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Conversations With Coleman

Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.

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Giving The Devil His Due [S2 Ep.14]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.   My guest today is Michael Shermer. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, the host of the Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He's the author of New York Times bestsellers, ‘Why People Believe Weird Things’, ‘The Believing Brain', ‘Why Darwin Matters’, ‘The Science of Good and Evil', ‘The Moral Arc’, ‘Heavens on Earth', and ‘Giving The Devil His Due’, which is the subject of today's podcast.  Michael and I talked about the declining relevance of Christianity on the political landscape today, threats to free speech, QAnon, conspiracy theories, and why people believe them. We talked about the one conspiracy theory I do believe in and laws that would ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools, and much more.

1hr 7mins

13 May 2021

Rank #1

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How to Think with Julia Galef [S2 Ep.13]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.  My guest today is Julia Galef. Julia Galef is an author and podcaster. She's the Co-founder of the Centre for Applied Rationality and the host of the podcast "Rationally Speaking".  In this episode, we discuss her new book, "The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't". We talked about the difference between intelligence and open-mindedness, the tension between pursuing the truth dispassionately and belonging to a tribe, the notion of instrumental rationality, the trade-off between building a larger audience and remaining true to one's principles, and whether affiliating with a political party makes it harder to form true beliefs. #Ad We deserve to know what we're putting in our bodies and why, especially when it comes to something we take every day. Rituals clean, vegan friendly multivitamin is formulated with high quality nutrients in bioavailable forms your body can actually use what you won't find sugars, GMOs, major allergens, synthetic fillers and artificial colorants. Ritual is offering listeners of this podcast 10% off during the first three months. Visit ritual.com/Coleman to start your ritual today.

1hr 26mins

6 May 2021

Rank #2

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Race and Identity with Brittany King S2 [Bonus Episode]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.   This episode is actually a recording of an event I did many months ago with Brittany King, an up-and-coming freelance writer. We talked about Brittany's background, leading her local BLM chapter, her experience studying with Ta-Nehisi Coates, her evolving views on race and identity politics, how American race politics affect many people's views of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the causes of the 2020 summer riots and many similar topics.  This recording was created at an event hosted by the Brotherhood Synagogue that features a moderated Q&A.  Just a heads up that the audio quality is not the best.    #Ad  If you are concerned about your privacy when browsing the internet, try Express VPN. Visit my exclusive link ExpressVPN.com/COLEMAN and you can get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package.   #Ad  I had the privilege of making an appearance in the documentary Better Left Unsaid, which looks at the philosophical underpinnings of the radical left and their extreme-right counterpart. The film includes interviews with some great thinkers who have a lot of value to add to this conversation including; Steven Pinker, Noam Chomsky, Janice Fiamengo, and more.  You can stream /purchase the film via betterleftunsaidfilm.com. The film is available on Google Play and iTunes as well.   i-Tunes - https://bit.ly/BLU_i-Tunes Google Play -https://bit.ly/BLU_GPlayUS

56mins

29 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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Destroying Primeworld with Jesse Singal [S2 Ep.12]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.   My guest today is Jesse Singal, Jesse Singal is a journalist and author. He was a contributing writer for New York magazine for years and has written for The Atlantic and many other outlets, and he's now on Substack. Jesse and I discuss his new book, ‘The Quick Fix : Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills’.   We discussed the replication crisis in psychology, why so much psych research gets debunked in the long run.  We talked about the problem with notions like self-esteem, power, posing, grit and other fads in psychology. And we spent a good deal of time talking about the implicit bias test and its flaws. #Ad No matter where you're selling; Amazon, Etsy, or your own website, ShipStation funnels all of your orders into one simple interface that you can manage from anywhere, even your cell phone. You'll also get access to amazing discounts with major carriers including UPS, FedEx, and USPS that are normally reserved for Fortune 500 companies. Ship more in less time! Just use my offer code "Coleman" to get a 60 day free trial. Just go to shipstation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page and type in "Coleman". 

58mins

22 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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'Social Dilemma' with Tristan Harris [S2 Ep.11]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman. My guest today is Tristan Harris. Tristan is a computer scientist and president of the Centre for Humane Technology. He was named TIME 100's 'next leader shaping the future', and Rolling Stone magazine's '25 people shaping the world'. Tristan is the co host of Your Undivided Attention, consistently among the top 10 tech podcasts on Apple. Tristan was also the primary subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary 'The Social Dilemma', which we talked about in this episode. Tristan and I talked about the problems created by social media both for our individual happiness and for the health of society as a whole.

