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#250 — Broken Conversations

Making Sense with Sam Harris

21 May 2021

45mins

Owltail Summaries

1 quote, 3 ideas & 1 question from each episode

_________

#250 — Broken Conversations

21 May 2021

45mins

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Quote

"The reforms that ask the least of us, are often the ones that are most likely to go viral"

Ideas

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At what age should people be allowed to make choices freely for themselves?
In most places, this age lies in the late teens. What about decisions that are significant in consequences or hard to reverse?

Sam states that he's in support of people who want to undergo sex changes, but strongly against this being something children can do.

He asks, 'how many of us have decisions we made when we were younger that we later on regretted?'

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At what age should people be allowed to make choices freely for themselves?
In most places, this age lies in the late teens. What about decisions that are significant in consequences or hard to reverse?

Sam states that he's in support of people who want to undergo sex changes, but strongly against this being something children can do.

He asks, 'how many of us have decisions we made when we were younger that we later on regretted?'

2

At first, it's enough for individuals to stand up for what they believe in, but then, we need the power of institutions to ultimately fight for what they believe in.
What's worrying about our current society is that institutions are more and more afraid to stand up for certain topics such as cancel culture, because of the backlash and costs with publicity as well as loss of employees who disagree on topics.

2

At first, it's enough for individuals to stand up for what they believe in, but then, we need the power of institutions to ultimately fight for what they believe in.
What's worrying about our current society is that institutions are more and more afraid to stand up for certain topics such as cancel culture, because of the backlash and costs with publicity as well as loss of employees who disagree on topics.

3

Too much anti-racism is just as bad, it's reverse racism.
Saying there's racism when there isn't, like too much of anything, can be bad.

If we don't understand at what point our views or arguments become unproductive, it's unlikely we understand at what point our views are productive.

3

Too much anti-racism is just as bad, it's reverse racism.
Saying there's racism when there isn't, like too much of anything, can be bad.

If we don't understand at what point our views or arguments become unproductive, it's unlikely we understand at what point our views are productive.

Questions

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Can you think of something where you didn't think about when it would be too much?

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Can you think of something where you didn't think about when it would be too much?

What else is in the episode

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Issues and discussions around affirmative action, particularly for minority races

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Issues and discussions around affirmative action, particularly for minority races

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Israel and Palestinian conflict

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Israel and Palestinian conflict

3

Jesse asking for Sam's advice on trying psychedelics

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Jesse asking for Sam's advice on trying psychedelics

Who is Jesse Singal?

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who is a journalist, podcaster, and author. He is a contributing writer at New York Magazine and was a senior editor of the behavioral science vertical Science of Us. He's the cohost of Blocked and Reported along with journalist Katie Herzog and the author of 'The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills'.

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who is a journalist, podcaster, and author. He is a contributing writer at New York Magazine and was a senior editor of the behavioral science vertical Science of Us. He's the cohost of Blocked and Reported along with journalist Katie Herzog and the author of 'The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills'.

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