#152: Free Speech: The Kanye Case (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)
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In this 152nd in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.
This week, we discuss the free exchange of ideas, in light of Matt Taibbi’s revelations about how the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop was censored inside Twitter, and Kanye West going explicitly antisemitic on InfoWars. Why should Kanye be heard, given that what he is saying is awful? We also discuss chemist Anna Krylov’s newest piece, who has seen first-hand what happens when ideas are censored and events disappeared. The National Science Foundation awards a large amount of money to an organization called Hacks/Hackers, who use that money to “discover” that Bret is a conservative who spreads vaccine misinformation. Meanwhile, Pfizer mocks people who try to figure things out for themselves, and receives a Reuters Pharma Award. That is not a typo.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Matt Taibbi thread, the twitter files: https://twitter.com/mtaibbi/status/1598822959866683394
The Peril of Politicizing Science, Krylov 2021: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01475
The Diversity Problem on Campus, Abbot & Marinovic 2021: https://www.newsweek.com/diversity-problem-campus-opinion-1618419
From Russia with Love: Science and Ideology Then and Now, Krylov 2022: https://hxstem.substack.com/p/from-russia-with-love-science-and
Hacks/Hackers awarded large NSF grant to advise people “what to say”: https://www.hackshackers.com/hacks-hackers-partners-advance-phase-ii/
Feds fund 'expert-informed' internet toolkit to help users fight 'misinformation': https://thenationaldesk.com/news/americas-news-now/feds-fund-expert-informed-internet-toolkit-to-help-users-fight-misinformation
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