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3 February 2024 Flash Livestream!

How do we know what is real?

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"How to use philosophy not just to 1) avert disaster but 2) to live a great life?

"A few episodes ago (the one where Stef mentioned don't just be a tinkerer) he also mentioned that many people have successfully implemented philosophy into their lives and were able to realise the situation they're in and get out, to avert disaster (Which is great!).

"How to progress from there (from that 'middle-ground') and continue implementing philosophy to build a truly great life?

"It seems 1) averting disaster is more about removing your blinds so you're able to see the mess you're in and get out, whereas 2) building a great life, is more subtle and nuanced and requires more deliberate 'work'"

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2 February 2024 Friday Night Live!

"I believe men are superior to women, I need to stop measuring their value based on what women think of them."

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"Last year, I started making music. I just really like music and I wanted to start doing it. I started doing music production and everything went smooth and had a big success. I dropped a couple tracks and one of them made it really big on TikTok. Then, I signed with a record label and I now have a lot of money, for my age.

"Before making music, I was kind of depressed, feeling like I am alone. I didn't have that many friends. And all the friends I have are like +20 years, like 25, 30, 38, 40, 45... I don't really get along good with people my age. It's been really hard to to you know live with this deep feeling of, '"I am not enough by myself.'"

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"What are your thoughts on college girls who repeatedly post bikini photos on their instagram, you know the college girl who rarely posts a photo where her cleavage and belly and thighs aren’t exposed, do you think these woman have done something immoral by engaging in this behaviour or would you say there is nothing wrong with the display of the human body and anyone who finds it immoral should find the guilt within themselves as they are the ones who perceive this display as sexual because there is at least objectively speaking nothing inherently sexy or immoral about the human body?"

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31 January 2024 Wednesday Night Livestream

I'm old enough to remember:
... when experts said that eggs were fatal!
... that the sugar industry bribed scientists to say the problem is fat, not sugar!
... four out of five doctors recommending particular cigarettes!
... global cooling; we're just going to go into the new ice age!

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"Hey Stef, I watch your 'punish women video' Where you analyzed someone's dream. I had a dream last night and want to know your thoughts.

"The scene starts in a class, an Asian man was in the front teaching his students, he was wearing a blue suit with a long back, and a white dress shirt with a lapel, or bib sawn into the collar. He had a belt and black dress pants. And I made a mental note that he was impeccably dressed. The scene then changes. Me and the class(3-4 people)are sitting around a desk, discussing something.

"This is where the story goes a little foggy, I don't remember what we where talking about, but I made some philosophical arguments. Like an actual argument in my dream, which i could break down if I remembered what it was about. In that instance I felt confident in my words and logic, and thought my arguments where good. The scene then shifts, to me in class struggling with something, the teacher off the side not happy either. This part is also foggy as when I was dreaming this all made sense, and if I remembered I could explain the situation. Later on, the teacher, wearing the same outfit, but in red, was talking to another man. He laughed load as he talked the other man was in a standard black/bluish suit with a diagonally striped tie that wend white, black, red. not sure with was first the black or red. He was more tame, and stood there with his hands rested behind his back, looking over the class he didn’t seem to enjoy the conversation as much, but smiled nonetheless.

"The Next scene was me sleeping, I didn't open my eyes but as I woke up I could see around me. This is prob when I became lucid because I could remember the parts after in much more detail. But back to the sleeping. So I woke up, but my eyes where closed, and I noticed that I was resting on the back of the car. Not in the trunk, my shoulder was on the back window of the car and my feet extended past the trunk. I didn't know where i was, or how I got there, but thought it would be weird if the driver noticed that I'm on his back window. When he turned right, I jumped off of the car. I noticed that my feet where not cold walking on the snow, as I didn't have any shoes, I went back towards the opposite direction the car was going in to see if I could recognize the surrounding area. While I was walking I noticed some people at a house, and asked them for help. There was a group of about 2-3 men there and they seemed to know me. They asked me what I was doing there, seeming very confused, one asked why I wasn't wearing shoes. I told them 'I had no idea'. The next moment I noted 3 men opposite the road from us standing there ominously, and another set of men on the sidewalk in the left turn of the road. I could feel the danger and thought I was getting ambushed.

