Why You Should Seriously Listen to Joe Rogan

Alec Zaffiro
4 min readJan 17, 2019
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If you know Joe Rogan as “obnoxious comedian” or “the Fear Factor guy,” then you might’ve scratched your head at the title.

The Joe Rogan Experience is arguably the greatest audio series on the planet. Despite a career in stand-up comedy, Joe’s show is mainly insightful, thought-provoking, and chock-full of discourse regarding human behavior, pop culture, and relevant socioeconomic affairs. Guests of the show range from rugged fighters and beaming comics to renowned scientists and serious intellectuals—the whole nine yards.

Although I’m not pursuing a career in show business, I’ve learned powerful lessons from JR: how to communicate, how to think, and, most of all, how to be a man in this strange, fucked up world we currently live in.

You need more diverse, in-depth communication.

One thing that strikes me about Joe Rogan is his ability to communicate, articulate, and connect with total strangers over long periods of time—his podcasts are done in person and usually last at least two hours long. It’s been three years since I started listening and there hasn’t been a single moment of intermission, or disconnect, during the show… not once.

Not only does Joe “hold his own” in every conversation, he seems to tap into a bona fide mode of unconstrained, sincere dialogue with each and every guest. Regardless of profession, ethnicity, gender, whatever, I’ve never listened to an episode that did not cross a place of meaning in conversation.

This style of thorough, multidisciplinary discussion beautifully contrasts today’s abbreviated, tribal culture.

We live in a world where any belief can be reinforced and maintained in a matter of seconds. The Internet is a mirror; there’s a tendency to filter our associations through it in search of similarities and patterns that uphold what we already think and believe. Although common, it’s not conducive…

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Alec Zaffiro

I write to think and organize my ideas. I like psychology, philosophy, and self-improvement—em dashes are my specialty. Not an expert.*