Hunter "Toto" Maats

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What is Intelligence?

If you want a good summary of how W.E.I.R.D. Science thinks about intelligence, you can’t go wrong with watching Jordan Peterson’s video on the topic. Just to be...

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Ep 259 – Walid Darab: They will recite the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats.

Walid Darab is the host of the Greed for Ilm podcast. Bored and in traffic, he looked around for podcasts for Muslim-Americans and found they were either all SUPER religious or...

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#IQ Part 1: Hijacking Intelligence

Over a century ago, a French psychologist named Alfred Binet designed the first I.Q. Test. He wanted to identify children with learning disabilities as a way of providing them...

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Welcome to Humanity’s #IntellectualThunderdome!

1000 years ago a Muslim polymath named Ibn Haytham studied a wide range of subjects, including Aristotle, Galen, and Ptolemy of whom Westerners have heard much. He was also...

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All The World’s Stage: It’s Time for Science to Embrace Role Playing

Voltaire was a master of using the social media of his time to change public opinion. He knew how to put on a good show with clear, trackable characters that could draw in the...

Ep 258 – Meet Your Fellow Mixed Mental Artists: Isaiah Gooley

Isaiah Gooley is an analyst, musician, and writer. He’s been all over the place, and is still trying to learn as much as he can along the way. Check out his music at...

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The Underpants Gnomes’ View of Intellectual Progress: What EXACTLY happened between the Greeks and the Scientific Revolution?

One of the oldest public speaking tricks in the book is to imagine the audience in their underwear. It changes the emotional context around the audience from intimidating to naked...

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Ep 257 – Knowledge Bomb: The Art of Losing

Christopher Leon Price (aka Big Papa Werewolf) teaches kids The Art of Losing through chess. He learned it in large part from Megaman 2. In addition, he heads up Team Werewolf...

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If you think good ideas win out, look at your QWERTY keyboard.

People naively assume that good ideas win out and that they certainly would in the age of the internet. However, innovations have to compete against established incumbents that...

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Why can’t the scientific establishment get its act together? Because it’s W.E.I.R.D.

It’s time we admitted something: the scientific establishment has cultural biases and these biases are hurting science. And there’s science to demonstrate it. If you...