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After the House Speaker Drama (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)


Mickey’s guide to the House Speaker drama ... What vexes Bob about the House Speaker vote ... Why Damar Hamlin’s injury wouldn’t have happened in the old days ... Biden’s new good cop, bad cop immigration plan ... Why keep sanctioning Venezuela (or Cuba, or Syria, or Iran, etc.)? ... Elon and the trouble with “great man” theories of tech progress ... Is Twitter’s new views feature a boon or bullshit? ... Ukraine war update ... Parrot room preview: The Matt Schlapp sex scandal; Jason DeParle on welfare; Mickey’s case against “unity”; More calls for a Semafor clawback; an SBF-AIPAC connection; a second Epstein-Harvard connection; The White Lotus ...


7 Jan 2023

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Has Bret Strayed from Reason? Bret Speaks with Robert Wright on Darkhorse

Bret Weinstein | DarkHorse Podcast

Bret speaks with Robert Wright on the Darkhorse Podcast. They discuss Robert’s suggestion that Bret’s ideas have strayed from plausibility. Find Robert on Twitter: @robertwrighter (https://twitter.com/robertwrighter) Find Robert on bloggingheads: https://bloggingheads.tv/ ***** Find Bret Weinstein on Twitter: @BretWeinstein, and on Patreon.  Please subscribe to this channel for more long form content like this, and subscribe to the clips channel @DarkHorse Podcast Clips for short clips of all our podcasts.  Check out the DHP store! Epic tabby, digital book burning, saddle up the dire wolves, and more: https://www.store.darkhorsepodcast.org Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music.***** Timestamps: (00:00) Introductions (00:50) Motivated reasoning (06:17) Sponsors (11:08) Trump era and media (14:30) Bret was pissed off. And inverse of correct response (19:37) Military podcast quotes (32:15) Alternative hypothesis for military mandates (53:20) mRNA injections to children (01:07:20) More hypotheses (01:18:27) Foreign influence and China (01:26:00) Why Robert doesn't trust Bret's COVID analysis (01:35:30) Robert Malone and censoring dissidents (01:42:30) Absolute corruption of the system (01:54:35) Podcast invitation and wrap up Support the show

2hr 1min

17 Nov 2022

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Special: Guru Right to Reply with Robert Wright

Decoding the Gurus

As per Section 7, paragraph 3, item 2 in the Gurometer Constitution and User Manual states, "All covered gurus shall have a Right to Reply" and Robert Wright has taken us up on this invitation!Now, this provision is generally intended to allow the poor dears we cover a rejoinder to all the insults, smears, and canards we routinely employ in our 'take-downs'. But our coverage of Bob was almost entirely positive. As Bob says in this episode, "You liked me, you really liked me!". So, this was actually more of an excuse to catch up and tie off a few bows. Bob clarifies a few points on the more speculative frontiers of his worldview, and exactly what he means when he talks about potential teleologies in evolution.But the warm fuzzies and mutual back-patting in this interview quickly devolve into yet another bitter intra-podcast internecine feud about consciousness and whether it's 'spooky' or not. Matt accuses Chris of being a p-zombie, which he's done before, but since it's an ad-hominem par excellence, we can all agree it deserves more than one shake of the sauce bottle. Bob does his best to walk (Chris) Matt back from the precipice of madness but to no avail. Although we might possibly have failed, once again, to solve the ultimate mystery of the human condition, at least a good waffley time was had by all.In the original episode, we made only passing reference to our disagreements with Bob over international relations, and Syria in particular. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has happened in the interim, and this has been a big focus of Bob's output since then. So, we have at-it a bit on that, on the benefits and limits of deploying cognitive empathy, and we touch on Grayzone and Bellingcat and who's dis-informing whom.It's no secret we earnestly disagree with Bob on geopolitics. But it's most definitely one of those topics where decent people can disagree. Since he's a frood who Really Knows Where His Towel is, we always appreciate the chance to talk to him. And who knows, one day Matt and Chris might even be wrong about something!? If so, I'm sure the subreddit will let us know.Enjoy!LinksThe original DTG decoding episode on Robert WrightBob's interview with us on his channelOur interview with Bob on DTGThe Monocle 24 piece on the 'evolution' of PutinBellingcat's articles on the Douma chemical weapons issueBob's Non-Zero SubstackYour Gurometer Ratings!If you want to play along you can add your own scores for Jordan or any of our previous gurus here:Rate the Gurus websiteAnd if you want to check the collected results:Gurometer Results

2hr 24mins

31 Jul 2022

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Cognitive Empathy and Ukraine (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Robert Wright)