"The guys also noticed and said they had weapons stored in a van just up the road. we discreetly moved to the van hoping we didn't get attacked. They opened the van and each picked up a set of rif

29 January 2024 Flash Livestream

Why are young men in general becoming more conservative and young women are becoming more liberal?

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"Hey Stef, I'm married, but sometimes, I think I could have done better, and then I overthink it. I question my choices, wonder if I've made a mistake getting married, and then feel guilt and shame as a result. I'm constantly rehashing these questions, and it's torture. Can you shed some light on the path out of this cycle?"

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28 January 2024 Sunday Morning Livestream

I would like to know how UPB handles the idea off forgiving our enemies or at least those who choose to do us harm? Getting them out of lives if they don't repent/apologize/make amends I agree with. But is it best to just let go of anger over things and people that can not be changed.

Some situations are really clear, like an attack in the moment. Some situations are unclear, like a perceived slight from an acquaintance or someone cutting you off in traffic. We feel anger automatically. It's a natural, subjective response. But we need to reflect on the context and evaluate our next actions to ensure morality. My dad used to get angry if you looked at him the wrong way. His reaction was out of proportion.

As I understood the forgiveness as a Christian, we forgive our enemies as a mechanism to lay down our angry, release ourselves from said anger and give it over the crime to God for vengeance. (Though practically if those who wronged us committed criminal acts against us, we follow all the legal avenues for redress, but not with anger but cold commitment to justice without hate.)

Reconciliation on the other hand requires both parties.

Much of my pain in life. Has been because I ignored my anger. Trained to disconnect by my parents. Now I choose to listen to my body and my emotions. That shift of mindset took a lot of effort.

How can you remove yourself in the days of social media? Allegations can follow you anywhere.

Can vengeance be defined as taking action to harm someone (when you aren't in immediate danger) in order satisfy your anger. This is why imprisonment isn't vengeance if you are not doing it satisfy anger but instead to uphold standards.

Justice is measured. And not done with massive emotional motivation. Hence the judge and jury.

My understanding is that if forgiving our enemies was UPB/universal, Bob would have forgiven Jack for whatever behaviour/action/words he believed justified hitting Jack. Yet society will go to Jack and insist he forgive Bob but not ask Bob not to hit Jack and forgive instead.

Is mercy virtuous?

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I will never forgive you all for urging me to watch this hot mess of celluloid...

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This episode explores sadism in children, discussing tribal loyalty, harmful education practices, and credentialism. The hosts advocate for curiosity-driven learning and highlight the suppression of children's skepticism.

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Brief Summary

In this episode, we examine sadism, specifically in relation to children. We analyze the evolution of cruelty, emphasizing the role of tribal loyalty and nationalism. We discuss the harmful practices of education and punishment, advocating for a mindset that encourages curiosity and learning. Lastly, we critique credentialism in education and highlight the importance of engaging students. Throughout the episode, we share personal experiences and reflect on the societal suppression of children's skepticism and curiosity.

Chapters

0:00:00 Sadism Part 4: Exploring Sadism with regards to children
0:03:24 Evolution of cruelty and moral theories in human beings
0:06:01 Creating abstract values to enhance tribal unity and ferocity
0:09:59 Infusing children with a sense of tribal superiority
0:12:29 Loyalty to abstractions and the role of sports
0:20:01 The Time Spent on Sports: A Surprising Calculation
0:23:05 Breaking Children's Minds: The Role of Hatred and Loyalty
0:24:34 Breaking Children's Natural Empiricism
0:29:56 Prussian Education: Compliance and Conformity
0:34:05 The Importance of Understanding Opposing Beliefs
0:36:31 Indoctrination vs. Facilitation in Education
0:42:34 Catholic People's School: Resistance and Punishment
0:52:22 The Irrelevance of Credentialism
0:57:50 Credentialism Breeds Aggression and Sadism

Controversial life of Marquis de Sade, explicit works, societal violence, personal struggles, politics during French Revolution, impact of scientific revolution on morality. Introducing universally preferable behavior. Stay tuned.

