Tag Archives: objectivism

[PODCAST] #495: Dr. Stephen Hicks – Postmodernism As A Political Project?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part Two) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Dr. Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and the Executive Director of The Center For Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He joins me today to discuss the consequences of postmodernism as a political/education project. Discussed: - Words as weapons - Do the postmodernists of the mid-20th century set out to undermine the enlightenment? - The philosophical movement has a long philosophical lineage dating back to Rousseau and the German idealists, it comes to prominence in the 1960s - What's confusing for the novice here - These people looked back the enlightenment, reason as a starting point instead of faith and ...

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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, by Michael R. Edelstein - http://genteman.org/edelstein.html 2) What Self-Esteem Is and Is Not, by Nathaniel Branden - http://www.nathanielbranden.com/what-self-esteem-is-and-is-not An interesting exchange from a Q&A at the Capitalism and Morality Conference - https://youtu.be/pMHFGfVnZQ0?t=45m10s 3) The Edelstein/Branden Email Exchange 2000-2001 - http://genteman.org/self.esteem.html 4) Q&A From Michael Edelstein's ...

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[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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[PODCAST] #320: Stoicism (2 of 4 – Turning Adversity Into Advantage), With Bill Buppert

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPHILOSOPHY - Bill Buppert of zerogov.com is back to continue our discussion of the philosophy of Stoicism. Covered: -Bill's objections to Objectivism -The 10 Themes of Stoicism Bill's Reading List: My top three for the novice are: -A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy -A Man in Full -The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations) To get better acquainted with the philosophy: The Obstacle Is The Way: Tim Ferriss Audio Edition Here is the most comprehensive list I could find that I agree with all the choices: Stoicsm Books This is a terrific resource and dirt cheap on Amazon:The Stoic and Epicurean Philosophers: The Complete Extant Writings ...

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Podcast #310b: Thaddeus Russell Q&A (Part 2) – The Politics of Self-Interest

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 10 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is a live discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Thaddeus addresses questions and objections from the audience regarding our previous shows. Carlos Morales (http://www.truthovercomfort.net/) and Wes Bertrand (http://www.completeliberty.com/) are the co-hosts. Discussed Today: Most of the discussion in the second half of the Q&A is built off Ali's question: "My opinion is that stealing is always bad practice because of the golden rule of property rights (or the NAP) regardless of how big the group is you’re stealing from, how many handouts they receive from the state, or whether you get caught doing it. ...

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Podcast #310a: Thaddeus Russell Q&A (Part 1): Why Libertarians Should Absolutely Be Relativists

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 9 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is a live discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Thaddeus addresses questions and objections from the audience regarding our previous shows. Carlos Morales (http://www.truthovercomfort.net/) and Wes Bertrand (http://www.completeliberty.com/) are the co-hosts. Discussed Today: Our entire discussion in this first half of the Q&A is built off Harold's question - "Do you agree with the correspondence theory, which states an idea is true if it corresponds with reality?" -What is truth? -Is it knowable? -Objectivism vs. Relativism Video: Bumper Music: "Express Yourself (Instrumental)" NWA "Big World" moe. Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Previous ...

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Full Video: A Contentious Q&A With Thaddeus Russell (Parts 1 and 2)

Part One: Is there such as thing as truth? Objectivism vs. Relativism debate. Part Two: the non-aggression principle and the politics of self interest. The objectivism vs. relativism debate also resurfaces. A brief discussion of parenting and Thad's thoughts on Stefan Molyneux For School Sucks Podcast Episode 310 See all discussions with Thaddeus here: http://schoolsucksproject.com/tag/thaddeus-russell/ Co-hosts: Carlos Morales (http://www.truthovercomfort.net/) and Wes Bertrand (http://www.completeliberty.com/) Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus ...

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Podcast #300: Dropping Out and Nihilism (With Nick Hazelton)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA conversation with Nick Hazelton of Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast. Nick is a 15-year-old from Oregon who aims to drop out of high school and pursue yak herding. Discussion: Click here for Brett's full show notes -Nick's own sustainable farm -thinking about dropping out of high school -dissuasion -understand your reasons for wanting to drop out. -consider online schools and home schooling -research the legal requirements for you to drop out -talking to parents -starting podcasting -project based learning -Critical thinking taught in schools -Skepticism -drawing a line with belief -Logical Fallacies -Conspiracy Theory : MacDonald's is poisoning its customers -Building a philosophy -Politics (where nihilism gets pretty dangerous) -There are no contradictions in nature -cause ...

