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[PODCAST] #363: The Trivium, Non-Violent Communication and Mind Control – A Response to Gnostic Media (Part 1 of 5)

Tony Myers, Darrell Becker and I analyze and respond to the Gnostic Media presentation called “Nonviolent Communication, Pt. 1 “Is NVC Consistent with the Trivium Method?” This is Gnostic Media podcast #229, recorded on may 18th, 2015, with guest Bill Joslin. This was discussed at length in the School Sucks Facebook Group (link). Today we cover their presentation from 01:06:27 to 01:22:31, where they begin addressing the questions: is NVC consistent with the Trivium Method? can NVC replace rhetoric in the Trivium? Description from Gnostic Media: Bill Joslin at an early age developed a fascination with mind and awareness. Subsequently he spent 16 years studying Bonpo, Nyingma Buddhist and Taoist practices. He spent a year in Asia interviewing Buddhist monks ...

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[BONUS] Non-Violent Communication Is Mind-Control? (With Darrell Becker and Tony Myers)

AUDIO, 74 MINUTES - Our initial discussion and reaction to the Gnostic Media videos "exposing NVC," which argued that it is inconsistent with the Trivium Method. We share ideas about how to plan for a production hopefully in early July. Because we aim for a balanced response to what was presented by Jan Irvin and Bill Joslin, we tried to vent all of our frustration in this session. Here are the links:

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[PODCAST] #348: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 4) – Why Am I Here and What Am I Trying to Do?

Part four, and the last of the foundational episodes, 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. Discussion: In the second installment of this series, we explored strategies for more constructive and connected communication with others. Today we discuss strategies for better communication with ourselves. We discuss some of the meta-talk in this climate change "debate" Dimensions of the Habits of Mind Value: Choosing to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors rather than other, less productive patterns. ...

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[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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[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] #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 #293: A Valedictorian Reflects On Her Experiences With “Playing School”

With Darrell Becker and his daughter, Cypress Ellen Cypress has probably the most diverse educational and schooling experience of any guest we've ever had. She began in Montessori school, then spent six years in public school. There, she discovered that she preferred home schooling. And after two years at home, she moved on to a "Progressive" schooling environment. Today she joins me and Darrell in the studio to share her experiences and reflections. Look Closer: Darrell's Site: Voluntary Visions - http://voluntaryvisions.com/ Cypress's Art Blog: shortakun - http://shortakun.tumblr.com

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Podcast #290: The Hazards of Disconnection – Two Conversations and An Article (With Darrell Becker, Mark Edge and Ian Freeman)

A very long, winding, rather personal, lightly edited show addressing the dangers of social isolation and interpersonal disconnection. It expands into other topics from there. Outline: Opening Monologue (START-0:06:59) Free Talk Live warm-up discussion on isolation (0:07:00-0:33:30) Reading/discussing the articleHow Extreme Isolation Warps the Mind (0:33:30-1:09:45) Further discussion With Darrell Becker (1:09:45-END) Discussion: -Calm through context -Isolation diminishes our standards for connection -Positive and negative experiences with psychedelics -Asocial vs. antisocial -From cynicism to social isolation -How romantic relationships can take us away from ourselves -Darrell investigates the Free Keene conflict and attempts to connect -Gratitude -Using logical and emotional tools -When people become abstractions -The island of the individual -Illusions of balance in life -Compliments and their motivations -Brett's ...

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Podcast #253: The Trivium Method Applied – Voluntary Communication (Part 4 of 4, Advanced Strategies and Review)

Part Four: Advanced Strategies and Review 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 concludes a series about Merging the Trivium Method with Voluntary Communication or NVC, and developing strategies for better interpersonal connections. Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Discussed Today: (Darrell's Notes) Statements and Phrases to Help Generate Connection Here's a strategy for designing greater empathetic and intellectual effectiveness (as defined above) in one's own life: Internal Intellectual Equilibrium & Internal Empathetic Equilibrium is desired, designed, engineered and created. “Splinters of the Mind” are self-identified and removed. ...

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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 #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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