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POP CULTURE: Better Celebrities

POP CULTURE: Better Celebrities

Serious people are used to thinking badly of celebrity culture. They hate how everyone wants to read about where the latest big name has been on holiday, or who they’re dating. They say it’s silly and a sad reflection of modern civilization. Such stern attitudes may sound sensible and noble, but they are in truth deeply irresponsible. The impulse to admire and have heroes is an important part of human nature. Ignoring it or condemning it won’t kill it off;…

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Let’s Talk About America’s Criminal Justice System

Let’s Talk About America’s Criminal Justice System

– One person’s poverty is another person’s paycheck and that’s the American way, that’s as American as apple pie and high fructose corn syrup. – Kamala’s plan to transform the criminal justice system and re-envision public safety in America. – That’s right. – That is a hell of a job. (laughter) (heavy beat music) – I think the biggest thing that I fear, or the thing that bothers me the most is not just the amount of close friends and…

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SOCIOLOGY – Alexis De Tocqueville

SOCIOLOGY – Alexis De Tocqueville

Democracy was achieved by such a long arduous and heroic struggle that it can feel embarrassing even shameful to be pretty Disappointed by it Perhaps the best guy to such feelings and to Modern democracy in general is a 19th century French aristocrat [Alexis] De [Tocqueville] Photo Tocqueville Democracy was a highly exotic and new political option he’d been born in 1805 when Napoleon was the populist dictator of half of Europe But he prescient lee believed that democracy was…

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Korean Men Talk About Growing Up In America

Korean Men Talk About Growing Up In America

– You know The Foot, that roll, it’s call Foot. You never had one? – No, no, no. – It’s a green package right? ^- I know what you’re talking about. ^(speaking foreign language) – Favorite snack, I was like, whoa! – I never ate it like that. Just rip everything off and like punch it up into this like, I don’t have time for this shit. (light music) – Today I’m here with a couple of my Korean American…

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Are we too Materialistic?

Are we too Materialistic?

it doesn’t seem to make sense to suggest that there might be such a thing as good materialism. After all isn’t materialism just plain bad always? It can seem as if we’re faced with a stark choice. Either you can be materialistic and that means obsessed with money and possessions shallow and selfish, or you can reject materialism be good and focus on more important matters of the Spirit. But in truth most of us are in our hearts stuck…

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Replacing Humans with Robots…Good or Bad for Society?

Replacing Humans with Robots…Good or Bad for Society?

welcome back to the david passenger they were back on the day the package of make sure if you haven’t yet signed up as the day the package remember log on to david pacman dot com slash membership you get the commercial free podcast the bonus shows and access to what in just two weeks willis is going to be a six-year archive of programming and of course if you were interested in sponsoring or underwriting the data back and…

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Meritocracy

Meritocracy

Politicians from all walks of life nowadays agree on one thing: we need to build more meritocratic societies. That is, societies where everyone, no matter what their background is, has the chance to succeed on their own merits. This is a beautiful idea responsible for some great things like free education for all, positive discrimination, and a real effort to end nepotism in business and government. We’ve largely done away with the old world of feudalism where lords couldn’t manage…

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PHILOSOPHY – Soren Kierkegaard

PHILOSOPHY – Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard was a brilliant, gloomy, anxiety-ridden, often hilarious Danish 19th century philosopher. The author of 22 books, of which 3 continue to make his name. He was born in an immensely wealthy family in Copenhagen in 1813, the youngest of 7 children. Death was around him constantly from a young age, and was to obsess him throughout his career. It is, in a sense, his only theme. Not only was he extremely physically frail, by the time he was…

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