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Latest Productions

August, 2016

  • 17 August

    [BONUS] The Deep End #012: Managing Perceptions in Chaotic Environments

    (AUDIO, 107 MINUTES) With Richard Grove, Darrell Becker, Brett Veinotte, Kevin Cole and Dylan LeFebvre. Days after the Orlando nightclub shooting, we meet in the T&H studio to discuss how and why certain media and political narratives emerge about transformative events. Darrell introduces the concept of perception management. The topics vary across the spectrum - ranging from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the second amendment - juxtaposing current events with the relevant history. We also discuss why we're all optimistic despite a preponderance of troubling developments. The full video version is available to Tragedy and Hope supporters. https://tragedyandhope.com/ If the player doesn't appear, CLICK HERE.

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  • 13 August

    [PODCAST] #446: Sex-Ed (Part 1) – Back To Biology Class?

    Throughout 2016, our friend Julia Tourianski has been immersed in brain scans, controlled studies, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. She recently produced a video called 50 REAL Differences Between Men & Women where she discusses her findings. For months we have talked about connecting this topic to the challenges students face in government school, including supposed achievement gaps, zero tolerance, at-risk students, socialization, higher education opportunities and absurd pseudo-scientific majors like Gender Studies. -discussion of Julia's Purposes -my purposes, School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys -Sex vs Gender distinction -discussion of Julia's methods and sources -impressions of Cordelia Fine and our SSP discussion on gender roles from 2010 -Behavior is never either nature or nurture. It is always a very ...

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  • 11 August

    [BONUS] Self-Esteem Is A Scam? – Wes and Brett Respond

    (AUDIO, 97 MINUTES) Wes and I respond to an episode of the Tom Woods Show called "Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like A Bug." The episode features Dr. Michael Edelstein, a clinical psychologist and proponent of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy who has been a critic of the "self-esteem movement" for decades. Edelstein also believes that Branden's work contains serious problems because, in Edelstein's view, it encourages people to engage in self-rating. In this discussion we use: -Edelstein's website -audio from Tom Woods Ep. 543 Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like a Bug -transcripts from Tom Woods Ep. 543 Crushing the Self-Esteem Scam Like a Bug -an email exchange between Branden and Edelstein from 2001 RECOMMENDED: Check this out first. If the player doesn't ...

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  • 5 August

    [PODCAST] #445: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 4) Reparenting and Self-Integration

    Wes Bertrand and I discuss facets of healing trauma and activating 7th pillar true-self motivation. This is the fourth part in our rebooted series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: The 1989 film Parenthood is a humorous but touching look across three generations of a family system. The film's protagonist (Gil, played by Steven Martin), despite not having the reparenting/self-integration vocabulary, is determined to learn ...

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  • 4 August

    [BONUS] Neuroscience, Political Conventions, Psychedelics, etc… (Pre-Show For Podcast #445)

    (AUDIO, 45 MINUTES) After a brief discussion of New Hampshire mountain trivia, Wes Bertrand and I discuss the neuroscience work of Dr. Dan Siegel, both political conventions, Milo Yiannoplos, Stefan Molyneux's strange video Donald Trump's RNC Speech for Democrats, the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Adam Kokesh, psychedelics and a book called Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past. If player does not appear, click HERE.

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July, 2016

  • 29 July

    [PODCAST] #444: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem (Part 3) Obstacles to Motivation – Domination Systems and the Kluge Brain

    Wes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: Domination systems scale up. From the home... to the schools... to the military and the police... to the state. DISCUSSION: - The main hurdles: (in embracing and working towards a better concept of self) - Systems of domination (abusive and neglectful parenting, schooling, religion, and government), which sacrifice needs and induce trauma ...

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  • 26 July

    [BONUS] The Tesla Problem

    (AUDIO, 3 Hours In Two Parts) Many libertarians seem to be in love with Telsa Motors and Elon Musk. But is it actually more of an impulsive lust based on a lack of information? Did that sound like a leading question? Andrew Mercer (Puke and the Gang) and Brian Sovryn (Sovryn Tech) join me in the School Sucks studio for a marathon discussion that will transform you into an expert on automotive tech, Tesla and the politics of the American automobile industry. Part One: Click here if player doesn't appear Part Two: Click here if player doesn't appear Look Closer: Tesla Model X Windshield May Cause Drivers To Experience Double Vision (Update) Tesla Refutes Claims Of Model S Autonomously Crashing ...

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  • 22 July

    [PODCAST] #443: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 2) How Self-Knowledge Fosters Self-Education and Individualism

    Wes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: Collectivism pulls us away from pursuits of self-knowledge, self-assertiveness and self-actualization, away from becoming who we are. The easiest forms of collectivism to carelessly embrace are tribalism and racism. Pseudo-self-esteem is often the result of such embrace. This montage is a 2016 update on Rand's thoughts on racism, Branden's 1971 warnings about ...

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  • 19 July

    [PODCAST] #442: Never Justice, Never Peace – Higher Education’s Social Justice Infection

    This is my conversation with Adam Allpow of the Voluntary Institute on how the Social Justice movement is further damaging higher education, in terms of culture, freedom and actual learning. I think it's important to stress the importance of treating people as individuals, but in order address a problem we have to recognize some patterns. Monologue: Why did I pick such a shitty title? Discussion: - Unique communication and generational challenges Millennials face - the back-story of SJWs? the theories of Paul Joseph Watson and Stefan Molyneux - The new highest values being taught: equality, diversity and inclusion - confusion about structural racism, scientific racism and racial liberalism - racial liberalism in higher ed - paternalist, white-supremacist, inperialist - Building ...

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  • 15 July

    [PODCAST] #441: The Seventh Pillar of Self-Esteem – (Part 1) The Best Year Ever

    Wes Bertrand and I reboot our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. This extension to the original series focuses on Branden's concluding chapter and what he calls the "seventh pillar." We will be reviewing each of the six pillars; the previous discussions focused on the what and the why of those practices, and this time we turn our attention to the how. INTRO MONTAGE: In these conversations, we will integrate some of the lessons from our 2015 series on trauma and Internal Family Systems (Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience) with Branden's concept of the disowned self. The 2014 film Birdman provides a fine example. DISCUSSION: - Turning the Six Pillars into habit - An explanation of ...

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