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Harrison and Adam had a chance to talk to biblical scholar Russell Gmirkin for this stimulating MindMatters show!

MindMatters: Plato All the Way Down: Solving Biblical Mysteries with Russell Gmirkin

What happens when you combine the investigative mentation of Sherlock Holmes with the adventurous spirit Indiana Jones? Join MindMatters today as we find out! We are joined by solver of mysteries and detective of antiquities Russell Gmirkin, author of two groundbreaking books on the composition of the Old Testament, and another soon to be published. In his first book, Russell boldly argued that the Old Testament is a Hellenistic book, composed in the early third century BC. In his second, he showed the reliance of the biblical laws on Plato's. His next, titled Plato's Timaeus and the Biblical Creation Accounts: Cosmic Monotheism and Terrestrial Polytheism in the Primordial History, will show the reliance of the Genesis creation accounts on Timaeus and Critias.

Join us as we talk about all these topics, plus forays into Russell's academic papers on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the historical basis for King Solomon, and the documentary hypothesis, as well as the roots of Western civilization and what it was like to be the son of the closest thing the CIA had to a James Bond. All this and more on this episode of MindMatters.



 

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The most recent MindMatters show, on the subjective of dopamine, might seem better suited for an Objective:Health show - but this molecule plays such a large part in our thinking, emotions and behavior that - you guessed it - its actually a very apropos subject for discussion. Enjoy 🖖

MindMatters: The Molecule of More: The Strange Psychology of Dopamine


When is a stop sign just a stop sign, and not a hidden message from your mother? Why are we excited about new things, only to become bored with them when the novelty wears off? This week on MindMatters we discuss the book The Molecule of More by Dr. Daniel Lieberman and Michael E. Long. During the discussion we cover the fine line between creativity and madness, how it is that most of what we tell ourselves about our behavior is post-hoc narrative creation, and more. Join us as we take a closer look at dopamine, a chemical that has a strong influence over our behavior and is responsible for much of our modern world.


 

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Upcoming book on the psychology of mass psychosis and totalitarianism is to be released this january.

Dr. Mattias Desmet: Totalitarianism & Mass Formation in the World explained
"Professor Mattias Desmet came to the conclusion that society was suffering from mass formation or crowd formation. This is a specific type of group formation that emerges under certain circumstances. Society needs to meet 4 certain conditions for mass formation to occur in society.
These four conditions are:
  1. Lack of social bond. Or a lack of meaningful relationships in their lives
  2. A large amount of society feels a lack of meaning in the world (for example, more than 40% of people within a society feel that their job was completely meaningless)
  3. Free floating anxiety in society. And in some cases, anxiety that the society cannot point to a specific reason for what exactly is causing this anxiety (overuse of anti-depressants etc)
  4. Free floating frustration and aggression.
If a society meets all these conditions, it will become increasingly susceptible to Mass Formation.
Link to interview on Peak Propirety:
Mattias Desmet on Our Grave Situation
Professor Mattias Desmet talks about his work that connects past historical episodes of what is called “Mass Formation” (aka Mass Psychosis) and current events. The risks are as grave as they come. Unless a few brave and courageous people are willing to stand up and say “I don’t agree!” history suggests that we will end up with a fully totalitarian outcome.


That is a dark path. It inevitably leads to mass casualties and atrocities. Eventually all totalitarian systems end in their own destruction.


My position is “it doesn’t have to be this way.” We can do better. Let’s avoid a future of atrocities and the complete destruction of our way of life. Unfortunately, those caught up in the Mass Formation event cannot see the larger or wider implications of their actions. They are very much like a hypnotized person with their field of view narrowed down to a singular threat or risk they have been told is the one-and-only threat they must conquer.


So all of their attention goes there. It focusses down. Nothing else matters. Eventually they transfer their anger and rage at that enemy – which is Covid today – upon a more relatable a nearby object. Perhaps their neighbor. Perhaps the unvaccinated. Perhaps immigrants who are stealing their jobs, or those who aren’t taking Climate Change seriously enough.


With that transference, the path has been laid to re-trod some of the most awful and inhumane periods of history. We’re there again and our own integrity demands that we do what we can to avoid going any further down that path.
 

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We were quite busy with other projects, traveling, overtime and other things that required our attention over the last couple of months, but here is our last show of the year! We look forward to covering some more excellent topics and to have some really interesting guests in 2022 - and hope that everyone here has a healthy, growth-filled and wonderful New Year in spite of all the tumultuous developments!

MindMatters: The Managerial Revolution and the Circulation of the Elites


MindMatters is back! On this New Year's episode, we discuss the work of Michael McConkey on the managerial revolution in the West, its relevance for ponerology, and McConkey's new substack "The Circulation of Elites," which discusses all these topics. Tune in for insights on the "new class", why it provides the perfect cover for political psychopaths, the fundamental (but fixable) weaknesses inherent in liberalism, and more.


 

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Great show! It's encouraging to see Ponerology start to trickle out (finally!) into the mass consciousness. I'm really looking forward to you guys having a face-to-face with Michael McConkey. It should be a lively conversation.

Regarding the benefits of some form of monarchy, it seems that the Russians have instinctively grasped the idea. Putin has been repeatedly placed back in office enough times to almost qualify as a monarch, though chosen by the people. He has provided a continuity of vision that never would have been possible otherwise.
 

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Yep! Great show guys!

I agree with what herondancer said, both, about seeing Ponerology catching on with quite a few people who are able to get the word out there; and about Russians and Putin having been in office for a score of years.
 

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Yep! Great show guys!

I agree with what herondancer said, both, about seeing Ponerology catching on with quite a few people who are able to get the word out there; and about Russians and Putin having been in office for a score of years.
Ditto! Absolutely a great show. McConkey's substack blog "The Circulation of Elites/The Evolved Psyche" is well worth the read. A wealth of information.
Thanks Guys. Helluva job the three of you are doing.
Keep up the good work👍:cool::cool2:
 

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Thank for the show guys!

I just noticed that McConkey posted the following recently:
Since the recent MindMatters episode, there’s been a spike in subscriptions to this the substack. So, to all you new members: welcome! I’ll do my best to ensure you consider that subscription a good investment of you time.

For those who found their way here by some other route, you might want to check it out. I’ll include the video below. The MindMatters guys provide a channel with wide ranging discussion of philosophy, religion, psychology and politics. I originally found their channel after reading Political Ponerology and was curious to see if I could find any online discussions of the book. They in fact have a lengthy playlist of related topics.

So, a big thanks to them for dedicating an entire episode to this substack and my work more broadly. If you’re not familiar with their channel, but enjoy the ideas discussed here, you’ll definitely want to check them out.
 

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The most recent MindMatters show description is below. And just know that one of these books is already covered for the next show - but the other two will take considerably longer to get under our belts!

MindMatters: Books for the New Year, and Responding to a Reader Comment


Today on MindMatters we give a preview of what's to come in 2022, including some of the books we've been reading: Richard Spence's Wall Street and the Russian Revolution and Iain McGilchrist's The Matter with Things. We also respond to a reader comment. Are we ignoring the dangers of rightwing authoritarianism and overplaying the dangers on the left?

 
The most recent MindMatters show description is below. And just know that one of these books is already covered for the next show - but the other two will take considerably longer to get under our belts!

MindMatters: Books for the New Year, and Responding to a Reader Comment




I thoroughly enjoyed this discussion and especially the reply's to the reader comment. Except now I can't get the image of a giant Mao Marshmallow floating around out of my head! :lol:

Looking forward to hearing more about the new books you are reading.
 
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