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Latest 29 Nov 2022 | Updated Daily

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Lex Fridman & Jonathan Haidt: The Techno Monk & The Social Scientist

Decoding the Gurus

First, we apologise sincerely for the delayed-release. Matt and Chris have been busy beavers splicing together this decoding which proved particular gruelling for all sorts of uninteresting (but on-theme) technical reasons. But finally, the wait is over and the long-anticipated episode on AI-aficionado and popular podcast host, Lex Fridman, is here. Although as the title indicates this accidentally turned into a joint decoding episode of his guest, the 'heterodox' social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt. Lex is an interesting character and as such, for the decoding, two rather different pieces of content were selected: 1) a day-in-the-life video dairy and 2) one of his characteristic long-form interviews (with Haidt discussing social media). The format of a day-in-the-life video is perhaps inescapably cringey but it did give some unique insight into Lex's techno-monk lifestyle and his ongoing fascination/discovery of just how bad the Nazis & Hitler were. His interview with Haidt on the other hand was more substantial and covers a lot of tech-related issues that are genuinely complex and subject to an ongoing debate.Jonathan Haidt is a famous and well-regarded academic but also something of a controversial figure online in part because of his involvement in the dreaded 'culture wars'. In particular, Haidt co-wrote the influential book 'The Codding of the American Mind', founded 'Heterodox Academy', and is a vocal critic of 'wokism' and certain aspects of social media. We take a look at his arguments and try to discern whether he is a nuanced social scientist offering prescient warnings or a boomer shaking his fist at the kids these days? Join us and find out!LinksA Day in My Life - Lex FridmanJonathan Haidt: The Case Against Social Media | Lex Fridman Podcast #291Two Psychologists, Four Beers: Episode 89: What's Wrong with Social Media?Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid - The AtlanticOrben & Przybylski (2019): The association between adolescent well-being and digital technology useResponse from Twenge, Haidt, Joiner, & Campbell (2020)Response to the Response by Orben & Przybylski (2020)Haidt, J., & Bentov, Y. (ongoing). Free play and mental health: A collaborative review. Google Doc.Chris' Tweet review of The Coddling of the American Mind

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8 Jul 2022

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Structural Stupidities of the Left and Right (Glenn Loury & Jonathan Haidt)

Bloggingheads.tv: The Glenn Show

Glenn asks: Is Jon’s heterodoxy insufficiently pugilistic? ... Jon’s theory of social media-driven “structural stupidity” ... Do the Republican Party’s structural flaws negate its policies? ... The rise of social media and the disappearance of free play for kids ... Race, trans issues, and the future of the country ... Why are economists uniquely heterodox thinkers in the academy? ... What fills the “God-shaped hole” in the hearts of putatively secular Americans? ...


17 Jun 2022

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#291 – Jonathan Haidt: The Case Against Social Media

Lex Fridman Podcast

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at NYU and author of The Coddling of the American Mind, The Righteous Mind, and The Happiness Hypothesis. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: – Uncruise: https://uncruise.com/pages/lex – Notion: https://notion.com/startups to get up to $1000 off team plan – Blinkist: https://blinkist.com/lex and use code LEX to get 25% off premium – Magic Spoon: https://magicspoon.com/lex and use code LEX to get $5 off – Eight Sleep: https://www.eightsleep.com/lex and use code LEX to get special savings EPISODE LINKS: Jonathan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonHaidt Jonathan’s Website: https://jonathanhaidt.com Documents & Articles: 1. Social Media and Political Dysfunction:

1hr 48mins

4 Jun 2022

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A Culture of Fear, Social Media Toxicity, and America's Descent Into Stupidity, with Jonathan Haidt | Ep. 327

The Megyn Kelly Show

Megyn Kelly is joined by social psychologist and "The Coddling of the American Mind" co-author Jonathan Haidt to talk about how social media is making us worse as a democracy, our culture's inability to even speak the same language or share the same overall truths, the way the American conversation got stupid over just 10 years, democracy versus dictatorship, how social media destroys the fabric of our society, the lack of a common shared story in America, how social media makes kids afraid to make mistakes, the rise of tribalism at the extremes (but not in the middle), how social media evolved into a platform for toxicity and addiction, the unlimited "dart guns" to shame via social media, how a culture of fear has led to to a chilling of speech and humor, what happens if we fight cancel culture with more cancel culture, the negative partisanship that helped lead to Trump's presidency, how social media leads to anxiety and thoughts of suicide, how we can reverse the negative trends in our society, and more.Follow The Megyn Kelly Show on all social platforms: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/MegynKellyTwitter: http://Twitter.com/MegynKellyShowInstagram: http://Instagram.com/MegynKellyShowFacebook: http://Facebook.com/MegynKellyShow Find out more information at: https://www.devilmaycaremedia.com/megynkellyshow

1hr 34mins

23 May 2022

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Chapter 103: Jonathan Haidt on mirrory misconceptions and morality in the matrix

