Podcasts

[PODCAST] #338: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 3) – Disciplined Minds

Part three in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Introduction: Some selections from The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto Discussion: Darrell and I discuss Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives. See Brett's notes here. Background: "My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #337: History According to Schools, Media and Hollywood

This is my recent appearance on the Greening Out Podcast. From GreeningOutPodcast.co.uk: "Caity and Dan welcome Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Project to the show.We have a fun and interesting chat about historical research, the great man theory and how history is taught in schools.We go on to talk about historical inaccuracies in movies and what future historians may make of us."

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[PODCAST] #336: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 2) – Are We Even Having A Discussion?

This show continues a series that will examine the concept of scientific consensus and contrast it with voices of the dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. Today we ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Monologue: -Brett discusses how little he knows about the vaccine debate for 30 minutes Discussion: What is the Political Debate Contract? And how does it relate to this flowchart?

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[PODCAST] #335: Stoicism and Empathy (Brett on Sex, Lies and Anarchy)

Antigone, Nick and I discuss my conversations with Bill Buppert. Antigone expresses some concerns about Stoicism, while Nick defends and further explains the philosophy. This podcast includes tangents into empathy, slavery, Consequentialism and dystopian future scenarios. Bill Buppert's Stoicism Reading List: -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 of Epicurus, ...

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[PODCAST] #334: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 1) – Introduction and Definitions

This show begins a series that will examine the concept of scientific consensus and contrast it with voices of the dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Introduction: -Clarification of goals and definitions -A healthy distrust of Academia -Understand how science can be politicized, both ways -Frustration with skeptics Discussion: -People are all coming to eventually form various conclusions based on personal and secondary/tertiary supportive evidence (including appeals to various authorities). Some folks seem to consider that there are verified opinions formed amongst a scientific majority (often erroneously called the "scientific consensus"). ...

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[PODCAST] #333: Stop Procrastinating NOW! (or soon) – Part 4 – 11 Practical Steps To Productivity

The concluding episode in a short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination. INTRODUCTION: -A brief review of the series -Four Simple Reasons for Procrastination (Difficulty, Time-consuming, Lack of knowledge or skills, Fears) -Four More Complex Reasons for Procrastination (Perfectionism, Anger/Hostility, Low Frustration Tolerance, Self-Downing) 11 PRACTICAL STEPS TO PRODUCTIVITY: 1. Know What you Want/Identify 2. Belief/Attitude 3. Make a Plan 4. Decision 5. Determination 6. Do the Work/Commit 7. Practice Resilience 8. Have Reminders 9. Start Small 10. Practice Patience 11. Recharge COMMON IMPEDIMENTS & RATIONALIZATIONS (from Cal Poly Academic Skills Center (ASC): Procrastination) Mañana - "I'll do it tomorrow." Contingent mañana - "I'll do it tomorrow, if ..." Grasshopperism - "I need to have ...

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[PODCAST] #332: Stop Procrastinating NOW! (or soon) – Part 3 – The Six Types of Procrastination

A short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination. INTRODUCTION: A-B-C-D-E Examples REVIEW: -The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (The Practices of Living Consciously, Self-Acceptance, Self-Responsibility, Self-Assertiveness, Living Purposefully and Personal Integrity) -The GTD Flow (Collect, Process, Organize, Review, Do) -REBT THE SIX TYPES OF PROCRASTINATORS: Style #1: Perfectionist. Reluctant to start or finish a task because they don't want anything less than perfect. Personality Type: Critical Thinking Style: All or nothing Speaking Style: I should... I have to... Acting Style Flawless Psychological Need For: Control Style #2: Dreamer. They don't like details. This makes ideas difficult to implement. Personality Type: Fanciful Thinking Style: Vague Speaking Style: I wish... Acting Style: Passive Psychological need for: Being special ...

