Making Sense with Sam Harris #152 – The Trouble with Facebook (with Roger McNamee)…


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Date: March 30, 2019

01) Making Sense with Sam Harris #152 – The Trouble with Facebook (with Roger McNamee)


“In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roger McNamee about his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for thirty-five years. He has cofounded successful venture funds including Elevation with U2’s Bono. He was a former mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and helped recruit COO Sheryl Sandberg to the company. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Twitter: @Moonalice”

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Terence McKenna – The Impulse…


Date: March 28, 2019

01) Terence McKenna – The Impulse


“Terence McKenna’s call to an Archaic Revival. “This is what happens when a society seeks to revivify itself.” “There is a sentient, minded, caring entity that surrounds and holds the planet in its hands, in its heart.” Music: We Plants Are Happy Plants – Way Of The Wizard”

Well…I don’t know about “the being”…

…But I’m sure enjoying the visuals, music and some ideas being expressed in this video.

Stochastic Terrorism?…


Date: March 26, 2019

01) The PewDiePipeline: how edgy humor leads to violence


“This video examines the Alt Right Pipeline and the Pyramid of Violence that leads from implicit bias to edgy humor to violence. CONTENT WARNINGS: This video contains: -Racist symbols and imagery -Racist rallies and hate speech (explicit slurs have been removed) -Discussion of the Charlottesville tragedy -Confrontations between racists and ethnic minorities/Native Americans”

I’ve paid virtually zero attention to pewdepie…Everything I’ve encountered of his, I’ve not been interested in…Granted, I’ve never gone searching for anything from him.

I didn’t even know he existed, until all this nonsense erupted about a year or so back.

For reasons which should be self explanatory…I hate and loath censorship…and consider it to be evil…even when applied to self identified racists…Censorship is just evil, period…even when it’s applied to people I aggressively disagree with.

…And I did not ask, nor elect, other people to decide for me…what viewpoints I am allowed to listen to and comprehend “from the horses own mouth”.

Still…this is the first time I’ve seen someone really break this issue down…the alleged “pewdepie nazi connection”.

It’s something to think about.

I’ve had the experience of unintentionally wandering into certain videos, and having my video recommendations turn into a curious direction…despite that these aren’t content that I have a history of watching.

What watching I do, is normally just to get a firm grasp on an issue, group…news story…

…I’ve found a handful of channels, which initially seemed interesting…but I ultimately weeded out of my subscriptions…I just got a bad feeling about the people running those channels…It felt more like personal intuition, than anything overt.

…Some of those names…I’m finding that they keep resurfacing in these types of videos today, which talk about this “racist pipeline”.

The Danger of Misrepresenting Communicators:

I’ve written about this in the past…

We shouldn’t be too eager to pigeon hole, those who are merely attempting to understand what others [yes, including modern nazis] are standing for.

Some of us still value the principles of open communication and clearly understanding others, above nearly all else.

…Some of us, from a lifetime of experience, have zero faith in those who would shut down open dialogue, and dictate [often in a biased, sometimes misleading way] “what those people have to say”.

I don’t look upon the self appointed gatekeepers of speech, as being any less of a threat than racists trying to start a race war.