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’ first Science-off in the #IntellectualThunderdome is coming to a close. Throughout the series 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...

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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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  • Idea Quickie 2: Making Smart Funny February 18, 2018
    Bryan and Hunter are alone together agian for some nice idea sex. They discuss the recent descent of the Emperor on the Washington DC and how he's incorporating his Mixed Mental Arts into his new standup. He is a true master of his craft, as the elves will tell you. Don't forget to go to and […]
  • Ep 316 Mosaics of Reality Part 2: Spiros Michalakos and Ed Solomon February 16, 2018
    At the end of last week's podcast, a man named Spiros walked in. Then he blew everyone's mind. Spiros has been on the podcast before, and if you've listened to those episodes (129, 142, 236, 237, 247) you know what's in store. But the rabbit hole never ends when you're talking to a quantum mathematician […]
  • Special Release! The Drunken Taoist Practices Mixed Mental Arts February 15, 2018
    Daniele Bolelli and Rich Evirs again sat down with Hunter, and this time Michael Brooks tagged along. They talk about everything. Mentioned is Bolelli's book, "How to Create Your Own Religion."  Don't forget to support us on Patreon and use our Amazon Affiliate if you like our website. The Amazon money goes to support Bryan […]
  • Ep 315 Mosaics of Reality Part 1: Ed Solomon February 11, 2018
    Ed Solomon is a screenwriter. He worked on Lavern and Shirley, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and his latest work is with Steven Soderbergh on a show called Mosaic. Ed discusses the creative process, how to go along to get along, and when that doesn’t cut it anymore. Go watch Mosaic on Amazon or HBO. […]
  • Ep 314 Saving the Republic: Lawrence Lessig February 8, 2018
    Lawrence Lessig ran for President of the United States in 2016. He lost, and we got Donald Trump instead. Lessig is a Harvard Law professor whose book, "Republic Lost" outlines exactly how the swamp in Washington DC got so swampy to begin with. Go to for more information. Don’t forget to support us on […]

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