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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!

    #137 Hostile Work Environments & Folks Who Love Them (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #137 Hostile Work Environments & Folks Who Love Them (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 137th 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.
    This week, we discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the academy, and ask: does DEI belong in science? If the answer is no, are we contributing to a hostile or alienating workplace? We argue that it is the DEI enthusiasts who are creating hostile and alienating spaces for all of the rest of us. Then: laboratory of the self, and some hypotheses about pain perception, illness, and pathogens. Finally: land sharks. Who are they, what do they want, and how do they get where they’re going?
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    Krylov 2021. The peril of politicizing science. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 12(22): 5371-5376. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01475
    DarkHorse Livestream #84: https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/EvoLens84:b
    Krylov receives Communicator of the Year award from USC: https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3656/2021-communicator-of-the-year-awards/
    Herbert et al 2022. Words Matter: On the Debate over Free Speech, Inclusivity, and Academic Excellence. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters13(30): 7100-7104. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.2c02242
    Feminism, then and now: https://twitter.com/HeatherEHeying/status/959874657036861440?s=20&t=RmYYEP-2-SusY350VGsNQwd
    Land sharks: https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/01/shark-week-rare-walking-breed-spotted-on-land-blows-viewers-minds-17108324/
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Welcome
    (06:38) Sponsors
    (12:00) Diversity equity inclusion
    (20:00) Words matter
    (36:15) Faculty hiring based on color
    (49:30) Defining excellence
    (57:15) Christopher Columbus
    (01:01:00) Parking lot interaction and 1914 feminism
    (01:16:28) Bret's joints and laboratory of self
    (01:38:15) Land Sharks
    (01:59:55) Wrap up
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    Where Are We Heading? Bret Speaks with Peter Boghossian

    Where Are We Heading? Bret Speaks with Peter Boghossian

    Bret Speaks with Peter Boghossian on a multitude of subjects surrounding wokeism, Covid, and the endpoint of our present course. 
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (04:20) Sponsors
    (08:08) Woke ideology and confirmation bias
    (13:00) Professors and institution’s culture
    (17:30) Thinking critically
    (24:21) Shared characteristics of woke
    (30:38) Responding to friends who you disagree with
    (37:22) Pandemic and expertise
    (43:22) I stopped listening to NPR when...
    (51:06) Is Wokeism an existential threat?
    (56:00) The Selfish Gene and culture
    (01:03:00) Is Wokeism seeded by foreign entities?
    (01:10:12) New atheists and woke
    (01:14:28) Wrap up
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    #136 Sex, Lies, and Prison Escape (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #136 Sex, Lies, and Prison Escape (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 136th 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.
    This week, we discuss the tragic tale of a woman who became a murderer….or actually, we discuss a murderer who claims to have become a woman. We talk about the order to close Tavistock, the gender identity clinic in England, and whether “affirmative care” for children who declare themselves trans may soon be a thing of the past. We discuss Wikipedia, which was once the Universe’s best encyclopedia, and how far it has fallen. We discuss definitions, including the definition of “recession.” And we discuss the drinking age for young adults.
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    Our book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, is available everywhere books are sold, and signed copies are available here: https://darvillsbookstore.indielite.org
    Check out our store! Epic tabby, digital book burning, saddle up the dire wolves, and more: https://darkhorsestore.org
    Heather’s newsletter, Natural Selections (subscribe to get free weekly essays in your inbox): https://naturalselections.substack.com
    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.
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    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/6pDoKLEPEGI
    Mentioned in this episode:
    QPARQ, exploring disagreements: https://youtu.be/n7DUJ6lgbh4
    The New York Times on a homicidal maniac: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/30/nyregion/how-did-a-two-time-killer-get-out-to-be-charged-again-at-age-83.html?searchResultPosition=1
    Genspect, a rational approach to gender: https://genspect.org
    Tavistock gender clinic forced to shut over safety fears: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tavistock-gender-clinic-forced-to-shut-over-safety-fears-wpdx3v6nw
    The Cass Independent Review: https://cass.independent-review.uk/about-the-review/
    Protect Children: Do not allow them to medically transition: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/childrentransitioning?r=83qgf&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
    Wikipedia on recession as of July 30, 2022: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recession


    (00:00) Welcome
    (05:05) Sponsors
    (10:37) QPARQ
    (14:13) Murder by 83 year old "woman"
    (36:42) Tavistock clinic
    (54:06) Wikipedia  recession
    (01:13:05) Drinking age
    (01:24:00) Joe Biden
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    #135 Signal Lost (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #135 Signal Lost (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    View on Odysee: https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/EvoLens135:4
     
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    In this 135th 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.
     
    This week, we discuss how, with regard to Covid, natural immunity compares to vaccine-induced immunity. Is the omicron variant unique in this regard? What science has been done to address the question? When is it acceptable to cite a preprint, and when must you absolutely, positively rely solely on peer-reviewed literature? What did the world do to deserve wrestling with this virus into an unspecified future? Are the Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana on to something? Political violence in this country is being pursued by the January 6 committee—but how much of it is being included? And: is peer review value added, or value subtracted? Also: how alarmist are glaciers?
     
