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Everything I don't get to talk about in normal life. Recurring themes include political science, ideology and the culture wars, media and technology, religion, philosophy, and the personal. By Justin Murphy,  Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton.

Jul 12, 2017

Sam Berkson is a poet and blogger. Sam is a really passionate and active writer, performer, and organizer (of culture and politics) in London. We recorded this podcast in Sam’s flat in Tottenham at 3am on a Friday night.

Sam's recent book, Settled Wanderers, is out now with Influx Press. You can find more of Sam's work on his website and you can hit him up at @AngrySamPoet.

Notes with timestamps

general patterns of the universe!!! 00:01

full automation or nah? 00:03

what’s up with Red Bull owning the whole world of extreme sports? 00:06

the crazy growth in performance in extreme sports 00:07

linguistic invariance, principles and parameters 00:14

even educated people basically don’t know shit 00:16

how natural human mental functioning is really faulty 00:18

the metaphor of the elephant and its rider 00:19:30

right-wing vs. left-wing models of human needs 00:24

the problem of aggregating from individualism to tribalism to global community  00:28

nobody does anything great out of desperation 00:44

why you have to be realistic about what thinking can do - 00:46

talking with people isn’t about solving problems but doing something meaningful 00:47

if listeners don’t like my podcasts then they're fired! 00:49


Arwen King
over a year ago

Definitely need to understand ourselves but rational/emotional split just an artificial abstraction inherited from cartesian dualism?