Hunter Maats & Katie O Brien: Hacking Your Intelligence

Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, Authors of The Straight-A Conspiracy

Some would argue that we are entering an age of the universal man, where intelligence is limitless and awareness is everything. Which makes it a good time to talk with Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, the authors of The Straight-A Conspiracy. This is an intensely informative and inspiring episode from these two educational visionaries. You’ll learn about how your IQ isn’t a fixed number, what’s wrong with the “feeling of stupid,” and three ways to cheat your intellectual growth.

Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien were classmates at Harvard College. Since graduating, they have worked with thousands of students as tutors, teachers, and public speakers on a mission to put students back in control of their education. From writing essays, mastering any math concept, and acing your most difficult final exam, The Straight-A Conspiracy takes you through the simple, stress-free ways to conquer any class in school.

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Click here to download the mp3 of Podcast #71 with Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien

What You’ll Hear

  •   0:51 – Welcome to Hunter and Katie
  •   2:10 – How Hunter knows Watson and Crick
  •   3:40 – Male cheerleading at Harvard and People Magazine’s “Hot Bachelor”
  •   6:00 – Being a millionaire in your 20s
  •   7:00 – The Straight-A Conspiracy
  •   9:30 – Major findings about neuroplasticity
  • 10:50 – Fixed intelligence
  • 13:40 – Dave and IQ points
  • 16:00 – How to measure IQ
  • 18:00 – Your IQ and fear
  • 21:00 – 40 Years of Zen (learning through feedback)
  • 22:00 – Inner Balance and HRV Sense
  • 24:00 – Self-talk and the “feeling of stupid”
  • 25:00 – The relation of shame and procrastination
  • 28:30 – The “try hard” myth
  • 33:00 – The “willpower” experience
  • 36:50 – 10,000 hour rule
  • 39:50 – How to cheat your brain into being more intelligent
  • 42:30 – Increasing your IQ with diet and exercise
  • 45:00 – Coffee as a smart drug
  • 48:00 – Dave’s show-and-tell surprise
  • 50:00 – Hunter and Katie’s top 3 recommendations to be more Bulletproof!


The Straight-A Conspiracy

The Straight-A Conspiracy Facebook

Twitter – @Str8AConspiracy

Twitter – @huntermaats

Twitter – @thisiskatieo

The Science Behind the Straight-A Conspiracy (Free PDF)


HeartMath Inner Balance™ Sensor

HRV Sense App

Brain Octane™ Oil


Watson and Crick

Carol Dweck

The Flynn Effect

Alfred Binet

Transcranial direct-current stimulation (TDCS)

Binaural beats

Boys Adrift (book)

Spark (book)

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