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  • References

    Erik’s novel, The Revelations (2021) can be found here and elsewhere:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revelations-Novel-Erik-Hoel-ebook/dp/B084ZKXQ12

    For a fuller selection of Erik’s writing:
    https://www.erikphoel.com/

    Especially relevant to our conversation:
    https://thebaffler.com/salvos/enter-the-supersensorium-hoel

    Follow Erik on Twitter @erikphoel

    Further References

    Correspondence between Descartes and Princess Elisabeth:|
    https://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/descartes1643_1.pdf

    Samuel Richardson, Clarissa: Or, The History of a Young Lady. Comprehending the Most Important Concerns of Private Life (1748)

    George Eliot, Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life (1871–2)

    Timestamps

    2:57 Paracosmic play
    6:59 Novels that deal with science
    9:36 I analyse Erik’s writing style
    12:30 New York City as a conscious organism
    18:44 The iconoclast protagonist and the shortcomings of neuroscience
    23:10 I read a passage from Erik’s novel
    43:25 Dreams—a reading from the novel plus discussion
    48:48 The advantage of literature over film and TV. The advantage of literature over science.
    1:11:45 The rise of the MFAs
    1:18:08 I read another passage from Erik’s novel

  • https://richarddawkins.net/

    Richard’s latest publication, Books Do Furnish a Life (2021) is available among other places here:
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1119942/books-do-furnish-a-life/9781787633681.html

    See also The Selfish Gene (1979); The Extended Phenotype (1982); Climbing Mount Improbable (1996); A Devil’s Chaplain (2003); The Ancestor’s Tale (2005); The God Delusion (2006) and many other works.

    For a more complete list of Richard’s books:
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Richard-Dawkins

    Follow Richard on Twitter: @RichardDawkins

    Further References

    Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution Is True (2009)
    Erik Hoel, The Revelations (2021)

    Timestamps

    4:24 Why more non-scientists should take pleasure in science writing
    6:15 Why it is important for scientists to write clearly
    14:43 Continuously updated virtual reality
    16:41 The genetic book of the dead
    20:17 The extended phenotype
    25:12 Literature and poetry
    28:06 Misconceptions of the gene’s eye view
    33:21 Misinterpretations of evolutionary biology and of Dawkins’ own work in particular
    35:56 Defying our genes
    36:16 Anti-Darwinian ethics
    37:28 Threats to the understanding of science
    39:20 Dawkins’ gift for satire
    44:37 Dawkins’ own favourite work

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  • Ashok’s book can be found here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Masala-Lab-Science-Indian-Cooking/dp/0143451375

    His YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/c/krishashok

    Follow Ashok on Twitter: @krishashok

    Further References
    Meher Mirza’s column in The Juggernaut - The Weight of Parsi Toddy (thejuggernaut.com):
    https://www.thejuggernaut.com/the-weight-of-parsi-toddy

    Timestamps
    2:54 Ashok reads the opening of chapter 2, “The Science of Spice” on coriander, supertasters
    6:08 A scientific approach to writing about Indian food
    13:07 Cooking rice: the science behind the folk wisdom
    16:55 Why you should rely on heuristics, not recipes
    22:58 Why Indian cookery is easier to improvise than French or Italian
    25:16 The rise of restaurants and the industrialisation of cooking
    27:25 Indian urban life post-independence and the difficulties of getting fresh ingredients
    30:25 Heat
    35:58 Alcohol
    41:31 Authenticity
    48:43 Advice for budding cooks who are intimidated by Indian cookery
    54:07 The audience of Ashok’s book
    01:02:58 I read from the introduction

  • Academic Freedom Alliance:
    https://academicfreedom.org/

    You can find Keith’s book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech (2018) here:
    https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691191522/speak-freely

    You can find all of Keith’s academic publications here:
    https://scholar.princeton.edu/kewhitt/home

    Keith regularly blogs here:
    https://reason.com/volokh/

    Follow Keith on Twitter: @kewhittington

    Further References
    My interview with Greg Lukianoff:
    https://soundcloud.com/twoforteapodcast/78-greg-lukianoff-defending-free-speech

    Experienced. Nonpartisan. Defending Your Rights. - FIRE:
    https://www.thefire.org/

