Shows Worth Revisiting In 2020

How Usefully Idiotic Are We? [PODCAST #678]

Professor CJ returns to discuss the history of divide-and-conquer and divide-and-rule strategies, and as a bonus, how to avoid being what the Russians called a "useful idiot" in one these schemes. Unanimity [literally of one mind] is a sad and dangerous thing on a national scale. But so is a civil war. This year the American people were offered a chance to find common cause in a crisis. But the government and media seemed to encourage them to fight over mask-wearing instead. You remember right? It was right around the time the average person was starting to feel the impact of overreactive lockdown polices. (April and May) And when the mask fight starting getting worn out, surprise! Time for a ...

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All News Is Fake News – With Isaac Morehouse [PODCAST #667]

Isaac returns to discuss how he curates his inputs from the outside world, for optimal achievement, mental health, and happiness. We build our discussion around a blog he wrote recently (same title as this show). It's short and sweet, so here it is: There is infinite information in the universe. Any time you select a tiny slice of info and focus on it, you are creating a story that is different from reality itself. Imagine a movie sliced into a million still screenshots. Say it was impossible to watch the movie and your only way of interacting with it was with these screenshots. If someone picked three of them and presented it to you as the “truth” of the movie, ...

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Critical Thinking Questions For An Increasingly Uncertain Future [PODCAST #652]

Part Four of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series. For our purposes here, can this new future still be test-driven? Jim and I inventory our evolving understanding and expanding concerns - political, personal, social, medical, professional, economic - and we explore how to plan accordingly for what might be next. Also Discussed: - Capitalizing on a Crisis, not just for politicians! How we can take advantage of this crisis to grow, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually - Reconnecting with your core beliefs, your spiritual operating system, the foundation upon which your beliefs are built - The value of death awareness Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife ...

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The Medium Is the Massage (Part 2 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #640]

"All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true. Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts; make sure you catch the first one! Today we'll transition to - propaganda - non-rational visual programming - media literacy - how television prevents dialectic and why we need it - modern artists and what they get away with - the massages of the pictures McLuhan includes in the book (see them on my Instagram) The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the presenters, topics, ...

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The Medium Is the Massage (Part 1 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #639]

"All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true? Truer than ever? Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week. Today we'll cover... - what is meant by "the medium is the massage" or the message? - the transfer of the dominant human sense organ from the ear to the eye - the impact of television, and what most never realize about it - McLuhan's idea of hot and cold media - McLuhan's criticism of public school's 19th century technology and our response The downloadable version of ...

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Moritz Bierling On Achieving Full Agency Inside All Arenas [PODCAST #622]

Moritz Bierling returns for another marathon conversation about how individuals can be navigators of increasingly complex and dysfunctional communications arenas. The primary focus is what Moritz refers to as the Agent/Arena Relationship. Arenas - be they social, political, cultural, or economic - are breaking down all around us, and many people struggle to figure out how to adapt and thrive (or maybe just survive) in this flux. We talk about how to achieve stability through adaptability in these situations. One of the keys is the building of "internal coherence" or self-integration. Dis-integrated selves cannot be the building blocks of harmonious or even sustainable groups or institutions. Such harmony requires individual agents with the ability to read and understand the dynamics ...

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Being Active Online vs. Being Conscious Online – Moritz Bierling – Part 3 of 3 [PODCAST #574b]

Moritz and I discuss his current work on Holochain, and its role in resolving the digital malaise we've been discussing in this series. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, banning, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Moritz worked as the Director of Research for Exosphere and now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." He has now allocated much of his energy to promoting Holochain adoption. DISCUSSION: * Authors of the first amendment obviously never envisioned this world * the ...

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The Deep Roots of the Current Information* Crisis – Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling – Part 2 of 3 [PODCAST #571]

* I'm using the word "information" very loosely. Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling are back for a deeper drive into the current digital malaise and its varied and complicated roots. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz, formerly the Director of Research, now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." In our previous discussion we talked about an infinite game approach to the current digital crisis. ...

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[PODCAST] #477: What Breitbart Knew: Lessons In Media Literacy

Five years ago this week, Andrew Breitbart passed away very suddenly and, as some have argued, rather suspiciously. It was just weeks after his energetic CPAC speech where he told the crowd about his plans to "vet" Obama in the 2012 election by releasing damning videos from his Harvard days. This timeline raises questions for sure, but Breitbart's threat to the media, political and academic establishment extended well beyond this incident. Today, the focal point of Breitbart's legacy is the very pro-Trump website Breitbart.com. The more I learn about Andrew and what he stood for, the more I see this as an unfair association. Breitbart was a man ahead of his time, and he viewed himself as pied piper of ...

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[VIDEO] Thinking, Fast and Slow (A Rationalist Review)

Steve Patterson and Brett Veinotte discuss Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow." We discuss both the helpful insights and the problems in the book along the lines of philosophy, economics, current events and statistical analysis. Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Steve argues that System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two. Discussed: -Philosophical problems: are people completely irrational? -"The Hot Hand" - the zone is more than just luck -Practice vs. luck: we can transfer slow and careful system two thinking into efficient system one functioning ...

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231: Glenn Greenwald Vs. Mainstream Media – A Commentary (Audio to a Video)

Over the last two months, what were some of the mainstream media’s tricks for dismissing the NSA leak story and discrediting Edward Snowden? Lawrence O’Donnell steps up to bat against reality, strikes out, and runs away. Osborne, Gardner Goldsmith and I examine the tactics in greater detail. Full Video: Glenn Greenwald Vs. Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) – A Commentary Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy - http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Related PostsGlenn Greenwald Vs. Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) - A Commentary84What are the mainstream media's tricks for dismissing the NSA leak story and discrediting Edward Snowden? Lawrence O'Donnell steps up to bat against reality, strikes out, and runs away. Part of the School Sucks Podcast Series: How the Truth Became Illegal Gardner's Site: http://libertyconspiracy.comTags: o'donnell, lawrence, strikes, ...

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