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School Sucks
Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
Category: Education
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
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My name is Brett and I have worked in education for the last ten years, in a variety of capacities. I am currently the Vice Pre...


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January 16, 2017 08:38 AM PST
Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions (-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: - why is "cultural Marxism" a throwaway term? - what doe the term mean to Brett - Freedom vs. Tyranny - Individualism vs. collectivism Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja

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January 11, 2017 07:11 AM PST
Nick Hazelton of an-yak.com is a young entrepreneur who opted out of school a couple years ago to pursue his passions and teach himself. He is back on the show to discuss a recent question he posed in the School Sucks Facebook group. It started one of the more educational and productive thread I have seen in the group in a while. Nick's Questions: Since there seems to be some fracturing of this group on the left-right paradigm, I want to hear more conversation about this paradigm and how much it really matters. Most people in this group are Liberty minded(probably close to 100%). We all value freedom and peace, I presume. Most of us are in favor of voluntarism and anarchism, we'd like to see an end to coercive enterprise. Most of us also value self directed learning, not just from the standpoint of "take you kids out of school". But also the standpoint that we're responsible for our own education, just like we're responsible for our own well being in all areas of our life. This is the message I hear from Brett and his guests on the show, this is the theme I see in SSP. I assume people are attracted, at least in part, to SSP because of this message. So where does this left-right paradigm fit in exactly? Since we all want government gone, people to take responsibility for themselves, and people to interact peacefully, where do we disagree? Is it the strategy on how to get to our desired outcome(e.g. lean right to attract conservatives to liberty)? Are there other things that we desire out of this outcome(e.g. marginalization of minority groups to end)? I guess it's not even specific to this group, but the whole libertarian community seems to be focused on this split of left vs right. Are we falling into the divide and conquer trap?

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January 05, 2017 04:44 AM PST
Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions(-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: Gender Fluidity and Fat-Shaming Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja

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December 29, 2016 02:31 PM PST
Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions(-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. INTRODUCTION: A 55-minute commentary on entertainment media, political correctness and identity politics in the 1990s. This segment does not reflect the opinions of the guests. DISCUSSION: The liberal vs. conservative mind - PC/anti-PC seeds planted in the 1990s - the Satanic panic - the psychological benefits of identity associations - the threat of changing culture - "privilege" and intersectionality - the state holds civilization hostage - Brett's unrecognized fears? - In Living Color, Rodney King and awakening to race tension - the Trump threat - Western Civilization Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja

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Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 300+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please consider making a monthly commitment by selecting the best option for you...
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December 24, 2016 10:31 AM PST
Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy return to the School Sucks studio for another one of our frequently requested long-form discussions(-THON). This time, we attempt to have a constructive and compassionate conversation (EMPATH-) about many of the issues I've explored in the SPEED AND POLITICS series, even though we have many opposing political, philosophical and cultural views. DISCUSSION: -Is it really easier to reason with people on the right? - A brief gender pronouns derailment - Is PC really a threat? - "virtue signaling at the point of a gun" - social psychology and tribalism - the hammer of the law - approaches to activism - the impact of US foreign policy - Jonathan Haidt's liberal/conservative categories Look Closer: Sex and Science Hour - https://sexandsciencehour.com Sovryn Tech Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/sovryntech Brian's Site: ZOG.ninja - https://zog.ninja

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Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 200+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please consider making a monthly commitment by selecting the best option for you...
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December 19, 2016 07:34 AM PST
With Steve Patterson - Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Referencing back to our earlier series, The Principles of Learning ANYTHING, Steve argues that System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two. Steve's Review of Politics In 2016 -Positive trends including Milo Yiannopolis? -Academia's culpability in Trump's election -Why many in the right-leaning media are more rational -Is it over for the Mainstream Media? -The groundwork for soft fascism -Nationalism and tribalism Thinking Fast and Slow -Steve's book review -Philosophical problems: are people completely irrational? -"The Hot Hand" - the zone is more than just luck -Practice vs. luck: we can transfer slow and careful system two thinking into efficient system one functioning -System one and the subconscious -Statistics don't apply to YOU -The "Academic Fallacy" in the 2008 financial crisis -Steve: the laws of logic are the laws of existence -Availability Bias/Availability Cascades in social and mainstream media -Before people police language, maybe they should try to understand how people use it -Theory-Induced Blindness Steve's New Book: What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. Related Series: Discover the Principles of Learning ANYTHING (SSP 4.0) Related Shows: [PODCAST] #448: The Alluring Alt-Right (With Jeffrey Tucker) [BONUS] The 16 Principles of the Alt-Right – Where I Agree and Disagree Look Closer: Steve's Website Podcast: Patterson In Pursuit Steve Patterson On You Tube