    Heterodox Academy:
    https://heterodoxacademy.org/

    Timestamps
    2:24 The ACA’s specific mission; free speech norms at universities
    17:55 The defence of free speech for academics is controversial among academics
    20:23 Free speech is not a partisan issue
    35:16 How susceptible are people to absorbing ideas they hear or read about?
    42:25 Misconceptions about the situation on campuses, day to day
    48:44 The case of Tom Smith
    55:27 The distinction between academic freedom and freedom of speech
    01:03:23 What you can do to help

  • You can find Yasmine’s book, Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam (2019) here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unveiled-Western-Liberals-Empower-Radical/dp/1999240502

    Free Hearts Free Minds:
    https://www.freeheartsfreeminds.com/

    Follow Yasmine on Twitter: @YasMohammedxx
    Further References
    Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher Debate Radical Islam | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vln9D81eO60

    Maajid Nawaz, Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism (2012)
    Timestamps
    4:05 Yasmine’s life
    14:22 Ignored by the Canadian authorities
    15:01–16:07 I read a passage from Unveiled
    21:29–22:42 I read a passage on hijab and niqab from Unveiled
    22:43 More on hijab and niqab
    32:34 How Yasmine finally broke free and adapted to secular life
    42:02–43:58 A passage from Unveiled on sex after Islam
    44:30 Free Hearts, Free Minds, Yasmine’s organisation; also her new book collection of women who have left Islam
    50:33 –52:50 A passage on feminists in the west and their role in this, from Unveiled

  • You can find Sadanand’s writing for the Wall Street Journal here:
    https://www.wsj.com/news/author/sadanand-dhume

    Specifically on “Love Jihad”:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/hindu-nationalists-crazy-crackdown-on-love-jihad-11606349657

    Sadanand’s work at the American Enterprise Institute:
    https://www.aei.org/profile/sadanand-dhume/

    For more from Sadanand on Hindu ethnonationalism:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RawnTNec6Nc

    The Grand Tamasha podcast:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxp8lyhZjcI&list=PL19Wqzt3FqEUvI2mEQVRngisQMecIfoGf

    Sadanand’s book:
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/My-Friend-the-Fanatic/Sadanand-Dhume/9781634504218

    Follow Sadanand on Twitter: @dhume

    Further References
    Some of my sources of Indian news, as promised:
    The Hindu: Breaking News, India News, Sports News and Live Updates:
    https://www.thehindu.com/

    The Quint:
    https://www.thequint.com/

    Scroll.in:
    https://scroll.in/

    The Caravan (caravanmagazine.in):
    https://caravanmagazine.in/

    The Quilliam Circle:
    https://www.quilliaminternational.com/circle/

    Maajid Nawaz, Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism (2012)

    Shashi Tharoor, Why I Am a Hindu (2018)

    My interview with Salil Tripathi:
    https://soundcloud.com/twoforteapodcast/44-salil-tripathi-journalistic-integrity

    My interview with Armin Navabi:
    https://soundcloud.com/twoforteapodcast/episode-028-armin-navabi-the-battle-for-iran

    For more on the “sexy Kali” controversy:
    https://atheistrepublic.libsyn.com/indians-respond-to-sexy-hindu-goddess-kali-part-1
    and
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AtheistRepublic/search?query=sexy%20kali

    My article on the Indian project:
    https://areomagazine.com/2019/08/15/on-being-a-proud-indian/

    Timestamps
    2:04 The so-called “Love Jihad” laws, fears of conversion, Indian paternalism
    16:01 Interfaith marriages in India
    8:30 Attitudes towards Christian converts
    24:32 Problems within the Indian Muslim community.
    30:43 Indian secularism at the time of Independence
    37:57 The various anxieties about Islamic radicalism that helped fuel the rise of Hindu nationalism
    39:11 Double standards in Indian law
    41:26 India’s electoral system, group mobilisation and the abandonment of secularism on the part of the Hindu nationalists
    45:18 Muslim personal law, the Hajj subsidy
    49:18 Hindu religious radicalism
    58:00 The chilling effect on speech
    01:00:33 Indian law and freedom of speech
    01:06:05 Indian exceptionalism and the achievements of Indian secularism
    01:08:30 Misconceptions about democracy, the weakness of Indian institutions
    01:11:30 The recent controversial citizenship laws, the NRC and CAA
    01:19:09 How Covid-19 and the pandemic have affected Indian politics. Sadanand’s predictions for the future.