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[PODCAST] #331: Stop Procrastinating NOW! (or soon) – Part 2 – Techniques For Less Worry and More Action

A short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination. INTRODUCTION: -Worrying is at the root of most procrastination We CAN transform worry into rational action RATIONAL EMOTIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY includes: 1. Thinking Techniques 2. Emotional Techniques 3. Behavioral Techniques THINKING TECHNIQUES -It's the practice of living consciously -THE ABC TOOL: + D and E -(D) Dispute: Scientific Method – find proof, active process, thinking can just run on unevaluated -(E) Effective new philosophy: thought through some repetition -Modeling or Mentoring -My time at Tragedy and Hope -Looking into people, not up to them -Teaching -Semantic precision -GTD, do actions, not projects EMOTIONAL TECHNIQUES -It's the practice of self-acceptance -Rational-emotive imagery: (the stoic action of negative visualization) ...

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[PODCAST] #330: Stop Procrastinating NOW! (or soon) – Part 1 – The ABCs of Worrying

A short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination. INTRODUCTION: -Worrying is at the root of most procrastination -Brett's podcast performance anxiety -Can we transform worry into rational action? RATIONAL EMOTIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY: -Albert Ellis and the origins of REBT -an answer to Behaviorism -replacing self-defeating thoughts with positive and actionable ones -meditation lessons -REBT and Stoicism -REBT criticisms -psychological issues have 3 components: biological, behavioral, psychodynamic THE THREE TYPES OF WORRY: -conditions (distant) -discomfort (interpersonal) -ego (self) THE ABC TOOL: -Activating Event/Agitation/Adversity -Beliefs 1) list the irrational Beliefs (list the beliefs that led to your reaction/behavior) 2) list replacement rational Beliefs (are measurable, objective, rooted in reality) -Consequences (of A) your self defeating behaviors that ...

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[PODCAST] #329: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – A History of Hollywood Self-Censorship

Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc... Discussed:A chronology of film and television self-censorship with many tangents 1. WHY THIS TOPIC? -censorship of the film, The Interview by Sony Pictures entertainment -What's unique about this situation? What isn't? -It is unlikely that North Korea is behind the hack: -Whether it's a legit cyber attack, an inside job by Sony or a government false flag the response from Washington is predictable 2. HISTORY - ESCALATION OF CENSORSHIP -Censorship increasing and decreasing were both gradual processes -first film censorship laws -movies were considered evil, similar to all new mediums at first -The First Amendment and "Community Standards" ...

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[PODCAST] #328: Stoicism Follow-Up Q&A With Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert of zerogov.com returns for some listener Q&A on Stoicism and a few other subjects. Discussed/Answered: - Stoicism and home education - Generating interest in philosophy - Material simplicity - A Stoic approach to personal finances and minimizing debt burdens - De-FOOing, Freedomain Radio call-ins, family and psychotherapy - Stoicism in marriages and family relationships, producing more win-win situations - The Anarchist/Abolitionist Gender Gap Bumper Music: "Wind of Change" - Scorpions "Lessons" - Rush Look Closer: Bill Buppert's Site - http://zerogov.com/ Stoicism 101: A quick guide to the philosophy - http://hackthesystem.com/blog/stoicism-101-a-quick-guide-to-the-philosophy/ Stoicsm Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism Why Aren’t More Women Libertarians? - http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/why-arent-more-women-libertarians Mentioned: Battle of the Teutoburg Forest - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Teutoburg_Forest Mentioned: How Dramatically Did Women’s Suffrage Change the Size ...

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[PODCAST] #327: Stoicism (4 of 4 – Seven Leadership Choices), With Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert of zerogov.com is back to conclude our discussion of the philosophy of Stoicism. Covered: 1. Deciding what kind of person you want to be 2. The choice between a quest for status and the search for achievement 3. The vital need to resist the corrosive influence of bureaucratization on the Stoic spirit 4. Avoiding "neutrality" in a moral crisis 5. Deciding how to make the best of adversity 6. Recognizing the price we may have to pay when we choose an act out of conscience or principle 7. Understanding the nature of courage as a conscious choice to submit oneself to the spirit of endurance "What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. ...

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[PODCAST] #326b: Logic Saves Lives Part 13 – Five Stupid Things About Libertarianism (2 of 2)

(Continued) Today we look at a video from self-proclaimed liberal atheist Steve Shives. Targeting libertarianism, this video is part of his "5 Stupid Things About..." collection. Many of you might enjoy some of his work, so please check out his website, stevelikestocurse.com. SERIES BACKGROUND: We are now rebooting the series for the purposes of review and expansion. Tony Myers will be the permanent co-host for these episodes. See Tony's past School Sucks contributions here, and please have a look at Tony's comprehensive notes on the science of logic here. 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 Discussion With Tony Myers: -Applying the Trivium ...

