Naval encourages individuals to cultivate self-awareness, develop a growth mindset, and embrace curiosity and learning. He emphasizes the importance of finding one's passion and pursuing it with dedication and persistence.

Can this book truly help us find happiness?

Watch here: Learn Happiness - The Almanac Of Naval Ravikant

Influence - Robert B. Cialdini

"Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert Cialdini is a popular book that explores the principles of persuasion and how they can be used to influence people. Cialdini identifies six key principles of influence: reciprocity, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

He explains how these principles work and provides examples of how they can be used in various situations, including in sales, marketing, and personal relationships. Cialdini also discusses the potential dangers of manipulation and how to avoid being influenced against one's will.

"Influence" is a highly informative and insightful book that provides valuable insights into the art of persuasion and how it can be used ethically and effectively.

But just how Influenced by this book were we and why does it ring true?

Watch Here: How To Make Anyone Like You - Influence 

May 19th 2023

April 28th 2023

Ego Is The Enemy - Ryan Holiday 

The book explores the concept of ego and its impact on personal and professional success. Ryan Holiday argues that ego is the greatest obstacle to success, as it blinds people to their weaknesses and prevents them from learning and growing.

The book is divided into three parts: Aspire, Success, and Failure. In the first part, Aspire, Holiday discusses how ego can prevent individuals from realizing their full potential. He emphasizes the importance of humility and self-awareness, and how they can help people stay focused on their goals.

In the second part, Success, Holiday examines the dangers of ego when success is achieved. He argues that ego can lead people to become complacent, arrogant, and detached from reality. He offers examples of successful people who have fallen victim to their own egos and how they could have avoided it.

In the final part, Failure, Holiday discusses how ego can hinder recovery from failure. He emphasizes the importance of resilience, humility, and learning from mistakes.

But what will we think and why is this book so successful? 

Watch Here: Why Your Rival Is Your Reflection - Ego is the Enemy

The Chimp Paradox - Prof. Steven Peters

"The Chimp Paradox" by Prof. Steven Peters is a self-help book that explores the functioning of the human brain and its impact on our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Peters introduces the concept of the "chimp," an emotional, irrational, and instinctive part of the brain that can often lead us to make unhelpful decisions.

Through a combination of neuroscience, psychology, and personal anecdotes, Peters provides practical strategies for managing and taming the chimp within us. He encourages readers to understand and embrace their own unique chimp, while also developing the skills to communicate effectively with others and manage difficult situations.

"The Chimp Paradox" offers a compelling and accessible framework for personal growth and self-improvement, based on a deep understanding of the complex workings of the human mind.

Will we be able to tame our inner apes?

Watch Here: Why Your Chimp Brain Is Sabotaging You - The Chimp Paradox

April 21st 2023

April 14th 2023

Wired For Story - Lisa Cron

"Wired for Story" by Lisa Cron is a guidebook that explains the science behind storytelling and how to use it to create compelling and unforgettable stories. The book argues that storytelling is an innate part of human nature, and that our brains are hardwired to respond to stories.

Cron suggests that every good story should have a protagonist with a clear desire, who faces a series of obstacles and challenges on their journey towards achieving their goal. She also emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of tension and conflict, and using sensory details to immerse the reader in the story world.

The book provides practical advice on how to craft a story that resonates with readers, including the use of emotional arcs, the power of pacing, and the role of character development. Throughout the book, Cron draws on examples from literature, film, and television to illustrate her points, making it an engaging and accessible read for both aspiring and experienced storytellers.

Did this book have us Wired or was this a write off?

Watch Here: Why Do We Crave Stories? - Wired For Story

Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational written by Dan Ariely explores the ways in which people make decisions that are consistently irrational. Ariely argues that our decision-making processes are influenced by a variety of factors beyond our conscious control, such as emotions, social norms, and cognitive biases.

Through a series of experiments and case studies, Ariely shows how these factors can lead us to make choices that are not in our best interests, and offers insights into how we can recognize and overcome our irrational tendencies to make more informed decisions. The book covers a wide range of topics, including the psychology of pricing, the power of expectations, and the influence of social norms on our behavior.

Predictably Irrational offers a fascinating look at the quirks and complexities of human decision-making, and provides practical advice for anyone looking to make more rational choices in their personal and professional lives.

But was this book decidedly good or just predictable? 

Watch Here: Hidden Forces That Shape Your Decisions - Predictably Irrational

April 7th 2023

April 5th 2023

Atomic Habits - James Clear 

"Atomic Habits" by James Clear is a self-help book that explores the science behind habit formation and offers practical strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones. The book emphasizes the importance of focusing on small, incremental changes, or "atomic habits," rather than relying on willpower or sudden transformations.

Clear introduces a four-step framework for creating and sustaining positive habits, which involves making them obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. The book also delves into the role of environment, identity, and belief systems in habit formation, and provides actionable tips for designing a successful habit system.

"Atomic Habits" provides a comprehensive guide to building habits that can help individuals achieve their goals and improve their lives.

When it comes to habits does size matter?

Watch Here: Learn Simple Habits That Will Change Your Life - Atomic Habits

Think And Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

"Think and Grow Rich" is a personal development and self-help book by Napoleon Hill, published in 1937. The book is based on Hill's study of successful people in business and industry, and their common traits and habits. The author asserts that a person's thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes can shape their destiny and ultimate success.

Hill outlines thirteen principles for achieving success, including the importance of having a definite purpose, a burning desire, and the persistence to overcome obstacles. He also emphasizes the importance of mastering the art of positive thinking, surrounding oneself with like-minded individuals, and developing a willingness to take action.

The book has been widely popular and has sold millions of copies, becoming a classic in the personal development genre. It has inspired countless individuals to pursue their dreams and achieve success through self-discipline, positive thinking, and strategic planning.

But is this the bible of self-help or simply a conmans masterpiece?  

Watch Here: Fake Guru or Genius Prophet? - Think and Grow Rich

March 31st 2023

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