Podcasts

[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[PODCAST] #440: Talking To Lefties About Why School Sucks (Five Considerations)

This is an edited version of my recent appearance on Liberty Under Attack Radio, with Shane Radliff. In this conversation we address considerations for constructively communicating the problems with public schooling to its supporters and even its employees. This includes: -knowledge of the needs, beliefs, concerns of audience -confidence in your evidence and conviction in your arguments -clarity in definition, education vs schooling -regular access to the people -and they have to be willing to audit their beliefs From Liberty Under Attack: On this broadcast of Liberty Under Attack Radio, we hosted the 22nd edition of the direct action series. We covered three items off of The Freedom Umbrella of Direct Action; namely, strategic withdrawal, myth busting, and debunking fallacies. ...

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[PODCAST] #439: Thaddeus Russell – Renegade University

Historian Thaddeus Russell returns to discuss the development of his new online university. We also revisit our past college experiences in an effort to identify what was missing, and what is needed optimize education in the future. Discussed: -how Thad discovered his aptitude -why academia attracts narcissists -the insularity of academia -the educational power of debate Also... -the positive impacts of the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? -the strange contradictions of Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes To learn more about Renegade University, please click HERE and join Thad's mailing list. - www.thaddeusrussell.com Bumper Music: "Don't Sweat the Technique (Instrumental)" Eric B. and Rakim "Future Shock" Curtis Mayfield "Steady As She Goes" The Raconteurs Look Closer: Thaddeus Russell's Site ...

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[PODCAST] #438: The Dawn of Freedom (Part 7) Conclusion, All-Star Pile-Up

This is a free sample from our marathon Porcfest production, The Dawn of Freedom . This audio is the final segment (part seven), running from 7:55am until the beginning of Ernest Hancock's Declare Your Independence. The previous six parts are available in the bonus content section at schoolsucksproject.com. In this show: The Marvel cinematic universe - Titanic conspiracy - haunted Porcfest and cryptozoology - Richard Grove arrives to discuss predictive programming - Lynn Ulbrich joins us to discuss outreach for her son - Andrew from Puke and the Gang stops by - Ernie Hancock brings us out Discussed: What film and television do we like and dislike? - From Whoopi Goldberg to Sean Connery to Hydra very rapidly Discussed: The ...

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[BONUS] The Dawn of Freedom (Part 3) – Rise of the Alt Right, Race Wars and the Regressive Left

The first sign of daylight arrives and things start to heat up. Derrick J Freeman also joins the conversation. The Trump coin - perception management - Derrick's thoughts on Milo and The Dangerous Faggot Tour - The Stonewall Riots - gays vs. Muslims - the European migrant crisis - culture clashes - terror management theory - Red Bar Radio and race exploitation in the media - power from aggrievement - the certainty problem

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[BONUS] The Dawn of Freedom (Part 2) – Beefs In Need of Squash-ing

Fascism - Snack inventory - The Ian Freeman controversy - Nick's first Porcfest - Lou Feen from the Freedom Feens joins in - Dangerous history - Idocracy and optimism or pessimism about the future - did technology split the species into two divergent paths? - re-formulating presidential campaigns into game shows - heads of state and beastiality - Nick is Brett's perfect avatar - adults are envious of Nick - Infected Words - $1 checks

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[BONUS] The Dawn of Freedom (Part 1) – Introductions, Porcfest the 13th!

Davi Barker, Brett, Nick Hazelton and Darrell Becker adjust themselves to the marathon show format. Davi and Nick fill Brett and Darrell in on what has happened at Porcfest so far. Davi is very concerned about paranormal activity on the campground. We discuss the apparitions and cryptids we might encounter. Then we discuss psychedelics. And finally - lessons learned from hitting a deer.

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[PODCAST] #437: Think Like An Entrepreneur, Not Like A Crusader (With John Vespasian)

Crusaders are motivated by the desire to win over their opponents. Entrepreneurs want to find buyers for their products, even if the rest of the world laughs at them. - John Vespasian, The 10 Principles of Rational Living John Vespasian is the author of seven books about rational living, self-reliance, self-mastery and entrepreneurship. His works include "When Everything Fails, Try This" (2009), "Rationality Is the Way to Happiness" (2009), "The Philosophy of Builders: How to Build a Great Future with the Pieces from Your Past" (2010), "The 10 Principles of Rational Living" (2012), "Rational Living, Rational Working: How to Make Winning Moves When Things Are Falling Apart" (2013), "Consistency: The Key to Permanent Stress Relief" (2014), and "On Becoming Unbreakable: ...

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[PODCAST] #436: Memory Conditioning – Conclusion – Retention and Retrieval

#MemoryCondition In this concluding episode I discuss ways to minimize interference for better memory retention, along with the importance of fostering a healthy memory consolidation process. Retrieval strategies build on the previous discussions about visual memory, mindful encoding and retention. Look Closer: Theories of Forgetting MEMORY CONSOLIDATION Sleep, dreams, and memory consolidation: The role of the stress hormone cortisol Memory and Sleep - The Basics Sleep-Dependent Learning and Memory Consolidation A list of reliable online memory assessments: University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test MemTrax Memory Test Psychology Today Memory Test Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual) Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) You can use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory. Bumper Music: REMINISCING - ...

