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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!

Bret Weinstein | DarkHorse Podcast Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying

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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!

    #127 The World in the Eye of the Storm (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #127 The World in the Eye of the Storm (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

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    In this 127th 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 observations from recent travels—how the world looks as it emerges from 2+ years of restrictions and lockdowns, and what it feels like to have conversations across both significant differences, and shared points of view. From Santa Barbara to Washington D.C. to Bath and London, we talk faith, BlackLivesMatter and AllLivesMatter, rocketry, SCOTUS, national museums, Covid dissidents, the vaccine injured, pathology, predictions, and more.
     
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    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    Evergreen Five Years Later, with Benjamin Boyce and Bret: https://youtu.be/wwAquYXg-gE
     
    Evergreen, Looking Back Five Years Later (on Heather’s Substack): https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/evergreen5yrslater?r=83qgf&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
     
    Bret and Heather on Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire: https://youtu.be/DbwXe5LhNNA
     
    Udvar-Hazy Center (overflow for the National Air & Space Museum): https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center
     
    National Portrait Gallery: https://npg.si.edu/home/national-portrait-gallery
     
    National Museum of African American History and Culture: https://www.si.edu/museums/african-american-museum
     
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: https://www.ushmm.org/
     
    World Council for Health: https://worldcouncilforhealth.org
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    Elon Musk, Twitter, and Free Speech: Bret Speaks with Jim Rutt

    Elon Musk, Twitter, and Free Speech: Bret Speaks with Jim Rutt

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    Bret speaks with Jim Rutt about Elon Musk's move to takeover Twitter and free speech on social media.
    Jim is an American businessman and entrepreneur, the former CEO of Network Solutions, and the former chairman of the Santa Fe Institute.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1Sl_jFYRl2gbkBLp7w4lg
    https://twitter.com/jim_rutt



    Mentioned in this episode:
    Jim's article for Quillette on Elon Musk takeover:
    https://quillette.com/2022/04/27/musk-and-moderation/



    Game b website:
    https://www.game-b.org/
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    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:37) Opposition to communism
    (06:48) Emancipation party and game b
    (10:59) Sponsor
    (12:39) Game b spore mode
    (16:25) What is game b?
    (21:26) Jim’s article on Quillette on Elon Musk
    (25:06) Where to draw the line with free speech?
    (33:58) Doxxing and privacy, serious crime advocacy, and dangerous content
    (35:55) Point of view moderation
    (40:27) Dealing with fringe ideas
    (45:30) Doxxing and Bret’s vax mandate example
    (50:28) Jim’s proposal for moderation rules
    (58:00) Bret’s modifications to Jim’s proposal
    (01:03:19) Jim’s disagreements with Bret
    (01:08:52) Algorithm transparency and shadow banning
    (01:12:15) Is Elon correct about algorithm transparency?
    (01:21:10) Can Elon solve Twitter?
    (01:30:47) String theory
    (01:34:03) Is Elon the benevolent dictator we need?
    (01:39:24) Start up mentality
    (01:46:17) Wrap up
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    #126 Out of Controls (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #126 Out of Controls (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 126th 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 science, Covid, vaccines, sunlight, and sophistry. New research suggests that adenovirus-vectored vaccines (e.g. J&J, AstraZeneca) reduce all-cause mortality, but that mRNA vaccines (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna) do not. What are the implications of this? What kinds of vaccines are recommended and effective, and how can someone not trained in thinking about these things know? We also discuss the role of vitamin D in Covid outcomes, as well as NIR (Near Infrared Radiation), which we primarily get from being outside. Since before the Industrial Revolution, our exposure to NIR has declined dramatically—we spend less time outdoors, and now even our lightbulbs and the glass in our windows limits how much NIR we receive, but it turns out that we need it. What else do we need that we don’t yet know about? Finally, we discuss the place for sophistry: in the classroom, where students can learn how to respond, so as to be better thinkers and citizens of the world.
     
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    Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/VdIz5OKMfW0
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    Benn et al 2022. Randomised Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccines: Do Adenovirus-Vector Vaccines Have Beneficial Non-Specific Effects? Available at SSRN 4072489: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4072489
     
    UnHerd interview with Dr. Christine Stabell-Benn: https://play.acast.com/s/5fad6d24bc034454b53fe011/627147cd7e2c6d00128e3703
     
    Have People Been Given the Wrong Vaccine? By Martin Kulldorff: https://brownstone.org/articles/have-people-been-given-the-wrong-vaccine/
     
    The Vitamin D Paradox in COVID-19 and Why It Predicts But Doesn't Always Protect. MedCram YouTube video: https://
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    #125 Alito Goes a Long Way (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #125 Alito Goes a Long Way (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 125th 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 new current thing. The new current thing is not the Pfizer data release that happened this week, although perhaps it should be. The new current thing is the leaked draft majority opinion from Judge Alito, Supreme Court Justice of the United States, which reveals that Roe v. Wade is likely to be overturned. We discuss abortion, abortion policy, and what Americans say when they’re polled about these things. Is there a hard-and-fast line to draw? Does biology provide insights? We argue that abortion is not a women’s issue, per se, but an issue that pertains to all humanity, while also being a feminist issue.
     