1hr 10mins

15 Apr 2021

Rank #5

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Rethinking Identity with Desi-Rae [S2 Ep.10]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.  Today's guest is Desi-Rae Campbell. Desi-Rae is a YouTuber, writer, and artist. Her show which I've been on is called 'Just Thinking Out Loud'. Desi-Rae and I talk about racial identity and 'blackness', the notion of racial pride, the differences between America and Desi-Rae's homeland of Jamaica with respect to racial identity, how children think about race, affirmative action, immigration, and more #Ad : Today's episode is sponsored by our friends at Ritual.  We deserve to know what we're putting in our bodies and why, especially when it comes to something we take every day. Rituals clean, vegan friendly multivitamin is formulated with high quality nutrients in bioavailable forms your body can actually use what you won't find sugars, GMOs, major allergens, synthetic fillers and artificial colorants. Ritual is offering listeners of this podcast 10% off during the first three months. Visit ritual.com/Coleman to start your ritual today

1hr 13mins

8 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Thriving in the Taboo with Aella [S2 Ep.9]

Today's guest is Aella, she is a difficult person to describe as you'll see. Aella is a blogger, a sex worker, and the queen of interesting Twitter polls. During our conversation we talked about her upbringing as a fundamentalist Christian, psychedelics meditation, sex work, polyamory, sexual jealousy, the psychology of trauma, critical race theory, and identity politics. Please note there are minor audio glitches due to an unstable internet connection. I'd also like to point you in the direction of a new documentary called Better Left Unsaid which is available for pre-order. The documentary is primarily about the evolution of the far left and produced by my friend Desh Amila. The film features interviews with people like Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Douglas Murray, and myself. You can watch the official trailer and stream the documentary at betterleftunsaidfilm.com #Ad. If you are concerned about your privacy when browsing the internet, try Express VPN. Visit my exclusive link ExpressVPN.com/COLEMAN and you can get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package.

1hr 27mins

1 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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The Tribal Instinct with Amy Chua [S2 Ep.8]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.  My guest today is Amy Chua. Amy is a professor at Yale Law School. Her books include 'World on Fire', Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother', 'The Triple Package', and 'Political Tribes'. She made Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people in 2011 and has been a guest on many TV shows including Good Morning America, the Today Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher.  Amy and I talk about tribalism, highly successful minority groups, and how ethnic tensions have undermined the US foreign policy. We also talk about the sources of racial and ethnic disparity, color blindness, and much more. #Ad  This week's episode is sponsored by our friends at Indeed. Hiring is one of those things you don't want to mess up. To take your business to the next level you need to hire great people with Indeed instant match. Indeed searches through the millions of resumes in their database to help show you great candidates, instantly. This way you can do the part you really need faster – meeting and hiring great people. As a listener of my podcast, you can redeem your free $75 credit at indeed.com/CONVERSATIONS. This offer is valid through March 31.Terms and conditions apply.

59mins

25 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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The Case for Color-blindness S2 [Bonus Episode]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman. Just one announcement, I'll be hosting a members only Q&A on Sunday, March 28, 6 -7 PM ET on YouTube. If you're not a member and would like to participate please sign up at colemanhughes.org. Today's episode is a bit different than usual. It's actually a recording of a talk I gave at Harvard's Program on Constitutional Government three months ago, entitled The Case for Color-blindness. My talk is about 30 minutes, and it's followed by an audience Q&A. I hope you enjoy it

1hr 22mins

18 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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Coleman Hughes responds to his Biggest Criticisms - S2 Bonus [Partial episode]

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.   The purpose of my solo episode is twofold. First, I'd like to update you all on the status of my attempted conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, the author of 'How to be an Anti-racist', and arguably the leading anti-racist public intellectual in America at the moment. And second, I want to respond to the most common critiques I receive regarding my views on race.   Bonus episodes are a members-only perk, however, I have decided to release a portion of the episode to the public. If you would like to access my full conversation consider becoming a member via https://colemanhughes.org/

20mins

11 Mar 2021

Rank #10