Does the Universe have a North and South?

It’s time to rethink the standard model of physics! Dr. Weiping Yu returns to the show in a another scintillating segment of Science and U. In this episode, Dr. Yu and David Gornoski discuss the latest scientific findings suggesting that the fundamental constant of physics isn’t the same across the universe. What is the implication of this discovery on the world of physics? Does this confirm what Dr. Yu has been saying all along? Plus, Dr. Yu also talks about the latest discovery of new light-matter interaction with which scientists can write nanometer-sized magnetic structures.

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Original airdate: April 30, 2020

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How to Zoom to Success

How can we explain the government’s self-contradictory measures such as punishing non-violent law breakers by putting them in prisons where violence is rampant? Why do we allow such laws to exist? David Gornoski argues that history has been built on the sacrifices of the ones by the many. We need to change our mindsets and become good role models. We need to bind ourselves by love and mercy instead of hate and sacrifice!

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Original airdate: April 30, 2020

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Jeff Deist: Will Food Shortages End Shutdown?

Is it worth destroying the economy and suspending liberty over the dubious predictions of ‘experts’ like Dr. Fauci? Mises Institute’s Jeff Deist joins the show to discuss his new article on food shortages due to the shutdown, New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s bizarre tweet, censorship on social media, and the new battle between those who demand top-down solutions and those who urge bottom-up changes. Plus, David Gornoski takes on the food pyramid and the government school system.

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Original airdate: April 29, 2020

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Read Jeff Deist’s article on Mises.org

The Sunshine Apocalypse

How can we expect to win against COVID-19 when our immunity is made vulnerable by the lockdowns? Are top-down solutions any good in combating the pandemic? David Gornoski gets to the heart of the matter and explains how the key to fighting coronavirus lies in our sovereignty. Plus, Sir Owen returns to the show to discuss the invasive measures that governments have taken in our everyday lives and how the state’s economic tampering can lead to serious repercussions.

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Original airdate: April 29, 2020

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How to Overcome Fear

It’s time to pop the bubble of coercive groupthink! Should we blindly imitate the authoritarian government of China in their absolute control over free speech? Stop the stifling of free discussion and face the truth courageously! Join host David Gornoski and Olof Af Yggdrasil from Sweden as they take on state power, the mainstream media, and the rest of the priesthood of fear in this epic episode.

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Original airdate: April 28, 2020

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Dr. Wilfred Reilly on the Validity of Lockdowns

The media and their ‘experts’ have made it taboo to question the state’s actions in the face of this pandemic. But it’s time to stand up for truth and liberty and break this taboo imposed on us by the state priesthood. Is there any relation between low COVID-19 death rates and lockdowns? Professor Wilfred Reilly says ‘no,’ and he has some solid evidence to back up his arguments. Join David Gornoski as he interviews and discusses Dr. Reilly’s analysis of the empirical data of the lockdowns.

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Original airdate: April 28, 2020

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Read Dr. Reilly’s article here

Why is Faith in the State So Hard to Shake?

Why do we sacrifice our neighbors to the false gods of the state? When the going gets tough who do we put our faith in? Host David Gornoski expertly deconstructs the state’s religiosity and its use of fear and threat in dictating our lives. The heart of politics is the blame game! David Gornoski urges us to reject this form of human-sacrifice and rise up for our neighbors.

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Original airdate: April 27, 2020

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Daniel McAdams on the Sacrificial Failure of Lockdowns

What is the best way to tackle COVID-19? Government force and the threat of violence? Or voluntary concern for your neighbor? Ron Paul Institute’s Daniel McAdams, co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report show, joins us to set the record straight on state violence, Ron Paul vs. Dr. Fauci on the COVID-19 death rate, and the government’s reckless action of imposing lockdown.

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Original airdate: April 27, 2020

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Daniel McAdams can be reached at ronpaulinstitute.org

Classic Interviews: Jordan Peterson on Christ, the Crowd, and René Girard

Back in 2018, David Gornoski caught up with the then rising psychologist Jordan Peterson right on the release day of his bestselling book ’12 Rules for Life.’ The two had an interesting conversation on political correctness, the left’s fetish for victimization, his book, and René Girard. Revisit that interview by watching the video above. David Gornoski’s accompanying article can be found below.

