Podcasts

Podcast #252: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 3 of 4, Helpful Metaphors and Methods)

Part Three: Helpful Metaphors and Methods What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show continues a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussed Today: (Darrell's Notes) Relevant Metaphors: 1. Splinters in the Mind: Mental Splinters are composed of the dependence and exclusive use of the informal logical fallacies as methods of making important decisions. Emotional Splinters are composed of emotional “wounds” or emotions that indicate values and desires that are not adequately being ...

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Podcast #251 (Supplemental): Conspiracy Theorists Vs. Skeptics – Brett On ALP Live

OPTIONAL show! This is my recent appearance on the ALP Live Show. Hosts Ali and Ellen invited me to discuss the topics of conspiracy theories, skepticism, and historical research. The Agenda: -I point out Penn and Teller's bullshit on their show, Bullshit -the utility of conspiracy theories -Libertarian dismissal of conspiracy -Let's change the language: forensics (both groups) now we may be avoid to avoid confirmation bias -Forensic science (often known as forensics) is the scientific method of gathering and examining information. -confirmation bias - you don't decide what makes the most convenient story and then go to look for evidence to back it up, like the 9/11 Commission did! -JFK, the revolutionary -Building 7 demolition theory problems -Where are ...

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Podcast #250b: Live Sestercentepisodic Gala, Part 2 – More On Sustainable Living and Permaculture

A fake celebration of a show that is not even our 250th. Recorded live. Part 2: Voices include long-time supporters and friends, Osborne and Brian. This installment includes a fascinating (in my opinion) discussion about agricultural history, practices and sustainability. -the 3 Ds of agriculture (drudgery, diesel, design) -what are we eating? -GMOs, food labeling, "Pure" honey -Paul Wheaton, permies.com -what can food growers learn from Mother Nature/forest ecology -hugelkultur -the magic of mushrooms? -chicken shit-fed tilapia -aquaponics -Doomsday Preppers and violent hordes preparing to replace the state -every garden needs a chicken -how schooling distorts the "free" market Bumper Music: "Look Around" Formidable Vegetable Sound System Look Closer: Sovereign Living Blog - http://sovereignliving.com/ Design Principles of Permaculture - http://www.fincatresanillos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/designprinciples.jpg ...

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Podcast #250a: Live Sestercentepisodic Gala, Part 1 – GTD Challenges and Solutions

A fake celebration of a show that is not even our 250th. Recorded live. Voices include long-time supporters and friends, Osborne and Brian. Osborne discusses his initial challenges with GTD implementation. Tony Myers calls in to discuss GTD principles, as well as integrating Evernote and Outlook. Lister Cameron also joins the conversation at the end. Discussed Today: -The Secret Weapon -The importance of a capture device -email overload eating mental RAM? -Evernote and MS Outlook -Our professional organizational histories -dealing with unplanned meetings, interuptions -finding serenity in what might seem like chaos -Observation and identification -Your mind, the computer: what programs are running in the background? The GTD Flowchart: Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium ...

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Podcast #249: Some Small Steps Toward Sovereign Living (with John Bush)

Today we are joined by John Bush of the "Sovereign Living" reality TV series. John and I discuss connecting with the community through gardening, peaceful parenting, home education and self-sufficient/natural living. We also cover the personal and emotional rewards of escaping from politics, the rat race and social media. Enjoy! Look Closer: The Sovereign Living Reality Show - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sovereign-living-reality-show The Sovereign Living Blog - http://sovereignliving.com/ Tragedy and Hope - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html School Sucks Podcast Series: Presence and Productivity - https://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/presence-and-productivity/ Parents For Liberty - http://parentsforliberty.org/

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Podcast #248: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 2 of 4, Process)

Part Two: Process What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show continues a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussed Today: -The who, what, where and when of NVC -One of the whys - anxiety reduction -how the NVC process connects to the Trivium method -Observation, discussed in detail -Feelings, discussed in detail -Needs, Motivating Factors, discussed in detail -Requests, discussed in detail -"The worst sentence in the world" - Disconnected Communication -Demands ...

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Podcast #247: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 1 of 4, Purpose and Definitions)

Part One: Purposes and Definitions What are the results of knowing and using the skills of the Trivium Method of critical thinking in conjunction with the skills of using Voluntary Communication, also known as Non-Violent Communication (or NVC)? This show begins a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Darrell's Purposes For This Pursuit 1. The first purpose was so that an individual may possess an explicit (meaning explainable to one's self and others in a simple and straightforward way) method to find and gently remove one's own sources of “cognitive dissonance”, which were labeled with the metaphor of “splinters in ...

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Podcast #246: Down the Remembrance Hole – Exploring the Myths of WWII

"In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to ...

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Gene Odening joins me to elucidate a time tested method of self-education.