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Podcast #299 (Supplemental): Remember To Be Kind To Yourself…Seriously

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrett, Wes Bertrand and Carlos Morales all in the studio together for the first time ever. For a recent episode of Truth Over Comfort Podcast, Carlos invited us to discuss hedonism and libertinism, but the conversation become so much more. Edited by Brett Some Highlights Hedonism Balancing Pleasure and Responsibility Libertarianism and rebellion Stoicism and Epicureanism Rand's unrealistic heroes Meditation Getting Things Done self-destructive behaviors as the result of self-shaming Expressing concern empathetically Making the 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem explicit Hearing the word "should" when it isn't there Keeping people at arms length Spheres of personal influence and control Bumper Music: Andy Grammer - Back Home Look Closer: Wes Bertrands Site: Complete Liberty - ...

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Podcast #297: Behold A Dictator (1 of 2) – The Brains Trust, With Thaddeus Russell

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 7 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is a live discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Antigone Darling of Sex, Lies & Anarchy co-hosts. Discussed Today: -Objectivism vs. Relativism -The organic connection between Nazi Germany and New Deal America -What is Thad's problem with science? -How church and state destroy community -Corporatism parallels between the US, Italy and Germany -Was the New Deal Fascist? -The Brains Trust (FDR) -American eugenics Bumper Music: "Paparazzi (Instrumental)" Xzibit "Onward Christian Soldiers" Traditional Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site - www.thaddeusrussell.com Sex, Lies & Anarchy - http://sexliesanarchy.com/ Previous School Sucks Show With Thaddeus Russell - http://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/a-renegade-history-course-with-thaddeus-russell/ ...

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School Sucks Live Marathon Show – Full Unedited Video

Recorded May 2nd, 2014 (6 Parts) Ustream audio isn't perfect, MP3s will be available soon Hours 1 and 5/6 will be podcasts Mini-thon Hour 1 - Informal University Mini-thon Hour 2 - Who the F**k Are the Free Keeners? Mini-thon Hour 3 - The Truth About Rocky / Clown College Mini-thon Hour 4 - Objectivist Girl Mini-thon Hours 5/6 - All About Chickens School Sucks is also happy to accept Bitcoin donations at the following address: 1KhwY836cfSGCK5aaGFv8Q7PHMgghFJn1U

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Podcast #282: Self-Esteem In the Schools (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 8)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today we continue to move through the second part of the book. "Regardless of what we think we are teaching, we teach what we are." Discussed: -Branden: "For many children, school represents a second chance." says a lot about the home -There are so many great and caring teachers I had my first when I was in college -We are repeated sold this idea of the power of a good teacher and we chase it -the destructive leverage of the power-over system) -the impact of even one bad teacher can "extinguish the fire" -teachers' embrace of self esteem ...

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Podcast #276: Nurturing A Child’s Self-Esteem (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 7)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today we move into the second part of the book. "Regardless of what we think we are teaching, we teach what we are." Discussed: -everything going on inside me is weird and alien to the rest of the world -we have this natural desire to be seen, heard, understood -what would happen if we extended the courtesy we have for adults to children -Understanding the need or the fear behind scolding? -When we convey love, appreciation, acceptance, respect and empathy we make the child visible -When we convey Indifference, ridicule, condemnation and scorn drive child into "lonely underground ...

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Podcast #273: The Practice of Living With Integrity (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 6)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the sixth pillar, the Practice of Living With Integrity. Do your ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs and behavior line up? Do most people know what their ideals, convictions, standards and beliefs are? The root of self-esteem is not in accomplishment or output, but in our practices. However in school, we are only our output. WORDS AND BEHAVIORS MATCH “Integrity is the integration of ideals, convictions, standards, beliefs—and behavior. When our behavior is congruent with our professed values, when ideals and practice match, we have integrity. If they don't, we lose face in ...

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Podcast #271: The Practice of Living Purposefully (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 5)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast (presenceandproductivity): Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fifth pillar, the Practice of Living Purposefully. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: ...

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Podcast #268: The Practice of Self-Assertiveness (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 4)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the fourth pillar, the Practice of Self-Assertiveness. LIVING CONSCIOUSLY and asking in every applicable situation: Am I being authentic or not? Assertion of consciousness, see, think, be aware, outward and inward -ask questions -challenge authority -think for oneself SELF-ASSERTIVENESS isn't tested by what we are against, but by what we are for COMMITMENT: to my right to exist CONVICTION: my ideas and wants are important CONCLUSION: no one is coming, we are all responsible for our own existences all relate to COURAGE: When we were young: we were taught that what ...

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Podcast #262: The Practice of Self-Acceptance (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I continue our series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes a discussion based on the second pillar, the Practice of Self-Acceptance. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, ...

