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On 5/16/2017 at 10:58 PM, jjbaugher said:

I found Stefan when somebody said check out what a Canadian Anarchist has to say about Trump.  Having encountered some self described Anarchists (Socialist?) in college, I decided to see what those "nut jobs" had to say.  (It was the untruth about Donald Trump)

 

I decided that I liked Stefan and then listened to all pod casts from 3000+ because that is the earliest that the Player in my phone would go.   So I guess what I'm saying is for episodes that are pre 3000, those topics should be evaluated for bringing back.

All podcasts are available through the podcasts app (on different feeds), the FDR app, and at http://www.fdrpodcasts.com/

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An interview with Dr. Linda Zylowska, author of The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals.

 

Rational:

Ritalin or Adderal is usually prescribed for ADHD.

Ritalin is a dopamine and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor. (Prevents dopamine from being hovered up quickly after being released).

Adderal is a dopamine and nor norepinephrine releasing agent and a dopamine and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor.

As the primary action of these drugs is the increased level of dopamine and norepinephrine, non stimulant methods of regulating the dopaminergic system should produce positive effects in those with ADHD.

Mindful meditation is associated with adaptations to the domainergic system [citation needed here, either meditation vs dopaminegic system or meditation vs physiological adaptation in areas of the brain associated with the dopaminergic system].

Therefore mindful meditation should produce positive effects in those with ADHD (as per the papers).

 

Another clinical trial showing comparable improvements in line with the 2007 paper.

 

(My 2 cents) ADHD-like symptoms as an epigenetic(like?) response to a chaotic (high ACE) environment makes sense when framed as a damping of the dopaminergic system to a hyper-stimulating environment (ala bomb in the brain series, dampening dompanine response as a sort of cognitive low pass filter). Researchers are diagnosing this as SCT, sluggish cognitive tempo, by which I mean they are diagnosing ADHD-like symptoms (most likely) induced by high ACE (hyper-stimulating) environments as distinct from ADHD.

 

I think the chap to talk to about SCT would be Russell Barkley, but I'm pretty sure he take funding from pharmaceutical companies (I can't find his Denmark talk on-line).

 

 

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With respect to the statistics on country of origin of immigrants and welfare usage. You could get a statistician or a mathematician or a data analyst or a business analyst, give them the knowledge of the expected IQ of someone who uses welfare, high 80s to 90, and use that to estimate the IQ of the immigrant populations also on welfare. If that holds, you can then take the IQ of populations in whatever country and use it to predict welfare usage.

 

For example:

 

If the expected IQ of a welfare user is 90, then you might predict that the people with an IQ 90 or below, acting rationally (economic rationality, money maximizers), should prefer to be on welfare.

So then take the IQ of the immigrant population (the population that immigrated, not the population IQ of the homeland) and you then say, OK, whatever proportion of the immigrant population has an IQ of 90 or below, rationally, would be better off on welfare and we would therefore expect the proportion of the immigrant population with an IQ of 90 or below to be about the same as the proportion of the immigrant population on welfare.

Whites, with an normal IQ distribution characterized by a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15? The proportion with an IQ below 90 is 25%, welfare usage? 26%

Asians, 104 mean, 15 s.d. IQ below 90? 17%, welfare usage? 17%

So far, so good.

Black from Africa and the Caribbean? about a 90 mean (they are sending their best!), 15 s.d. IQ below 90? about 50%, welfare usage? about 50%

Hispanics and Central Americans? mean 81 (central American average, they are not sending their best!), s.d. 15, IQ below 90? 72.5%, welfare usage? 73%

 

Pretty bang on. So it would be reasonable to predict welfare usage as a function of immigrant IQ for new immigrant populations

For example, Syrian mean IQ of 83 (from the homeland) with a s.d. of 15 would imply 68% have an IQ lower than 90 and so you would expect about 68% of them to be better off on welfare (if the immigrant Syrians have the same IQ mean as the homeland).

 

Could be an interesting. Blank slate, BTFO.

 

p.s. No reason a researcher couldn't extend this into a paper and use other countries data points, and some simplifying assumptions, to map the function between expected IQ of a welfare user, expected benefit and expect working wage. He could then use this to predict welfare use in the US as a function of average benefit paid and, cooler yet, the racial break down at each dollar level of benefit paid.

 

Welfare usage taken from...

 

 

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On 10/3/2017 at 11:53 AM, Diego1751 said:

The next Daily argument should be about free will

A lot of people don't think he has a choice about that.

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Perhaps a chat with Dave Rubin about the goings on in Hollywood. 

 

I mean, hey, here is this guy who lives in LA and works in media and is all about "getting the truth out there" and he doesn't have a single video about Weinstein, hell, not even a single tweet! Not a single tweet!

 

Oh wait, I just looked at his wiki and it turns out he is from New York, don't worry about it.

 

;)

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Scott Adams is doing a book tour on his new book Win bigly

On twitter he said he would ask Stefan if he would be interested in having him on again.

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1ypKdNzndYQJW?t=15m30s

I hope Stefan is interested in having Scott Adams back on as they had wonderful conversations in the past. I would like to see a new conversation on how to "Win Bigly" 

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Have a conversation with Jordan Peterson about epistemology. Or do a article rebuttal style commentary on his first conversation with Sam Harris on epistemology

Really any conversation between Peterson and yourself is bound to be insightful

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Please consider an interview with Amy Berg, writer and director of An Open Secret.

