EF26 Show Notes

EF26 peeks behind the curtain of Episode EF7 to dissect the following submitted questions: Is this really what happens in politics? Are there any honest politicians anymore? Does just knowing about conformism help you to not allow it to happen? What do we do about the problem of fake news? Was there fake news before the Internet? If rhetoric was once honorable, what happened? Is this really what happens in politics? Are elections really won more on misdirection and fallacy than on a platform of truth, say, in the USA? Who can I trust? Who is most at risk and how can I help keep my kids away from shit like this? And more…
But what are the real cornerstones of these dark arts of mental wordplay? And it possible to recognize—or even to fight back—when someone tries to sway you using mental magic tricks filled with lies?

(EF26) AMA-EF7: The Impossibility of Honest Politicians and Protecting Our Kids from The Most Insidious Fake News Ask Me Anything for Episode EF3

EF26 (AMA-EF7): The Impossibility of Honest Politicians and Protecting Our Kids from The Most Insidious Fake News — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF7

EF26 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF7 (Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric). The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is … can we trust reason? In an online world now overcome with fake news, reason and rational thinking would seem to be an obvious bet for an antidote. But how many times did you find yourself in a situation where your reasoning was unreasonable to somebody else? Does this mean it’s not a consistent tool we can trust in all situations? Or are there other skills you need to develop in your critical thinking toolbelt in order to fight fire with rhetorical fire?

EF25 Show Notes

In an online world now overcome with fake news, reason and rational thinking would seem to be an obvious bet for an antidote. But how many times did you find yourself in a situation where your reasoning was unreasonable to somebody else?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode EF7, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions: Why the question “Can we trust reason?” Did you write this episode before or after Trump’s election? Are these mental black arts really this much like black magic? What are some direct parallels? Is rhetoric the same as propaganda? Is Edward written around anyone real? Is Arding supposed to be like a Trump? What did Elliot do? And more…

(EF25) BTP-EF7: The Power of Propaganda and Rhetoric to Divide Us and the Quest for a Better World Behind the Podcast of Episode EF7

EF25 (BTP-EF7): The Power of Propaganda and Rhetoric to Divide Us and the Quest for a Better World — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF7

EF25 is a Behind The Podcast (BTP) looking back at Episode EF7 (Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric). The driving question of this episode is … can we trust reason? Since perfected by the ancient Greeks, rhetoric has slowly devolved from a respected art into a manipulative tool used in marketing, politics and any other walk of life where mental and verbal coercion pays. Rhetoric, propaganda and the strategic use of logical fallacies are mental and verbal manipulations similar to the dark arts of black magic, in that they create smoke and mirrors to change minds to believe mistruths. And unlike a magician who deceives to entertain, these dark wizards act maliciously in pursuit of profit and power over others.

(EF24) AMA-EF6: Is Less Really More When it Comes to the Pursuit of Wisdom or is Ignorance Bliss Ask Me Anything of Episode EF6

(EF24) Humanity’s Curse

Animals without developed prefrontal cortexes don’t get depressed, overthink death or worry if their latest social media post will get ‘liked’ or not. Maybe ignorance really is bliss.