Episode Number: 1055
Episode Guest: Bret Weinstein
Original Airdate: December 19, 2017
Episode Sponsors: CW Hemp, Trackr
Guest Bio: Bret Weinstein was a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Sign up for a free crash course on evolutionary thinking at BretWeinstein.net.
Topics Discussed: Bret resigned from Evergreen College and was paid $500,000; Washington Examiner article by Bret and his wife; desire for power is the underlying motivation/plan; you don’t want to be called a rapist or a racist; the left is eating itself; Bret tells the story of a fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania hiring black prostitutes while he was attending the school; fraternities aren’t all bad; Bret explains how progressive he is; Marxism; competition and things that are difficult are good for us; we need equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome; equality of outcome would lead to dystopia; Bret is in touch with black conservatives; if the cards dealt are unfair, you need to play them very well; affirmative action discussion; affirmative action fuels racism by trying to combat racism; emancipation didn’t fix anything; the history of America isn’t a nice story; to make America great, we need to create less losers; Baltimore racist neighborhood segregation; we need to invest in our communities; people aren’t concerned with making good schools for other peoples’ kids; Joe talks about the schools he attended as a youth; Bret says he wasn’t a good student but became a professor because he loved science; Evergreen allows teachers to teach whatever they want however they want; Bret talks about himself and his wife teaching at Evergreen; there’s a lot of power teaching people; Joe taught Taekwondo at Boston University; the job of a teacher is to report how qualified a student is; people who are gifted often don’t excel; article about Bruce Lee and American political discourse; Lars Andersen archery videos; Danny MacAskill bike stunts; (1:00:00) parkour; civilization is stuck and unstable; how can we put civilization back on track and protect planet earth; The Economic Manhattan Project; competition and capitalism; we don’t want markets ruling the planet; cell phone addiction; Bret points out the negative aspects of cell phones and social media; Bret is worried about microphones in cell phones; Bret talks about game A (traditional ideas/businesses that need to change) and game B (new, better ideas); insurance; Bitcoin talk; talk about how the insurance industry could be changed and improved; education in exchange for public service; “elite” is not a good category; regulating profits; restructuring things to reward productivity; Facebook exec admits people are being programmed; Tristan Harris; there should be a new Facebook; thirsty girls on social media; we will get more liberty in a system that functions well; we need a good phone that doesn’t addict us to social media; how to eliminate predators from preying on the week; Dunbar’s number; blockchain currency; Joe tells the story of Moses, the burning bush, and DMT again; psychedelics talk; (2:00:00) DMT; DMT: The Spirit Molecule book; Bret says Catholicism isn’t a cult; talk about religion; Bret says it’s too early to tell if Scientology is a cult; more cult vs. religion debate; Joseph Smith; The Kingdom of Matthias book; origins of the Catholic church; Joe says all ideologies are cults; more cult vs. religion debate; how the church was structured to prevent corruption; Islam didn’t go through the Enlightenment article; Scientology talk; The Osmond’s album The Plan; Mormonism; more talk about making a better version of social media that isn’t structured to addict us; it’s impossible to move something that’s stuck, so we need to think and move outside the box; will things change rapidly if something new/better comes along; we need to change quickly, or at least move in the direction of change; a solution requires money and someone who understands what the problem is; talk about the recent wave of sexual assault/harassment allegations; Garrison Keillor accused of inappropriate behavior; accusations against Matt Lauer; accusations against Matt Taibbi; more talk about accusations/false accusations against men; Joe rants again about how the office environment is unnatural; talk about men and power; Salma Hayek’s sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein; Weinstein’s contract allowed for sexual harassment; when people have the power of kings, they behave like kings; Joe thinks we’re in the adolescent stage of human evolution; Joe and Bret are scared of artificial intelligence; artificial general intelligence; AI has the potential to destroy us; Boston Dynamic’s robot can do backflips; more AI talk; Joe talks again about how humans are caterpillars who will turn into electronic butterflies; humanity could become irrelevant; (3:00:00) we need to build a system that is structured so that our interactions with it are healthy; happiness is a carrot on a stick; humans are built to detect opportunities we can capitalize on.
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