  • Areo:
    http://www.areomagazine.com/

    Areo’s Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/Areo

    And SubscribeStar:
    https://www.subscribestar.com/areo-magazine

    Areo on Ghost:
    https://areo-magazine-newsletter.ghost.io/

    Areo on Substack:
    https://areo.substack.com/

    Areo’s PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/areomagazine

    Counterweight:
    https://counterweightsupport.com/

  • Rebecca Christiansen’s novel, We Make Mayhem (2020) can be found here:
    https://www.wattpad.com/story/212324557-we-make-mayhem-boyxboy

    Her earlier work, Maybe in Paris (2017) can be found here:
    https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Maybe-in-Paris/Rebecca-Christiansen/9781510708808

    Rebecca’s Letter exchange with Frank Brosell is here:
    https://letter.wiki/conversation/153

    For more of Rebecca’s wonderful letters:
    https://letter.wiki/RebeccaChristiansen/conversations

    Rebecca on Medium:
    https://medium.com/@rebeccachristiansen

    Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccarightnow

    Further References
    Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger (2002) and The Book Thief (2005)

    David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy (2005)

    Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015)

    Laurie Forest, The Black Witch (2021)

    I know I’m late.. Every so often, a tweet or meme will go… | by Becky Albertalli | Medium:
    https://medium.com/@rebecca.albertalli/i-know-im-late-9b31de339c62

    Black Mirror (TV Series 2011– ) - IMDb:
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085059/

    Iain Banks, The Business (1999)

    Joe Rogan interviews Elon Musk: Joe Rogan Experience #1169 - Elon Musk - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycPr5-27vSI

    Salvation (TV Series 2017–2018) - IMDb:
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6170874/

    Samuel Richardson, Clarissa; or, The History of a Young Lady: Comprehending the Most Important Concerns of Private Life. And Particularly Shewing, the Distresses that May Attend the Misconduct Both of Parents and Children, In Relation to Marriage (1748). An account of how Richardson composed the novel can be found in T. C. Duncan Eaves and Ben D. Kimpel, Samuel Richardson: A. Biography (1971).

    The 36 Questions That Lead to Love - The New York Times (nytimes.com):
    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/style/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html

    Timestamps
    1:20 We Make Mayhem
    7:43 Elon Musk and dating apps
    13:27 Rebecca’s development as a writer
    16:42 I read the opening chapter of We Make Mayhem
    24:29 Wattpad responses to We Make Mayhem
    28:58 Young Adult fiction
    36:42 The publishing industry
    38:58 Rebecca’s main influences as a writer
    42:13 Why Rebecca writes in the voice of a young gay man
    44:06 More on Maybe in Paris and Rebecca reads an excerpt
    49:17 Advice for budding writers

  • Please Stop Imposing American Views about Race on Us - Persuasion:
    https://www.persuasion.community/p/please-stop-imposing-american-views

    The dangerous logic of anti-racism - UnHerd:
    https://unherd.com/2020/11/the-dangerous-logic-of-anti-racism/

    Biracial Britain by Remi Adekoya review: turning assumptions upside down | Evening Standard:
    https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/books/biracial-britain-mixedrace-remi-adekoya-review-b699865.html

    Tomiwa Owolade, a writer for UnHerd:
    https://unherd.com/author/tomiwa-owolade/

    Tomiwa Owolade – Quillette:
    https://quillette.com/author/tom-owolade/

    Follow Tomiwa @tomowolade

    Further References
    David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History (2016)

    Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (2018)

    Reni Eddo Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2018)

    UK rapper Wiley goes on hours-long anti-Semitic Twitter rant | The Times of Israel:
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-rapper-wiley-goes-on-hours-long-anti-semitic-twitter-rant/

    Remi Adekoya, Biracial Britain: A Different Way of Looking at Race (2021)

    Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995)

    Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (2020)

    Iona Italia reads from the preface, "The Half Caste" to her upcoming book "Fire and Vultures". - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdUunlGWqrw&t=2s

    Shashi Tharoor, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (2013)

    Timestamps
    1:30 The Americanisation of the British discourse on race
    11:06 Reni Eddo Lodge
    14:51 The terms BAME and white privilege
    18:49 Diversity in the arts and journalism
    24:48 The dangerous logic of anti-racism
    39:05 Brits and the slave trade
    44:53 Mixed race Britain
    54:23 Life in Argentina
    1:11:03 Nigeria

