Month: July 2017

Truth: The Most Destructive Idea in Human History

If you ask most people, they’d tell you that truth is a good thing. Perhaps even the best of things. However, as Shakespeare taught us and science has confirmed, there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so. If you think truth is good, then your mind will tell you all the reasons why it’s good. But what if you think of truth as just a thing that is neither good or bad. OR…what if you think of truth as BAD, even the worst thing in history. Well, then you get a very different picture. To be...

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Taxonomy and Quacksonomy: Pluto, The Definition of a Planet and How Your Culture Gets You Talking Out of Uranus

As an educator, you become deeply familiar with the process by which humans acquire culture and reach conclusions. Kids pick up ideas, words and attitudes all the time without knowing where they come from. The most obvious area where this shows up is with words. Kids often don’t know the meaning of words. Or they’ve heard the word and don’t know what it means. Or they’ve heard the word, think they know what it means and then find out they’ve been using it incorrectly for ages. Probably my favorite example of this comes from an experience Katie O’Brien, my...

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 Know Thy Culture: Tom Sowell and Art.

  I happen to be black. I found out what that meant in North American culture in my undergrad. I remember a discussion I had with a fellow student at the time, about why African-American students were not doing too well academically; why I never really saw other black people in the library where I worked. She explained the historical mechanisms of prejudice and because I grew up overseas, I was never subject to those same prejudices. And so, I  would never understand. I’m not really black. I didn’t share in black culture. I arrived with my own culture...

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The Death of Experts: Long Live the Wisdom of Crowds!

Back in the 1950s, very few people got a voice to speak on important matters. There were a handful of TV stations with serious-sounding journalists like Walter Cronkite and Edward R Murrow. Scientists in white lab coats were revered as trusted figures of authority. And important sounding economists played with numbers while simultaneously the economy boomed. It was a magical time. And much of that magic rested on the idea that the people in charge could be trusted. News anchors, scientists, economists and senators could be trusted. Of course, when a group of people have unchecked trust, they will abuse...

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Jobocalypse: The Next Mass Extinction Event is People’s Jobs

Biology has seen many mass extinction events. The most famous is the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs. Actually, there have been many mass extinctions. And while the death of the dinosaurs was tragic for them, it was actually great for us. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, the balance of power shifted from the large, lumbering and powerful dinosaurs to the scrappy mammalian tree rats that are our ancestors. Right now, we’re living through another mass extinction event that is being brought on by our technology. Part of what’s going extinct is a staggering number of animals like the...

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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 https://mixedmentalarts.online/ 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 lessig.org for more information. Don’t forget to support us on […]

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