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[PODCAST] #326a: Logic Saves Lives Part 13 – Five Stupid Things About Libertarianism (1 of 2)

Today we look at a video from self-proclaimed liberal atheist Steve Shives. Targeting libertarianism, this video is part of his "5 Stupid Things About..." collection. Many of you might enjoy some of his work, so please check out his website, stevelikestocurse.com. SERIES BACKGROUND: We are now rebooting the series for the purposes of review and expansion. Tony Myers will be the permanent co-host for these episodes. See Tony's past School Sucks contributions here, and please have a look at Tony's comprehensive notes on the science of logic here. 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 Discussion With Tony Myers: -Applying the Trivium -The ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #325: A Deliberate Dumbing Down? – Brett On The Ripple Effect

(Highlights, 30 minutes) - Episode 56 with Brett Veinotte creator of The School Sucks Project which discuses home-education, self-education, critical thinking, peaceful parenting, personal growth, nonviolent communication & non-aggression. Clip 1: Was America deliberately dumbed down? Clip 2: College choices Look Closer: Visit the Ripple Effect - http://rvtheory6.podomatic.com/ Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt - http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/

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[PODCAST] #324: Stoicism (3 of 4 – Eight Moral Lessons), With Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert of zerogov.com is back to continue our discussion of the philosophy of Stoicism. Covered: 1. The meaning of life 2. How do we face our day? 3. Knowing what you can control and knowing what you can't 4. Happiness can only be found within 5. Events don't necessarily hurt us but our views of them can 6. Character matters more than reputation 7. Renouncing self-conceit and arrogance 8. Where is your line of goodness in life? 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: ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #323: Brett On The Tom Woods Show – Schooling vs. Education

There’s more to education than formal schooling. It’s time to embrace better, more effective, and more humane models of education, says Brett Veinotte. Discussion: -The iTunes Education category -what is real education? -what about learning essential skills? -curiosity and motivation are great teachers -a brief history of the podcast -a doorway into the philosophy of liberty -mistakes homeschoolers make -connecting with other home-educators -education in the Free State Project -what are the obstacles to pursuing home education Look Closer: Tom's Website http://www.tomwoods.com/ Podcast 303: School vs. Education Ep. 303 School vs. Education Tom Woods - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods Liberty Classroom http://www.libertyclassroom.com/ Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps ...

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[PODCAST] #322: Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – Crypto-Archeology, History and Conspiracy (Live)

HISTORY, ARCHEOLOGY - Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc... Discussed: -What is archeology? -What are crypto-archeology and pseudo-archeology? -The short history of archeology -Why is archeology important? It is incredibly valuable to the narrative of history, if it works, if there is accurate methodology -processual archaeology -What are our biases, experiences, interests? -Can we produce a reasonable doubt, at least open a door into the idea that it might be worth exploring alternative, or even counter-mainstream archeological theories? -BOOK: Disciplined Minds , A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives, by Jeff Schmidt -Golbekli Tepe, a bizarre archeological ...

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[PODCAST] #321: FREE A/V – The Hidden History of School Sucks Project

COMPILATION - Final Installment in this series: A reverse-chronological sampling of bonus content over the last five years. With Thaddeus Russell, Antigone Darling, Wes Bertrand, Carlos Morales, Keegan, Jason Osborne, Puke and the Gang, Marc Stevens, Richard Grove, Cory Stanish, Nicholas from Australia, Ian Freeman, Michelle Seven, Tony Myers, Mark Edge, Larken Rose, Bob Murphy, Kate Baker, Carla Gericke, Jan Irvin, Jamie Crane, Keene liberals, and more. Click here for the version with chapters Clips: 1 https://schoolsucksproject.com/av-club-brett-on-sex-lies-anarchy-video-11-18-14/ Rites of passage and toxic "friendships" 2 https://schoolsucksproject.com/av-club-after-school-sucks-special-9-19-14/ A post-mortem on the Thaddeus Russell Q&A 3 https://schoolsucksproject.com/av-club-pre-show-6-13-14-with-thaddeus-russell-and-antigone-darling/ Thad discusses the possibility of debating Stefan Molyneux 4 https://schoolsucksproject.com/av-club-paleoweight-loss-hangout-with-wes-and-osborne/ Wes and Osborne discuss some dietary adjustments to trigger fat burning 5 https://schoolsucksproject.com/the-ptgschool-sucks-secret-show-2-1-14/ Andrew is upset ...