Covered: -The Classical Trivium vs the Trivium Method -What is General Grammar? -The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers -Examples of how General Grammar is applied to the study of a subject -What happened to the seven liberal arts? -the servile arts vs. the liberal arts -General Grammar vs. Special Grammar Law of Non-Contradiction (38:00) contradictions exist only within the mind of man through the misuse of free will (misinterpretations). Logic is meant to minimize these misinterpretations. Truth vs Belief (41:50) One of the most overused words without an definition attached is "truth" truth: a proposition in correspondence with objective, factual reality (i.e., a conceptual statement with no innate disagreements) English is a confusing language, denotation and connotation The ...

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Podcast #245: The Trivium (Part Three) – Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric

This is part three of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes. Covered today: Grammar Review (4:50-16:20) -parts of speech -the Golf analogy of wisdom Logic Review(16:20-29:35) -the term dialectic -induction and deduction -the syllogism Rhetoric Introduction (29:35-38:30) -compassionate communication -self esteem -the best way to learn is to teach? The three types of discourse: (38:30-46:47) -deliberative (political), -judicial (forensic), -ceremonial (epideictic). -related to time: future, past, and present -common and special topics The Five Canons of Composition - Cicero (46:47-49:46) -invention (creating ways to be persuasive) -arrangement (structuring argument effectively) -style (appealing to emotion) -memory (speak extemporaneously) -delivery (presentation) The Socratic Circle/Method and the Delphi Technique (49:46-54:52) -abuse ...

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Free Talk Live Saturday Show 11-2-13 (With Mark and Brett)

Education Techniques :: Education Conspiracy Theories :: Lights in the Sky (UFOs) :: Radical Education Concepts :: Standardized Tests :: School Sucks Podcast :: Bitcoins :: TSA Killer :: NSA Spying :: Common Core :: Charleston Mayor cancels Halloween :: More UFOs! http://www.freetalklive.com/ Related PostsFarewell To Free Talk Live (7-30-14)91A huge thanks to Mark Edge and Ian Freeman for inviting me in as an FTL co-host. It was the first liberty show I ever listened to and I owe them a lot as mentors and catalysts in my development as a libertarian. Discussed tonight: More of the 30 Things…Tags: edge, talk, free, live, markBrett On Free Talk Live 4-5-1485Brett and Mark discuss... Common Core :: School Sucks :: Hacking Voting ...

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Podcast #244: The Trivium (Part Two) – Grammar and Logic

This is part two of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes. Covered today: GRAMMAR REVIEW: The effect of grammar is to produce primary, or first-order, knowledge of a subject (19:00) The utility of mythology and the subjective thought process Law of Non-Contradiction (38:00) contradictions exist only within the mind of man through the misuse of free will (misinterpretations). Logic is meant to minimize these misinterpretations. Truth vs Belief (41:50) One of the most overused words without an definition attached is "truth" truth: a proposition in correspondence with objective, factual reality (i.e., a conceptual statement with no innate disagreements) English is a confusing language, denotation and connotation The 4 ...

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Podcast #243: The Trivium (Interlude): Religion, Sophistry, Baseball and Freemasonry

This show contains excepts from our logic discussion (which will be in the next podcast). These are are two pieces that I did not want to leave on the cutting room floor. Look Closer: Trivium and Quadrivium Cliff Notes by Gene Odening by 8thestate Trivium Method of Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving by 8thestate Jan Irvin's Site, Trivium Education - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html Please Support School Sucks Your 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 ...

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Podcast #242: The Trivium (Part One) – Introduction and Grammar

This is part one of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes. Covered today: -The Classical Trivium vs the Trivium Method -What is General Grammar? -The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers -Examples of how General Grammar is applied to the study of a subject -What happened to the seven liberal arts? -the servile arts vs. the liberal arts -General Grammar vs. Special Grammar Look Closer: Trivium and Quadrivium Cliff Notes by Gene Odening by 8thestate Trivium Method of Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving by 8thestate Jan Irvin's Site, Trivium Education - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - ...

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Podcast #241: Listener Question – Where Are Gatto’s Footnotes?

Topic:Some disturbing updates from the world of Common Core, followed by a discussion about Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. A listener wrote to express his concerns about the the lack of references included in the book. Bumper Music: Beat 239 by Jacob Levan Look Closer: Common Core assignment makes sixth-graders SCRAP Bill of Rights amendments - http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/08/common-core-assignment-makes-sixth-graders-scrap-bill-of-rights-amendments/ Common Core - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Core_State_Standards_Initiative Gatto: The Underground History of American Education - http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Tragedy and Hope Communications - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ The Underground History of American Education (Audiobook) - http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/50300 The Ulitimate History Lesson - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/th-films/the-ultimate-history-lesson/commentary-and-analysis/ Related Posts127: The Ultimate History Lesson71Today Richard Grove from TragedyandHope.com joins me to discuss his recent film, The Ultimate History Lesson - A Weekend With John ...

