382 – Bill Cosby – The two courts / Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke revisited

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Jan 082015

Bill Cosby


00:07 The two courts: Bill Cosby in London, allegations against Bill Cosby, court of public opinion, court of law, presumption of innocence, political opportunism, Jane Piper
19:20 Court of no defence: Megan Walker, Anne Bokma, Bill Cosby, Andy Oudman, court of law vs court of public opinion, courting no defence, lack of evidence, feminism and feminists, public lynching, reputation
29:30 Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke revisited: 2001-A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke, science and science fiction, retrospective view of earlier science fiction, Clarke’s view of humanity
41:20 Heinlein vs Asimov vs Card: individualism vs collective, Robert A Heinlein’s view of the heroic man, Heinlein’s political views, Time Enough For Love, Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game, audio books vs written word 54:50 END

367 – Prohibiting drug prohibition / Teaching Johnny to Think ~ Leonard Peikoff

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Sep 112014

Teaching Johnny to Think


00:07 A call to prohibit drug prohibition: Global Commission on Drug Policy, United Nations, proposal to decriminalize all drugs, the King of Pot, Jimmy Cournoyer, Prince of Pot, Marc Emery returns to Canada
15:45 Political pot shots? Or practical strategy? Jodie Emery, Liberal Party of Canada, principle and politics, all political parties break promises, left and right, philosophical vulnerability of Liberal Party, NDP, Thomas Mulcair and cannabis decriminalization, contradictions between objectives and strategies, the missing debate
32:30 Why Johnny is Bored and Confused: teaching problems in the schools, Teaching Johnny To Think by Leonard Peikoff, teaching facts at the perceptual level, teaching at a conceptual level, integrated vs disintegrated model of schooling, disintegration, misintegration, integration through objective teaching
44:45 Teaching Johnny to Think: five theories of education, classical theory, socialization theory, child centered theory, moral behavioural theory, cognitive theory, intrinsic vs subjective theories of cognition, objective theory of cognition, systematic process, reading, writing, arithmetic, mathematics, history, science, literature, little or no hope in public school system 55:22 END

365 – Making book on the future / Froshing at the mouth

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Aug 282014

UWO Gazette


00:07 Making book on the future: civilization’s basic books, cook book – science book – philosophy book, future prediction, ideas and consequences, ideas in history, unhindering inquiry into the nature of the universe
13:20 Idea-ology: power of the printed word, from the enlightenment to the present, preserving knowledge, paper vs data storage, cyberhumans, genetic engineering, utopian future vs bleak future
26:40 Western Gazette delivers – an apology: Western Gazette frosh issue, Megan Walker, Andy Oudman, owed an apology, calls for resignation and apologies, Megan Walker’s bizarre demands, Megan Walker’s call for censorship, O-Week Drinking Game article, disturbing reactions to satire and humour, Big Bang Theory Drinking Game rules
48:14 Froshing at the mouth: the Gazette articles that offended, how to date a teaching assistant, stalking on Facebook, drug advice, no sense of humour 53:07 END

332 – Ann Coulter on evolution / Playing God / Banning light bulbs / Kellogg’s is just right

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Jan 092014

Darwin Fish


02:30 Ann Coulter’s airy evolution idea: Never Trust a Liberal Over 3 – Especially A Republican, scientific theory, politics in science, evolution, the Bible, unborn babies, teenagers and sex, Darwin’s theory – the ‘mystery religion from the Victorian age’, random mutation, mathematical impossibilities, complex mechanisms, theory without God, ‘God created the world and I’m not particularly interested in the details’, intelligent design,
17:10 Let’s play god: acting against principle, light of knowledge as the creator of moral choice, creationism vs evolution, no first cause, species evolution – an epistemological event
31:57 Just makes no incandescents: 2014 incandescent light bulb ban, bulb manufacturers are behind the ban, General Electric – Sylvania – Philips vs capitalism, consumer choice, no such thing as ‘crony capitalism’, criminal politicians, dirigisme, lobbying government for market monopolies, ‘greedy capitalists’
50:45 Kellogg’s lane change: Kellogg’s plant closing in London, market changes, Kellogg Lane, thank Kellogg’s – don’t condemn it, no greedy corporation, Kellogg’s has its Just Right 58:08 END


