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Ep 262 – The Gospel According to Joe Henrich – Why Do Humans Seem So Smart Compared to Other Animals?

This morning’s lesson is taken from The Gospel According to Joe Henrich. Read by the very wonderful Martin Lewis, this reading captures the heart of why The Secret of Our...

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Ep 261 – Environment Shapes Behavior: Talking Jacques Fresco With Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt and I first got to know each other a decade ago doing stand up in Los Angeles. During the intervening decade, we both learned how to learn and how environment shapes...

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We Do Need Education. We Don’t Need No Thought Control.

One of the astonishing things about cultural evolution is the ways in which the meanings of words mutate. Sometimes, like Blinky the three-eyed fish, words shift subtly. And...

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John Godfrey Saxe’s The Blind Men and The Elephant

It was six men of Indostan, To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First...

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#IQ Part 5: Welcome to the I.Q. Revolution!

Mixed Mental Arts’ first Science-off in the #IntellectualThunderdome is coming to a close. Throughout the series we have highlighted how the work of Carol Dweck, Joe Henrich,...

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The Magical Thinking of #NewAtheism: Should We Let Richard Dawkins Promote his Imaginary Friend in the Name of Science?

If you wanted to teach a Fore tribesman of Papua New Guinea how to use a computer, you could take one of two series of actions: denigrate his beliefs, superstitions, and rituals,...

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#IQ Part 4: What’s Race Got To Do With Intelligence? Nothing.

In The Bell Curve Murray and Herrnstein found a correlation between race and I.Q. scores; white people generally have higher I.Q. scores than black people. Some people used the...

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#IQ Part 3: Red Fish, Blue Fish, White Human, Black Human

Darwin spent EIGHT YEARS studying barnacles. Yes, barnacles. Those little sea creatures that latch onto rocks, shells, ships, and whales. From that exhaustive research he learned...

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Ep 260 – Chris Ryan: Uncle Chris Took Me in His Van and I Liked It

At this point, Chris Ryan probably doesn’t need any introduction but why not give him one anyway. He’s the author of Sex at Dawn and one day he’ll be able to...

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#IQ Part 2: Humanity’s Superpower

Once you know the shameful history of the  Hijacked I.Q. test it won’t surprise you to learn that there are more holes in the idea that intelligence is a fixed quantity than a...