21/11 – 27/11/22 – Sam Harris & Herbet Marcuse

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Bret and Heather 151st DarkHorse Podcast Livestream
Video podcast at Brett Weinstein

I wrote the following in response to the discussion at the commencement of this video about Sam Harris’ decision to leave Twitter because Elon Musk had let Donald Trump return to the platform:

I listened to Harris for years, but when he went TDR (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and after his more recent comments regarding Joe Biden’s son, I deleted all connections with his podcasts and news. He is finished as a ‘reasonable’ philosophical commentator as far as I’m concerned. Frankly, it doesn’t surprise me he has deleted his account from Twitter to protest Trump’s reactivation after Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.’

Just listen to his first podcast with Jordan Peterson about ‘What is True?’ which I wrote about here. ‘I feel only after probably 10 listens I can find a winner. One in which I feel comfortable claiming the sole victor‘. It was Harris’ unwillingness to see Science as much a moral endeavour than factual in the event of investigation (see COVID). Peterson said: ‘So the proposition that the universe is best conceptualized as subatomic particles is ‘true’ enough to generate a hydrogen bomb, but it wasn’t ‘true’ enough to stop everyone from dying. Therefore, from a Darwinian perspective it was an insufficient pragmatic proposition and was therefore in some fundamental sense wrong.’ (Watch entire podcast here)

This led me onto the next podcast which I couldn’t recommend more highly about understanding why we live in the World we find ourselves today.

One Pill, Two Pill, Red Pill, Blue Pill: Herbert Marcuse and the Administered Society (Pt. 2 of 4)
Audio presentation at New Discourses

This is a part 2 commentary of Herbert Marcuse’s essay about ‘Repressive Tolerance‘ which relate to the comments above. This was written in 1965 and is an exemplar foretaste of the political climate which operates today. Simply put, ‘It seems rooted in the idea that, if you feel morally superior there’s nothing you can’t do to others, and they must step out of the way or be punished‘. Hence ‘cancel culture‘, atonement (even encouragement) of ANTIFA’s protests and violence despite COVID, Sam Harris’ rhetoric and behaviour and scourge towards disparaging and obstructing those choosing to be unvaccinated are testament to these kinds of theorists.

James Linday says, ‘I want people to come in contact with this and engage it and understand it. It’s very important to realise this is what we are living in. If you can realise it, you can see it. And if you can understand it, you can explain it.’ (Listen to audio presentation here)

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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