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Caught the show, and had wondered if you were going to bring up What Makes Normal People Do Monstrous Things, and you indeed did.

With Hare's statistics, will have to ponder it a bit more, however his work here seems to well dovetail with Lobaczewski. And on that note, boy, if you could ever get Hare on for an interview, that would be fascinating.

By the way, that was a nice follow up article on substack.

As for the South American focus, was reminded of John Pilger's interview with this guy (might fit in well with the pathological crimes and the hand picked and trained units):

 

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We were fortunate enough to have another very interesting guest on the show (who actually spoke with us several years ago for the Truth Perspective podcasts); Gordon Hahn. And the subject - Russian political and military security as seen through a historical lense. He really knows his stuff too.

This goes back to the beginning of last month, with the overall thought that Gordon's talk was excellent. He obviously has great depth of history and of current affairs in the region. One thing he said, though, which I can't yet follow through with his thoughts on, surrounded the Russian move to take over Crimea. His thoughts in the interview were that the Russians might have had other option then to just go in and secure it. I get that, there are always options, but was there really another option give the conditions and the stakes?

Having looked at the beginnings of what had happened over the years after the 2014 coup (and the history of Crimea), there was indeed an explicit move against Crimea by the uki-thug forces, and by their actions they meant reckless killing business to be done to the Crimean people. This is aside from the fact that Crimea had a permanent Russian naval contingent as had historically been agreed upon. In this, it might appear that had the Russians not done what they did to move and secure Crimea, a blood bath would have resulted. If that is so, there does not seem to have been many options as the die was cast.

That was the only real comment on Gordon's talk that gave me some pause, however he did not really expand upon what other options could have played out either.
 

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As part of our on-going discussion of Iain McGilchrist's great insights, combined with those topics we find especially interesting and relevant, we present to you:

MindMatters: The Matter with Things: Truth, Science, and Life

Today on MindMatters we discuss three chapters from Iain McGilchrist's magnum opus, The Matter with Things. What is truth? What is science's role in discovering it? And what does a proper science of life look like? Join us as we plumb the depths of McGilchrist's bold vision on some of life's biggest questions.

Further sources:
 

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We've come at the subject of left wing Totalitarianism from a number of different angles before, but never quite from this one (or this fully) - and its certainly eye-opening to be sure.

MindMatters: Is Critical Race Theory Race Marxism?


Today on MindMatters we delve into the first chapters of James Lindsay's new book Race Marxism: The Truth about Critical Race Theory and Praxis. Contrary to what you hear on the news or Twitter, CRT is not simply a legal theory taught in law school. It is a full-blown activist movement. Even some who consider themselves proponents might be shocked to learn what its central tenets are, as described in the movements foundational academic texts. Lindsay puts it all together for us in one comprehensive volume.


 

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Whoa, great CRT comments you all made for this influential societal subject. The idea of plug and play make sense (drop an idea into a Marxist-wise template and let the program run), including how Freud entered into the picture.

In more recent times had had the horror of sitting through forced at work CRT sessions, more or less an HR CRT indoctrination session for corporate conformity - not unlike like environmental greenwashing, it was social whitewashing as part of their obtaining their seal of approval sticker while unifying employees (and shutting down any unconforming speech). Was shocked at the number of participants zeal for the ideas, that a day before they did not appear to have, and also realized that they had no clue what they were talking about, and yet parrot away they did. In retrospect too - tested a little, was what seemed built in and calculated was if approaching any colleague on the post indoctrination subject, there was pins and needles - do so at your own risk. It is freighting really, and it seemed a very fast process.

That was also an interesting personal/family look you offered on post war Germany, Mr. Koch. Thank you.

After the show concluded (and look forward to the discussion continuing), was thinking that with so much excellent past material to work with, a best of MindMatters book would be cool - no pressure :whistle:, not sure what it could look like, just saying.
 

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There was so much more on the subject of CRT (and particularly James Lindsay's take on things) that warranted discussion - that we chose to do a second show on the subject right away:

MindMatters: Critical Race Theory's Race To The Bottom


Critical Race Theory did not come ready-made out of a box. What we see and know today as CRT has, as its basis, several schools of pseudo-philosophical thought and areas of academic study - one built and twisted on another. But these influences and the progression of these ideas can, for all their wrongheadedness, be traced and seen for what they are. Today on MindMatters we delve further into the ideological roots, conceptual frameworks, contemporary movements and ultimate end game of CRT as described in James Lindsay's new book Race Marxism: The Truth about Critical Race Theory and Praxis.

Other sources:
Andrew Lobaczewski's Political Ponerology
Arthur Versluis's New Inquisitions


 

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As part of our on-going discussion of Iain McGilchrist's great insights, combined with those topics we find especially interesting and relevant, we present to you:

MindMatters: The Matter with Things: Truth, Science, and Life



Just caught up with this one, I loved it. Super interesting and you covered something I've been thinking about for ages and never found a good answer on.

How does a negatively charged particle "know" it should move towards a positive charge? How does it even know which direction it should move? OK you can say there's an electromagnetic field, but the particle still has to recognise that field, read the direction etc. And what stops it from "deciding" to fly in the other direction just by chance?

Thanks guys there's a lot to think about!
 

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In our most recent show, we discuss the subject of warfare from a completely different angle and set of facts than perhaps we're used to - and which lend themselves to at least questioning some of the assumptions we have about how nation-states evolve:

MindMatters: The War Paradox: How Warfare Breeds Cooperation, and Cooperation Reduces Warfare


Today on MindMatters we discuss complexity scientist Peter Turchin's 2015 book, Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth. Turchin walks us through 10 millennia of human cultural evolution: from tribes and chiefdoms to the first states and empires, to our modern "ultrasocial" states. Contrary to pet theories and many ingenious hypotheses over the generations, the development of large, complex societies was not the result of agriculture or even ideas--the primer driver has been warfare: the technologies humans have developed to defend and conquer, the cooperation needed for both, and the cultural practices and values that developed and survived as a result.


 
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