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On The DarkHorse Podcast, we will explore questions that matter, with tools that work. Weekly episodes of "The Evolutionary Lens" are co-hosted with Heather Heying, in which we use an evolutionary toolkit to reveal patterns in nature--including human nature. Other episodes will feature Bret hosting long form discussions. Some guests will be well known, others obscure, but all of them are chosen because they have demonstrated unusual insight. The state and future of civilization will be a recurring theme, so buckle up!

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On The DarkHorse Podcast, we will explore questions that matter, with tools that work. Weekly episodes of "The Evolutionary Lens" are co-hosted with Heather Heying, in which we use an evolutionary toolkit to reveal patterns in nature--including human nature. Other episodes will feature Bret hosting long form discussions. Some guests will be well known, others obscure, but all of them are chosen because they have demonstrated unusual insight. The state and future of civilization will be a recurring theme, so buckle up!

    #97: Lift Off! (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #97: Lift Off! (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 97th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss the epilogue of A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, which includes mention of the precautionary principle, not gaming good systems, the Golden Rule, society’s obligations to us, and more. We talk about Pegasus spyware. We discuss lessons learned and topics covered in recent media about the book: on not being cancellable, on the value of sometimes going it alone, on why we need to save Enlightenment values, but may not be able to save the current institutions of higher ed. And we talk about how our book is doing in the marketplace, and what it means about legacy media vs upstart media.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com

    The Michael Shermer Show, #209: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3km3z84iE7UqDVVfPFipgb?si=oIQy2-jQSKy5w2LNWbOHcA&dl_branch=1
     
    The Jim Rutt Show, #141: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6NhL9qmbGy0reBxSrhTTJC?si=hYzZt9fgQB2oEEzdSkRneg&dl_branch=1
     
    TRIGGERnometry, live show with B&H: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0mX7dHh6idI2sZcS4Gvox1?si=IsqEPrM1QnGpO5YNphUPrw&dl_branch=1
     
    The Glenn Beck Program, #117: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4KZ72JOkcKmSj0x44gzLZC?si=O7ne52S2R3Ou9fDFGl6zaw&dl_branch=1
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    #96: Finding the Fourth Frontier (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #96: Finding the Fourth Frontier (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 96th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss society, and how to have a functional one. Beginning with a discussion of 9/11, Bret then reads an excerpt from an essay he wrote after the November 2015 Paris attacks. We then share an excerpt from the final chapter of our forthcoming book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, in which we discuss historical frontiers—geographic, technological, and transfer-of-resource. We call for a fourth kind of frontier, and discuss austerity and value, progress and discovery. We compare narrative with analysis, and how most people are not in fact stupid. We discuss the Maya, and what we can learn from them. We also discuss our new nemesis, the very hungry caterpillar.
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    Our book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, is now available for pre-sale at amazon. Publication date: 9-14-21: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0593086880/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_5BDTABYFKRJKZBT5GSQA

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    Q&A Link: https://odysee.com/EvoLens96QandA:762e1dec269dbee944f2a8a54a1faa182f57e2a3

    Mentioned in this episode:

    A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com

    Weinstein, 2015. Let's not get it wrong this time: The terrorists won after 9/11 because we chose to invade Iraq, shred our Constitution. In Salon: https://www.salon.com/2015/11/15/lets_not_get_it_wrong_this_time_the_terrorists_won_after_911_because_we_chose_to_invade_iraq_shred_our_constitution/
     
    Just five recent conversations we have had about our book:
     
    The Joe Rogan Experience: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2PFQRsKwSXaxlwl6G99wyc?si=FY2t7LZPTUq9lWE76b2KjA&dl_branch=1
     
    Mind & Matter (3 hour in-depth discussion of many aspects of the book, with Nick Jikomes):  
    https://www.nickjikomes.com/audio-episodes/episode/47dec027/heather-heying-and-bret-weinstein-culture-consciousness-food-medicine-sleep-dating-and-the-evolutionary-lens-or-36
     
    Deep Green Resistance (~1 hour wide-ranging discussion on science and society with Derrick Jensen): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-green-flame/id1460594346
     
    The Glenn Beck Podcast (expansive conversation about society, politics, and more): https://www.glennbeck.com/st/the_glenn_beck_podcast
     
    The Dr. Debra Soh Podcast (1+ hour discussion largely focused on sex and relationship): https://open.spotify.com/show/39RKpwDoBqRp5hqXFvpgjB
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    #95: Collective Consciousness (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #95: Collective Consciousness (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 95th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we take on culture and consciousness. Beginning with an excerpt from the penultimate chapter of our forthcoming book, we define the terms somewhat differently from how others define them, and discuss how human history can be understood as a tension between culture—received wisdom, orthodoxy, that which works in times of stability—and consciousness—with both its high error rate and promise of innovation, which works in times of change. We discuss collective joy, dancing in the streets,  Carnaval, astrology, taboos,  the sacred and the shamanistic, and hallucinogens. We talk about things that are literally false, metaphorically true. 

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    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/w27PdTQttoI

    Mentioned in this episode:

    A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com

    Ehrenrich, B. 2006. Dancing in the Streets: A history of collective joy. Macmillan.

