New Show: MindMatters (RIP Truth Perspective)

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1) Will you guys be doing a show on process philosophy and Whitehead? It's often mentioned, and an overview would be helpful.

We didn't have any plans for a show on Whitehead in the near term, but maybe now that we know there's an interest we can plan for one in the future.

For now though, you can hear this one: The Truth Perspective: An Alternative to Nihilistic Postmodernism: Whitehead's Process Philosophy

2) Will the Truth Perspective shows be uploaded on Youtube? They are also often mentioned, and I'd love to go listen to them as they are referred to in the Mind Matters show.

As of now there are no plans to, but you can always use the search function on the top right of the Sott page. Just enter 'Truth Perspective' and you'll see links to all the shows listed. From the show page you're interested in you can either download the MP3 file and listen to it at your convenience, or listen to the show directly from the embedded audio on the page. Enjoy!
 

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Our most recent show takes a look at an important political essay in order to, hopefully, help us navigate the present:

MindMatters: Follow the Leader - Étienne de La Boétie's Politics of Obedience

If tyrannical leaders are so few, and the people over which they rule so many - then why do the masses so often take it on the proverbial chin? What prevents the vast numbers of the oppressed from refusing to submit to the relatively small numbers of individuals who are doing all the oppressing? It's a good question that many are asking today - and that French political essayist Étienne de La Boétie asked more than 450 years ago in his now classic treatise The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude. Seeing injustice all around him, and while still an idealistic student of law, La Boétie's questions provided the groundwork for political thought and action for centuries to come - influencing thinkers of the calibre of Tolstoy and Gandhi - and form a point of departure from which many sought to reasonably act without calling hell upon their heads.

This week on MindMatters we examine The Politics Of Obedience and what it seems to be saying about power structures, the nature of servitude and the conditioning that citizens are largely subject to - and need to be rid of. Analyzing its virtues and flaws, we ask how we can apply the writer's answers to today (short of taking out the pitchforks), and what it means to be truly free in a world of nameless technocrats and their rules and agendas.


 

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The MindMatters crew connects a number of psychological dots that show relevance to many of the developments we're seeing societally:

MindMatters: The Allure and Contagion of the Criminal Mind


In such works as Inside the Criminal Mind and The Myth of the Out of Character Crime criminologist Dr. Stanton E. Samenow conceptualized and gave credence to the specific traits and behaviors of the 'criminal mind'. Such works not only show the thinking processes involved in law-breaking and antisocial behavior, but also (however unintentionally) instruct the more normally oriented of us of the self-entitlement one can and should be wary of - within our own character structure.

Making use of the above, and as a point of departure, we look at how historical and current cultural landscapes have, and do still, feed the criminal mind. Through political indoctrination and ideology this sickness glorifies, popularizes and normalizes pathological thinking - and, like a virus, is emulated and adopted across all strata of society.

Join us this week on MindMatters as we take a gander at the criminal minds at work all around us; from popular culture, Mao's China, and the hallowed halls of government, to the streets of Portland, the boardrooms of multi-national corporations, and your next-door neighbor. Criminal minds and thinking are all around us - but we can learn to see the signs of them lest we get infected by their poison.


 
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