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    Bonus episode |Q & A, cognitive dissonance, COVID-19, South Dakota| "Direct Message"

    Bonus episode |Q & A, cognitive dissonance, COVID-19, South Dakota| "Direct Message"

    This is my answer to a question that popped up in The Social Exchange Facebook group (The link to the group is here )
    It was a good question that got me thinking about to make headway on important issues that many of us are so incredibly divided on. 
    I've been talking about recording my responses to FB questions in podcast form for a long time now, and so that starts now!  
    Note: It's not important whether you agree or disagree with my own beliefs / conclusions-- what's important is that you get to listen to the way I form beliefs (which are always subject to change given appropriate evidence). 
    I'm going out on a limb to think through an important issue, out loud, and in good faith... even though it feels like it could be a little risky to do so. And I encourage all of you to do the same whenever you can!  I also encourage you to try to notice, as much as you can, when others are making themselves vulnerable for the sake of reasoned dialogue, and to respond accordingly. 
    So I hope you enjoy the one-off episode... I'll create more in the future. 

    Below is the question that I'm responding to, followed by a list of time-stamps by topic. 
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    -----------Here's the question that I'm responding to--------------- 
    "I know Zach has talked about cognitive dissonance in this space previously. It’s worth another discussion as I cannot comprehend that thousands upon thousands people, especially now in South Dakota, still believe the Pandemic is a concoction of the fake news. They deny they are suffering from the virus and tell hospitals there is another reason they are sick because Covid-19 is not real. 
    Even the governor, Kristi Noem, continues to say, “My people are happy because they are free” in response to mandating masks and other restrictions. All the while the test positivity rate in SD is an astonishing 58%. I know SD is not the only state with this dissonance. What will it take, what can it take for these people to accept the science and the reality of this insidious virus?"
     
    ---------------Time Stamps-----------------
    0:00 - 2:00 Discussion about The Social Exchange Facebook group and my basis for creating today's episode
    2:00 - 2:55 Reading today's question from TSE Facebook group. 
    3:00 - 5:25 Disclaimer about this episode's format
    5:25 - 11:15 What is cognitive dissonance (with examples)? 
    11:25 - 14:05 Turning the question inward (before trying to change others' beliefs, , it's wise to inspect one's own beliefs for blind-spots and errors) 
    14:05 - 15:48 Zach's personal beliefs about COVID 19 (epidemiology + implications)
    15:48 - 16:54 Zach states his level of confidence that his beliefs re: COVID are true
    16:54 - 22:33 Zach's personal beliefs about our country's response to COVID (how we ought to respond) 
    22:33 - 22:55 Zach states his level of confidence that his beliefs re: appropriate COVID response are true. 
    22:55 - 28:09 What might people in South Dakota believe about COVID 19 and appropriate COVID 19 responses?  And why might they believe these things are true?
    28:09 - 29:13 Should we (or someone) try to convince citizens of South Dakota to change their beliefs re: COVID 19 and appropriate COVID 19 response? (If so what should we suggest that they change their minds about?)
    29:13 - 32:02 How can we convince COVID-19 deniers, more generally, to acknowledge the reality of the situation? 
    32:02 - End "In Summary" 

    • 34 min
    Episode 65-- Jessie Dunleavy: "Cover My Dreams In Ink"

    Episode 65-- Jessie Dunleavy: "Cover My Dreams In Ink"