    Episode 67 of DarkHorse (aired 2-13-21), in which we discussed Carnaval in more depth: https://youtu.be/dOxx9JNZFLs

    Lenson, D. 1995. On drugs. U of Minnesota Press.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    #94: Is it Later Than We Think? (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #94: Is it Later Than We Think? (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 94th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss adulthood. Beginning with an excerpt from the Adulthood chapter of our forthcoming book, we discuss postmodernism and physical reality. We then discuss error correction, and explain our concern about the Carvallo study out of Argentina. We discuss cargo cult science, and Heather’s conversation with a liberal Christian outside of a farmer’s market: on being good to one another and connecting, the police and protests and leadership and forgiveness. We share a short excerpt from Elie Wiesel’s book Night, discuss diminishing returns curves, and vitamin D and other low-hanging pandemic fruit. Finally, we enjoin you to smile at people, put your phone down, and define your fights for whom and what you love, rather than against whom and what you hate.
     
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    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/V9vpm9LhTzg

    Mentioned in this episode:

    A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com

    Feynman, R.P., 1974. Cargo cult science. Engineering and Science, 37(7), pp.10-13.: https://calteches.library.caltech.edu/3043/1/CargoCult.pdf
     
    Carvallo et al 2020. Study of the efficacy and safety of topical ivermectin+ iota-carrageenan in the prophylaxis against COVID-19 in health personnel. J biomed res clin investig, 2(1). https://www.medicalpressopenaccess.com/upload/1605709669_1007.pdf
     
    Heidary and Gharebaghi 2020. Ivermectin: a systematic review from antiviral effects to COVID-19 complementary regimen. The Journal of antibiotics, 73(9), pp.593-602: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41429-020-0336-z.pdf
     
    Wiesel, E., 2017. Night: Memorial Edition. Hill and Wang. (originally published 1960)
     
    Koestler, A. 1944. We, The Screamers. Audio read by Eric Weinstein. https://wethescreamers.com
     
    Josh Rogin on Bari Weiss’s podcast. “You’re Already Living in China’s World”:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/p
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    #93: School of Rocks (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #93: School of Rocks (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 93rd in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss school. Beginning with a discussion of our individual experiences in school, we then share an excerpt from chapter 10 (School) of our forthcoming book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century. What is school for, and what does it help make us become? Is genius common, or rare? What is the purpose of the scientific method? How is fear used to corral students (and others)? How does a relationship with risk help young people become more adept adults? Are our bodies necessary to our education, or can we be educated as if we were just brains in jars?

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    Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music.

    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/KhWapUeBMz0

    Mentioned in this episode:

    A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com

    Gatto, John Taylor. 1992 (2017 2nd ed). Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. New Society Publishers.

    Pirsig, R.M., 1974. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance: An inquiry into values. Random House.
     
    Held, R. and A. Hein. 1963. Movement-Produced Stimulation in the Development of Visually Guided Behavior. J. Comparative and Physiological Psychology 56(5): 872–876.
     
    Spiekermann, S., 2018. Carousel kittens: The case for a value-based IoT. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 17(2): 62-65.


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    #92: The Blankest Slate (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #92: The Blankest Slate (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 92nd in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss childhood. Beginning with an excerpt from chapter 9 (Childhood) of our forthcoming book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, we discuss what childhood is, what other organisms have it, and why it is important. We discuss plasticity in development, and the need to develop flexibility as a growing human. We discuss Lenore Skenazy (America’s Worst Mom!), and Let Grow, an organization dedicated to helping kids build real-world confidence, competence and openness. We discuss the need for play—real, unstructured play without interference from adults—and for risk. And we discuss the adaptive underpinnings of play.

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    Our book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, is now available for pre-sale at amazon. Publication date: 9-14-21: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0593086880/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_5BDTABYFKRJKZBT5GSQA

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    DarkHorse merchandise now available at: store.darkhorsepodcast.org

    Find more from us on Bret’s website (https://bretweinstein.net) or Heather’s website (http://heatherheying.com).

    Become a member of the DarkHorse LiveStreams, and get access to an additional Q&A livestream every month. Join at Heather's Patreon.

    Like this content? Subscribe to the channel, like this video, follow us on twitter (@BretWeinstein, @HeatherEHeying), and consider helping us out by contributing to either of our Patreons or Bret’s Paypal.

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    Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music.

    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/bsNfjGVrZOA

    Mentioned in this episode:

    A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com

    Skenazy, L., 2021 (2nd ed). Free-range kids, giving our children the freedom we had without going nuts with worry. John Wiley & Sons.

    Skenazy, L. 2008. Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone. The New York Sun, April 1, 2008. https://www.nysun.com/opinion/why-i-let-my-9-year-old-ride-subway-alone/73976/

    Let Grow: https://letgrow.org

    Gray, P. 2013. Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Basic Books.

    Martini, M. (1994). Peer interactions in Polynesia: A view from the Marquesas. In J. L. Roopnarine, J. E. Johnson, & F. H. Hooper (Eds.), Children’s play in diverse cultures (pp. 73-103). Albany: State University of New York Press.

    Lancy, D.F., 2014. The anthropology of childhood: Cherubs, chattel, changelings. Cambridge University Press.

    Spinka, M., Newberry, R.C. and Bekoff, M., 2001. Mammalian play: training for the unexpected. The Quarterly review of biology, 76(2): 141-168. https://www.journals.uchicago.ed
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