Culturally Determined

On a special crossover edition of "Culturally Determined" and "The Wright Show," Aryeh asks Bob about cognitive empathy and how to apply it to Putin's war in Ukraine. Plus: Is Mickey Kaus infecting Bob's brain? And does Bloggingheads.tv still have a reason for being?Recorded April 13, 2022LINKS:The Nonzero newsletterhttps://nonzero.substack.com/The Wright Show on Bloggingheads.tvhttps://bloggingheads.tv/programs/wrightshowFollow @robertwrighterFollow @AryehCW Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 12mins

19 Apr 2022

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411: Are You Willing to Challenge Your Own Tribe? | Robert Wright

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Why, from an evolutionary perspective, is it so terrifying for many of us to contemplate challenging our own tribe? How comfortable would you be hopping on social media and questioning the deeply held convictions of your closest friends and colleagues? Even if you don’t want to be public about it, are there ways to have more empathy for somebody whose views are different from yours? Robert Wright believes the future of civilization hinges on our ability to get better at this. Robert Wright is the author of the bestselling book Why Buddhism Is True. He also writes the Nonzero Newsletter, is host of The Wright Show podcast, and his newest mission is something he calls the Apocalypse Aversion Project. This episode explores: how mindfulness meditation can help us overcome our biases; how we are often manipulated by natural selection; the concepts of confirmation bias and attribution error; the pain and joy of pushing back against the conventional wisdom of your own tribe; the difference between cognitive and emotional empathy; why Robert is a big believer in talking to people with whom he disagrees; and the importance of making friendships across ideological lines. This episode is the second in our weeklong series about bias. If you missed Monday's episode with the excellent journalist Jessica Nordell, you can listen here. Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/robert-wright-411See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


12 Jan 2022

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ReAir TMBS 10: Buddhism and Our Struggle & PseudoWoke Centrism ft. Robert Wright & Trevor Beaulieu

The Michael Brooks Show

Since so many people are just now discovering Michael's work and TMBS we've decided to re-air every TMBS episode. TMBS 10: Buddhism and Our Struggle & PseudoWoke Centrism ft. Robert Wright & Trevor Beaulieu, This week’s show: We have found audio of Obama challenging John Kerry to an IQ test in a 2014 cabinet meeting. We break down Milo’s exposed emails and the relationship between him, the Mercer family, Breitbart, and alt-right trolls. Author of “Why Buddhism is True” Robert Wright (@robertwrighter) calls in to talk about Buddhism and how we can bring cognitive empathy and mindfulness to politics. Woke Susan Collins welcomes Bob Corker to the Resistance. Trevor Beaulieu (@Rickyrawls), host of Champagne Sharks (@champagnesharks), joins us in studio and talks about what is often missed in typical conversations about identity, race, and class. Read Trevor's piece in The Intercept on the Kaepernick protest. TMBS re-aired episodes will come out every Tuesday at 7PM EST here on The Michael Brooks Show Channel. This program has been put together by The Michael Brooks Legacy Project. To learn more and rewatch the postgame content visit https://www.patreon.com/TMBS

1hr 32mins

17 Aug 2021

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Special Episode: Interview with Robert Wright on crackpots, gurus, and modern media ecosystems

Decoding the Gurus

This week we welcome the author, journalist, and podcaster Robert Wright. Robert wrote the popular (and provocative!) book 'Why Buddhism is True' and has hosted many interesting discussions and debates at bloggingheads.tv, which he co-founded.We had a wide ranging discussion that touched on a vast array of topics including: the Weinsteins & their relative crackpot ratings, alternative & Mainstream media ecosystems and how they feed into guruism, what are gurus anyway (and are they all bad), Sam Harris and cognitive biases, whether Bob is a Buddhist Modernist, the extent to which meditation is a form of cultural conditioning, if wokism is really taking over America, and whether Matt & Chris' actually hate evolutionary psychology or not.Robert offers a unique perspective, displays a lot of good humour and patience, and indulges our ongoing fetishism of self deprecation culture. So join us for a suitably meandering Irish-Aussie-Americo conversation that involves only the prescribed amount of mutual backpatting!P.S. We promise the Gad Saad episode is coming soon!LinksBob's Book 'Why Buddhism is True''Is Eric Weinstein a Crackpot' on Bob's Non-zero SubstackBob's Interview with Tim Nguyen for The Wright ShowBob's article for Wired on Sam Harris & Tribalism (the one that got him cut off!)The Crackpot Index by John Baez

1hr 40mins

13 Aug 2021

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Robert Wright: Existential Psychological Threats (Episode 136)

