Monthly Archives: November 2020

#226 – THE PRICE OF DISTRACTION A Conversation with Adam Gazzaley…


Date: November 30, 2020

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“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Adam Gazzaley about the way our technology is changing us.

They discuss:
– our limited ability to process information
– our failures of multitasking
– “top-down” vs “bottom-up” attention
– self-interruptions and switching costs
– anxiety
– boredom
– “digital medicine”
– neuroplasticity
– video games for training the mind
– the future of brain-machine interface, and other topics.

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and the Founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, Neuroscape Lab, and the Gazzaley Lab, which explores mechanisms of neuroplasticity and designs, develops and validates new technologies to optimize cognitive abilities.
He is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, a company developing therapeutic video games and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance.

Adam co-authored the award-winning MIT Press book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World with Dr. Larry Rosen.


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Economic Update: What Capitalism’s Decline Means…

Date: November 29, 2020

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“This week’s show is dedicated to a discussion of the signs of US capitalism’s decline. Wolff explores the passage of US capitalism from its birth, through its state-supported growth and expansion, to its global peaking from 1945 to 2000. He presents the causes of its ongoing decline this 21st century, and then offers a conclusion on the right, center and left political responses to decline.”


Right-Wing Snowflakes Retreat To Safe Space…

Date: November 29, 2020

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“Right-wing snowflakes are retreating to their safe space.”

Twitter absolutely does censor people and topics…In fact, they’ve recently gotten extremely dirty in how they go about targeting minorities which are not violating their TOS.

Twitter is as dirty and underhanded as any major platform gets, where it comes to targeting and censoring minorities and topics of discussion.

Look into the recent expansion of the CSEM [Child Sexual Exploitation Material] policy, and how this new, outlandish rule has been used against a community of people on Twitter who have been abiding by both laws and Twitters TOS for years.

Twitter directly knows that Minor Attracted Person [MAP] is an established term in both psychological and research fields, as they were petitioned by dozens of experts in these fields to leave MAPs alone, so long as they were violating no laws or terms of service. For the past few years, there has been an understanding between MAPs and Twitter, and MAPs have been a generally positive and beneficial presence on Twitter.

Then for no reason, Twitter amended the CSEM policy to contain a rule forbidding “making sexual attraction to children/teens an identity”…Which is insane on it’s face, because how do you even discuss the realities of your own existence and humanity, without acknowledging how you are personally oriented and what commonly accepted terms are associated with that?

We are talking about people who were breaking no laws [and were committed not to], who were harassing nobody, who were keeping to themselves in their own hashtags, who were only interacting with people that approached them…and who were scrupulously functioning within Twitters own TOS for years.

I personally lost a very active account over ten years old, because of this indefensible nonsense.

Somebody got mad that MAPs were using Twitter, and that they had no valid reason to take action against us…so they wrote a new rule, explicitly for the purpose of claiming that we are now “in violation of Twitters rules/standards”…and the creeps tied it in with the CSEM policy, to boot…If that is not dirty beyond all comprehension, then nothing is.

If you think this is in any way just, at all…name me any other demographic, on any major platform, which has had anything like this inflicted upon it and had action taken against it based on such a premise.

MAPs were an asset to Twitter, providing outreach, stability, resources and combating hyperbole…They took our previous hashtags where MAPs were doing nothing even remotely wrong [many of us were even reporting abuses and people claiming to be looking for sex, porn, whatever, in our hashtags], silenced the good people who were doing good work there [via suspensions and terminations], and left these hashtags a cesspit of dehumanizing hate speech, violent threats and threats against the lives of MAPs by aggressive hoards of invaders…All of which brazenly violates Twitters TOS…All of which Twitter appears to be not only openly hosting, but actively sheltering, as they wont take action against it.

I have a long history of reporting all of this type of stuff, as it was endlessly inflicted upon us in our own hashtags…Twitter used to thank me, for staying on top of this sort of thing. Now, incredulously, they wont even respond to my reporting of grotesque TOS violations.

There was absolutely no reason for any of this…We did nothing to deserve these abuses from Twitter and the hate groups it hosts.


Neal Schon & Jan Hammer – “Dont Stay Away”…

Date: November 29, 2020

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“Back for round two, guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jan Hammer united for a collaboration once again — 1982’s Here to Stay — barely a year after their debut appeared. Like the debut (1981’s Untold Passion), the album is a combination of both player’s prog, fusion, and rock backgrounds — although a short songwriting leash prevents most of the tracks from stretching past the four-minute mark. The duo were obviously aiming for the top of the charts with the album-opener (whose accompanying video was quite popular during the early days of MTV), “No More Lies,” which sounds like a song tailor-made for Pat Benatar. Elsewhere, Hammer gets to spread his wings on “Time Again,” while Schon shows off his hard rocking side with the Zeppelin-esque “Turnaround.” Like Untold Passion, Here to Stay was a moderate chart success. But despite its bold title, the album would prove to be the last Schon/Hammer collaboration.”

Great song!