Ask Me Anything #12

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May 25, 2018

Questions Answered

What have been intellectually honest and fair criticisms of your views?

00:01:01March 28, 2018

What is the most consequential false belief you've ever held, and how did you shake it?

00:12:08April 30, 2018

What is the distinction between merely consuming the ideas of others and thinking things through on one’s own?

00:13:00May 2, 2018

I’m concerned that I’m only hearing half the argument with respect to the views of “social justice warriors.” Will you bring someone on the podcast who can defend this position?

00:16:44March 16, 2018

You once wrote a fascinating article titled “Adventures in the Land of Illness.” Do you still think that complaining about one’s physical suffering is a bad habit?

00:21:15May 20, 2018

What problems do you see with capitalism?

00:22:57March 3, 2018

What are your views on psychoanalysis?

00:28:19May 20, 2018

What do you think about the claim that “everyone engages in tribalism”?

00:31:22May 19, 2018

I’m a heart surgeon and an atheist. My patients often ask me to pray with them. How should I respond?

00:40:00March 8, 2018

What are your opinions of Alan Watts?

00:42:07May 3, 2018

Will you publish the audio from your upcoming events with Jordan Peterson?

00:43:25April 5, 2018

Will you get someone from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the podcast to talk about why they’ve taken a position against you, Maajid Nawaz, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

00:53:41April 11, 2018

What is the most low-brow thing you do on a regular basis?

00:55:50April 23, 2018

Jordan Peterson has claimed that the New Atheists haven’t grappled with Jung, Dostoyevsky, and Nietzsche. How do you respond?

00:56:42April 14, 2018

What is your view of the “Intellectual Dark Web,” and are you happy to be a part of it?

00:57:43May 19, 2018

When will your meditation app be released?

01:02:03April 18, 2018

What social justice activism do you support?

01:03:30April 26, 2018

Will you invite someone on the podcast who can speak about “universal basic income”?

01:07:55April 20, 2018

Do you believe that you are overly sensitive to criticism?

01:08:38May 19, 2018

If free will can be an illusion, why can’t consciousness be one as well?

01:10:49March 15, 2018

What do you think about the (eastern) concept of enlightenment?

01:16:04May 20, 2018

How do you negotiate between the urge to know—to think about things continuously—and the urge to just be?

01:18:47May 20, 2018

How do you meditate with tinnitus?

01:21:13May 20, 2018

What are your thoughts on Terrence McKenna’s “stoned ape theory” regarding the origins of human language?

01:23:15May 20, 2018