  • Preorders are very important to writers. Get hold of Jesse’s book here:
    https://bookshop.org/books/the-quick-fix-why-fad-psychology-can-t-cure-our-social-ills/9780374239800

    You can find Blocked and Reported here:
    https://www.patreon.com/blockedandreported/posts

    Jesse’s substack is here:
    https://jessesingal.substack.com/

    Further References
    Christoph on Twitter @halalcoholism

    Will Storr, Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us (2017)

    Here’s How Cornell Scientist Brian Wansink Turned Shoddy Data Into Viral Studies About How We Eat (buzzfeednews.com):
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniemlee/brian-wansink-cornell-p-hacking

    Russian Roulette - Derren Brown | FULL EPISODE! - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBjyCCxOEUQ

    Daniel Dresner, The Ideas Industry (2017)

    Angela Duckworth, Grit: Why Passion and Resilience Are the Secrets to Success (2017)

    Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are | TED Talk:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are?language=en

    Timestamps
    03:51 Positive psychology and comprehensive soldier fitness
    12:45 Thought leader mode vs. public intellectual mode
    15:11 More on grit
    21:09 The obsession with half-baked ideas
    23:19 Primeworld
    30:41 The superpredator panic
    33:04 The jangle fallacy
    37:00 The IAT (Implicit Association Test) and the fracturing of American society
    46:30 How to avoid being fooled by bad psychology

  • Katie’s article on the disappearance of the lesbians is available in a public version here:
    https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/where-have-all-the-lesbians-gone-0a7

    A longer version is also available on the Patreon for her podcast with Jesse Singal, Blocked and Reported:
    https://www.patreon.com/blockedandreported

    More background - LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate (gallup.com):
    https://news.gallup.com/poll/329708/lgbt-identification-rises-latest-estimate.aspx

    If the Future Is Nonbinary, It's a Bleak One for Women - Slog - The Stranger:
    https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/11/30/36431918/if-the-future-is-nonbinary-its-a-bleak-one-for-women

    Radclyffe Hall The Well of Loneliness (1928)

    Living together and civil partnership - legal differences - Citizens Advice:
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/living-together-marriage-and-civil-partnership/living-together-and-civil-partnership-legal-differences/

    Map of States Where Same-Sex Couples Are Able to Get Joint or Second Parent Adoption | American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org):
    https://www.aclu.org/map-states-where-same-sex-couples-are-able-get-joint-or-second-parent-adoption

    Timestamps
    3:32 The decline in lesbian bar culture
    11:26 The rise in transitions
    13:09 The shift in terminology from lesbian to non-binary, the retrospective transing of historical crossdressing women, defining feminine gender roles
    17:50 Masculine presentation among lesbians
    29:25 Social contagion
    32:12 Youth gender dysphoria
    34:21 Internal gender identities
    38:18 Lesbians and trans men
    40:03 Gender identity and sexuality
    48:11 From lesbian to queer
    49:50 Bisexuality and female sexual fluidity, same-sex marriage and civil partnerships

  • You can find Aella’s blog here:
    https://knowingless.com/about/

    Follow Aella on Twitter @aella_girl

    Mother-of-three says her sons were expelled from Catholic school because of her OnlyFans account:
    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/mother-only-fans-account-catholic-school-expelled-b1806998.html

    Other Life with Aella - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A15tiMRM8dE

    Blocked and Reported: Let's Talk About Sex (And Hanukkah And Bad Journalism), Baby (feat. @Aella_Girl) (fireside.fm):
    https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/44

    Timestamps
    0204 Aella’s religious family background, introduction to sex work
    09:08 Differences between camgirling and OnlyFans; why some people prefer OnlyFans over online porn
    19:56 The work involved
    24:52 What is Aella’s specific appeal?
    30:04 The dark side of sex work
    33:48 Sex work as compassion
    36:22 A few more dark sides
    41:48 OnlyFans and the gig economy
    43:53 Love and relationships as an OnlyFans girl
    50:46 Self-presentation, image
    54:00 Aella’s future

  • David’s book Atlas Hugged: The Autobiography of John Gault III can be found here:
    https://atlashugged.world/

    Home - Evolution Institute (evolution-institute.org):
    https://evolution-institute.org/

    NESCent: The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center:
    https://nescent.org/

    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

    B. F. Skinner, Walden Two (1948)

    Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, Nudge: Improving Decisions About
    Health, Wealth and Happiness (2009)

    Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene (1976)

    Massive Modularity - Oxford Handbooks:
    https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195309799.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780195309799-e-4

    Selection by consequences | Behavioral and Brain Sciences | Cambridge Core:
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences/article/abs/selection-by-consequences/0F69B44DBC37419B8EBD90B5667738ED

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy | Steven C. Hayes, PhD:
    https://stevenchayes.com/category/acceptance-and-commitment-therapy/

    George Eliot, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life (1871–2)

    Athena Aktipis, The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us

    Understand and Treat Cancer (2020)

    Timestamps
    2:58 How David came to be interested in this topic and why he decided to put his thoughts into novel form
    13:16 The mosaic of ideas
    27:08 Randian economics and the alternative
    39:26 Individual versus group-level perspectives in society and biology
    50:11 Cooperation and cheating
    55:54 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    01:08:05 The advantages of the fictional form
    01:13:05 The novel of ideas

  • Tom Chivers, The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World (2019); alternative title The Rationalist's Guide to the Galaxy: Superintelligent AI and the Geeks Who Are Trying to Save Humanity’s Future

    Follow Tom on Twitter @TomChivers

    Nick Bostrom, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014)

    Toby Ord, The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity (2020)

    Eliezer Yudkowsky, Rationality: From AI to Zombies (2015)

    Fantasia(1940) - The Sorcerer's Apprentice, First Part - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VErKCq1IGIU

    Fantasia(1940) - The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Second Part - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcesnqVF0us

    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1973)

    Stuart J. Russell, Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control (2019)

    LessWrong
    https://www.lesswrong.com/

    Astral Codex Ten (substack.com)
    https://astralcodexten.substack.com/

    Timestamps
    05:23 Why the AI threat is more like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice than The Terminator
    15:13 What does it mean to be intelligent?
    18:57 “The map is not the territory.”
    21:53 Judging veracity based on psychology not facts, the rationalists
    28:51 Why the singularity would be so uniquely dangerous
    41:41 Utilitarian approaches to suffering
    53:50 What the rationalists are like in person

  • For more on Michael visit:
    https://michaelwstory.com/

    Follow Michael on Twitter @MWStory

    Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (2015)

    Tom Chivers, The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World (2019)

    Nate Silver, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don't (2012)

    James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few (2005)

    Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases (1974)

    Metaculus:
    https://www.metaculus.com/questions/

    Timestamps
    03:43 The process of superforecasting with the example of predicting how long it would take to develop a coronavirus vaccine
    12:50 The wisdom of crowds
    18:04 The inside vs. outside view, anchors and base rates
    23:15 The foxes versus the hedgehogs
    29:39 The conjunction fallacy
    37:15 Accountability, falsifiability, Brier scores
    46:54 Loss of institutional credibility: a problem or an opportunity?
    01:02:05 The importance of A/B testing
    01:06:36 Back of the envelope (Fermi) calculations
    01:12:11 Psychological characteristics of superforecasters, caring about being wrong

  • Greg’s book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate (2012):
    http://www.unlearningliberty.com/

    His booklet, Freedom from Speech (2014):
    https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/freedom-from-speech/

    Greg’s blog, The Eternally Radical Idea Archives:
    https://www.thefire.org/category/newsdesk/eternally-radical-idea/

    For more on FIRE:
    https://www.thefire.org/

    Follow Greg on Twitter @glukianoff; follow FIRE on Twitter @TheFIREorg

    Further References
    Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (2018)

    Greg and Jon’s previous appearance on Two for Tea:
    https://soundcloud.com/twoforteapodcast/06-jonathan-haidt-and-greg-lukianoff

    The Mighty Ira (2020):
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13027292/

    Jonathan Rauch, Kindly Inquisitors (1993)

    Star Trek - "The Charming Negress" - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BBOWsWODX4

    A ‘Global First Amendment’ - FIRE:
    https://www.thefire.org/a-global-first-amendment/

    NOTE: The section on profanity in Unlearning Liberty had indeed been cut from my version of the audiobook.