    Jessie Dunleavy is an author and drug policy reform advocate whose son Paul died of an accidental drug overdose. She went on to write a memoir about Paul's life from her perspective called, “Cover My Dreams In Ink”.
    Today, Jessie and I talked about the memoir and the myriad topics included in its pages:
    - Parenting
    - The public school system
    - Special education
    - Neurodiversity
    - Mental health
    - Trauma
    - Addiction
    - Drug policy / the war on drugs
    - The addiction treatment system
    - Hope for the future... and other topics.
    Jessie shared her perspective about these topics that are always on my mind as well. Hers is the perspective of a loving mother, of an educator, of an author, and of a concerned citizen who aims to make a positive impact on society.
    I don’t usually have two-hour-long conversations with my guests because— well, they don’t have time for it. I think that the conversation will be much more enjoyable and enlightening after having done so.
    I’m so grateful that Jessie was willing to spend this much time working out some of these interesting questions in real-time. And I’m grateful that you’re interested.
    Please enjoy episode 65 with Jessie Dunleavy!
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    FOLLOW JESSIE’S WORK:
    Her web site: https://www.jessiedunleavy.com/
    BUY HER BOOK! https://www.jessiedunleavy.com/book
    Follow Jessie on twitter: https://twitter.com/jessiedunleavy
    Visit her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jessiedunlea...
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    Make a donation to The Social Exchange Podcast: http://patreon.com/thesocialexchange
    Rate/Review us on your podcast app: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...
    Sign up for a free trial of Audible and get a free audio book (cancel any time--- you get to keep the book ;) http://audibletrial.com/socialexchange
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    THANK YOU TO OUR NEW  PATRONS! 
    - Jessie Dunleavy 
    - Andrew Tatarsky
    - Dean LeMire
    - Christy McPherson 
    - Nunzio De Martino (Courtesy of "Don Nunzio Limos" https://donnunziolimos.com/) 
    - Susan Lennon
    - James Stacks
    - Chris L
    - W Leon Naufahu 
    - Sherry Chandler
    - Dee-Dee Stout
    - Christopher Hanlon 
    - André Pampel
    - CARTER Vermont https://www.cartervermont.org/
    - Rick Barnett 
    - Anne M. Earle
    - Inigo
    - Jon Holt
    - Laila Ferguson
    - Mary Kay Villaverde
    - Michelle
    - NANCY
    - Sean Holt
    - Regina Ferguson
    - Timmy Tucker
    - Christian
    - Thomas Rhoads
    - Kathleen Cochran
    - Marjorie Israel
    - Diane T
    - Trevor 
    - Sue Mathieu
    - Linda Rhoads

    • 2 hr 29 min
    Episode 64: Dr. Jeffrey Singer, CATO Institute, Drug Policy, COVID Response, 2020 Election and More!

    Episode 64: Dr. Jeffrey Singer, CATO Institute, Drug Policy, COVID Response, 2020 Election and More!

    Welcome to The Social Exchange Podcast! 
    Today's guest is Dr. Jeffrey Singer. 
    Dr. Singer shared his thoughts and professional opinions about America's COVID response-- the good, the bad, the upsetting, and the hopeful--  and what he believes are the most sensible and holistic approaches moving forward. 
    He also discussed ideas for drug policy, including the proper relationship between government and drug access, as per this recent White Paper (coauthored with Michael Cannon) https://www.cato.org/publications/white-paper/drug-reformation-end-governments-power-require-prescriptions
    Finally, he and I talked about the 2020 election and the unnecessary sigma associated with voting third-party
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    Follow Dr. Jeffrey Singer: CATO press and publications: https://www.cato.org/people/jeffrey-s...
    His paper with Michael Cannon: https://www.cato.org/publications/whi...
    And here's A relevant article re: Dr. Singer's attitudes and beliefs re: COVID: https://thecritic.co.uk/issues/novemb...
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    Make a donation to The Social Exchange Podcast: http://patreon.com/thesocialexchange
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    Sign up for a free trial of Audible and get a free audio book (cancel any time--- you get to keep the book ;) http://audibletrial.com/socialexchange
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    THANK YOU TO OUR NEW  PATRONS! 
    - Jessie Dunleavy 
    - Andrew Tatarsky
    - Dean LeMire
    - Christy McPherson 
    - Nunzio De Martino (Courtesy of "Don Nunzio Limos" https://donnunziolimos.com/) 
    - Susan Lennon
    - James Stacks
    - Chris L
    - W Leon Naufahu 
    - Sherry Chandler
    - Dee-Dee Stout
    - Christopher Hanlon 
    - André Pampel
    - CARTER Vermont https://www.cartervermont.org/
    - Rick Barnett 
    - Anne M. Earle
    - Inigo
    - Jon Holt
    - Laila Ferguson
    - Mary Kay Villaverde
    - Michelle
    - NANCY
    - Sean Holt
    - Regina Ferguson
    - Timmy Tucker
    - Christian
    - Thomas Rhoads
    - Kathleen Cochran
    - Marjorie Israel
    - Diane T
    - Trevor 
    - Sue Mathieu
    - Linda Rhoads