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Podcast #260: The Practice of Living Consciously (The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Part 1)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWes Bertrand and I begin a series based on Nathaniel Branden's book, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Today's show includes an introductory discussion and also covers the Practice of Living Consciously. THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM 1. The Practice of Living Consciously 2. The Practice of Self-Acceptance 3. The Practice of Self-Responsibility 4. The Practice of Self-Assertiveness 5. The Practice of Living Purposefully 6. The Practice of Personal Integrity Questions to answer in this series: what is self-esteem? why is it important? what can we do to raise self-esteem? what role do others play in our self-esteem? The steps we'll try to follow for each pillar: -identify and define -what are the obstacles -personal stories, ...

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206: Learning Styles and Strategies – Control and Flexibility

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Building on the previous conversation about learning theories, I cover the basics of learning styles and strategies, motivation, cognition, habits and environment. Also: -Self-Regulated Learning -The Index of Learning Styles Bumper Music: "Freedom" Wham Look Closer: Learning Styles: Appealing But Misleading - http://www.globalcognition.org/head-smart/learning-styles-appealing-misleading/ Paul Pintrich: Framework for self-regulated learning - http://www.globalcognition.org/head-smart/learning-about-learning-take-charge/ Overview of Learning Styles - http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/ Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles - http://www.mindtools.com/mnemlsty.html The Nature of Educational Systems and Their Psychological Effects on the Learner, by Wes Bertrand, 2000 - http://logicallearning.net/learnerdrivened.html Self-regulated Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulated_learning Harold Pashler's Work - http://laplab.ucsd.edu/publications Investazor One Hundred Ways to Motivate Yourself - http://books.google.com/books/about/One_Hundred_Ways_to_Motivate_Yourself.html?id=RFBsSKn_rNUC

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205: Dominant Learning Theories vs. Personal Liberty

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan we find a model for knowledge acquisition that respects the individual by combining aspects of the dominant learning theories, instead of discarding them entirely? Topics: 1. John, the Admin of the Libertarian Teachers Group at schoolsucksproject.com, posted an interesting piece in the forum called Learning Theories and their Subsequent Pedagogy – Which one is most Libertarian? 2. Osborne and I discuss this post on our 3-21-13 live show, and I read a paper I wrote in 2002 called "My Philosophy of Education", written for an Intro to Education class. 3. I provide more detail of the newest of the learning theories: connectivism 4. I try to answer the question, Which learning theory is ...

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187: Logic Saves Lives Part 9 – Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan

Podcast: Play in new window | Download...vs. Reason, Manners, Composure, Meaningful Communication and Philosophy Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Tony Myers (TragedyAndHope.com) and I discuss what is troubling us about Alex Jones, Piers Morgan, and the current gun control debate. Look Closer: Starsuckers(Documentary) Complete Liberty Podcast Logical Fallacies Handlist Cognitive Distortions Ayn Rand Lexicon How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress Argumentum Ad Populum Argumentum Ad Hominem Straw Man Fallacy The Existential Fallacy

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Full Video – 167: Logic Saves Lives Part 5 – The Stolen Concept

Picture: Immanuel Kant and his shadow Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) joins me to discuss what he calls the fallacy to rule them all - the stolen concept. "When modern philosophers declare that axioms are a matter of arbitrary choice, and proceed to choose complex, derivative concepts as the alleged axioms of their alleged reasoning, one can observe that their statements imply and depend on “existence,” “consciousness,” “identity,” which they profess to negate, but which are smuggled into their arguments in the form of unacknowledged, “stolen” concepts." -Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (p59–60) Look ...

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167: Logic Saves Lives Part 5 – The Stolen Concept

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Immanuel Kant and his shadow Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) joins me to discuss what he calls the fallacy to rule them all - the stolen concept. "When modern philosophers declare that axioms are a matter of arbitrary choice, and proceed to choose complex, derivative concepts as the alleged axioms of their alleged reasoning, one can observe that their statements imply and depend on “existence,” “consciousness,” “identity,” which they profess to negate, but which are smuggled into their arguments in the form of unacknowledged, “stolen” concepts." -Ayn Rand, ...

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143: Logic Saves Lives Part 1 – Foundation, Attitudes and Values

Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadb>"Logic is man’s method of reaching conclusions objectively by deriving them without contradiction from the facts of reality—ultimately, from the evidence provided by man’s senses. If men reject logic, then the tie between their mental processes and reality is severed; all cognitive standards are repudiated, and anything goes; any contradiction, on any subject, may be endorsed (and simultaneously rejected) by anyone, as and when he feels like it." -Any Rand “Nazism and Subjectivism,” The Objectivist, Feb. 1971 Topic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss the foundational concepts in the science of logic. We use the work of Leonard Peikoff (Objectivism: The Philosphy of Ayn Rand and An Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) as our guide. ...

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