15 episodes

With skyrocketing rates of depression, increasing rates of poverty, hostile political radicalism, and so much more, it’s obvious that our modern society is failing us. Unfortunately, we’re struggling to navigate these many personal and social challenges because of a culture that promotes binary thinking (us vs them, black vs white, etc) & influences us to undermine our own well-being. Through controversial freethought, philosophical inquiry, and intellectual rigor, we seek to empower individuals to shape a better world by embracing the challenges and nuances of life's most important questions.

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With skyrocketing rates of depression, increasing rates of poverty, hostile political radicalism, and so much more, it’s obvious that our modern society is failing us. Unfortunately, we’re struggling to navigate these many personal and social challenges because of a culture that promotes binary thinking (us vs them, black vs white, etc) & influences us to undermine our own well-being. Through controversial freethought, philosophical inquiry, and intellectual rigor, we seek to empower individuals to shape a better world by embracing the challenges and nuances of life's most important questions.

    #15 - Lasana Harris: Social Cognition, Dehumanization, & the Culture Wars

    #15 - Lasana Harris: Social Cognition, Dehumanization, & the Culture Wars

    Lasana is an associate professor of experimental psychology at the University College London where he runs the boundaries of social cognition lab. In addition to exploring the content of his 2017 book, Invisible Mind: Flexible Social Cognition and Dehumanization, we also explore how these concepts are in play in modern society, especially as it relates to the culture wars and societal issues. 

    NOTE: Many of you might have noticed it's been some time since my last episode. I am currently studying psychology and neuroscience in grad school and unfortunately have much more limited time these days; however, I do publish weekly episodes with remarkable guests (like Bret Weinstein and Stephen Fry) through my tech-centric and funded podcast: Singularity Radio.

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    Hosted & Produced by: Steven Parton - Twitter - Instagram


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    • 52 min
    #14 - PixelSmixel: The Life & Views of an Untraditional Twitch Streamer

    #14 - PixelSmixel: The Life & Views of an Untraditional Twitch Streamer

    Pixel describes herself as "a reformed childhood spy, ex ballet dancer, Neopets millionare and forensic psychology degree holder" who makes "average opinionated political/current event/educational content." 

    In this episode, we dive into Pixel's opinions are and what it's like to be one of the small percentage of people in the world who make their living on Twitch (and even more remarkable, does it by having difficult conversations!). 

    NOTE: Many of you might have noticed it's been some time since my last episode. I am currently studying psychology and neuroscience in grad school and unfortunately have much more limited time these days; however, I do publish weekly episodes with remarkable guests (like Bret Weinstein and Stephen Fry) through my tech-centric and funded podcast: Singularity Radio. 

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    Want to ask a question, provide feedback, or share your thoughts on the show or a topic, then feel free to leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/society-in-question/message or send an email to steven.parton@societyinquestion.com. You can also find more information at SocietyInQuestion.com

    Hosted & Produced by: Steven Parton - Twitter - Instagram


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    #13 - Vaush: The Failures of Capitalism, Political Discourse, & Culture Wars

    #13 - Vaush: The Failures of Capitalism, Political Discourse, & Culture Wars

    Today my guest is Vaush, a self-described left-wing Youtuber known for his advocacy for libertarian market socialism and debates with other YouTubers.

    Our discussion centers heavily around 3 keys topics: the culture wars, our current political discourse, and capitalism--its failures, its strengths, and its alternatives (eg: anarcho-syndicalism). 

    Vaush has an incredibly popular Youtube that can be found at youtube.com/c/Vaush, and he can be found on twitter at twitter.com/VaushV

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    Watch this conversation on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn5TDacKCXY

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    #12 - Donovan & Jay: Does Free Will Exist? (Emergent Evolution vs Physics)

    #12 - Donovan & Jay: Does Free Will Exist? (Emergent Evolution vs Physics)

    This week I sit down once again with my dear friends Jay Mutzafi and Donovan James, and then we have one of our favorite conversations: Does Free Will Exist? While I think we're each empiricist who realize the science currently supports the notion that free will DOES NOT exist, we each have separate ways we respond to that. Jay reinforces this position through his support of physics/materialism; I dissent (mostly because it's just more fun that way), and instead support the notion that we likely DO have free will and that science just hasn't discovered it yet; and Donovan often brings a balancing perspective between the two as he remains predominantly agnostic. 

    To be clear: this isn't a debate. Though it may seem otherwise, no one is trying to win. The goal here is to push the boundaries, to think recklessly, and to put out ideas that very well may be wrong in the hopes it gets us to some unique avenues of thought. And we hope along the way it provides you with some interesting thoughts to reflect on as well.  

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    #11 - Solo: Aggressive Activism & the Neuroscience Behind Why It Fails

    #11 - Solo: Aggressive Activism & the Neuroscience Behind Why It Fails

    I recently wrote an essay exploring "How Ideological Extremists Are Undermining Their Own Goals" and I thought for this episode I would try something a little different, exploring this essay as a solo podcast. 

    The main focus of that essay (and therefore this episode) is dedicated to showcasing how the hostility of the "us" vs "them" dynamic that is currently dominating the culture wars, both in the streets and online, is neurobiologically counter-productive. I explore how the stress, fear, anxiety, and sense of social rejection brought about by this approach actually makes people incapable of empathizing with, learning about, and being supportive of your movement, and instead increases radicalism in a way that worsens society for everyone. 

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    Let me know using the contact options explained below if you liked this solo content or if you much prefer the interviews. 

    Want to ask a question, provide feedback, or share your thoughts on the show or a topic, then feel free to leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/society-in-question/message or send an email to steven.parton@societyinquestion.com. You can also find more information at SocietyInQuestion.com

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    • 20 min
    #10 - Eric Kaufmann: "White Shift," Populism, and Immigration

    #10 - Eric Kaufmann: "White Shift," Populism, and Immigration

    In this episode we sit down with Eric Kuafmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London who commonly writes on the dynamics of demographic change. In this episode we discuss these ideas as they relate to his 2018 book White Shift, which explores how immigration and populism will play out as we navigate a future where white people steadily become the minority. This naturally takes us on a journey through your typical culture-war-like topics, including identity politics, bipartisanship, self-censorship in the universities, and much more.

    You can find Eric on Twitter at https://twitter.com/epkaufm

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    • 54 min

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BethanyKU ,

Frustrated to think that 2 cisgender men thought it would be a good idea to make episode #9

Although you had good intentions, there are a plethora of disinformation on trans people and their lives and actual struggles in this podcast. Emotionally invalidating trans people and speaking like you know what they go through in their every day lives is painful to hear. If you really value that community and see them as people, then you will remove your episode. Episode #9 is no different from the old white men who sit around and make decisions about women’s bodies/lgbtq+ bodies and discuss their experiences like they know them. Asking for women, minorities, and all lgbtq+, please do not have these conversations where you’re speaking about us and our experiences without one of us present. Also please do not speak on communities of which you have no part or connection. Please understand where you’re privileged and where this society has allowed straight cisgender white men to but their heads in when y’all have no business being there.

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