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Podcast #240 (Supplemental): Brett On Freedom Lovin’ Podcast With Kevin Koskella

My recent conversation with Kevin Koskella, who also hosted one of my all-time favorite shows: Healthy Mind, Fit Body. The first 25 minutes: a personal story and some developments with my former place of employment Discussed with Kevin: 26:52 – Freedom Lovin’ iTunes review 30:23 – School Sucks beginnings 34:24 – Brett’s school experience 35:49 – Wes Bertrand and Logical Learning 37:42 – The problem with school 41:18 – Let’s get rid of school? 43:56 – Intellectual self-defense 48:55 – How do we break out of not thinking for ourselves? 54:52 – Intrinsic motivation 55:47 – The three lessons of school: obedience, conformity, intellectual apathy 57:50 – College loan system 62:18 – Future of government school 69:20 – Making a ...

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Podcast #239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11

The second year of what I'm hoping will become an iconoclastic tradition: thinking on 9/11 in America. This show has three parts 1. What is inferential distance and what communication problems does it cause? 2. An explanation and examination of Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats (a tools process of parallel thinking) 3. A 9/11 "truther" vs. 9/11 true believer role-play using what we've learned Edward de Bono Presentation: Six Thinking Hats (Video)   GOAL: Rearranging things in our minds so we can think more simply and more effectively, using existing brain ability ANALOGY: relationship between intelligence (potential) and thinking (skill) is like the relationship between a car and the driver car's engine, transmission, etc... (potential) but performance depends upon ...

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238f: Presence and Productivity #6 – Tools For A Freed Mind and A Voluntary Life

This is the sixth and final (for now) installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Jake Desyllas joins me to discuss his experience with GTD, and to share his Eight Tools For A Freed Mind. Discussed Today: -The importance of combining tools and habits -Jake's Background -Jake's Eight Tools For A Freed Mind 1. A Concentration Timer Your mind is not free if you are distracted and interrupted all the time. A concentration timer is a simple tool that helps your mind focus for short bursts of concentration and then give your brain rest periods. A concentration timer is just a stopwatch with an ...

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238e: Presence and Productivity #5 – Habit Change

This is the fifth installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -Small things: strategies for habit change -Tony Robbins knows your rituals -how millimeters of change turn into yards of difference -A new morning routine -the 2-minute (or 5-minute) rule from GTD -calendars -why we/they might lack presence Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ I Like Tony Robbins - http://www.tonyrobbins.com/ Please Support School Sucks Your 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 ...

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238d: Presence and Productivity #4 – Next Actions, Projects, and Procrastination

This is the fourth installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -One of the most appealing aspects of GTD, these are skills we already have - The Four-Criteria Model for Choosing Actions in the Moment uses the criteria of context, time available, energy available, and priority to make decisions -What constitutes a project? -The 5 phases of project planning -Who procrastinates? -We already have the mental skills and habits to be productive -Allen's concept of "Intelligent Dumbing Down" -defining what real doing looks like, empowerment Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ ...

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238c: Presence and Productivity #3 – Input, Process, Output

This is the third installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -Not enough time? -The five stages of Gaining control over your life -Enjoying our work -Accepting too many inputs -How to interface with GTD, book and lecture series -The altitudes of planning Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Please Support School Sucks Your 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, ...

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238b: Presence and Productivity #2 – Mind Like Water

Pictured: Not this water. This is the second installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -The importance of a capture device -mental RAM -Evernote -My professional organization history -dealing with unplanned meetings -strategically clear space -Where are you in this matrix? Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Evernote - https://evernote.com/ Please Support School Sucks Your 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 ...

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238a: Presence and Productivity #1 – The Only Time Is Now

This is the first installment in a series of shows inspired by my experience with and successes after reading the book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Discussed Today: -Present moment awareness and engagement -What is serenity through force? -finding serenity in what might seem like chaos -Observation and identification -The impact of clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention -How procrastination leads to resignation -Emotional attachments to "stuff" -Your mind, the computer: what programs are running in the background? The GTD Flowchart: My Computer Desktop: Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Mindsight - http://drdansiegel.com/about/mindsight/ Please Support School Sucks Your support keeps the show going and growing, which ...

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237: If You Send Your Kid to Private School…You’re A Bad Person???

From the After School Sucks Special (8-29-13) Tony Myers and I discuss the Slate article, If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person (A manifesto), by Allison Benedikt It Begins... "You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual ...

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236 (Live): Historical Research Methods, Historiography, and Historicity

Picture: From the most paranoid conspiracy theorists to the most patriotic and authority-worshiping main-streamers, people need to understand that history is not a cartoon Historian Kevin Cole joins me for a live discussion, recorded on August 16th. Kevin explains his waking up process, and then we examine the history of the study of history. We also look into some of Kevin's projects - an upcoming book about the trivium and a recent article about Carol Quigley - to provide examples. Discussed: -the creation of disciplines -historiography (different lenses for viewing the past) -historicity (accuracy and impact) -the dangers of biographical history -Organic Unity -The Society of the Elect -Neologisms -The founding fathers and the Illuminati -The Professor Who Knew Too ...

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