 

Disarming Films Contact Page

Amy Berg Twitter

Web page where you can view the film

 

Film synopsis from IMDB

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AN OPEN SECRET looks at the lives of children betrayed and abandoned by a system that essentially funnels them towards sexual predators without any oversight or regard for their safety. It documents not only these young peoples' experiences, but also how some have emerged stronger for their speaking out. It beg the questions of why children working in entertainment aren't afforded the same protections they are afforded at school, and argues for more effective treatment and stronger penalties for child sex offenders.

 

I didn't know about this film even with all the Hollywood goings on, I just found it and I am watching the film as I type.

 

Thank you.

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I liked the HAMLET discussion, so I'd be interested to see more along those lines...particularly I, CLAUDIUS, since it has an overlap with the thesis of war being a result of child abuse, and the parallels of the fall of Rome and the present-day (particularly in the way Livia manipulated her own children, in addition to manipulating poisoning so many others...all while justifying it as being "for the good of Rome...")

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I would like a trio of Peterson, Roaming, and Stefan. I would love RSD Tyler to be on the podcast but, I cannot see it since, they provide polar opposite perspectives. Another Elliot Hulse video would be great. More Alex Jones, Trump, and Joe Rogan would be great.

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Good afternoon. I was wondering if Stefan might be interested in taking up the topic of Arthur Koestler's GHOST IN THE MACHINE, as it may relate or dispute the r/K selection theory and the genotype/phenotype distincion, in relation.

In a nutshell: Koestler put forth the thesis of the "triunal brain" (reptilian, mammalian, and neo-cortex), and that the way these evolved together was something like nature "slapping" the neocortex onto the existing structures in such a way as to cause problems in communication and control between the three parts ("flight or flight" response as a result of previous experience, or even inherited experience, "amygdala hijacks", etc.) I'm wondering if this theory may be of more value than an epigenetic explanation, since it explains the problem debating "nature vs. nature" in this competing brain structures, and highlights the problem of conceptual abilty (or lack of, or of a refusal to think, etc) vs. more "primal" involuntary responses (the latter probably resulting from a genetic basis.). Koestler's book is a bit older, and some of the science is in question, by today's standards and findings, but it seems that the triunal brain theory is still accepted, with modifications. Assuming its validity, would this be seen as a competing theory to genetic r/K selection, or complimentary?

Thanks in advance,
Joe

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What new presentation?

An overview of learning styles.

Why do it?

- Yet another great 'plug' for a highly respected professional while aslo Stefan's book - The Art of the Argument -

- At the incremental demise of public education, while auto-/online- learning getting stronger by the minute = very fitting 'trend-train' to hop on as early as universally preferable!

- Cascade effect within existing community, God knows the power it will bestow to EVEN the least intelligent / industrious / conscientious. It will certainly multiply the reach of any already hard-working, 'red pilled' individual.

- Overlapping skillsets Stefan's got. Think of the sea of experience he's got with stuffing his cortex. Wouldn't you like to learn / imitate / experience even a fraction of the power the 'disciplined mind that's in-tune with the driver' means?

- Think of the simple yet life-changing adjustments parents could discover, reinforced with Stefan's personal experience... and credible anecdotes.

I have a tonne more, but I assume it's clear enough why a presentation on Learning Styles/Techniques would be a very popular and immensely important one to launch.

Barnsley

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Video about the Kingsman: the golden circle movie.

Spoiler: They've made the president of USA into a villain that gets impeached by an old blonde lady and the story of that is being aired by fox news ( in the movie, not the actual fox news ).

 

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I'd like to see a Truth about Nietschze and The Truth About A Christmas Story.

The last one is because I watched it as an adult and the Inner Carl Jung sprung out of me. He tells the story as an adult. A disturbed one no doubt.

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Interview with Harry Binswager, author of How we know.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hbinswanger?lang=en

Amazon link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/How-Know-Epistemology-Objectivist-Foundation/dp/1493753142/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514936698&sr=1-1

H.B.Letter author page contact us: https://twitter.com/hbinswanger?lang=en

The Ayn Rand Institute actually has online video lectures (from him) on epistemology: https://campus.aynrand.org

 

Specifically, regarding chpt 3 of How we know. 

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I would like to see it, but doubt that it would be a good idea or that it could happen in the near future...

Tony Attwood

(specifically about the highlights regarding a short, titled "Is Asperger's syndrome the next stage in human evolution? - Australian story". Responsibility, coming clean, credibility, service to humanity, progress made, family life)

Barnsley

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Margaret Atwood is a Baaaad feminist! She is so bad that she is now cast as a vilain in a plot twist only a feminist author could create... she failed to past a feminist purity test!

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/am-i-a-bad-feminist/article37591823/

The irony of this is too juicy to ignore. The author the Handmaid's Tale isn't feminist enough for the modern feminists. Apparently she missed the memo that said men should have no rights and committed the original sin of defending a man. I mean who does she think she is??? Karen Straughan or something???  Her essay reads like something you'd find on an MRA website...  lol.

Atwood the untouchable getting trashed by feminists! Some things you just can't make up.

Steph, you really need to get her on the show! I would so love to hear you and Atwood discuss #metoo and #killallmen. Imaginary dystopia colliding with reality is always entertaining!

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Hey Steph,

I just thought of another (better) idea after reading this...

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/margaret-atwood-is-a-blood-drinking-monster/article37609895/

How about moderating a conversation between Margaret Wente and Margaret Atwood? Imagine a show called "The Tale of Two Margarets"!

My guess is that there would be more than a little friction between the two but if you could moderate it and keep it civil it would make for one interesting show!

The battle of the Margarets... bring it on!

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