Waking Up with Sam Harris #137 – Safe Space (with Jonathan Haidt)…

Date: September 26, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #137 – Safe Space (with Jonathan Haidt)

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about his new book “The Coddling of the American Mind.” They discuss the hostility to free speech that has grown more common among young adults, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economy of prestige in “call out” culture, how we should define bigotry, systemic racism, the paradox of progress, and other topics.

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. He taught at the University of Virginia for 16 years before moving to NYU-Stern in 2011. He was named one of the “top global thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine, and one of the “top world thinkers” by Prospect magazine. He is the co-developer of Moral Foundations theory, and of the research site YourMorals.org. He is a co-founder of HeterodoxAcademy.org, which advocates for viewpoint diversity in higher education. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. His latest book (with Greg Lukianoff) is The Coddling of the American Mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting a generation up for failure.”

Jordan Peterson Threatens To Sue Critic For Calling Him Misogynist…

Date: September 26, 2018

01) Jordan Peterson Threatens To Sue Critic For Calling Him Misogynist

“Controversial Canadian professor and self-proclaimed free-speech warrior Jordan Peterson has threatened to sue a woman after she criticised him.

Prof Peterson shot to fame in 2016 after releasing a series of YouTube videos where he makes remarks about what he calls an increasingly politically correct society. Among his controversial opinions are the views that women wear makeup in the workplace to be sexually provocative, white privilege is a “Marxist lie” and people shouldn’t have to comply with what gender pronouns others wish to be called by.


“Par for the course”…yes…

…All the things I’ve been called over the decades…Yeesh!…

…And the myriad of false things which have been claimed about me…

Putting the “rapist” and “sadist” type stuff aside…possibly the weirdest claim made yet, is that I “hate women and children”…a conclusion for which there is no existing path to arrive at.

These types of claim, make no sense at all.

I welcome them, however…

…They provide me with yet another opportunity, to address misunderstandings about MAPs.

Child abuse algorithms: from science fiction to cost-cutting reality…

Date: September 26, 2018

01) Child abuse algorithms: from science fiction to cost-cutting reality

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“In an age of austerity, and a climate of fear about child abuse, perhaps it is unsurprising that social workers have turned to new technology for help.

Local authorities – which face spiralling demand and an £800m funding shortfall – are beginning to ask whether big data could help to identify vulnerable children.

Could a computer program flag a problem family, identify a potential victim.”

An invaluable tool within the sex-abuse industry’s armoury I would have thought, being able to predict which human beings a child comes into contact with are the child abusers, even though such people have never have touched a child. A bit like labelling all minor-attracted individuals as child sex abusers. Yet another nail gets driven into the coffin that was once societal cohesion.”

They’re never going to learn…are they?…

…It’s all “wonderful and lovely”…until the day somebody else’s “bright idea” plops itself into your life…and royally screws you over.

So…are they going to start dictating who, statistically, pops a boner for children?

Alfred Nobel: The Merchant of Death…

Date: September 25, 2018

01) Alfred Nobel: The Merchant of Death

“Source/Further reading:

Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargen and Zachary Pullen

Alfred Nobel: Inventive Thinker by Tristan Boyer Binns

Alfred Nobel; A Biography by Kenne Fant”

Wow!…Alfred Nobel had an intergenerational relationship!

…The inspiration for the “Nobel Peace Prize”.

It’s illuminating, how detached we all are…from the true genesis of this award.

Beto O’Rourke Hammers Ted Cruz To His Face Again & Again…

Date: September 25, 2018

01) Beto O’Rourke Hammers Ted Cruz To His Face Again & Again

“One of the candidates running for the United States Senate in Texas on Friday tweeted out a video of Beto O’Rourke speaking passionately about the murder of Botham Shem Jean in his home by a police officer and calling for justice. That candidate was Ted Cruz.

The Republican senator raised eyebrows after on Friday he posted a video on Twitter showing O’Rourke, his Democratic rival, speaking to a crowd about Jean’s murder. Jean, a 26-year-old black man, was killed by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger in his own Dallas apartment on September 6 after she claims she mistakenly walked in, believing it was her home…


Radiolab: Gender and Sex Series…

Date: September 25, 2018

01) X & Y

02) Direct Download [MP3]

“A lot of us understand biological sex with a pretty fateful underpinning: if you’re born with XX chromosomes, you’re female; if you’re born with XY chromosomes, you’re male. But it turns out, our relationship to the opposite sex is more complicated than we think.”

03) Dutee

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“In 2014, India’s Dutee Chand was a rising female track and field star, crushing national records. But then, that summer, something unexpected happened: she failed a gender test. And was banned from the sport. Before she knew it, Dutee was thrown into the middle of a controversy that started long before her, and continues on today: how to separate males and females in sport.
This story is a companion piece to Gonads, Episode 5, Dana.”

05) Dana

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“When Dana Zzyym applied for their first passport back in 2014, they were handed a pretty straightforward application. Name, place of birth, photo ID — the usual. But one question on the application stopped Dana in their tracks: male or female? Dana, technically, wasn’t either.
In this episode, we follow the story of Dana Zzyym, Navy veteran and activist, which starts long before they scribble the word “intersex” on their passport application. Along the way, we see what happens when our inner biological realities bump into the outside world, and the power of words to shape us.
This episode is a companion piece to Gonads, Episode 4, Dutee.”

07) Sex Ed

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“If there’s one thing Gonads taught us, it’s just how complicated human reproduction is. All the things we thought we knew about biology and sex determination are up for debate in a way that feels both daunting and full of potential. At the same time, we’re at a moment where we’re wrestling with how to approach conversations around sex, consent, and boundaries, at a time that may be more divisive than ever. So host Molly Webster thought: what if we took on sex ed, and tried to tackle questions from listeners, youth, reddit (oh boy), and staff.
But instead of approaching these questions the way your high school health teacher might’ve (or government teacher, who knows), Molly invited a cast of storytellers, educators, artists, and comedians to grapple with sex ed in unexpected and thoughtful ways. To help us think about how we can change the conversation. In this episode, an edited down version of a Gonads Live show, Molly’s team takes a crack at responding to the intimate questions you asked when you were younger but probably never got a straight answer to. Featuring:
How Do You Talk About Condoms Without Condom Demonstrations? Sanford Johnson. Wanna see how to put on a sock?
What Are Periods? Sindha Agha and Gul Agha. Check out Sindha’s photography here.
Is Anything Off-Limits? Ericka Hart, Dalia Mahgoub, and Jonathan Zimmerman
Why Do We Do This Anyway? And Other Queries from Fifth Graders Jo Firestone
“Sex Ed” is an edited* recording of a live event hosted by Radiolab at the Skirball Center in New York City on May 16, 2018. Radiolab Team Gonads is Molly Webster, Pat Walters, and Rachael Cusick, with Jad Abumrad. Live music, including the sex ed questions, and the Gonads theme song, were written, performed, and produced by Majel Connery and Alex Overington.”

Alex Jones’ Cryptic Interview: ‘I’m Ready To Die… I’m Close To God’…


Date: September 24, 2018

01) Alex Jones’ Cryptic Interview: ‘I’m Ready To Die… I’m Close To God’

“Alex Jones said that his mission to destroy the globalist conspiracy has been completed and that he is at peace with himself and “ready to die.”

Patrick Bet-David, the host of the Valuetainment YouTube channel, a platform mostly dedicated to topics on business and entrepreneurship, sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jones that was uploaded to YouTube on September 13. During the interview, Bet-David repeatedly pressed Jones to answer whether he believed he was responsible for his de-platforming and what regrets he had, if any…