Episode Number: 985
Episode Guest: Gad Saad
Original Airdate: July 11, 2017
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Guest Bio: Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing and Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption. He is also the author of The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption and The Consuming Instinct.
Topics Discussed: His asthma; shaking hands and getting sick; probiotics; don’t use antibacterial soap; Robert Sapolsky; brain worms; spider wasp; landlord violated Muslim’s rights in Canada; people are afraid to criticize Muslims; oppressive religions; Islam; Ben Affleck, Sam Harris, and Bill Maher debate radical Islam video; humans want to follow leaders; Islam and Islamism; radical Islam; Gad talks about being and growing up Jewish; Dhimmi; progressives defending oppressive religions; Islam is a supremacist ideology; Islam and black dogs; Gad thinks non-Muslims should be allowed to immigrate to other countries before Muslims; he thinks they should abandon their Islamic values before immigrating, or practice their religion privately; values of Islam that are against laws of Canada or America; Joe suggests everyone do mushrooms; Islam and terror attacks; problems with other religions; why subscribe to any ideology; be proud of your cultural identity, but reject the bullshit; how did Christianity reform but not Islam; (1:00:00) The Selfish Gene book; memes; Gad says there’s only 13-15 million Jews in the world; there are 1.6 billion Muslims; it’s hard to convert to Judaism, but easy to become Muslim; why are people susceptible to ideological thinking; Gad talks about Jewish people in Montreal; tribalism; mating preferences of the Hasidic community; genes hold culture on a leash; E.O. Wilson talk; God of the gaps; arguments against the big bang theory; the universe; Middle World; belief of scientists; physics is hard to understand; Lee Smolin; natural selection; constant desire for improvement; The Great Divide book; why liberals and conservatives won’t ever agree; socialism; making everyone equal in Canada; Gad explains the Omar Khadr story to Joe and they talk about it; making decisions as a kid; Jordan Peterson at senate hearing; Gad at senate hearing; violence and transphobia; Gad talks more about speaking to the Canadian government; more talk about gender and biology; Sociobiology book; why do people resist examining biology and provable data; The Beauty Myth book; talk about beauty standards; the male gaze; women who think a burqa is liberating; people need to pursue the truth, even if it hurts peoples’ feelings; Huffington Post on Bret Weinstein and Evergreen College; blaming others for your lack of success; (2:00:00) collective Munchausen; social justice warriors making themselves victims; cissexism; transracial people; lexographic preferences; complaints people have about Joe; people think Gad supports Trump; people who get accused of rape; punishments for false rape accusations; people who falsely accuse someone of rape; A Natural History of Rape book; Homicide book; Cinderella effect; step-parents and abuse; more talk about Bret Weinstein and Evergreen College; talk about sexual attraction preferences and objectification; ebonics; Tupac broke up with Madonna because she’s white; Gad drove to Toronto in 1985 to see Madonna; The Stylistics are coming on Gad’s podcast and he’s excited; Gad wanted to hire The Stylistics for a private concert; Joe talks about his favorite bands; Led Zeppelin vs. Spirit “Stairway to Heaven” video; Hal Sparks got in trouble while doing comedy in Dubai; doing comedy for college students; stand-up vs. other performances; Joe won’t do corporate gigs because it’s not a real comedy gig; Joe talks about Stone Temple Pilots performing at Dana White’s birthday; stand-up comedy compared to science; Sebastian Maniscalco talk; more stand-up comedy talk; performing for other comedians vs. the audience; Dennis Miller talk; questioning things and admitting when you don’t know something; being proud of your knowledge; people get mad when Joe won’t make predictions about fights; Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. talk; interacting through text; (3:00:00) people who don’t know you getting angry at you; more stand-up comedy talk; going on stage when angry.
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