What does Eric Weinstein make of the current controversy around vaccines and Ivermectin, centred on the criticism of his brother Bret's podcast, the Dark Horse.
In the last days, Sam Harris and former guest Yuri Deigin have both been heavily critical of claims made by both Bret and his guests.
In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller, Eric talks through his concerns at what is going on, and what he thinks are the deeper currents of the problem, including a lack of effective leadership in dealing with the pandemic.
Films mentioned in this episode:
Eric Weinstein, Glitch in the Matrix 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKeMIWVOnbo&t=4s
Sam Harris, A Contagion of Bad Ideas: https://samharris.org/subscriber-extras/256-contagion-bad-ideas/
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In recent months, Ivermectin has gone from a little known anti parasite drug to a culture war battleground - for some it's a potential miracle drug for treating and prevention of Covid and for others it's over-hyped snake oil.
Discussion of Ivermectin has also led to censorship from the Big Tech platforms. But the free speech/censorship dynamic is only part of the story - is also shows how broken our information landscape is - with the advocates on one side, and the skeptics on the other - creating echo chambers and filter bubbles, and broken sensemaking.
In this film we hear from three voices, Tess Lawrie, one of the most outspoken advocates for Ivermectin, Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, an epidemiologist and data nerd from Australia who has been examining the data, and Graham Walker, an ER doctor from San Francisco who has also been deep in the science and competing claims around Ivermectin.
Rebel Wisdom has prepared a full background briefing document on Ivermectin here to go alongside this film:
We will be hosting a conversation around this topic, and attempting to make sense of it live in our digital campfire on Tuesday 27th July, to join us, sign up here for as little as $10 per month: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're WEIRD - raised in a culture which is Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic. Joseph Henrich is professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneer in the study of WEIRD psychology - how it evolved, its unique characteristics, and why we need to understand it.
In this session in the Rebel Wisdom Campfire, Henrich joined us to discuss his book 'The Weirdest People in the World' - drawing on cutting-edge research in anthropology, psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology to explore how incorporating WEIRD psychology into our sensemaking can give us a new lens on our own psychology, history and culture.
Check out The Weirdest People in the World here: https://www.amazon.com/WEIRDest-People-World-Psychologically-Particularly/dp/0374173222
Check out 'Indigenous Narcissism' by Alexander Beiner which links Henrich's work to some of the topics we've explored on the channel: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom/indigenous-narcissism-social-media-belonging-weirdness-6063ac6f9aa
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There has been a lot of heat recently around YouTube censoring Bret Weinstein's Dark Horse podcast discussions around the vaccines and the drug Ivermectin.
Yesterday Quillette published an article highly critical of Bret co-authored by Yuri Deigin, one of the researchers who uncovered evidence on the 'lab leak' hypothesis and a former guest on Bret's podcast: https://quillette.com/2021/07/06/look...
This was a discussion about the deeper issues at play, the difficulties of finding truth and why the different narratives around these issues don't seem to come into contact with each other.
It was a dialogue held in the Rebel Wisdom Digital Campfire including Max Borders, the executive director of Social Evolution, a non-profit startup dedicated to liberating people and solving social problems through innovation, and Joshua Zader, an online entrepreneur with a background in clinical psychology and a passion for circling.
Zubin Damania, AKA ZDoggMD is a Stanford-trained MD who became something of a medical star during Covid.
In this conversation with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller they discuss the difficulty in finding truth online, the rise in censorship by the big tech platforms, and also his keen interest in the future of healthcare and his interest in spirituality and awakening.
This was a fascinating conversation. Zubin will be joining our Digital Campfire for a member's Q&A on July 14th, to join that call check out membership options here: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/plans
Check out Zubin's website here: https://zdoggmd.com/
What are Daniel Schmachtenberger, John Vervaeke, Sara Ness & Doshin Roshi trying to make sense of right now? We catch up with the faculty of our online course, Sensemaking 101, to find out what questions they've been wresting with recently.
We also discuss how we think the information landscape has shifted in the last 6 months, reflect on the challenges of figuring out how to navigate the complexity and weirdness of 2021, and share which practices we've found essential in improving agency, sovereignty and discernment.
Sensemaking 101 has an average rating of 90% from over a thousand alumni. Our next course starts on July 8 - read more and book your place on www.rebelwisdom.co.uk/sensemaking101
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