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Brief Summary

In this part of the conversation, we explore the controversial life and works of the Marquis de Sade, including his explicit books and their film adaptations. We discuss how aristocracy and excessive praise contribute to violence in society. We delve into de Sade's troubled personal life and his involvement in politics during the French Revolution. The conversation also touches on the scientific revolution and its impact on morality. We introduce the concept of universally preferable behavior (UPB) as an alternative to morality. Join our community and access related content on our website. Anticipate the next part of the conversation.

Chapters

0:00:00 The Marquis de Sade: A Terrifying Legacy
0:09:11 The Power of Excessive Praise and Addiction
0:12:21 Control through Addiction: Praise and Criticism
0:15:20 Childhood Experiences and Affectionate Figures in De Sade's Life
0:17:51 Forced Marriage and Complicity of De Sade's Wife
0:20:51 De Sade's Release and Inheritance of Title
0:23:49 De Sade's Imprisonment and Transfer to Insane Asylum
0:26:21 De Sade's Imprisonment for Criticizing Robespierre
0:34:49 Cruelty as the First Sentiment in Nature
0:37:42 The Profound Impact of the Scientific Revolution
0:40:51 Science vs. Religion: The Battle for Morality
0:43:24 The Agricultural Revolution and its Effects on Humanity
0:48:43 The Origin of Morality and its Connection to Religion
0:52:28 The Link Between Morality and Belief in the Divine

Part two explores sadistic tendencies in society, discussing cruelty, manipulation, and the cycle of violence. Importance of empathy to break the cycle. Feedback appreciated.

How Common Are Sadists?
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/how-common-are-sadists/

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Brief Summary

In part two of this episode, we explore the prevalence of sadistic tendencies in society, examining evidence from experiments, popular culture, and societal dynamics. We discuss the relationship between cruelty and sadism, the manipulation of pain and pleasure in the modern world, the development of false selves, and the cycle of humiliation and retaliation. We also touch on the addiction to justification for cruel behavior and the importance of empathy in breaking the cycle of violence. We invite feedback and appreciate any support through donations. Thank you for listening.

Chapters

0:00:00 The prevalence of sadism in society
0:01:41 Cruelty and sadism in various aspects of life
0:03:28 The role of pain and pleasure in our behavior
0:05:32 Programming and exploitation of pleasure signals
0:08:07 The impact of societal changes on our emotions and behavior
0:09:49 Conforming to Tribal Expectations for Protection
0:14:21 Humiliation Breeds Cruelty and Exploitation
0:16:34 Overcoming Natural Instincts and Training into Cruelty
0:20:02 From reactive abuse to gaining value from abuse.
0:23:17 Sadism as a shield against vulnerability and inadequacy.
0:29:40 The Cycle of Abuse and Humiliation Begins
0:31:08 Blaming and Humiliating the Broken for Being Broken
0:33:35 Escalation of Attacks and the French Revolution Story

This conversation explores sadism's origins, tribalism, men's struggles, porn's influence, and the connection between money pursuit and declining parental support. Feedback and more discussion welcome.

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Brief Summary

In this part of our conversation, we explore the origins and dysfunction of sadism, discussing its relevance to tribalism and the challenges men face in balancing aggression and emotional availability. We also touch upon the role of pornography and its influence on our perception of aggression and affection. Reflecting on history and power structures, we consider the connection between pursuit of money and declining support for parents. We invite feedback and support for further discussions on this topic.

