Yearly Archives: 2016

[PODCAST] #467: Empath-thon (Session 1, Part 2) – Remember the 90s?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions(-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. INTRODUCTION: A 55-minute commentary on entertainment media, political correctness and identity politics in ...

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[PODCAST] #466: Empath-thon (Session 1, Part 1) – Different Lenses

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions (-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: -Is it really easier to reason with people on the right? ...

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[VIDEO] Thinking, Fast and Slow (A Rationalist Review)

Steve Patterson and Brett Veinotte discuss Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow." We discuss both the helpful insights and the problems in the book along the lines of philosophy, economics, current events and statistical analysis. Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Steve argues that ...

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

[PODCAST] #465: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Three – Don’t Disregard System One)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith Steve Patterson - Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Referencing back to our earlier series, The Principles of Learning ANYTHING, Steve argues that System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two. Steve's Review of Politics In ...

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[BONUS] How To Star Wars – Rogue One and A New Order

(1 HOUR) Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn (sexandsciencehour.com) join me in-studio for a live discussion about Star Wars Rogue One and the broader Star Wars universe. Is there a better order than Machete Order or Episode Order to watch all eight films? How do Brian and I rank all eight films (you might be surprised!!) And why does Stephanie dislike Star Wars? Flashback (2013)

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[AUDIO EXTRA] Anti-Trump College Student Demands A Therapist (Role Play)

[DISCLAIMER: INSENSITIVE AND OFFENSIVE, SATIRE] Dakota is 19 1/2 years old. He majors in iambic pentameter at Keene State College. Since the election, he is literally terrified all the time. In this therapy session, we try to uncover the roots of his fears and discover his life's purpose. We then move on to some serious talk about Jordan Peterson, safe spaces, identity politics, courtesy, responsibility and freedom of speech. From Puke and the Gang episode ...

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University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech

[PODCAST] #464: SPEED AND POLITICS (Interlude – “A Discussion Is Beginning” – The Opportunity At University of Toronto)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's podcast is an expansion of the previous episode. It features an interview with Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew. He is a University of Toronto student, the organizer of the now infamous University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech, and a longtime listener to the School Sucks Podcast. Some footage from The University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech: The "pronouns" debate: My Questions For Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew: - Who you ...

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[PODCAST] #463: SPEED AND POLITICS (Interlude – “Violence Is Lurking” – The Tragedy of Jordan Peterson)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA necessary detour in this series, after my discovery of Jordan Peterson. This presentation is a rant-esque monologue that hopefully becomes more calm and collected as it goes on, interspersed with relevant media clips. Thank you to everyone who sent me this video; it began a very educational week. Peterson's repeated warning that "violence is lurking" is the result of a combination of observations of the current discourse with ...

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[PODCAST] #462: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Two) – The Flaw of Identity

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 462 is split into two parts. Today's discussion uses the book Thinking, Fast and Slow to identify some heuristics and mental shortcuts common in Alt-Right thinking. They include: 1. Confirmation Bias 2. Cognitive Ease 3. What You See Is All There Is 4. Halo Effect 5. Coherent Stories Then some more unstructured commentary (ranting) on immigration, intelligence testing, multiculturalism and identity politics. What This Series Is About: Political ...

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[PODCAST] #461: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part One) – Rules For Radicals

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat is wrong with John Oliver? What's wrong with Donald Trump? What's wrong the anti-Trump anti-reality protestors? What was wrong with me the other day when I suddenly felt impelled to hatch a conspiracy theory about Trump's election being part of a "larger plan" with no evidence? What's wrong with an alarming number of the interactions in School Sucks Facebook group lately? Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking ...

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[PODCAST] #460: Time To Grow Up, Abandon “Anti-Attitudes” and Embrace the Infinite Game

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy guests today are Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling. Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz is the Director of Research. These two help to exemplify what I hope more and more of what SSP will be about in the coming years - discussions about how to actually build institutions and movements in education that become un-ignorable, desirable and perhaps even increasingly irresistible alternatives to the failing ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #459: SCAMWATCH! With Tom Woods

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is a re-post of my recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show. It's always great to have an opportunity to chat with Tom! Our original plan was to discuss SJWs in higher education but we decided to put that off, so instead it's a potpourri of current "scams." From TomWoods.com - Ep. 777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians Brett Veinotte and ...