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December 13, 2016 04:53 AM PST
Today's podcast is an expansion of the previous episode. It features an interview with Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew. He is a University of Toronto student, the organizer of the now infamous University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech, and a longtime listener to the School Sucks Podcast. Some footage from The University of Toronto Rally For Free Speech: The "pronouns" debate: My Questions For Geoffrey "Biffo" Liew: - Who you are and what you're studying at U of T? - what has the campus climate been like for the last 2 months, how pervasive through U of T is this conflict we're all watching online? - How have you tried to connect with Social Justice activists? What has the dialog or lack thereof been like with people who are hostile? - The Pathology of "No justice, no peace." - Reflecting on past experiences, we can both understand the SJW mindset - what were the outcomes of the on-campus gender pronoun debate? - what motivated you to organize an event for Jordan Peterson? - How has Peterson influenced your life? - what opportunities are students missing by allowing him to be cast as an intolerant villain ? What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #449: Sex-Ed (Part 2) – Widening the Space [PODCAST] #446: Sex-Ed (Part 1) – Back To Biology Class? Look Closer: COMPLEXITY MANAGEMENT THEORY: MOTIVATION FOR IDEOLOGICAL RIGIDITY AND SOCIAL CONFLICT

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December 07, 2016 01:50 PM PST
A necessary detour in this series, after my discovery of Jordan Peterson. This presentation is a rant-esque monologue that hopefully becomes more calm and collected as it goes on, interspersed with relevant media clips. Thank you to everyone who sent me this video; it began a very educational week. Peterson's repeated warning that "violence is lurking" is the result of a combination of observations of the current discourse with four decades of experience studying and teaching about fascism and Marxism. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. INCLUDED: -These videos are discussed: -This debate is analyzed: -This video is encouraging: Related Shows: Podcast #285: Where Do White People Come From? (with Thaddeus Russell) Podcast #279: Some Abolitionists Thought Slaves Were Too…Free? (with Thaddeus Russell) [PODCAST] #448: The Alluring Alt-Right (With Jeffrey Tucker) [BONUS] The 16 Principles of the Alt-Right – Where I Agree and Disagree Look Closer: COMPLEXITY MANAGEMENT THEORY: MOTIVATIONFOR IDEOLOGICAL RIGIDITY AND SOCIAL CONFLICT

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Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 200+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please consider making a monthly commitment by selecting the best option for you...
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November 28, 2016 07:00 AM PST
Episode 462 is split into two parts. Today's discussion uses the book Thinking, Fast and Slow to identify some heuristics and mental shortcuts common in Alt-Right thinking. They include: 1. Confirmation Bias 2. Cognitive Ease 3. What You See Is All There Is 4. Halo Effect 5. Coherent Stories Then some more unstructured commentary (ranting) on immigration, intelligence testing, multiculturalism and identity politics. What This Series Is About: Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. INCLUDED: -Trevor Noah speaks our philosophical language? -Andrew Breitbart's warning -The Bell Curve is not the Bible -What do SJWs and Alt-Righters have in common? Too much -Enough Hegel already -Lessons from A Renegade History of the United States -A response to Richard Spencer's American Policy Institute speech -Demography is destiny? Related Shows: Podcast #285: Where Do White People Come From? (with Thaddeus Russell) Podcast #279: Some Abolitionists Thought Slaves Were Too…Free? (with Thaddeus Russell) [PODCAST] #448: The Alluring Alt-Right (With Jeffrey Tucker) [BONUS] The 16 Principles of the Alt-Right – Where I Agree and Disagree Look Closer:

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November 19, 2016 04:05 PM PST
What is wrong with John Oliver? What's wrong with Donald Trump? What's wrong the anti-Trump anti-reality protestors? What was wrong with me the other day when I suddenly felt impelled to hatch a conspiracy theory about Trump's election being part of a "larger plan" with no evidence? What's wrong with an alarming number of the interactions in School Sucks Facebook group lately? Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions. This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing. OPENING: John Oliver blows up 2016 - an analysis. DISCUSSION: -Tom Woods: Don't waste Your Breath Reasoning With the left -Rules For Radicals: learn to take advantage of mental shortcuts -Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman -Heuristics -System One: thinking that operates automatically, intuitively, involuntary and almost effortlessly -System Two: thinking that requires slowing down, deliberating, reasoning, computing, focusing, considering other data Look Closer:

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