    Timestamps
    4:02 Since 2012, the shift from primarily administration-led to student-led censorship
    08:41 Censorship gravity; free speech isn’t an intuitive value; free speech culture
    12:38 The power of higher education as an institution
    15:56 Is censorship a leftist thing?
    18:08 Understanding the world as it is, the insufficiency of the marketplace of ideas metaphor
    25:16 Group polarisation
    29:33 The ideological uncertainty principle
    31:10 Disinformation and conspiracy theorising
    38:28 Hate speech, calling people names
    44:32 Overbreadth and vagueness
    45:57 Profanity
    54:47 Harassment, hurt and the Davis standard
    59:33 Missed opportunities and censorship after George Floyd’s death
    01:01:48 The need for a global First Amendment
    01:06:27 Social media
    01:17:25 Disinvitations

  • Note: Sean B. Carroll the evolutionary biologist and Sean M. Carroll the quantum physicist are both equally awe-inspiring. They are not the same person.

    Sean’s new book A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (2020) can be found here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortunate-Events-Chance-Making-Planet/dp/0691218900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1611219491&sr=1-1

    Sean’s classic book Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom (2005) can be found here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Endless-Forms-Most-Beautiful-Science/dp/1849160481

    His book and film The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works can be found here:
    https://www.seanbcarroll.com/the-serengeti-rules#:~:text=In%20The%20Serengeti%20Rules%2C%20award,the%20planet%20we%20depend%20upon.

    For more on Sean:
    https://www.seanbcarroll.com/

    Follow Sean on Twitter @SeanBiolCarroll
    Further References
    Evo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody) | A Capella Science - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqReeTV_vk

    The Hox gene family synteny on chromosome 3 of Drosophila melanogaster... | Download Scientific Diagram (researchgate.net):
    https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-Hox-gene-family-synteny-on-chromosome-3-of-Drosophila-melanogaster-and-the-segments_fig4_322698687

    Introduction to Trilobites:
    https://www.trilobites.info/trilobite.htm

    Eye Development - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics:
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/eye-development

    Timestamps
    03:00 Misunderstandings about chance and probability
    04:42 The precise timing of the asteroid strike 66 million years
    07:48 Quantum fibrillation in the structure of DNA
    14:34 Redundancy in the genome
    17:50 How small the differences are that matter
    20:51 The central insight of evo devo
    28:38 Genetic switches and the choreography of development
    32:13 It’s ain’t what you have, it’s the way that you use it. How diversity is achieved.
    38:52 Homologous modular structures
    43:20 Hox genes and the GPS coordinate system for the body
    45:00 Williston’s law and why we have leeway to experiment
    49:47 Polarities, how changes in the embryo create changes in the animal
    55:02 Chance and the individual

  • You can find Visa’s book here:
    https://gumroad.com/l/friendlynerdbook

    Subscribe to Visa’s YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/visa

    Follow Visa on Twitter @visakanv

    Further References
    The wisdom of crowds concept is well described in Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner’s Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (2015)

    See @naval’s Twitter account, whose approach I compare with Visakan’s

    Sonke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (2017)

    The Karate Kid (1984); Cobra Kai (2018—)

    Timestamps
    03:18 Growing up online: how to use social media constructively to make friends and be a good member of the online community; the value of public comment spaces; the importance of scenes.
    31:18 Why we no longer fear strangers in the internet age; the wisdom of crowds; public and private spaces and liminal spaces and the opportunities they bring.
    47:22 Parasocial relationships; why Visakan’s approach brings him fans.
    51:08 Social dark matter
    57:18 What it means to be ambitious, the opportunities and dangers of idealism, the importance of public accountability
    01:10:41 Getting addicted to interim stages
    01:16:57 Note taking, tips for the writing process
    01:33:15 Using statistical understanding to improve your marriage
    01:38:52 What does mean to be a nerd? The value of pure curiosity.

  • Erratum: The attack on Charlie Hebdo took place in 2015, not 2017 (I misspoke).

    References
    Fred’s open letter following Charlie Hebdo: In defence of Charlie Hebdo:
    https://samsholli.blog/2017/09/01/in-defence-of-charlie-hebdo-open-letter-to-an-american-friend/

    Fred on the face coverings ban: The burqa ban:
    https://samsholli.blog/2017/09/02/the-burqa-ban-thoughts-and-clarifications/

    Follow Fred on Twitter @fred_connection

    Further References
    La République en actes : discours et conférence de presse du Président depuis Les Mureaux. - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcIDKr9mJ7c

    Macron unveils anti-separatism bill aimed at promoting secularism - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuY7JQjhw9Q

    1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and the State - Wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1905_French_law_on_the_Separation_of_the_Churches_and_the_State