3 Books With Neil Pasricha

Jonathan Haidt is the Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business and the author of bestsellers The Righteous Mind, The Happiness Hypothesis and The Coddling of the American Mind. He has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, selected as one of the Top 50 Thinkers in the world, and delivered four TED Talks. I was lucky to be introduced to Jon by our mutual friend Roger Martin, our guest in Chapter 68. We sit at his kitchen table to discuss his then-in-process 8000-word Atlantic cover story slammer After Babel: How Social Media Dissolved the Social Mortar of Society and Made America Stupid, which doubles as a sneak peak on the book he’s working on now. I hope your mind is stretched like taffy as mine was when you listen to Jon. There’s a reason Roger Martin warned me “You’ll have to keep up with him. He thinks pretty quickly.” And yet he is incredibly kind, patient, and humble. A consummate teacher. We discuss: hive culture, the binary divide, the need for constraints, life after Babel, how we make decisions, communication through stories, LSD, the power of explore mode, and, of course, Jon’s 3 most formative books. Let’s flip the page into Chapter 103 now… What You'll Learn: What is a hive culture? What is group level selection? What is the difference between social psychology and sociology? What does it mean to be tightly bound vs loosely bound? Why is too much freedom bad? What are the ills of social media? What is the story of Babel? Why was the Arab Spring such a pivotal moment in history? How has Facebook changed the world for the worse? What separates the right from the left? Why is constraint essential to freedom? How do we make decisions? Why should we appeal to the elephant? Why should we parent using stories? How do we better communicate in relationships? How should people think about doing LSD and should it be legal? What is the mind? What are Jon’s favorite podcasts? What is the fundamental question in life? You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/103 Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future chapter: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.   Sign up to receive podcast updates here: https://www.3books.co/email-list 3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

1hr 39mins

16 May 2022

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‘Destructive’ social media cancel culture making people ‘afraid to speak up,’ harming ‘our institutions’ says Jonathan Haidt

John Solomon Reports

Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist at the NYU’s Stern School of Business and author of an extraordinary article, “Why the Past 10 years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid”. The psychologist discusses the political strife of cancel culture and how it has become exasperated by social media, commenting that, “what makes it so destructive is the fear. That's what's changed our institutions that people are afraid to speak.” Haidt comments, that we can’t have “democracy without good institutions”, and the events of the last eight years has been an uptick in cancel culture, is “making our institutions and our group dumb because when people are afraid to speak up and challenge the orthodoxy, then decision making goes off kilter.” He also says that most people on social media, “are reasonable people who love our country, and it's the extremists on the right and the left, plus trolls” and “Russian agents,” there are the only “four groups that have really benefited from Twitter and other social media platforms and the rest of us the other 80% of the country, we're just fed up.” He also offers up what he says is his solution for this, which is for Congress to reform current social media laws, but says that the single most important reform for change is to “require identity authentication in order to open an account.”See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


4 May 2022

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Jonathan Haidt on Why Public Discourse Has Become So Stupid

The Good Fight

One of the world’s most influential social psychologists, a professor of ethical leadership at NYU's Stern School of Business, and a member of Persuasion's Board of Advisors, Jonathan Haidt is the author of The Righteous Mind and, with Greg Lukianoff, co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt recently wrote a much-read feature in The Atlantic entitled “After Babel.”In this week’s conversation, Yascha Mounk and Jonathan Haidt discuss how we can make social media less toxic, what political and technological reforms might help fix the problem, and how we can empower the moderate majority to fight for its values. This transcript has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight.If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.Email: podcast@persuasion.community Website: http://www.persuasion.communityPodcast production by John Taylor Williams, and Brendan RuberryConnect with us!Spotify | Apple | GoogleTwitter: @Yascha_Mounk & @joinpersuasionYoutube: Yascha MounkLinkedIn: Persuasion CommunityLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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30 Apr 2022

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Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt on democracy, social media and how to fix America's 'ailing' institutions

On Point

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt says America is in trouble. He sees it on college campuses and through social media. Haidt joins Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss democracy, social media and how to fix America's 'ailing' institutions.


25 Apr 2022

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Ep 143 | How Social Media Could Cause America's COLLAPSE | Jonathan Haidt | The Glenn Beck Podcast

The Glenn Beck Program

If Winston Churchill were alive today, would he get canceled? Jonathan Haidt can tell you, but his answer is not exactly comforting. Haidt is a social psychologist and professor at NYU who has devoted his career to the study of morality. But while he’s always been an optimist, he’s noticed some concerning changes since the rise of social media. Now, he argues, social media is not just out of control, it could cause the collapse of America. It’s the subject of Haidt’s recent article for the Atlantic, “After Babel: Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid.” On this episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn and Haidt discuss whether America just experienced a second Tower of Babel, why social media has fueled our political divide and devastated Gen Z, and what we must do to reverse course: “We need a Geneva Convention for the culture wars.”This Week’s Sponsors:Built Bars are made with real chocolate, high in protein and low in calories and carbs, and taste exactly like a candy bar. Go to https://BuiltBar.com and use promo code “BECK15” to save 15% off your next order.Try the Sweatblock deodorant stick for 20% off at sweatblock.com with promo code “Beck,” or on Amazon.The ministry of Pre-Born and Blaze Media are partnering to help rescue 50,000 babies from abortion in 2022! Will you help rescue babies’ lives? To donate, go to https://Preborn.com/glenn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


23 Apr 2022

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Ep. 34: Part 1: Political Diversity Will Improve Social Psychological Science, Lee Jussim and Jonathan Haidt (Blog Audio-Only)

Heterodox Out Loud

On part 1 of this episode of Heterodox Out Loud, we’ll listen to Jonathan Haidt’s edited summary of a seminal academic paper that helped lead to the founding of Heterodox Academy. The original paper, “Political Diversity Will Improve Social Psychological Science,” was published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences in 2015, and was written by Jonathan Haidt, Lee Jussim, Jose Duarte, Jarret Crawford, Phil Tetlock, and Charlotta Stern. Make sure to listen to listen to part 2 where we speak with co-author Lee Jussim, Social Psychologist and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, about how political bias in academia can solidify into orthodoxies that undermine truth-seeking and critical inquiry. Let us know what you think! For comments and questions email communications@heterodoxacademy.org.This episode was hosted by Zach Rausch, and produced by Davies Content. Heterodox Out Loud is an ongoing series of selected pieces from heterodox: the blog in audio form with exclusive interviews. 


25 Mar 2022