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December, 2016

  • 31 December

    [BONUS] Life Extension, Fitness and Diet (with Brian Sovryn)

    (AUDIO, 57 MINUTES) This is the aftershow from my appearance on Sovryn Tech back in the fall. Brian called this conversation "Who Wants To Live Forever?" Disclaimer: we are not making any claims that exercising and eating well will lead to you living forever. Brian asks me some questions about my diet and my "Dogg Crapp" training routine.

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  • 31 December

    [BONUS] Stephanie Responds To Milo and Gavin McInnes

    (AUDIO & VIDEO, 37 MINUTES) At the end of Empath-Thon Session One (recorded 12/9/16) we watched some popular videos of some prominent anti-feminists. Stephanie critiques their presentations.

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  • 29 December

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

    Brian 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 the 1990s. This segment does not reflect the opinions of the guests. DISCUSSION: The liberal vs. conservative mind - PC/anti-PC seeds planted in the 1990s - the Satanic panic - the psychological benefits of identity associations - the threat of changing culture - "privilege" and intersectionality - the state holds civilization ...

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  • 24 December

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

    Brian 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? - A brief gender pronouns derailment - Is PC really a threat? - "virtue signaling at the point of a gun" - social psychology and tribalism - the hammer of the law - approaches to activism - the impact of US foreign policy - Jonathan Haidt's liberal/conservative categories Look Closer: Sex ...

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  • 23 December

    [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 System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two. Discussed: -Philosophical problems: are people completely irrational? -"The Hot Hand" - the zone is more than just luck -Practice vs. luck: we can transfer slow and careful system two thinking into efficient system one functioning ...

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  • 20 December

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

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    With 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 2016 -Positive trends including Milo Yiannopolis? -Academia's culpability in Trump's election -Why many in the right-leaning media are more rational -Is it over for the Mainstream Media? -The groundwork for soft fascism -Nationalism and tribalism Thinking Fast and Slow -Steve's book review -Philosophical problems: are people completely irrational? -"The Hot Hand" ...

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  • 18 December

    [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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  • 15 December

    [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 266

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  • 13 December

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

    University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech

    Today'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 are and what you're studying at U of T? - what has the campus climate been like for the last 2 months, how pervasive through U of T is this conflict we're all watching online? - How have you tried to connect with Social Justice activists? What has the dialog or ...

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  • 8 December

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

    A 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 four decades of experience studying and teaching about fascism and Marxism. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, ...

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