Sam Marfleet: Stories, Study Guides, The Hero with a Thousand Faces


Dec 21 2020 • 1 hr 19 mins

In this episode, we talk with Sam Marfleet, who is a writer, a marketer, and currently writing a study guide to The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. He discovered Roam in early 2020, Which had answers to a question he's had in a very long time: How can he remember all of these stacks of notebooks that he's had written and forgotten?

As someone fascinated with storytelling, writing, and symbolism, Sam had embarked on this study guide to explore the meaning of a story. So in this episode, we talked about:

  • How Sam discovered Roam Research and the impact it had on him
  • The Hero of a Thousand Faces: why story is an interesting concept
  • The relationship between books and the public intellectual space, and why we like to measure the number of books read
  • Exploring the study guide as a format: how Sam's study guide helps you understand the material better
  • Joseph Campbell's works on mythologies, the stories that we tell, and the psychological challenges that are manifested as symbolic characters
  • Diving into the empirical truth of stories (aka. metaphysical): what does it mean for a story to be true? What does it mean to have a story influence every aspect of our lives, ethics, society, and more?
  • The Public Mythology Graph: what a graph about humanity's stories should look like, who should be involved, and more.



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