    Hommage à Samuel Paty: le discours d'Emmanuel Macron en intégralité - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En5TVJGrC0U

    Unsurprisingly, Macron’s new anti-separatist law isn't fascist - The Post (unherd.com):
    https://unherd.com/thepost/unsurprisingly-macrons-new-anti-separatist-law-isnt-fascist/

    Séparatisme: ce que contient la loi présentée ce mercredi en Conseil des ministres (lefigaro.fr):
    https://www.lefigaro.fr/politique/separatisme-ce-que-contient-la-loi-presentee-ce-mercredi-en-conseil-des-ministres-20201208

    07 - Stephen Knight and Iram Ramzan by Two for Tea Podcast | Free Listening on SoundCloud:
    https://soundcloud.com/twoforteapodcast/episode-007-stephen-knight-and-iram-ramzan

    Maajid Nawaz: On blasphemy – Quilliam (quilliaminternational.com):
    https://www.quilliaminternational.com/maajid-nawaz-on-blasphemy/

    After Teacher’s Decapitation, France Unleashes a Broad Crackdown on ‘the Enemy Within’ - The New York Times (nytimes.com):
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/world/europe/france-raids-teacher-beheading.html

    Shashi Tharoor, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (2016)

    Timestamps
    7:23 The neutrality of public services, the origins of laïcité
    10:32 French schools
    16:41 Secular values
    19:59 Has the French state failed young French Muslims?
    27:37 What the Anglosaxon world gets wrong about French secularism
    31:08 Free speech, freedom of religion, freedom from religion, self-censorship and blasphemy
    56:17 Culture versus race, finding a balance between victim blaming and failure to take responsibility
    01:02:54 Differences between the First Amendment and laïcité
    01:11:58 Working with French Muslims

  • References
    William’s article, “Step Your Dick Up: Why Incels Deserve Better Advice”:
    https://williamcostello.medium.com/step-your-dick-up-why-incels-deserve-better-advice-307879d7c97b

    William’s other discussions of this topic can be found here:
    Incel: 36: “Step Your Dick Up” w/ William Costello on Apple Podcasts -
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/36-step-your-dick-up-w-william-costello/id1469915971?i=1000489484162

    ICMI20: William Costello - Step Your Dick Up: Incels and Men Generally Deserve Better Dating Advice - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5daap8dr3R0

    Evolutionary Psychology and Incels - interview with William Costello - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlNsD5zymYg

    Why Society Has an Incel Problem - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_KUJ6x4L8g

    Be Kinder to Incels with Dr Sarah Daly & William Costello - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrfDnQOULcw

    Diana Fleischman, “Uncanny Vulvas”: Uncanny Vulvas:
    https://jacobitemag.com/2018/04/24/uncanny-vulvas/

    James Bloodworth’s Letter exchange with Louise Perry:
    https://letter.wiki/conversation/789

    The Mating Mind podcast with Geoffrey Miller and Tucker Max: ‎
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-mating-grounds-podcast/id894712811

    More on Tucker Max’s books:
    https://www.amazon.com/Tucker-Max/e/B001JSAOIA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

    The Joker film, 2019

    Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, The Rise of Victimhood Culture (2018)
    Ralph Leonard, There's nothing wrong with Obama's pick-up artistry:
    https://unherd.com/thepost/theres-nothing-wrong-with-obamas-pick-up-artistry/

    For more on Aella Girl:
    https://www.reddit.com/user/AellaGirl/posts
    or see @AellaGirl on Twitter

    Matthew Hussey - YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9HGzFGt7BLmWDqooUbWGBg

    JOANNA R. PEPIN - About Joanna Pepin:
    https://www.joannapepin.com/

    Geoffrey Miller and Tucker Max, Mate: Become the Man Women Want (2015)
    Follow William on Twitter @costellowilliam

    Timestamps
    4:52 How incels are defined
    06:40 The incel community
    16:49 The empathy gap and the differences between attitudes towards women’s and men’s problems in love
    27:38 Looks and the dating market
    30:43 Online dating
    39:54 Women’s mating choices
    40:40 Male grooming
    45:33 More on online dating
    46:37 Pornography, sex robots, Only Fans and fake fitness
    56:47 The incelosphere and the manosphere, pick up artists, dating coaches
    1:05:36 Our cruelty towards the sexually rejected
    1:16:52 Advice for incels