Libby Emmons on NPR Celebration of Looting, Michael Gibson on Luminar Going Public

Libby Emmons, senior editor at the Post Millenial, calls in to talk about the leftist defense of looting, which is even seen by one author as ‘reparations.’ Are there powerful entities behind the organizing of the rioters? Listen to the full episode for Libby and David’s analysis, and more. Also in the show, Michael Gibson, co-founder of the 1517 Fund, joins David Gornoski to talk about one of 1517’s companies, Luminar Technologies, going public. Gibson takes us through how Luminar started out and its mission to engage in innovation outside the restrictions of ivy league campuses. What are some of the radical innovations that Luminar is aiming at? How can science and technology bring peace and prosperity in a society rife with anger?

James Kourtides, David Gornoski on Rene Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, Gospel Technology

How do we understand the growing undifferentiation–the breaking apart of traditional hierarchies–in western society? How can the church regain the gospel aesthetic of standing for the hidden victims of our society? The church must tell the stories of victims, David says, and in doing so, woke culture would evaporate in an instant. But then how would Jesus’ salvation of the world look like when we consider the insurmountable cultural and statist resistance to the gospel technology? Join David Gornoski and James Kourtides as they tackle these questions while figuring out how humanity can move past stagnation in innovation, polarization in society, and academic indoctrination.

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Jim Babka on Kanye West, Rene Girard, and Justice - A Neighbor's Choice

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Posted by David Gornoski on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Jim Babka on Kanye West, Rene Girard, and Justice

Jim Babka, President of, joins David Gornoski to talk about the increasing polarization and politicization in our culture. There is far too much shaming going on, Jim Babka says, but what we need today is empathy. “We have turned away from God and replaced Him with idols; and the number one idol is the state.” The conversation moves towards the anthropological implications of Jesus’ story in our culture today. What makes people default to statism whenever a crisis appears? David argues that we must get to the root of Jesus’ revealed anthropology if we are to come across a better understanding of our society and what we can do to love our neighbors.

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Dr. Max Zamilov on America's Coming Technological Renaissance Part 2 - A Neighbor's Choice

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Posted by David Gornoski on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dr. Max Zamilov on America’s Coming Technological Renaissance (Part 2), David Gornoski on Economic Stagnation

Dr. Max Zamilov and David Gornoski continue their discussion on the similarities and dissimilarities between Russia and America. David highlights how America inherited the common law outlook from the British through the founding fathers. But private property seems to be an illusion, says Dr. Zamilov, when we have to pay taxes to the government. Dr. Zamilov highlights how taxation is less stringent in Russia despite corruption. “As long as enough people have their moral compasses in the right place we won’t fall into utter corruption,” Dr. Zamilov remarks. How can America achieve a renaissance in technological innovation? Dr. Zamilov says that innovation simply must take place concretely in the right areas. Listen to the full episode for all of this plus an excellent monologue by David Gornoski on the hindrance imposed by the Federal Reserve system on our economy and how the abandonment of the American dream has led to this.

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Dr. Yu on Animal Magnetism and Other Science News, Craig Cesal on Returning Home, and Jeff Deist on Social Justice

Dr. Weiping Yu comments on an article at UC Berkeley that says aquatic bacteria uses magnetic properties to navigate underwater. Dr. Yu also addresses the claim that physicists may have solved the long-standing mystery of matter and antimatter. The physicist believes that antimatter is ‘science fiction’ and instead proposes that particles have both positive and negative charges.

Also, Craig Cesal, serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug crime, joins the show to talk about his struggle of returning home to reunite with his daughter. Plus, Jeff Deist reflects on how violent institutions are losing their legitimacy and how the left are perpetuating the very thing they are fighting against.

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Jordan Hall on Rene Girard, the Gospel Technology vs. Myth

Technologist and public intellectual Jordan Hall joins David Gornoski, host of A Neighbor’s Choice, for a journey through sense-making in 2020.

The conversation starts off with Peter Thiel’s comments on humanity reaching a technological stagnation after the moon-landing mission. Could this be due to lack of innovation in the world of atoms? asks David Gornoski. Along the way, Rene Girard’s mimetic theory is explored in relation to physics, media ecology, and the unravelling of political faith in our time. “Mimetic desire is a real thing,” says Jordan Hall, “but it’s part of a larger complex of psychological, social, cultural, evolutionary, game-theoretic constructs. And if you put your thumb on that scale… you’re going to get a little bit confused.”

On moving into a new era of scientific and technological discoveries, Jordan says: “It’s not so much, I think, that our job is to invent from scratch. I think a lot of our job is to actually rediscover and to synthesize, integrate, redeem, to bring back into right relationship, and to recover.”

Continuing the topic of human progress, David Gornoski proposes what he calls ‘the Gospel Technology’: the movement of the camera away from the oppressors to the victim. Jordan replies, “The first move you have to make is to change the underlying topology of the media landscape. If you haven’t done that nothing else is going to work. Once you’ve done that there’s a lot more to do but at least you’ve got a chance. The second is we have to re-learn how to tell the truth.”

The conversation moves deeper into questions such as: Can we solve the problem of scarcity and end conflict? Where are we heading after the lockdown? How do we bind ourselves together with stories and role models based in voluntary love, rather than coerced submission? What is the difference between the story of Jesus and myth?

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Blake Boles: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School?

What do we do to make sure that future generations can think for themselves? How can we help teachers bring some creativity to the table? Blake Boles, author of ‘Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School?’, says that the answers lie in removing coercion from our education system. The discussion centers around the homeschooling movement, the history of the Sudbury Valleys Schools, the role of parents in education, his book, and more. Listen to the full episode for an in-depth conversation on education like no other!

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