Chapters

0:00:00 The Origins and Dysfunction of Sadism
0:03:10 Sadism in Evolution and the Duality of Life
0:06:57 The Natural Balance of Affection and Cruelty in Predators
0:10:26 Human Beings: The Apex Predators with Duality of Kindness and Cruelty
0:12:24 Exploring the Dichotomy of Cruelty and Affection
0:13:03 Siblings' Cruelty and Unity against Outsiders
0:19:32 The Tricky Balance of Aggression and Affection
0:22:49 Affection for Offspring and Cruelty to Others
0:25:47 Sadism as a Central Goal: Motivation and Risks
0:28:16 Enslavement and the Thirst for Cruelty
0:34:29 Sadism as a Tool for Maintaining Control
0:41:24 Cruelty within families and kindness towards outsiders
0:47:58 The reversal of the cruelty-kindness metric in modern families
0:50:48 The Impact of Observation on Behavior
0:52:02 The Relationship Between Power and Cruelty

This episode explores moral sadism, manipulation, double standards, religious/secular views, historical/psychological aspects, addiction ties, and unrecognized child abuse effects.

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Brief Summary

This episode explores the concept of moral sadism, where evil is disguised as good. We discuss examples of manipulation and the double standards that exist in society. We also examine the religious and secular perspectives on sadism and its consequences. Additionally, we delve into the historical and psychological aspects of sadistic behavior, as well as its connection to addiction. We challenge the notion that evil is solely a result of ignorance and explore various explanations, including the impact of dopamine. Lastly, we discuss the challenges of categorizing human behavior and the importance of recognizing and addressing the effects of unrecognized child abuse.

Chapters

0:00:00 Sadism: Evolution and Forms
0:02:26 Society's Definition of Evil and Individual Application of Principles
0:10:23 The Cycle of Sadism and Christianity's Understanding
0:14:17 Breaking the Cycle of Sadism and the Loss of Morality
0:20:20 Morality as a Tool for Preying on Others
0:23:34 The Functional Role of Sadism in Systems of Power
0:26:36 Understanding the Morbid Perversion of Sadistic Behavior
0:29:34 The Shift from Evil to Mental Dysfunction
0:31:54 The Concept of Moral Mania and its Implications
0:41:37 Sadists as Degenerates in Victorian Era
0:43:44 Degenerates vs. Evil: Clarifying Moral Terminology
0:43:56 The Definition of Evil and Social Norms
0:46:33 The Source of Evil: Unrecognized Child Abuse

This episode explores sadism, masochism, and consensual BDSM without judgment. It discusses the impact of sexual elements on societal dysfunctions.

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Brief Summary

In this episode, we delve into the captivating world of sadism and masochism. I find this topic personally intriguing, as it's a mindset that I struggle to fully comprehend. With an anthropological approach, we aim to explore this subject without constantly passing moral judgment. Sadism, the pleasure derived from causing pain to others, is contrasted with consensual acts of physical pain or humiliation for sexual gratification known as BDSM. I believe that as long as these behaviors are consensual and don't result in irreversible harm, they may not be a moral concern. Furthermore, I argue that many dysfunctions in society may have a sexual element, such as the behavior of a stereotypical Karen or couples engaging in hostile fights. Additionally, the power dynamics and domination present in public rituals or workplace hierarchies can harbor sadistic components. While I personally feel perplexed by sadism, I'm interested in exploring it without constantly condemning it.

Chapters

0:00:00 Introduction to the Fascinating Topic of Sadism
0:03:50 Society's Dysfunctions and the Relationship to Sadistic Tendencies
0:07:05 The Suspension of Disbelief and Sadistic Satisfaction in Fictional Violence
0:07:29 The Complexity of Sadism and Paraphilias
0:12:48 Paraphilias and the Distinction from Healthy Sexuality
0:18:16 Hypermasculinity and the Capacity to Avoid Empathy
0:21:05 Women's Expectations of Selective Empathy in Men
0:28:12 The dynamics of power and masochism in relationships.
0:32:10 The nature of women's thrill in being desired.
0:35:50 The importance of bravery in pursuing attractive partners.
0:38:42 The Pitfalls of Settling for Less
0:47:22 Freud's Observations on Sadism and Masochism
0:49:06 The Purpose of Pleasure: Selfishness or Pair Bonding?
0:54:15 Gifts and Abilities: Serving Self or World?
0:56:51 The Dehumanization of Excellence and Competition
1:00:03 Domination and Submission: The Absence of Reason and Negotiation

Philosopher Stefan Molyneux takes down manosphere misogyny!