313 – Any Ayn daRn Rand Nation notiaN / Ayn Rand: from Aristotle to Charlie’s Angels

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Aug 152013

Ayn Rand's Private Access Show


00:07 Any Ayn daRn Rand Nation notiaN: Ayn Rand, Gary Weiss, Ayn Rand Nation, disturbing and disturbed, an Objectivist America, capitalism, free market, fanatical about reality
22:35 What’s The ‘Matter’ With Ayn Rand? Why Ayn Rand Matters, moral component, selfishness, greed, Ayn Rand an extremist, individualism, Objectivism, Tea Party, inconsistent stands, William F Buckley Jr, Whittaker Chambers, gas chambers, Atlas Shrugged, Virtue of Selfishness most popular book, caricature of the caricature
33:38 Government Above The Law Of Man: The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand, Tea Party, Gary Weiss, government financing in a free society, taxation, Taxpayer Protection Act, political systems and ethics, morality not applicable to society, outside the moral law, individual rights, moral code, legal code, when right is might, internal corruption as the means to destroy individual rights, social benefits as rights, turning political rights into economic rights, “Freedom means responsibility. That’s why most men fear it.”
54:07 What’s The Matter With Gary Weiss? art, reality, unreality, romanticism, Gary Weiss, Ayn Rand, publish, Ayn Rand Nation 57:45 END

Jun 062013

303 - Aesop_and_Son_168x100


00:07 The Story Of The Moral: stories, fairy tales, morality, pinnacle of thought, need for arts and entertainment, culture’s focal point, sense of life, Star Trek, Rob Ford, sacrifice, Aesop, fables, moral of the story, The Dog And The Wolf
14:45 From Aesop To Star Trek – The Moral Of The Stories: The Coyote And The Jackrabbit, Rocky And Bullwinkle, Aesop’s fables, Aesop’s sayings, favourite stories, Star Trek’s moral messages
26:28 Still Seeing Red – From TV Frustrations To Martian Distractions The Forgetful King, cancelled TV shows, Caller Scott: An Aesop Fable, needs of the few vs needs of the many, TV story endings, TV stories – good and bad, TV shows that killed themselves: Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Mars Attracts – Martian Books and Movies – a history, Jules Verne
50:15 Once Upon A Tale – At Least Ten Stories Tall: [An Original Rob Ford Fairy Tale] 55:51 END


298 – Guest: Dr. Yaron Brook – Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute

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May 022013

Dr. Yaron Brook


00:07 Ideas In Conflict – Left And Right Vs Right finance, GUEST: Dr Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Institute, morality of capitalism, Free Market Revolution, schools, promoting ideas, left ideas winning, right is left in US, ideas to action, self interest
12:46 A Free Market Revolution – Re-teaching America Its Own Principles market relationship, trade relationship, GUEST: Dr Yaron Brook, negative portrayal of capitalists in art and literature, Other People’s Money, self interest seen as vice, businessman, capitalism about self-interest, socialist capitalists, Free Market Revolution, banking, faith in the invisible hand vs visible hand of government, there is no free market, economic stability board, central bankers, revolution vs baby steps, saving the enlightenment, individualism, re-teach America its own principles, art and reality on our side,
left and right are wrong
29:17 Self Interest As The Moral Ideal trading game, faith in the material continuum, GUEST: Dr Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Institute, invisible hand, self interest as a moral ideal, happiness and success, voluntary trade is win-win, Tea Party, fear of falling behind, decline of the middle class, political courage required, quick fix with political will, punishing the taxpayers for tax cuts, sequestering, media misunderstanding and propaganda
47:35 Foreign Policy? Or Foreign To Reason? GUEST: Dr Yaron Brook, foreign policy, United Nations, Israel, club for savage nations, UN a moral travesty, Canadian foreign policy, Keystone XL pipeline, private business under dictatorships, foreign policy failures, Israel is committing suicide 58:21 END