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

PHILOSOPHY - 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 of Epicurus, Epictetus, Lucretius and Marcus ...

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[PODCAST] #319: Autonomy Through Agorism (Part 5) – Bitcoin’s Path To Greatness

AGORISM - Mattheus von Guttenburg joins me in the studio to resume our exploration of agorism. Mattheus is a writer for Bitcoin Magazine, Mises.org and EconomicThought.net, and he is here to discuss the past, present and future of Bitcoin. Discussed: -HISTORY: What did fiat currency do to the world in the 20th century? -Bitcoin and agorism: Agorism usually thought of on the small scale, but now international trade is possible on an individual level -Bitcoin’s assets – transparency, speed, reliability, and privacy -how agorism develops around the world, necessity -how much capital moves through agorist markets on a global scale? The Pac-Man analogy: Mattheus recently wrote in The Path To Greatness: "Bitcoin is Pacman. It upgrades by consuming delicious and ...

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[PODCAST] #318: Stoicism (1 of 4 – The Practice), With Bill Buppert

PHILOSOPHY - Bill Buppert of zerogov.com returns to discuss the philosophy of Stoicism. Covered: -What is Stoicism -Differentiate philosophy from 'small s' stoicism -Tranquility - freedom from distracting emotions -Meditation - “negative visualization” -Tim Ferris - define your fears -Training through voluntary discomfort -The Sphere of Choice -Internals and Externals -Response to criticisms and concerns Listener-Submitted Questions/Topics: Andrew W: Men's fashions of the 1920's-1960's. He seems to like that subject quite a bit, I've heard him bring it up more than once on Freedom Feens. Sarah W: He said something on your last show with him about his daughters not coming around to anarchism. He said something that sounded like he was attributing this to their gender. Maybe he'd like ...

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[PODCAST] #317: Intelligence, Socialism and Bullying (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

INTERVIEW - This is hour one of my recent conversation with Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio. Our discussion includes my answers to the following questions: -Putting the history of education in context to what we are seeing today. (Education is going down the drain and we are seeing a decline in average I.Q in the west. Yes, we are importing an unprecedented amount of third world population into the west which is contributing to these statistics, but it doesn’t explain the massive drop entirely. To put it bluntly: Stupidity is a growing epidemic. What are some of the reasons for this? -Is there a link between intelligence and education? -The issue of bullying laws. What occurs with children who ...

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[PODCAST] #316 (Live): Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – #TurnOutForWhat

LIVE SHOW - Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I continue our once-a-month listener participation live show where we will discuss our recent shows, projects, challenges, investigations, etc... Discussed: -Rock the Vote claims to be a nonpartisan organization. It is not. It claims to be simply interested in encouraging young people to vote for either party. But it is not that simple. We hope young people are smart enough to reject this and we're here to help. -Rock the Vote's new campaign, starring Lil Jon and Lena Dunham, is perhaps its greatest intellectual insult yet -Osborne is running for office. Why? Highlight Videos: Full Video: Coming Soon Look Closer: Brett's Show Notes Folder - https://www.evernote.com/pub/brettveinotte/rockthevote Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Please Support School ...

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[PODCAST] #315b: American Compulsory Schooling – Alternatives and Escapes

ALTERNATIVE ED, INTERVIEW Part 2 of 2 - This is my recent conversation with Joshua Sheats of the popular financial planning site RadicalPersonalFinance.com. Joshua is currently working through a series on education, and he invited me to discuss public school history, agendas, and solutions and alternatives. Our discussion includes: -alternatives to the government school system. -homeschooling rebranded as home education, -voluntary instruction -voucher programs(I'm opposed to the idea of vouchers because I think they can expand state control) -Sudbury Schools -homeschool co-ops -how we can provide for our children's education in as superior a way as possible to set them up for long-term success. -What needs to be practiced, and modeled: Emotional Intelligence -Attributes of Emotional Intelligence -For young children: ...

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