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    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    Nature News article on prior Omicron infection: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01950-2
     
    CDC on SARS-CoV2 variants: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant-classifications.html?msclkid=29647209ac7011ec95de22acaee31a78
     
    Altarawneh et al 2022. Protection of SARS-CoV-2 natural infection against reinfection with the BA. 4 or BA. 5 Omicron subvariants. medRxiv: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.07.11.22277448v1
     
    Chemaitelly et al 2022. Duration of immune protection of SARS-CoV-2 natural infection against reinfection in Qatar. medRxiv: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.07.06.22277306v1.full.pdf
     
    Missouri & Louisiana Attorneys General File Suit Against President Biden, Top Admin Officials for Allegedly Colluding with Social Media Giants to Censor and Suppress Free Speech: https://ago.mo.gov/home/news/2022/05/05/missouri-louisiana-ags-file-suit-against-president-biden-top-admin-officials-for-allegedly-colluding-with-social-media-giants-to-censor-and-suppress-free-speech
     
    Jeremy Lee Quinn article in Newsweek on January 6 hearings: https://www.newsweek.com/jan-6-followed-years-political-violence-committee-should-investigate-leftist-violence-too-1727190
     
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    Can we Break Free? Bret Speaks with Michael Shellenberger

    Can we Break Free? Bret Speaks with Michael Shellenberger

    Bret Speaks with Michael Shellenberger regarding his recent gubernatorial campaign in California. They discuss the difficulty inherent in running for political office outside of the two major parties. In addition, they touch on topics ranging from nuclear power to Covid, and how we might go about escaping the modern predicament we have landed in.
    Find Michael at his website: https://shellenberger.org/
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    View on Spotify Video: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1QfwliVVnToxKoYlzYHUMZ
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    @BretWeinstein (https://twitter.com/BretWeinstein?s=20&t=Z8UMHvIbcf3PMJHRm-MnuA), 
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (01:40) Bret misjudged Michael
    (04:20) Sponsors
    (05:45) Disappointment from election
    (07:40) Yang, Amash, Gabbard
    (10:20) IDW for political change and previous elections
    (14:32) Andrew Yang and lone wolf disease
    (20:55) Third party and hidden tribes report
    (31:45) Party identity
    (34:40) Lack of endorsements
    (41:12) Homelessness coverage is now more balanced
    (43:52) Michael Shellenberger on COVID
    (45:35) Bret's COVID position
    (01:04:20) Critics of Bret's ivm position
    (01:13:52) COVID dissidents
    (01:18:30) Nuclear weapons
    (01:28:10) Nuclear energy
    (01:33:52) Energy transitions and fusion
    (01:41:30) Spent fuel rods and fuel pools
    (01:48:40) Fukushima and Chernobyl
    (02:00:32) Deaths from Nuclear, fentanyl, COVID
    (02:04:22) Water cooled nuclear plants and coolants
    (02:08:25) Human factors and Three Mile Island
    (02:11:20) Dealing with spent fuel fires
    (02:20:40) Dry cast storage
    (02:25:20) Power grid down
    (02:37:40) WIPP project
    (02:45:50) What would Bret do with energy
    (02:50:00) Nuclear war inevitable
    (02:59:30) Bret's skepticism
    (03:03:00) Wrap up
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    • 3 hrs 8 min
    #134: Flies in the Face of Reason (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #134: Flies in the Face of Reason (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    View on Odysee: https://odysee.com/@BretWeinstein:f/EvoLens134:0?r=4uduif6gFWnKY3Bktmi8XwCNa7UxSJpb
     
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    In this 134th 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.
     
    This week, we discuss Howard Zinn, scones, and the existence of God. We discuss accidents and injury, and Bret proposes a hypothesis for why his recent bicycle accident happened. We discuss memory, frame rate, electric unicycles, and motorcycles. We discuss the moon: the full moon, tidal locking, Oliver Sacks, viewing the Earth from outside of itself, and Apollo 11, which launched 53 years today, and would result, a few days later, in humanity’s first moon landing. We discuss isopropyl alcohol: it is not only a wonderful antiseptic, disinfectant, and cleanser, but also, apparently, an effective stunner of flies.
     
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    Our book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, is available everywhere books are sold, and signed copies are available here: https://darvillsbookstore.indielite.org
     
    Check out our store! Epic tabby, digital book burning, saddle up the dire wolves, and more: https://darkhorsestore.org
     
    Heather’s newsletter, Natural Selections (subscribe to get free weekly essays in your inbox): https://naturalselections.substack.com
     
    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.
     
    Looking for clips from #DarkHorseLivestreams? Check out our other channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAWCKUrmvK5F_ynBY_CMlIA
     
    Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music.
     
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    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/UuRVbXwOroI
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    Howard Zinn: https://www.howardzinn.org
     
    Memories of a Mugging: https://medium.com/@heyingh/memories-of-a-mugging-42c19dd126f8
     
    Apollo 11 Mission Overview: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html
     
    Apollo 8’s Earthrise photograph: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/2234/the-story-behind-apollo-8s-famous-earthrise-photo/
     
    Oliver Sacks: https://www.oliversacks.com
     
    Isopropyl: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopropyl_alcohol
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