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[PODCAST] #515: The Echo Chamber Wall Just Got 20 Feet Higher (With Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNathan Fraser and Drew Sample join me to revisit a past topic - how the internet is connecting and dividing us - since new problems and opportunities are presenting themselves on a weekly basis. We focus a large portion of our discussion of the echo chamber effect that exacerbates division in society. How susceptible are we? And what can we do to avoid this problem? But first...both Drew and Nathan are making long trips to A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in LA this November. We'll discuss why they decided to go and what they hope to get out of the event. Drew's Podcast: The Sample Hour Nathan's Company: Podcast Blastoff The Nathan Fraser Show ...

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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 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, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. ...

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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 quickly 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, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental ...

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