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 63: Brian Keating

    Episode 63: Brian Keating

    Welcome to episode 63!
    Today Zach interviews Astrophysicist, Author and Podcaster, Dr. Brian Keating. Dr. Keating wrote the book, "Losing The Nobel Prize", in which he recounts his designing and directing a Nobel-worthy physics experiment called BICEP.
    He talks about why he and his team fell short of winning the prize (although the experiment itself was very successful), and how he later came to realize that pining for the Nobel Prize actually detracted from the reasons he became a physicist in the first place-- namely, to contribute to the betterment of humanity.
    Zach and Brian talk about the allure of the Nobel Prize and the reasons why the prize, itself, hampers human progress, and they talk about similar counter-productive incentive structures in k-12 schools.
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    Make a donation to The Social Exchange Podcast: http://patreon.com/thesocialexchange
    Rate/Review us on your podcast app: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...
    Sign up for a free trial of Audible and get a free audio book (cancel any time--- you get to keep the book ;) http://audibletrial.com/socialexchange
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    THANK YOU TO OUR NEW  PATRONS! 
    - Jessie Dunleavy 
    - Andrew Tatarsky
    - Dean LeMire
    - Christy McPherson 
    - Nunzio De Martino (Courtesy of "Don Nunzio Limos" https://donnunziolimos.com/) 
    - Susan Lennon
    - James Stacks
    - Chris L
    - W Leon Naufahu 
    - Sherry Chandler
    - Dee-Dee Stout
    - Christopher Hanlon 
    - André Pampel
    - CARTER Vermont https://www.cartervermont.org/
    - Rick Barnett 
    - Anne M. Earle
    - Inigo
    - Jon Holt
    - Laila Ferguson
    - Mary Kay Villaverde
    - Michelle
    - NANCY
    - Sean Holt
    - Regina Ferguson
    - Timmy Tucker
    - Christian
    - Thomas Rhoads
    - Kathleen Cochran
    - Marjorie Israel
    - Diane T
    - Trevor 
    - Sue Mathieu
    - Linda Rhoads

    • 45 min
    Episode 62: Brock Coderre

    Episode 62: Brock Coderre

    The Social Exchange is brought to you by the online Life Process Program-- an online addiction program that can be self-help or coach-led (your choice)... both versions cost less than a monthly co-pay for a therapist or outpatient program. To learn more, visit http://lifeprocessprogram.com
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    In this episode, Zach speaks with Brock Coderre, a Republican candidate for Vermont House of Representatives.
    Zach and Coderre disagree on many issues, but they fully agree on the style of conversation that will foster collaboration and change among the electorate as well as elected officials.
    To be sure, Brock Coderre has some specific policy ideas but, for the most part, he is running on the basis of creating richer and more constructive dialogue and problem-solving in politics.
    He has been speaking with (and listening to) Vermont residents for years, and often documenting the conversations he has with strangers. From these conversations (with people of various belief systems and political persuasions), he's developed a good read on the wants and needs of the Vermont electorate. Which, of course, is why he believes he will make a worthy representative.
    You can decide whether you agree with him or not. No matter what your take, you might quickly appreciate his casual and personable (i.e. forthright and not phony) nature.
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    Make a donation to The Social Exchange Podcast: http://patreon.com/thesocialexchange
    Rate/Review us on your podcast app: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...
    Sign up for a free trial of Audible and get a free audio book (cancel any time--- you get to keep the book ;) http://audibletrial.com/socialexchange
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    THANK YOU TO OUR NEW  PATRONS! 
    - Andrew Tatarsky
    - Dean LeMire
    - Christy McPherson 
    - Nunzio De Martino (Courtesy of "Don Nunzio Limos" https://donnunziolimos.com/) 
    - Susan Lennon
    - James Stacks
    - Chris L
    - W Leon Naufahu 
    - Sherry Chandler
    - Dee-Dee Stout
    - Christopher Hanlon 
    - André Pampel
    - CARTER Vermont https://www.cartervermont.org/
    - Rick Barnett 
    - Anne M. Earle
    - Inigo
    - Jon Holt
    - Laila Ferguson
    - Mary Kay Villaverde
    - Michelle
    - NANCY
    - Sean Holt
    - Regina Ferguson
    - Timmy Tucker
    - Christian
    - Thomas Rhoads
    - Kathleen Cochran
    - Marjorie Israel
    - Diane T
    - Trevor 
    - Sue Mathieu
    - Linda Rhoads

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Anthony Magnabosco Round II (Bonus Episode)

    Anthony Magnabosco Round II (Bonus Episode)

    After my first conversation with Anthony Magnabosco (Episode 61), I decided to do a follow-up so that I could talk more about Street Epistemology strategy and his plans to scale this movement! 

    Here's our phone conversation from the other night, which we agreed is worth publishing. 

    Happy listening! 

    • 53 min

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