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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 Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, in which we use an evolutionary toolkit to reveal patterns in nature--including human nature. Guest episodes feature Bret hosting long form discussions. Some guests are well known, others obscure, but all 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 Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, in which we use an evolutionary toolkit to reveal patterns in nature--including human nature. Guest episodes feature Bret hosting long form discussions. Some guests are well known, others obscure, but all are chosen because they have demonstrated unusual insight. The state and future of civilization will be a recurring theme, so buckle up!

    Intellectual Stockholm Syndrome: The 220th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    Intellectual Stockholm Syndrome: The 220th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

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    In this 220th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss the modern Dark Age. Topics include informational advantage, entropy, and reason. We discuss whether all static rules are gameable, and whether adjusting your model to increase predictive power can help you evade the sophists. We also ask what people in North Korea actually think about their lives relative to the rest of the world, and how their situation is analogous to that of people who have been kidnapped, or to that of a populace that is convinced by authorities to do things that are against their interests. At what scales does Stockholm Syndrome apply? We also discuss confidence and humility, intellectual obstructionism, and the value of track records.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    Excerpt from Chandler Burr’s book about Luca Turin, The Emperor of Scent: https://chandlerburr.com/books

    Mattias Desmet’s The Psychology of Totalitarianism: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-psychology-of-totalitarianism/

    Evolutionary Lens Livestream 121 from April 2, 2022, Welcome to the Noble Psy-Op: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrfL6fRW150


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    Normalizing Normativity: The 219th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    Normalizing Normativity: The 219th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 219th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss evolution and intelligent design, and why the failures of institutions and institutional science during Covid are causing people to question everything that science has concluded. We also discuss motonormativity—aka car brain—both steel manning it as a concept, and critiquing the research that named the phenomenon. Finally: sex chromosomes in cephalopods (octopus and their kin)—older than you think.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    “Giving Up Darwin” - Gelernter’s review of Meyers’ book: https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/giving-up-darwin/

    Motonormativity: critical car theory (at Principled Bicycling): https://substack.com/home/post/p-142960056

    Walker et al 2023. Motonormativity: how social norms hide a major public health hazard: https://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJENVH.2023.135446?af=R

    Oldest known animal sex chromosome evolved in octopuses 380 million years ago: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00637-0

    Coffing et al 2024. Cephalopod Sex Determination and its Ancient Evolutionary Origin Revealed by Chromosome-level Assembly of the California Two-Spot Octopus: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2024.02.21.581452v2.full.pdf


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    Covid Through a Pathologists Eye: Ryan Cole on DarkHorse

    Covid Through a Pathologists Eye: Ryan Cole on DarkHorse

    Bret Speaks with Ryan Cole about his role as a Covid dissident over the last 4 years, and his unique viewpoint as a pathologist.

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    Original Syndrome: The 218th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    Original Syndrome: The 218th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 218th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss plants, a lot, in service of understanding what a “syndrome” is, and why it matters. This is not mere semantics, but if you feel that it is, focus on the tropical forests instead! There are plenty of bats to go around. What can you predict about the pollinators of flowers that are bright and showy and have no smell? How about those that are white and have a musty smell? What can you predict about jungle trees that grow fast and die young? How does such predictive power and pattern recognition relate to how to make sense of the world in which you live? Also: update from Panama: the San Vicente Camp is now closed, and a fire has apparently destroyed all of its records. Curious, that.

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    San Vicente Camp in Panama destroyed: https://apnews.com/article/panama-migrants-darien-colombia-disturbance-6d45b7fc7f581ad0c0a8bcff7247b9bf

    Introduction to Antipode: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/antipode-introduction


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    Unsettling Science – Rebutting the Experts

    Unsettling Science – Rebutting the Experts

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    --Shared Sources --

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    Roltgen Et Al. https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(22)00076-9


    --Joomi Kim’s Sources-- 

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    Karlstad Et Al. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2791253 

    Fauci https://www.cell.com/cell-host-microbe/pdf/S1931-3128(22)00572-8.pdf

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    McGreevy Et Al. https://academic.oup.com/jamiaopen/article/6/2/ooad026/7117831

    Deb Conrad: https://infonomena.substack.com/p/dr-hotezs-data-is-highly-flawed

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    Arne Burkhardt: https://rumble.com/v2jbj16-arne-burkhardt-presentation-to-the-ccca.html

    Age Stratified Excess Mortality: https://infonomena.substack.com/p/society-of-actuaries-shows-continued 

    Hoshino Et Al. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35812802/ 


    --Other Sources--

    Our world in data graph: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/united-states-rates-of-covid-19-deaths-by-vaccination-status

    Armada Et Al. https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/sciimmunol.adh3455

    Norman Fenton “Cheap Trick” Statistical Games: https://wherearethenumbers.substack.com/p
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    The Question is Moot: The 217th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    The Question is Moot: The 217th Evolutionary Lens with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying

    In this 217th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we talk about the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

    In this episode, we discuss the Supreme Court, the First Amendment, Covid, censorship, DEI, the Rawlsian Veil of Ignorance, and affirmative action, in the context of Murthy v State of Missouri. We also talk about Goliath being a combination of emergence and collusion, and how facts are being used to support existing narratives, rather than stories being constructed using all of the facts. We discuss two explosive pieces of research that dropped this week—on the health risks of heat, and of intermittent fasting. And we briefly talk about why you should never cave to the mob (beaver edition).

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    Mentioned in this episode:

    Case File 23-411: Murthy v State of Missouri: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/23/23-411/299644/20240202144405984_2024-02-02%20-%20Murthy%20v.%20Missouri%20-%20Brief%20of%20Respondents%20-%20Final%20with%20Tables.pdf

    Hypothesis about Goliath: https://twitter.com/alexandrosm/status/1770219558990938294

    Sunbathing for just ONE DAY is super bad for you (except it’s not): https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wellness-us/body/article-13215737/sunbathing-heart-disease-risk-skin-cancer.html

    Research Abstract: Associations Between Short-Term Outdoor Heat Measures and Markers of Immune 

    Response and Inflammation: https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/20343/presentation/484

    Research Abstract: Association Between Time-Restricted Eating and All-Cause and Cause-Specific 

    Mortality: https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/20343/presentation/379

    Never Cave to the Mob: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/never-cave-to-the-mob


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Customer Reviews

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4.7K Ratings

iWoz2 ,

Wow supper smart and balanced in thinking

I am one that leans towards ID, but highly respect Darwin’s contribution to science. I think six day creation is an embarrassment to Christianity. If I was shown the mathematics behind macro evolution, I would convert. As an aerospace engineer, I understand that science does not follow a linear path (ie, micro truth does not prove macro theory). Hence, I don’t see macro evolution as a plausible explanation.

Thanks for making me a better thinker. You both bring critical thinking to the next level.

FrustratedByPrompts ,

Great show

The show description that explains they will “explore questions that matter, with tools that work” is perfectly expressed. Great discussions connecting science, current events and public policy. Bret and Heather are smart and fun, easy to listen to, and some of the most truly courageous individuals in the public eye.

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