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Memory Conditioning – More On Encoding and Visualization Techniques

A supplement to episode #435. Some "Alternate Record" encoding methods from Douglas Herrmann's Super Memory, dealing with elaboration (i.e. acrostics), reduction (i.e. abbreviations), transformations (i.e. synonyms) and technical schemes (i.e. loci). Also, a brief discussion of techniques for improving visualization. Pages 122-123 (discussed) https://litemind.com/improve-memory-speaking-minds-language/ https://litemind.com/how-to-develop-visualization-skill/ http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/memory-association.html

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[PODCAST] #435: Memory Conditioning – Mindful Intake

#MemoryCondition A discussion of learning styles, learning dimensions and encoding strategies. Is the key to a better memory the ability to think visually? Thousands of years of memory training practices, from the Ancient Greeks to 21st century memory competitors, seem to suggest so. In this episode I aim to extract the principles of time-tested methods like loci and the memory palace, to create some more flexible, tech-friendly and efficient strategies. Look Closer: Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do School Sucks Podcast #233: Tools - The Brain Software (With Richard Grove and Paul Verge) School Sucks Podcast #206: Learning Styles and Strategies - Control and Flexibility Develop Perfect Memory With the Memory Palace Technique The Learning Dimensions: A list ...

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[PODCAST] #434: Memory Conditioning – How the Memory System Works…Or How It Doesn’t

#MemoryCondition A brief (and optional in this series) neurology-based discussion of the process of making memories. This includes the development of the understanding of the memory system, retrograde and anterograde amnesia, and trauma's strange effect on memory. The Memory Process In A Nutshell 1. external events occur 2. Stimuli encounters the 5 senses (iconic, echoic) 3. Senses transport data to the working memory - holding area 4. central processor - controls how much attention is given to the contents of the working memory (episodic buffer, visuo-spatial sketchpad, phonological loop) 5. Long-term memory - data stored and potentially available for recall, it can be explicit (episodic or semantic) or implicit (procedural or emotional) Look Closer: McGill University: Memory and Learning The ...

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[PODCAST] #433b: Memory Conditioning – Brain Functions (Basal Ganglia, Cerebellum, Hippocampus)

#MemoryCondition In gaining an understanding of the memory system, it is important to recognize that memory functions are happening throughout several distant but interconnected regions of the brain. In this two part episode, we'll tour the parts of the brain at work in the memory process, starting from the front and working backwards. As each function is described, you can decide where you feel there might be room for improvement. The Memory Process In A Nutshell 1. external events occur 2. Stimuli encounters the 5 senses 3. Senses transport data to the working memory - holding area 4. central processor - controls how much attention is given to the contents of the working memory 5. Long-term memory - data stored ...

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[PODCAST] #433a: Memory Conditioning – Brain Functions (Pre-Frontal Cortex, Frontal Lobe, Amygdala)

#MemoryCondition In gaining an understanding of the memory system, it is important to recognize that memory functions are happening throughout several distant but interconnected regions of the brain. In this two part episode, we'll tour the parts of the brain at work in the memory process, starting from the front and working backwards. As each function is described, you can decide where you feel there might be room for improvement. The Memory Process In A Nutshell 1. external events occur 2. Stimuli encounters the 5 senses 3. Senses transport data to the working memory - holding area 4. central processor - controls how much attention is given to the contents of the working memory 5. Long-term memory - data stored ...

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[PODCAST] #432: Memory Conditioning – Introduction – Information Overload

#MemoryCondition In this introduction to our exploration of memory improvement strategies, I discuss the problem of information overload (or "Data Smog"), the motivations for pursuing this topic, the importance of doing a memory self-assessment, an outline for this series and the power of attention. con·di·tion kənˈdiSH(ə)n/ verb, gerund or present participle: conditioning bring (something) into the desired state for use. Our conditioning will be broken into three phases: Registration (learning, capture), retention (processing, storage), recollection (making it useful at the ideal time) Series Motivations - My memory problems - teaching history - Zinn's A Peoples' History of the United States - cultural or social memory problems - SAT tutoring experience - method over memory, rote and repetition - Evernote and ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #431: Brett On the Isaac Morehouse Podcast + Important Announcements

Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom, and an advocate of self-directed learning and living. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive one-year program combining real-world business experience with personal coaching, professional development projects, and interdisciplinary education for those who want more than college. We discuss socialism, the entrepreneurial spirit, college, tutoring, conspiracy theories, the origins of schooling and more.

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[PODCAST] #430: CONSPIR-A-THON (Silver Screen Edition Part 3) – From the Metropolis Future To the Star Wars Past

Back by popular demand! Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn return to School Sucks for a free-form, extended discussion on the topic of conspiracy theories. This time our focus is on Hollywood, pop culture, film and the broader entertainment industry. DISCUSSION: -Maybe the environment is a little sick? -Disney's X-Rated Easter eggs? -Roland Emmerich - writer (The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Stargate, Independence Day, 10,000 B.C., 2012) -Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (National Treasure, The Road to El Dorado) -German Expressionism, with historical context -Fritz Lang and Metropolis (1927) -L. Frank Baum, Theosophy and the allegorical Wizard of Oz -Occult themes in Star Wars -Maybe the environment is a little sick? (revisited) Look Closer: Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Stephanie Murphy: ...

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[PODCAST] #429: CONSPIR-A-THON (Silver Screen Edition, Intermission) – A Sprint Through the World of Symbols

Brian Sovryn takes the lead in this discussion; his explanations of esoteric symbols are juxtaposed with the interpretations of several popular You Tube Hollywood/Illuminati amateur semioticians. DISCUSSION: - For whom are these symbols intended? - Do we have an innate respond to certain symbols? - Occult Symbols (All-Seeing Eye, phoenix rising, the pentagram, baphomet, fire, owls) - Masonic Symbols (the two pillars, square and compass, checkerboard floors, the number 13) - Mind-Control Symbols (broken mirrors, robots, monarch butterflies) - Much, much, much more; many great tangents Look Closer: Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Check out Stephanie and Brian on The Sex and Science Hour - https://zog.ninja Stephanie Murphy: Website - http://www.smvoice.info/ Brett's Notes - https://www.evernote.com/pub/brettveinotte/part2conspira-thonsse Please Support School Sucks Our ...

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