Month: May 2017

John Godfrey Saxe’s The Blind Men and The Elephant

It was six men of Indostan, To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approach’d the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: “God bless me! but the Elephant Is very like a wall!” The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried, -“Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me ’tis mighty clear, This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!” The Third approach’d the...

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Our First YouTube Podcast – Talking Jacque Fresco with Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt and I first got to know each other a decade ago doing stand up in Los Angeles. During the intervening decade, we both learned how to learn and how environment shapes behavior but in entirely different ways. Regular listeners to Mixed Mental Arts know my story all too well. Andrew’s though is more interesting. Andrew grew up in Los Angeles and was diagnosed with numerous learning disorders. Like a lot of kids I’ve worked with, rather than empowering him, school left him feeling disempowered and alienated from learning. Then, he got involved with Jacques Fresco of the...

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#IQ Part 5: Welcome to the I.Q. Revolution!

Mixed Mental Arts’ series on I.Q. (link to intro) is coming to a close. We have highlighted how the work of Carol Dweck, Joe Henrich, and Thomas Sowell exposes a very different picture from the one the general public believes. If you get distracted by what the statistical banana hammock reveals about I.Q. you’ll easily conclude that I.Q. is fixed and genetics play a key part. However, when you look at what the banana hammock is hiding and see the whole body of scientific evidence a more complete picture emerges. You suddenly realize that the BIG STORY about I.Q. is...

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Bryan Callen and Uncle Lu

班門弄斧/bān mén nòng fǔ: Swing an axe in front of Lu Ban and pretend to be a master. 魯班/Lu Ban is the god of carpenters. Records show that he was born in the Kingdom of Lu in 507 BCE, during the late Zhou: the Spring and Autumn period. It is written that he made a great bird from wood, and was able to fly. He created a great wooden, mechanized robot horse. Legend has it that in his seventieth year, he attained the ability to levitate. His axe was sacred, his saw was holy. Soon after he found the...

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The Magical Thinking of #NewAtheism: Should We Let Richard Dawkins Promote his Imaginary Friend in the Name of Science?

If you wanted to teach a Fore tribesman of Papua New Guinea how to use a computer, you could take one of two series of actions: denigrate his beliefs, superstitions, and rituals, and THEN tell him about the computer. Or you could understand why beliefs, superstitions, and rituals matter, earn the man’s trust, let him teach you how his culture helps him navigate the world, and THEN tell him about the computer. As a fellow human being, which do you think you would respond to better? Because, despite what you might think, we in the “rational,” secularized West are not free...

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