Josh & Terry Summers

In this conversation, Robert Wright and Josh discuss how cognitive biases create existential psychological threats, essentially derailing humanity’s capacity to tackle global issues that demand global cooperation. This talk is part of Josh’s series with Bob, called “The Dharma of Bob.” Listen to our discussion here or in your favorite podcast app. Links from the Episode Robert Wright's Nonzero Newsletter, on averting the apocalypse: https://nonzero.substack.com Robert Wright's books: The Moral Animal / Nonzero / The Evolution of God / Why Buddhism is True Ways to support the show: Ongoing, online practice with Josh and Terry in the River Bird Sangha: https://joshsummers.net/sangha Take a class ($10): https://joshsummers.net/classes Buy The Buddha's Playbook and Guided Meditation series ($10): https://joshsummers.net/book/buddhas-playbook Online training courses in Yin Yoga, TCM, Meditation, and Yang Yoga The Sublime Quartet ($149): https://joshsummers.net/sublime-offer The post Robert Wright: Existential Psychological Threats appeared first on Josh Summers.

1hr 33mins

2 Aug 2021

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#338 - Robert Wright - Psychology, Aliens & Averting The Apocalypse

Modern Wisdom

Robert Wright is President of the Nonzero Foundation, an author and Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Bob's book The Moral Animal has changed my thinking more than pretty much any other over the last few years, so naturally I wanted to bring him on to discuss whether aliens are real and how we can avoid existential risks. For real though, expect to learn the role that evolutionary psychology plays in mindfulness practice, why Bob thinks that aliens are probably enlightened, how global coordination can be improved by everyone meditating, whether we're doomed for civilisational collapse and much more... Sponsors: Get a Free Sample Pack of all LMNT Flavours at https://www.drinklmnt.com/modernwisdom (discount automatically applied) Get 83% discount & 3 months free from Surfshark VPN at https://surfshark.deals/MODERNWISDOM (use code MODERNWISDOM) Extra Stuff: Follow Robert on Substack - https://nonzero.substack.com/ Follow Robert on Twitter - https://twitter.com/robertwrighter Buy The Moral Animal - https://amzn.to/2Sco8Vd Get my free Ultimate Life Hacks List to 10x your daily productivity → https://chriswillx.com/lifehacks/ To support me on Patreon (thank you): https://www.patreon.com/modernwisdom - Get in touch. Join the discussion with me and other like minded listeners in the episode comments on the MW YouTube Channel or message me... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriswillx Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/chriswillx YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ModernWisdomPodcast Email: https://www.chriswillx.com/contact

1hr 16mins

24 Jun 2021

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Redefining PTSD, Reseting the Brain and Changing Lives with Dr Eugene Lipov and Dr Robert Wright

The Revital Health Podcast

Stella relieves symptoms of PTSD with the stellate ganglion block (SGB), a widely studied and highly effective procedure that can "reset" the brain to its pre-trauma state.On this inspirational podcast I chat with Dr Eugene Lipov founder of the Stella Center and Dr Robert Wright the CMO of Australia on the groundbreaking treatment that is changing peoples lives around the world. We talk redefining PTSD to PTSI. How Dr Lipov has dedicated his life to helping people with PTSI and his story.What the treatment looks like and what patients can expect. The Outcomes of over 80% success rate .What comes after the treatmentTrauma and the nervous system. Hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and how the Stellate block is impacting this. Other adjunct therapies/ vagal therapies and recommendations they have seen work to increase outcomes. The wide scope of potential for this treatment not only for PTSI. What’s next? Dr Robert Wright the CMO talks what’s coming up in Australia soon. Where to find more: stellacenter.com@stellacentremdAbout Dr Eugene LipovDr. Eugene Lipov is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. After completing an M.D. at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 1984, he went on to complete advanced anesthesiology training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Rush University’s Medical Center. He has specialized in interventional pain medicine for more than 28 years, and was the founding member and first president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He concurrently serves as Director of Research at Northwest Community College and as Medical Director of Advanced Pain Centers, which received the 2007 Chicago Innovation award.  Dr. Lipov is also the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of The Stella Center, whose mission is to offer relief to trauma and related symptoms by providing safe, convenient, and comfortable patient access to the Stellate Ganglion Block procedure.
About Dr Robert WrightChief Medical Officer - AustraliaDr. Wright matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas as a presidential scholar in 1983 completing his M.D. degree in 1987. Subsequent training in anesthesiology and chronic pain management was accomplished at the University of Utah. After service in the US Air Force Dr. Wright entered practice as a pain specialist in 1995 and contributed to evolving regional and national standards of care in interventional pain management. In the early 2000’s Dr. Wright co-directed the emerging pain clinic at Cedars-Sinai hospital and is proud of his role in creating their world-class pain management department. He is a recognized pioneer and innovator having contributed many novel techniques and new technologies to the field of pain management. Dr. Wright is now affiliated with the Metro Pain Group in Melbourne Australia and actively involved in physician education, research, and device development.

1hr 8mins

17 Jun 2021