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Welcome to the Counterweight podcast, where we talk about how we can strive for a world in which freedom and reason are at the forefront of all human society.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

Welcome to the Counterweight podcast, where we talk about how we can strive for a world in which freedom and reason are at the forefront of all human society.

    Episode 2: The Corrosive Effects of Political Bias | Lee Jussim

    Episode 2: The Corrosive Effects of Political Bias | Lee Jussim

    In this week's podcast, we speak to Lee Jussim, a professor of psychology at  Rutgers University who has recently started the Society of Open Inquiry in Behavioural Sciences. We discuss the nature of critical social justice, the corrosive effects of political bias, the lack of evidence for implicit bias in daily interactions, and the need to play the long game.   

    Society for Open Inquiry in Behavioral Science: https://www.soibs.com    

    Lee’s Substack: https://substack.com/profile/14401534-lee-jussim 

    A Model of Political Bias in Social Science Research: https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2020.1722600 

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    • 1 hr
    Episode One: Reason, Rationality & Political Polarisation | Steven Pinker

    Episode One: Reason, Rationality & Political Polarisation | Steven Pinker

    Welcome to the Counterweight podcast, where we talk about how we can strive for a world in which freedom and reason are at the forefront of all human society. In this week’s podcast, we speak with Steven Pinker,  Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and author of 12 books, including The Language Instinct, Enlightenment Now, and Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters. In the podcast, we discuss reason, rationality, enlightenment values, and their interplay with the polarisation that is affecting our communities today.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 81: 360 Degrees of America | Roifield Brown

    Ep. 81: 360 Degrees of America | Roifield Brown

    In the Hold my Drink — navigating culture with a chaser of civility, and Counterweight podcast, Episode 81, I speak with professed “leftie” and global citizen, Roifield Brown. We knew we had different views, and that delighted rather than detracted us from discussion. We take a nuanced view of America (and a peek at the UK too) - a 360 degree view - and explore ideas like individuality, community, agency and where they intersect. All discussed with a chaser of civility, of course, and an orange beer.

    To read more on our discussion and for podcast resources, visit our post 360 Degrees of America on the Hold my Drink website. You can also watch the conversation on the Hold my Drink YouTube page, and subscribe to Truth in Between on Substack to never miss a show.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 80: Diversity, Inclusion & Stoicism | Kai Whiting

    Ep. 80: Diversity, Inclusion & Stoicism | Kai Whiting

    In the Hold my Drink — navigating culture with a chaser of civility, and Counterweight podcast, Episode 80, I speak with Stoic Kai Whiting. Kai explains how applying Stoicism to practices of diversity and inclusion, both provides important context and introduces the complexity and nuance of our various identities. When we focus on our common humanity, and also recognize that we are not locked into static identities, we open up conversations and cross divides. All discussed with a chaser of civility, of course, and a Red Bull.

    To read more on our discussion and to see what we're reading, visit our post Diversity, Inclusion & Stoicism on the Hold my Drink website. You can also watch the conversation on the Hold my Drink YouTube page, and subscribe to Truth in Between on Substack to never miss a show.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 79: The Politics of Bones

    Ep. 79: The Politics of Bones

    In the Hold my Drink — navigating culture with a chaser of civility, and Counterweight podcast, Episode 79, we continue our conversation with Elizabeth Weiss. In our first discussion Elizabeth gave us the backstory on her kerfuffle over the repatriation of bones that had her dismissed as the curator of skeletal remains at her university. In this podcast, she joins us with her lawyers from the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss the danger in stifling academic inquiry, especially research that is unpopular, in our continued search for accuracy and truth, no matter how uncomfortable. Disagreement, rather than stifling research, is often the heartbeat of discovery and breakthroughs, which is now in danger itself of flatlining. All discussed with a chaser of civility, of course, a beer, and a blackberry cider.

    To read more on our discussion and to see what each of us is reading, visit our post The Politics of Bones on the Hold my Drink website. You can also watch the conversation on the Hold my Drink YouTube page, and subscribe to Truth in Between on Substack to never miss a show.

    • 51 min
    Ep. 78: The Language of Klingons

    Ep. 78: The Language of Klingons

    In the Hold my Drink — navigating culture with a chaser of civility, and Counterweight podcast, Episode 78, co-author & co-host, W.F. Twyman, Jr. (aka Wink) and I discuss his recent encounter with “Mr. Klingon” in a book club dedicated to the topic of Reconstruction. The language of Klingons, completely foreign to Wink, is one of slogans, manipulations and bullying. The imposed outlook of “blackness is oppression” doesn’t speak to his own lived experience. When dogmatic adherence to oppression negates one’s worldview, what can we do to build hope and resiliency for the Next Generation?

    To read more on our discussion and to see what each of us is reading, visit our post The Language of Klingons on the Hold my Drink website. You can also watch the conversation on the Hold my Drink YouTube page, and subscribe to Truth in Between on Substack to never miss a show.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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Refreshing

In a world where many are unwilling to talk and find common ground, Hold my Drink gives me not only knowledge but a feeling of freedom to explore many views. It is refreshing to hear Jennifer and other hosts speak openly about critical issues we are facing in America that are reeking havoc largely in part due to simply refusing to communicate. We are currently facing some of the most challenging times our country has seen in a long time. I especially enjoyed the multigenerational view Jennifer brought when her son Finn was brought on as her co-host. Awesome to hear from the younger generations that will one day be those in roles to govern. I’m pretty sure Finn could be president in 2040. Keep em’ coming!

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Opened my eyes

This podcast gave me a new perspective in a safe an welcoming environment.

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