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Indoctrination + Regurgitation + Graduation ≠ An Education
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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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March 04, 2015 03:06 PM PST
Kyle Davis of Meditation & Buddhism in Providence returns to continue our discussion about meditation. I have been practicing regularly for 4-5 months now and I have a few new questions and observations. Kyle originally appeared on episode #275:A Better State of Mind: Introduction to Meditation A review of the basics and what we covered last time: -it is an active process -trying to strengthen the mind -contemplation - bringing in an idea or feeling -the placement -holding it there -It's a practice, it takes work and time, feel clumsy -posture, body as an antenna, be comfortable and alert, straight back -have the body in a way that it can stay still, legs crossed -rest eyes with a little light coming in -first thing in the morning is ideal, but other times are okay -breathing: just through the nose start to notice the breathing in nostrils, analyze, try to find the sensation of air touching nostrils focus just on that sensation notice a distraction? acknowledge and move the mind back to the sensation -length, set a realistic goal and follow through My Progress: -what I have practiced so far, înapanasati -some questions/concerns: Half lotus feels unnatural, what about music? -Beginning Mindfulness Meditation, Shamata -placement meditation -how does meditation change the brain? Buddhism/Philosophy: -Buddha's view of happiness -define "positive states of mind" -Are you familiar with Stoicism? -is acceptance without assertiveness dangerous? -Vipassana: impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non-self Look Closer: Meditation & Buddhism in Providence: Mindfulness for Busy People - http://meditationinrhodeisland.org/ Your Brain on Meditation - http://www.mindful.org/the-science/neuroscience/your-brain-on-meditation Samatha and Vipassana - http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/articles/item/1203-samatha-and-vipassana-meditation.html

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March 01, 2015 05:46 AM PST
This a 55-minute selection from a conversation with Nick Hazelton of Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast. He invited me on his show to discuss all of the topics you saw in the title. Nick is a sixteen-year-old aspiring yak herder who has spent the last year learning his way out of schooling. He also appears on The Freedom Feens radio show. I interviewed him on Episode 300 of School Sucks Podcast, Dropping Out and Nihilism. We first met Nick in April of 2014. Look Closer: Polycentric law - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycentric_law Nihilism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihilism Polycentric Law, by Tom W. Bell - http://osf1.gmu.edu/~ihs/w91issues.html The Feasibility of Privately Produced Law - http://www.cis.org.au/images/stories/policy-magazine/1999-autumn/1999-15-1-tom-bell.pdf Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast - http://an-yak.com/
February 25, 2015 12:54 PM PST
Derrick J. returns to discuss an email he recently sent to his two 7th grade sisters about leaving school. It has been two weeks and he is still waiting for a reply. His father, a former principal, asked him not to discuss it with them any more. What would you do? How would you follow up? The email was inspired by this video from BoyInABand: Read his article here: Don’t Stay in School. Look Closer: Derrick's Site: DerrickJ.me - http://derrickj.me/ Freedom Feens - http://www.freedomfeens.com/ Free Talk Live - https://www.freetalklive.com/ Flaming Freedom - http://flamingfreedom.com/ Derrick On School Sucks - http://schoolsucksproject.com/?s=derrick
February 21, 2015 02:38 PM PST
Part three in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Introduction: Some selections from The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto Discussion: Darrell and I discuss Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives. See Brett's notes here. Background: "My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate's attitude. The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today's most highly educated employees is no accident." -Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds Bumper Music: "Church of the Poison Mind" Culture Club "Making Plans For Nigel" XTC Look Closer: Darrell's Site: Voluntary Visions - http://voluntaryvisions.com/ Darrell's Communication Glossary - http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/ Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority - https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/
February 20, 2015 07:00 AM PST

This is my recent appearance on the Greening Out Podcast.

From GreeningOutPodcast.co.uk: "Caity and Dan welcome Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Project to the show.We have a fun and interesting chat about historical research, the great man theory and how history is taught in schools.We go on to talk about historical inaccuracies in movies and what future historians may make of us."