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26 January 2024 Friday Night Livestream

Life is just so much more efficient when you trust people, isn't it?

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"Dear Stef, I've been navigating the challenges of weight loss after two pregnancies that occurred within a span of two years. The combination of insufficient sleep and a lack of motivation for exercise has made it particularly challenging. Despite maintaining a generally healthy diet, I find myself consuming larger portions than necessary.

"Little backstory: I recently defooed my mother, and the journey proved quite stressful. Additionally, I'm still in occasional contact with my father and his wife, feeling a sense of hypocrisy as he was mentally absent during my childhood and he is not supportive as parent should be at all. We are in touch mainly because of his new wife who provided me more care than my parents when o was in my teenage years. She is still calling me on regular basis and arranging meetings, otherwise I don’t think I would see my father.

"I once heard you talking about a possibility that someone might sabotage your weight loss so you would look irrelevant and it struck a chord. It resonated deeply but I don’t know why. I'd appreciate any thoughts you have on this matter. Thank you!"

"I have a question about student loan debt forgiveness. Should I feel bitter with the fact that right as I finished paying off a six figure amount of debt, many others have had their debt forgiven?"

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24 January 2024 Wednesday Night Livestream

"If I believe I have no value to offer other people. I'm wondering could you offer some insight into why I believe, think, and feel this way about myself? Also I would like to know why I'm struggling so much to be curious and find an answer to these thoughts and feelings as well. Thank you in advance."

"my wife and I struggle with feeling bad about telling off the people in our lives who wrong us. My wife thinks it's better to feel bad than to make someone else feel bad. how can I help her and myself re-scramble this idea and be more 'self-serving' and focus more on my/our feelings at the expense of others"

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"My teenage daughter started pulling her hair. Within a couple of months, she pulled all of it out. We still do not know why. Therapy, reverse behavioral training, and hypnosis didn’t reveal a root cause nor any of them helped her stop. When the hair started growing again, I started to notice that she is pulling again. I do not know what else to do. My heart is broken for her, and I feel helpless."

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23 January 2024 Flash Livestream

When are you FINALLY free of childhood?

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9 February 2024 Flash Freedomain Livestream!

I'm continually shocked by the effectiveness of propaganda. I shouldn't be, but I am, because it's just such a different mindset from mine...

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What is the useful content in the expression “that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”?

Analysis shows it to have wrong structure. Applying either the formal meaning of the modal verb “can” (have ability), or the informal/incorrect meaning (have permission), we still get that anyone is able to and permitted to assert anything and dismiss any assertion without any reflection upon its possible truth at all.

My estimate is that the expression has no value because it adds nothing. If you wish to dismiss an assertion it is obvious that you can not be denied either the ability or the permission to dismiss it. Your dismissal of the assertion has no effect on the truth value of the assertion, and the truth value of the assertion has no effect on your ability or permission to dismiss the assertion.

Explain to me if I got something wrong here.

what’s the effect of losing a child on parents, particularly where other children are still around? Grief is inevitable but what if it affects the parents ability to provide the needed care to the other children?

Stef the Protestant doctrine of “sola scriptura” says that the Bible is the only source of truth. This seems self refuting as even the Bible doesn’t say the Bible is the only source of truth. Thoughts?

alright what's your favorite medieval weapon,

I see you as a zwihander guy!

Can you discuss dreams (those who happen during the night🤣🌙🌝)? How can one discern which dreams are truly worth sitting down to analyze? How should they be analyzed, and how much time should be dedicated to it? Isn't it more crucial to journal, exercise, and meditate?

As a stay-at-home mother of three young children, there isn't much time left at the end of the day. That time is typically allocated for household chores, exercising, meditating, or journaling. Should dream analysis also be included in my prioritization?

I have always been a person who dreams a significant amount, starting from my childhood. In my teenage years, I focused heavily on this aspect, believing these were prophetic dreams from God (I was intensely religious). However, I severed ties with my religious beliefs and became an atheist at 20, completely ceasing to pay attention to my dreams, dismissing them as mere confusion with no significance. Perhaps it's time to reconsider their importance?

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