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[PODCAST] #458: The Enemy of My Enemy Is…My New Enemy – Election Livestream (With Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download"Election livestream?! Conformist." Maybe more like a multi-topic hangout loosely inspired by the fact that an election was taking place in the background. Our goal was to provide some sanity on election night, but unfortunately we would ultimately be overtaken by the complete, unavoidable insanity of the night and morning. Thanks again to Kevin Geary and Gardner Goldsmith for their endurance. DISCUSSION: -Exit polls: strong leaders are the top ...

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[BONUS] PHILOS-A-THON – Part Three – The Eye Behind the Mask

Mattheus von Guttenberg joins me for a casual exploration of the history of philosophy, and of his own development as a thinker. Discussed In Part Three: -Free will continued -Taoism and Hinduism -The work and influence of Alan Watts -Monism vs. Dualism -What's behind Buddhism? -My most valuable take-aways from Eastern Philosophy -The masks we wear? -Can we move from Eastern Metaphysics to Eastern Epistemology? Is there such a thing? CLICK HERE if the player ...

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[PODCAST] #457: Define Self-Esteem (With Wes Bertrand and Dr. Michael Edelstein)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadReviving the Branden/Edelstein Self-Esteem Debate: Wes and I are joined by Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, an outspoken long-time critic of the concept of self-esteem and self-esteem movements in psychology. One of our goals for this conversation is to persuade Dr. Edelstein to revise or perhaps even remove criticisms of Nathaniel Branden's work from his otherwise valid critique of the self-esteem movement. Important Background Links: 1) The Trouble With Self-Esteem, ...

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[BONUS] Multi-Purpose Trump! (With Richard Grove, Kevin Cole and John Massaria)

(AUDIO)The Deep End Episode 16, Recorded October 19th, 2016 -How will the world be saved from these horrors? -Some history of the current Russia conflict -The cursed mainstream media -the contents and significance of the latest Clinton email leaks -Trump's continued usefulness to Clinton -Trump's continued usefulness to Cultural Marxism -Trump's continued usefulness to the Globalist agenda CLICK HERE if player does not appear. Additional Parts: Rich and John discuss getting robbed in Washington DC...but ...

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[PODCAST] #456: Can Technology Save Our Precious Schools? (Brett On Sovryn Tech)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrian Sovryn and I discuss the popular canard - perpetuated by media, TED talkers and the "public schools just need more money" crowd - that new technology can revolutionize education inside public schools. So far, studies don't back this idea. And neither do we. Jump to the 35:00 mark to hear the topic in the title discussed. DISCUSSION: - Public Schools are currently trying to co-opt the thing that ...

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[PODCAST] # 455: The Real Challenges of College Diversity – With Professor John Hasnas

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJohn Hasnas is a professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and a professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He joins me to contrast the lessons of two of his recent articles on two ...

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[BONUS] PHILOS-A-THON – Part Two – Nothing Spooky

Mattheus von Guttenberg joins me for a casual exploration of the history of philosophy, and of his own development as a thinker. Discussed In Part Two: -Deism and substance dualism -embracing libertarianism and letting go of god -the Socratic gauntlet - auditing ideas and beliefs -teleology - the purpose -Materialism -Sorites Paradox -determinism, free will and compatibilism If the player does not appear CLICK HERE.

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School Versus Education?

WOODS: Your podcast – what category is it in in iTunes? Do they have an education category? VEINOTTE: Oh, yeah. There’s actually quite a bit of competition in the education category, because anything that’s like foreign-language instruction or how-to, gets thrown into the education category. I will say, though, that we are the only show that is consistently hitting on schooling versus education and looking at school issues, and not so much delving into all ...

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[PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadZak Slayback is an entrepreneur who writes, speaks and takes action on issues of education, innovation, and philosophy. He is an Ivy League dropout and a founding team member of Praxis - an organization that creates apprenticeships for college-age people that lead directly to full-time jobs. Learn more about Zak at ZakSlayback.com. Learn more about Praxis at DiscoverPraxis.com. Zack's Book: Discussion: -apprenticeships -What's the difference between school and education? ...

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