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    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    Judge Alito’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade, leaked on May 2, 2022: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/read-justice-alito-initial-abortion-opinion-overturn-roe-v-wade-pdf-00029504
     
    Heather’s 2018 piece on abortion in Areo: https://areomagazine.com/2018/08/24/on-abortion-time-space-error-and-ethics/
     
    Gallup poll on American’s positions on abortion, 1975 – 2021: https://news.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx
     
    If You Don’t Agree, You Must Be Ignorant: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/equal-knowledge?r=83qgf&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
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    Cold Confusion: Alexandros Marinos unpacks the TOGETHER Trial with Bret

    Cold Confusion: Alexandros Marinos unpacks the TOGETHER Trial with Bret

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    Bret speaks with Alexandros Marinos, who has analyzed the TOGETHER trial, which aims to identify effective repurposed therapies to prevent the disease progression of COVID-19.
    Alexandros is the Founder/CEO of http://balena.io & aspiring practical philosopher. Find him on:
    https://twitter.com/alexandrosm
    https://doyourownresearch.substack.com/
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.togethertrial.com/
    https://doyourownresearch.substack.com/p/the-problem-with-the-together-trial
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (03:11) Better Skeptics project – analyzing COVID podcasts
    (08:12) TOGETHER trial and its timeline
    (15:35) Ads
    (19:08) Dosage & initial TOGETHER trial design 
    (25:29) Confusing paper and placebo group dropout?
    (31:23) IVM dose too low and new protocol
    (35:04) Trial recruitment over time and key 10-week period
    (43:42) Systemic errors
    (51:33) Placebo arm from earlier period?
    (57:11) Trial data not being released
    (01:02:27) Exclusion criteria flipped
    (01:06:38) Hypothesis on algorithm rebalancing arms
    (01:13:35) Allocation to Fluvoxamine arm
    (01:17:12) TOGETHER trial authors believe IVM has an effect
    (01:20:15) Credible intervals and Bayesian statistics
    (01:25:55) Will we ever get the full story? 
    (01:30:28) Dosing and weight limit
    (01:34:52) Background use of IVM in Brazil
    (01:47:19) “Independent” committee monitoring trial
    (01:54:29) Cavallo study and inconsistency in response
    (01:57:41) Press releases and cold confusion
    (02:09:27) Wrap up
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    • 2 hr 11 min
    #124 The Beauty and Tragedy of Earth (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    #124 The Beauty and Tragedy of Earth (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)

    In this 124th 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 biology, geology, and conservation of the Bahamas, particularly the Exumas islands. How do parrotfish turn coral into sand, what’s up with tropicbirds, and what does it mean that all Caribbean beaches have trash on them? Apologies for the sound quality during the videos.
     
    We also discuss the lifting of federal mask mandates on transportation; the White House arguing that “affirmative care” for children who say they are transgender is “best practice”; the new czar of disinformation, brought to you by the Department of Homeland Security; and whether our President is fit for office. Finally, we spend a few minutes talking about ancient children playing in the footprints of giant sloths, and whether Indiana Jones was correct in suggesting that little scorpions are scarier than big ones.
     
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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://store.darkhorsepodcast.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.
     
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    Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music.
     
    *****
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    In Want of a Geologist (on Heather’s Substack): https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/in-want-of-a-geologist?r=83qgf&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
     
    Yarlett et al 2021. Quantifying production rates and size fractions of parrotfish‐derived sediment: A key functional role on Maldivian coral reefs. Ecology and evolution, 11(22): 16250-16265: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ece3.8306
     
    Washington Post, April 19, 2022: Justice Dept. to appeal mask mandate ruling if CDC says it’s needed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2022/04/19/mask-mandate-airplanes-transportation/
     
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki on “affirmative care” for children who say they are trans: https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1
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    • 1 hr 55 min

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MnReview ,

good pair, complex systems

Well worth listening to, despite Bret’s inability to get over mindless TDS, and traces of naive liberal stupidity he can’t get past. Heather is somewhat smarter, clearly doing better at leaving the evil liberal cult behind. Together they are solid scientific voices agains the fascist commie democrat monsters and their anti-science, anti-western civilization cult.

daf3093 ,

Bishop Barron

Thank you both for sitting down for a discussion with Bishop Barron. I am in awe of the intellect presented here. Continue to be curious. Many Blessings to you, Heather & Bret!

robster7996 ,

You guys are the best. ♥️

Ive never spent time in academia but see its values and serious subversion in todays universities. During the Soviet era one of the goals was to capture western institutions in what Italian marxist Antonio Gramsci called The long March. It was somewhat successful in various fields of study friendly to marxist ideology but the name had to be changed after the red scare and McCarthy era. So it morphed into Critical Theory in law schools by Herbert Marcusa and his students who adapted it to a racial struggle. Now it is a spider web of related studies that replaced class with race and now gender called CRT and inter-sectionalism. James Lindsey seems to have the most comprehensive history on the subject. Until recent decades it had no influence in the hard sciences but now has reached critical mass by incorporating radical post modernism and it is a monster to be slayed or America and the west is doomed. Bret and Heather are some of the best people that have been viciously attacked by this beast system and are a treasure and new warriors in the fight. You have a greater audience now than before you were railroaded out of Evergreen and many new friends and comrades in this fight. We must all hang together or we will most assuredly hang separately said Benjamin Franklin. God Bless you and your work

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