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Ep. 41 | Peter Boghossian & James Lindsay | The Glenn Beck Podcast



06.15.19 | Glenn sits down with both James A. Lindsay, an author, and mathematician as well as Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of Philosophy at Portland State University. These two men along with their associate Helen Pluckrose spent 10 months writing 20 hoax papers that illustrated and parodied what they call “grievance studies” and submitted them to “the best journals in the relevant fields.” Out of these 20 papers, seven of them were accepted, four were published online, and three were being processed. Being dubbed as “Sokal Squared”, this hoax has been applauded by several scholars for unmasking what they called academe’s leftist, victim-obsessed ideological slant and low publishing standards. If you’re worried about the state of culture in this country, if you’re curious of the inner workings of the world of academia, and you’re fed up with the increasing authoritarian ideology from the left or from the right, this podcast is for you.

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I get the sense that Glenn Beck has some real racial animus against China, Asia and all things and people Asian.

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2090 Religion is fading from European culture In some European nations, the number of people considering themselves to be non-religious has increased from around 30% in 1980, to over 90% now.* Although large numbers of Muslims populate the continent, a substantial portion are now only "culturally" Muslim, rather than having a literal interpretation of the Koran. Mainstream Islam has begun a reformation and modernisation in recent years – aided by vast improvements in education, combined with the broad homogenisation of culture resulting from globalisation, the Internet, various international agreements and other factors. Medical advances are undermining religion as a whole,… Read more »

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2034-2044 Ectogenesis is transforming reproductive rights Ectogenesis – the growth of mammalian embryos in artificial environments – was first described in 1924 by British scientist J.B.S. Haldane. His essay, Daedalus; or, Science and the Future, was regarded as shocking science fiction at the time, but later proved to be remarkable in having predicted many scientific advances. Haldane was a friend of author Aldous Huxley, whose famous novel Brave New World (1932) anticipated similar developments in reproductive technology. In 1953, a transient biochemical pregnancy was reported by Australian researchers who extracted an intact fertilised egg. It was followed by in vitro… Read more »

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2025-2050 Unemployment is soaring The second quarter of the 21st century is marked by a rapid rise in unemployment around much of the world.* This results in considerable economic, political and cultural upheaval. For most of the 200 years since the Industrial Revolution, new advances in technology and automation had tended to create more jobs than they destroyed. By the 21st century, however, this was no longer true. A fundamental change had begun to occur.** Median wages, already falling in recent decades, had continued to stagnate – particularly in the West.*** Globalisation and the outsourcing of jobs to overseas markets… Read more »

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David Heller

2025-2035 All television is becoming Internet-based During this period, cable TV and other traditional modes of television are beginning to disappear in favour of Internet-based streaming. The inflexibility of scheduled programmes had made them increasingly unattractive, with users shifting instead towards on-demand services providing greater choice, convenience and value for money. By the late 2010s, more people were streaming video online each day than watching scheduled linear TV.* This trend continued into the following two decades,* resulting in a huge loss of subscribers for older traditional media companies,* which were forced to either evolve or die. In Britain, the traditional… Read more »

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David Heller

Human brain simulations are becoming possible The first complete simulation of a single neuron was perfected in 2005. This was followed by a neocortical column with 10,000 neurons in 2008; then a cortical mesocircuit with 1,000,000 neurons in 2011. Mouse brain simulations, containing tens of million of neurons, were later achieved. By 2025, the exponential growth of data has made it possible to form accurate models of every part of the human brain and its 100 billion neurons.** Between 2000 and 2025, there was a millionfold increase in computational power, together with vastly improved scanning resolution and bandwidth. Much like… Read more »

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David Heller

Starlink reaches full capacity Starlink is a new worldwide satellite broadband network created by SpaceX. It consists of more than 4,400 cross-linked satellites in the "smallsat" class (weighing just a hundred or so kilograms each), orbiting at an altitude of 1,100 km (680 mi). This is quadruple the number of active satellites that were operational a decade earlier, which is made possible because they are mass-produced at much lower cost per unit of capability than existing satellites. The SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, initiated the project after noting a significant unmet demand for low-cost global broadband capabilities. Smaller satellites were seen… Read more »

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Brain implants to restore lost memories By now, it's becoming possible to replicate small areas of the brain with "neural prostheses" in order to repair damage from Alzheimer's, stroke or injury. This includes the restoration of lost memories. These devices can mimic the electrochemical signals from regions like the hippocampus (involved in consolidation of information from short-term to long-term memory, as well as spatial navigation). Experiments were initially conducted on rodents,* then monkeys,* before moving to human volunteers.* After years of clinical studies, the process can now be safely performed in hospitals. Electrode arrays are first used to record the… Read more »