February 15, 2015 12:55 PM PST
This show continues a series that will examine the concept of scientific consensus and contrast it with voices of the dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. Today we ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Monologue: -Brett discusses how little he knows about the vaccine debate for 30 minutes Discussion: What is the Political Debate Contract? And how does it relate to this flowchart? Background: "My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate's attitude. The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today's most highly educated employees is no accident." -Jeff Schmidt Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives. Look Closer: Darrell's Site: Voluntary Visions - http://voluntaryvisions.com/ Bringing Much-Needed Sanity to the Vaccine Debate, by Kevin Geary - https://medium.com/@therebootedbody/bringing-much-needed-sanity-to-the-vaccine-debate-e143f089bfd1 The CDC whistleblower William W. Thompson: Final (for now) roundup and epilogue - http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/08/29/the-cdc-whistleblower-william-w-thompson-final-for-now-roundup-and-epilogue/ Anti-vaccination movement - http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Anti-vaccination_movement Autism Debate with Jenny McCarthy, part two - http://thedoctorstv.com/videos/autism-debate-with-jenny-mccarthy-part-two--6 Darrell's Communication Glossary - http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/ Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives - http://disciplinedminds.tripod.com/ Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority - https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, the prophet of bacteriology - http://web.archive.org/web/20080404214853/http://www.general-anaesthesia.com/semmelweis.htm
February 10, 2015 02:39 PM PST
Antigone, Nick and I discuss my conversations with Bill Buppert. Antigone expresses some concerns about Stoicism, while Nick defends and further explains the philosophy. This podcast includes tangents into empathy, slavery, Consequentialism and dystopian future scenarios. Bill Buppert's Stoicism Reading List: -A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy -A Man in Full -The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations) To get better acquainted with the philosophy: The Obstacle Is The Way: Tim Ferriss Audio Edition Here is the most comprehensive list I could find that I agree with all the choices: Stoicsm Books This is a terrific resource and dirt cheap on Amazon:The Stoic and Epicurean Philosophers: The Complete Extant Writings of Epicurus, Epictetus, Lucretius and Marcus Aurelius Look Closer: Sex, Lies & Anarchy - http://sexliesanarchy.com/ Stoicism and Hormetism - http://gettingstronger.org/stoicism/ Change your receptors, change your set point - http://gettingstronger.org/2010/10/change-your-setpoint/ Stoicism 101: A quick guide to the philosophy - http://hackthesystem.com/blog/stoicism-101-a-quick-guide-to-the-philosophy/ Real Mind Control: The 21-Day No-Complaint Experiment, by Tim Ferriss - http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/09/18/real-mind-control-the-21-day-no-complaint-experiment/ Stoicsm Overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism
February 07, 2015 07:14 AM PST
This show begins a series that will examine the concept of scientific consensus and contrast it with voices of the dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series. Introduction: -Clarification of goals and definitions -A healthy distrust of Academia -Understand how science can be politicized, both ways -Frustration with skeptics Discussion: -People are all coming to eventually form various conclusions based on personal and secondary/tertiary supportive evidence (including appeals to various authorities). Some folks seem to consider that there are verified opinions formed amongst a scientific majority (often erroneously called the "scientific consensus"). -These theories and opinions are widely publicized in scientific periodicals which are widely used and distributed by the scientific academic communities in universities, those researchers who are beneficiaries of research grant funds, and are taught in such educational facilities and other venues -Others have developed a healthy skepticism regarding the scientific majority opinions on a wide variety of topics. It seems that many of us "dissenters" prefer to have dissenting opinions (academically and tangibly) from some (but not all) of those conclusions held by the widely-published scientific majority -Will some of us be dissenters forever? -As dissenters to the majority opinion of widely-publicized scientists, many of us notice that many people who take the majority opinion can get very emotional when hearing criticism of the majority conclusion which was taught to them, which they independently discovered or which they merely heard of and conclude "must be true". -How Darrell came to "Liberty" through his studies of medicine -Any idea in science carries the seeds of its own destruction Background: "My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate's attitude. The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today's most highly educated employees is no accident." -Jeff Schmidt Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives. Look Closer: Darrell's Site: Voluntary Visions - http://voluntaryvisions.com/ Darrell's Communication Glossary - http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/ Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives - http://disciplinedminds.tripod.com/ Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority - https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/ Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, the prophet of bacteriology - http://web.archive.org/web/20080404214853/http://www.general-anaesthesia.com/semmelweis.htm