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Coinciding with the release of his new book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson sat down with me earlier this week in New York City to provide powerful new insights on the historical transition from sacrifice of others to self-sacrifice. We explored how to dismantle mob violence and defeat witch hunts; his response to his recent controversial interview with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, and how the imitation of Christ can save our civilization. Along the way, Dr. Peterson engaged synergies between his own insights and the groundbreaking anthropological work of the late René Girard and his Mimetic theory.

Interview Reflections

The ancient Greeks had a word for antidote, pharmakos, that they very much used as a cure for chaos. In the pharmakos ritual, a deformed, weak, or mentally ill person would be wined and dined as a god, paraded through the streets, and then ritually murdered outside the city. It is easy for us moderns to look back at such rituals and sneer at the primitive barbarity of it all. Yet, to the Greeks, it was very much a necessary transference of pent up all-against-all aggression and resentment before it spilled into runaway chaos. In other words, as the High Priest who led the plot to execute Jesus Caiaphas said, It is better that one man die than the whole nation perish.

Today, we see clearly that the ancient world’s antidote to chaos—collective violence against an innocent person (or at least, no more guilty than anyone else for social tensions)—is nothing more than crowd madness and scapegoating. We are able to see this because of the lens the Bible provides us after two millenia of its narrative and ethic clarifying our perspective.

In the Gospels, as René Girard helps us see, we have the inauguration of a personhood revolution in which every human being is made to be a sacred temple deserving of love and respect. In the Gospel accounts of his passion, Jesus wrestles the camera of mythic history away from the persecuting collective always searching for a scapegoat and undresses the crowd of all its power. It is not the gods or, in our modern case, ideology, that demands coercion and violence but petty, crowd-possessed people blinded by fear and envy.

It is in that vein that Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life strikes such a powerful chord in our cultural moment. Each of the twelve axioms center on self-sacrifice rather than sacrifice of someone else—a radical new antidote for chaos much more dangerous and powerful than the old antidote of violent sacrifice that shaped our ancestral roots.

Peterson’s meek defiance of victim-garbed collective aggression is in service to Jesus’s personhood revolution: the simple notion that instead of sacrificing your neighbors and blaming them for the chaos you feel, it is better to sacrifice your own pride, clean your own room, and resist the urge to reciprocate aggression and insult to those who seek to harm you. In short, it is better that we stop unconsciously imitating Caiaphas because the old pharmakos prescription is passed its expiration. We no longer need to cling to our collective group identities (race, gender, ethnicity, etc) to shape laws as a tool of vengeance against those we fear and hate. We can instead crucify the monster inside us.

What made the West great was this simple truth. God desires mercy, not sacrifice. That the individual human being is sacred in body, mind, speech, and, by extension, the fruits of his or her labor. That no ideology or witch hunt can repeal the beauty and dignity of the individual, no matter who they are.

Peterson’s encounters with angry, zealous mobs continue to capture the zeitgeist of our times the world over because telling the truth has a magnetic power. Just like the Gospel writers told the truth that Jesus, the one, was innocent and undeserving of violence from the many, smart phone cameras unmask and defang the power of people possessed by crowds screaming in Peterson’s ears as he peacefully keeps proclaiming the dignity of personhood.

Peterson likes to tell people to clean their rooms before they seek to impose their will on society. This principle comes from the notion of not condemning one’s brother for the speck in their eye when we have a plank in our own. As we clean our rooms collectively, we will continue to find the hidden bones of our sacrificial victims, past and present. We will see the barbarity of voting crowds demanding laws that initiate violence against peaceful persons for nonviolent behaviors such as drug use, vices, or speech heresies like Peterson’s resistance to Canada’s C-16 transgender pronoun law.

Reject the tyrannical impulse on the Left and the Right. The antidote to chaos is to love your neighbor.

Dr. Mary Newport MD on Fighting Alzheimer’s and Other Neuro Disorders with Keto

What is Ketones? Join Dr. Mary Newport MD, author of The Complete Book of Ketones, on this exciting episode as she discusses how the ketogenic diet approach can help us fight brain aging, dementia & other brain problems, as well as diabetes.

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Original airdate: April 24, 2020

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Visit Dr. Mary Newport MD’s website coconutketones.com