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Asteroid sample return mission In addition to Mars, a sample is also returned from an asteroid this year. Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is NASA's first asteroid sample-return effort and only the second mission in history to retrieve samples from an asteroid.* Launched in 2016, it is the third selected mission in the New Frontiers Program, along with Juno and New Horizons. The probe is sent to 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous rock about 500m (1,640 ft) in diameter and classed as an Apollo asteroid. These are near-Earth asteroids whose orbits cross that of Earth. 101955 Bennu… Read more »

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2080 Some humans are becoming more non-biological than biological Today, the average citizen has access to a wide array of biotechnology implants and personal medical devices. These include fully artificial organs that never fail, bionic eyes and ears providing Superman-like senses, nanoscale brain interfaces to augment the wearer's intelligence, synthetic blood and bodily fluids that can filter deadly toxins and provide hours' worth of oxygen in a single breath. Some of the more adventurous citizens are undergoing voluntary amputations to gain prosthetic arms and legs, boosting strength and endurance by orders of magnitude. There is even artificial skin based on… Read more »

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2065 Longevity treatments able to halt aging Various combinations of treatments are now available that can essentially halt the aging process, at a cost low enough for the average person. This is changing society and culture in profound ways. Rather than being a single process, aging was found to be caused by seven key types of damage.* 1. Junk – inside cells2. Junk – outside cells3. Cells – too few being produced4. Cells – too many being produced5. Mutations – chromosomes6. Mutations – mitochondria7. Protein crosslinks As such, there was no "silver bullet" to aging. It required a number of… Read more »

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Progress with longevity extension By 2020, laboratory experiments are yielding major improvements in the health and lifespan of mice.* Since rodents and humans share similar DNA, there is now real hope of defeating the aging process. Though a permanent "cure" remains a distant prospect, a number of therapies are developed in the 2020s to reduce the cell damage, mitochondrial mutations and other effects of growing older.* For those wealthy enough to afford treatment, these can be used as "bridges" or stepping stones to the more dramatic advances in the decades ahead.* The dream of being able to live indefinitely is… Read more »

griz063
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griz063

If you seek Truth, you are free to think and pivot and change. If you seek to "be right" the personal investment triggers all kinds of ego processes plus the demon of having to admit one isn't right — essentially "isn't the Truth" every time someone might disagree. Someone disagreeing with a supposition of Truth you put forward is very different than them disagreeing with you as a person.To answer Peter's question at 24:30, this process of advancing yourself by tearing others down certainly pre-existed social media. The tech advancement just "gave it wings". There is in some New Age… Read more »

griz063
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griz063

Truth (capital T) is that which works for everyone at every point in time from any situational starting point. (A modernization of something taught to me by a very aged Apache Shaman.) It also links into Jung's ideas of Archetypes. They are the narratives (adventures) that if you follow you will arrive at the same (or very similar) destination.If all you have are things "that are just true for me", there can never be any coming together, any conversation, any civil exchange of ideas (which actually is a tenet of postmodernism — civil discourse is firstly impossible and secondly anything… Read more »

Michael O.
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Michael O.

Good lord Glenn can be so long winded and over dramatic sometimes.

griz063
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griz063

Our universities teach "Critical Avoidance", not Critical Thinking. And then people look for "thought leaders" because they don't know how to think for themselves. So they "tend the Lord's fields" and what they get back to great degree these days, is some kind of "emotive salvation" that helps them manage negative feelings. Which maps into high Trait-Neuroticism — and I'll stop there before we tumble into too deep a rabbit-hole and this becomes so long nobody wants to read or respond to it!

Nunya Bidness
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Nunya Bidness

Did they disable likes/dislikes on this video?

Michael Neil
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Michael Neil

You have to like these two. Need more people like them in this world on all sides.

Michael Kerns
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Michael Kerns

"Privilege is the original sin" I don't know if Boghossian coined the phrase but I really liked it.

Auralae
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Auralae

It was an effort to keep listening once Glen Beck accused American leadership of being exactly like Soviet leadership….with both citizenry being pawns. But what should I expect from a man who's GOT to know about the Book of Abraham, has GOT to understand just how much of a false prophet Smith was…what a scam artist he was and yet has never denounced him.

So…Glen wants us to just sit and "bleed"…is this an oblique reference to reparations? o.0

David Heller
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David Heller

Nanotech clothes are growing rapidly in use

Fabrics that incorporate nanotech are becoming fairly commonplace. This includes truly waterproof garments, which are now a popular choice for consumers. These are made from polyester fibres coated with millions of silicone filaments, structured in such a way that water simply falls off, leaving no dampness whatsoever.* Nanotech *