January 30, 2015 12:09 PM PST
The concluding episode in a short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination. INTRODUCTION: -A brief review of the series -Four Simple Reasons for Procrastination (Difficulty, Time-consuming, Lack of knowledge or skills, Fears) -Four More Complex Reasons for Procrastination (Perfectionism, Anger/Hostility, Low Frustration Tolerance, Self-Downing) 11 PRACTICAL STEPS TO PRODUCTIVITY: 1. Know What you Want/Identify 2. Belief/Attitude 3. Make a Plan 4. Decision 5. Determination 6. Do the Work/Commit 7. Practice Resilience 8. Have Reminders 9. Start Small 10. Practice Patience 11. Recharge COMMON IMPEDIMENTS & RATIONALIZATIONS (from Cal Poly Academic Skills Center (ASC): Procrastination) Mañana - "I'll do it tomorrow." Contingent mañana - "I'll do it tomorrow, if ..." Grasshopperism - "I need to have some well-earned fun first." (In aesop's fable, the grasshopper fiddled and played all summer while the ants stored up winter supplies. When winter came, the grasshopper suffered.) Escapism - "I've got to get out for a while to clear my mind." Impulsiveness - "My problem will be solved if I change my major, or attend a different college, or... " Music and reading - "I'll relax a while and then get started." Cavalry to the Rescue - "The professor will get sick and cancel finals!" "I'm more productive when I work under pressure, so I'm postponing all my work until the pressure builds up and then I'll get it done easily." "I don't know how to do this problem, so I'm waiting until I know how before I do it." "This job is easier to do when I'm in the mood, and I'm simply not in the mood right now." "I waited until the last moment before and it worked out okay, so why not this time?" "If I wait until the last minute, I won't spend so much time on it." "Circumstances beyond my control prevented me from doing so." "I've worked on this for so long that I have no interest or energy for it." Shop: Look Closer: Cal Poly Academic Skills Center (ASC): Procrastination - http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/procrastination.html 10 Ways to Push Yourself to Excel at Work in the New Year - http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/10-ways-push-yourself-excel-work-the-new-year.html HOW WE PROCRASTINATE - http://www.unstuck.com/how-we-procrastinate.html David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy ABC Worksheet - http://www.stressgroup.com/ABCworksheet.html It's About Time:The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them - http://www.orgcoach.net/overcomeprocrastination.html
January 23, 2015 10:54 PM PST
A short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination. INTRODUCTION: A-B-C-D-E Examples REVIEW: -The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (The Practices of Living Consciously, Self-Acceptance, Self-Responsibility, Self-Assertiveness, Living Purposefully and Personal Integrity) -The GTD Flow (Collect, Process, Organize, Review, Do) -REBT THE SIX TYPES OF PROCRASTINATORS: Style #1: Perfectionist. Reluctant to start or finish a task because they don't want anything less than perfect. Personality Type: Critical Thinking Style: All or nothing Speaking Style: I should... I have to... Acting Style Flawless Psychological Need For: Control Style #2: Dreamer. They don't like details. This makes ideas difficult to implement. Personality Type: Fanciful Thinking Style: Vague Speaking Style: I wish... Acting Style: Passive Psychological need for: Being special Style #3: Worrier. They have an excessive need for security, causing them to fear risk. They fear change, causing them to avoid finishing projects so they don't have to leave the comfort of the "known." Personality Type: Fearful Thinking Style: Indecisive Speaking Style: What if...? Acting Style: Cautious Psychological Need For: Security Style #4: Defier. A rebel seeking to buck the rules. By procrastinating, they are setting their own schedule -- one that nobody else can predict or control. More subtle forms are called passive-aggressive. Personality Type: Resistant Thinking Style: Oppositional Speaking Style: Why should I...? Acting Style: Rebellious Psychological Need For: Non-conformity Style #5: Crisis-Maker. Addicted to the adrenaline rush of living on the edge. Personality Type: Over-emotional Thinking Style: Agitated Speaking Style: Extremes - "Unbelievable" Acting Style: Dramatic Psychological Need For: Attention Style #6: Over-Doer. Says yes to too much because they are unable or unwilling to make choices and establish priorities. They have difficulty making decisions. Prime candidate for burnout. Personality Type: Busy Thinking Style: Compelled Speaking Style: Can't say "no" Acting Style: Do-it-all Psychological Need For: Self-reliance (From It's About Time:The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them by Dr. Linda Sapadin. Book Overview by Kathy Paauw) Shop: Look Closer: David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/ The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy ABC Worksheet - http://www.stressgroup.com/ABCworksheet.html It's About Time:The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them - http://www.orgcoach.net/overcomeprocrastination.html
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