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Welcome to the Dissidents podcast from the Institute for Liberal Values (formerly 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.

The Dissidents The Dissidents

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    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Welcome to the Dissidents podcast from the Institute for Liberal Values (formerly 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.

    S4 E11 | An Ounce of Prevention: Overestimated Harm Motivates Science Censorship

    S4 E11 | An Ounce of Prevention: Overestimated Harm Motivates Science Censorship

    In this week's episode Mike and Elizabeth talk about trends in the censorship of scientific results. Recent research suggests one explanation for censorship behavior is misguided hyper-concern for others reactions. Scientific findings were rated as potentially harmful, and less beneficial, if they were controversial or confusing. We discuss the implications for the marketplace of ideas and scientific inquiry in the current socio political environment.  Biased cost-benefit analyses can undermine the advancement of research and influence funding decisions.  Hypervigilant concerns may fuel academic cancellation campaigns, paper and presentation rejections, and journal article retractions.   



    Podcast notes:

    Clark, C. J., Graso, M., Redstone, I., & Tetlock, P. E. (2023). Harm Hypervigilance in Public Reactions to Scientific Evidence. Psychological Science, 34(7), 834–848. 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Legacies of Black Pioneers: The Problem with Black Excellence with Ada Akpala

    Legacies of Black Pioneers: The Problem with Black Excellence with Ada Akpala

    In this series of the Dissidents Podcast, Legacies of Black Pioneers, we speak with Ada Akpala of the Equiano Project on her problem with the term “black excellence”.  Co-hosts, Winkfield Twyman, Jr. & Jennifer Richmond speak often of black resilience and triumph in their book, Letters in Black and White. After reading Ada's piece, My Problem with the Term Black Excellence, Wink sent her a note saying, "Jen has used the phrase "black excellence" in a recent tweet. I have devoted a month to exploring Pioneer Black Lawyers. Maybe, Jen and I missed the mark..."





    We talk with Ada about the limitations of a well-intended phrase, black excellence. Does the phrase frame blackness in a negative light? Are there circumstances where black excellence conveys a constructive and positive good? Our discussion takes us from London to Virginia and Nigeria. Does black excellence make sense in a world containing over 1 billion people of Sub-Saharan descent? The question deserves more than a yes or a no answer. Enjoy a thoughtful conversation about a word many take for granted, black excellence.

     

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    Resources:

    My Problem with the Term Black Excellence, Ada Akpala

    Letters in Black and White, Winkfield Twyman, Jr & Jennifer Richmond

    The Problem with 'Black Community', Ada Akpala on the Patience Xina podcast

    The Equiano Project

    • 1 hr
    S4 E10 | Jew-Jitsu with Dmitri Shufutinsky

    S4 E10 | Jew-Jitsu with Dmitri Shufutinsky

    In this week's podcast, Mike Burke meets with Jewish intellectual Dmitri Shufutinsky to discuss his upcoming book, "Jew-Jitsu". The conversation ranges across a number of topics, including how to identify and push back against a worryingly widespread and apparently growing antisemitism and historic illiteracy.



    Resources:Neo-Confederacy & Palestinian Ultranationalism: How Prejudice is Justified Through the Myth of “Lost Civilization",Dmitri Shufutinsky

    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Legacies of Black Pioneers: Daniel Brown

    The Legacies of Black Pioneers: Daniel Brown

    Welcome to our the new monthly series of the Dissidents Podcast on the legacies of black pioneers, brought to you by the Black Institute of Liberal Values (a joint project of ⁠Free Black Thought⁠ and the Institute for Liberal Values). In this episode, Winkfield Twyman, Jr & Jennifer Richmond, speak with Mark Brown on his common cousin with Wink, Daniel Brown. According to Wink, who writes of Daniel often in his book with Jen, Letters in Black and White, Daniel was a “founding father” for his family.

    Mark, Wink and Jen talk about the relevance of genealogy for seeing each other as “Old Americans”, the role of faith in this mission, the possibility of “Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome”, and the curative effects of narrative therapy and writing for coming together across the color line.

    Follow us on Circle for more resources and materials on black pioneers in American history.

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    Podcast Resources:

    Letters in Black and White: A New Correspondence on Race in America, Jennifer Richmond & Winkfield Twyman, Jr.

    Find out more about the book on Truth in Between

    The Dead Hand of Daniel Brown, Jennifer Richmond & Winkfield Twyman, Jr.

    On the Road to Oak Lawn, Winkfield Twyman, Jr.

    Greatness as Character, Winkfield Twyman, Jr.

    A Race Story, Winkfield Twyman, Jr.

    Find other resources, including Wink’s Pioneering Black Lawyers, on the Black Institute for Liberal Values on Circle.

    ⁠Circle⁠

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S4 E9 | Self-Righteous Foolishness? A Look at Moral Protests

    S4 E9 | Self-Righteous Foolishness? A Look at Moral Protests

    In this week's episode, Mike and Elizabeth discuss an article that outlines some of the reasons we might choose to quietly or more openly protest wrongdoing within our organizations.  It often seems futile to stay in a partially corrupt institution, even in an attempt to influence reform, but is it really preferable to resign in protest when the move is unlikely to have an impact?  Can we recognize our own motivations for protest, or are we hopelessly biased in that assessment?  We discuss these ideas in the context of contemporary culture and events, including criticism of college campus leaders.



    Podcast notes:

    Hill Jr, T. E. (1979). Symbolic protest and calculated silence. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 9, 83–102.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    S4 E8 | She's Got the Look: Perspectives on Sexism and Career Motivation

    S4 E8 | She's Got the Look: Perspectives on Sexism and Career Motivation

    In this week's episode Mike and Elizabeth discuss a recent journal article about reminders of bias. The authors found that women who read about sexism tended to report lower achievement expectations and career motivation.  Our perspectives and interpretations diverge somewhat from that of the authors.  We evaluate the study design, findings, and implications through the lens of cancel culture, and consider what a similar study on reminders of racism might reveal.   



    Podcast Notes:

    Doolaard, F. T., Lelieveld, G., Noordewier, M. K., Beest, I., & Dijk, E. (2022). How information on sexism may increase women’s perceptions of being excluded, threaten fundamental needs, and lower career motivation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 405-419. 

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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