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CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2023 15:37


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023. Concordis Education Partners: Classical Christian education has reminded us to aim education at truth, but the trivium has been used as a formula rather than a way of training students in discernment. To teach well, you must coach. Concordis Foundation is offering their third annual BOOT CAMP – a faculty summit – July 11-13th in Moscow, Idaho. This is a three-day intensive teaching training where you learn to coach students, using the trivium, so that you can meet students at all learning levels. Learn more at concordispartners.com https://www.westernjournal.com/two-women-told-broken-law-criticizing-male-attempting-breastfeed-child-report/ Two Women Are Told They've Broken the Law by Criticizing Male Attempting to Breastfeed a Child: Report Two Australian women were reportedly given notices informing them that they committed a crime by criticizing a male, who identifies as a woman, that was trying to breastfeed a baby. The news was first reported by the “Pro-Woman, Pro-Child Safeguarding, Anti-Bullsh*t,” media outlet Reduxx. According to the outlet, Twitter contacted the two women — Jasmine Sussex and Leah Whiston — on May 16, notifying them that they had violated Australian law in several of their tweets. The platform told the two that a “government entity or law enforcement agency” had informed them of their alleged crime, and that the platform had been forced to hide the content from Australian users. The posts in question had been critical of Jennifer Buckley, a female-identified male. Buckley had previously announced online that, after two years of transitioning, he had induced lactation and had begun breastfeeding his newborn son, who his wife had given birth to. Sussex was heavily critical of this, telling the U.K.’s Daily Mail that “men shouldn’t breastfeed because breastfeeding [is] for the baby,” and that “there is no evidence that any male-induced milk is equivalent to mother’s milk.” “We have no idea if the substance is even milk. It’s absolutely a human experiment on babies,” she told the outlet. As a volunteer breastfeeding counselor, Sussex was reportedly fired from her job in 2021 for failing to comply with the adoption of “gender neutral” language in breastfeeding care — a claim which the ABA denied to the Daily Mail. A year after, she was removed from the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), Reduxx reported. “I was sacked for. … ‘Engaging in Sectarian Controversy’ in breach of the ABA constitution,” she told Reduxx. “In other words, continuing to talk about the dangers of gender identity ideology for mothers and babies, including how men were forcing their way into the breastfeeding relationship by attempting to induce lactation.” Whiston, meanwhile, is the representative for the Standing for Women Queensland (SFWQ) page. She had posted a Twitter thread on the page, revealing that an LGBT lobby group had allegedly given the ABA $20,000 for them to create an educational booklet about “chest feeding.” https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/05/22/exclusive-leaked-policy-exposes-fox-news-stances-on-woke-ideology/?fbclid=IwAR36KJiUko85jY6nRrQSX4DH2XOZAwUdyaTl-iEhQIfZe9w-ZPnsTY3cAnA Leaked Policy Exposes Fox News Stances on Woke Ideology Fox News employees are allowed to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, rather than their biological sex, and permitted to dress in alignment with their preferred gender. They must also be addressed by their preferred name and pronouns in the workplace. These are just a few of the policies outlined in the company handbook, dated January 2021, a copy of which was shared with The Daily Signal. Fox also offers to help employees come up with a “Workplace Transition Plan” to ease their gender transition at work. The revelations comes amid conservative consternation at Fox Digital’s use of activist language like “gender affirming care” in stories on its website, as well as the site’s consistent use of female pronouns for biological males like TikTok celebrity Dylan Mulvaney and swimmer Lia Thomas (formerly known as Will Thomas). Fox also drew strong backlash for a June 2022 on-air segment praising a child’s gender transition as an “inspiration to others.” That segment briefly depicted California state Sen. Scott Weiner, a far-left Democrat who led the move to soften sex offender registry requirements for sodomy with minors, and highlighted the activist claim that a child might commit suicide if he or she is not permitted to transition. Carlson’s show was canceled April 24, days after he delivered a viral speech at The Heritage Foundation’s 50th anniversary gala. Fox News Media has not given a reason, simply stating that the two parties “agreed to part ways.” A source who still works at Fox News told The Daily Signal that after Carlson’s show was canceled in April, producers for the new 8 p.m. “Fox News Tonight” program were told not to bash Mulvaney. That directive came from high-level executives, the source said. Fox News did not respond to The Daily Signal’s multiple requests for comment. Under the category “Gender Transition,” Fox’s employee handbook promises that the company is dedicated to “expanding and strengthening” efforts to “sustain a more inclusive work environment.” The Fox employee handbook is posted on Workday, where employees can see company guidelines or policies, a former employee told The Daily Signal. “Employees who are transitioning their gender have the right to be open about their transition if they so choose, and to work in an environment free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, and without fear of consequences or transphobia for living openly,” the policy says. Citing the Human Rights Campaign, one of the most prominent LGBTQ organization in the country, the Fox handbook defines a slew of LGBTQ terms, including cisgender, gender expression, gender-fluid, gender identity, gender non-conforming, gender transition, LGBTQ, non-binary, and transgender. For the past several years, Fox received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, “the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.” A former Fox News employee told The Daily Signal that the company frequently mentions this perfect score in employee training materials. “Fox News devotes hours of programming to attacking ‘woke companies,’ but ironically Fox is as woke as the rest of them,” another former Fox News employee told The Daily Signal, emphasizing that Fox viewers would be “astonished to find out what the company is like.” Fox’s policies appear to be aligned with the legal requirements in New York City, where the company is headquartered, as well as California, where a large number of its employees work. The handbook explicitly states that any employee “may access the restroom corresponding to their gender identity.” “If a transitioning employee expresses a desire for increased privacy they will be provided access to a single occupancy restroom where available,” the handbook says. “However, no employee shall be required to use a single occupancy restroom if they do not wish to do so.” When trans-identifying TikTok star Mulvaney was first gaining prominence last year, producers for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” had to fight to be able to refer to Mulvaney with male pronouns in the show’s chyrons, the former “Tucker Carlson Tonight” producer told The Daily Signal. Carlson’s team also fought to be able to host The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh on trans issues, the producer said, but the team was repeatedly met with resistance from Fox on this due to Walsh’s frank condemnation of transgender ideology. This may have also been due in part to Fox’s view of The Daily Wire as a competitor, the former producer suggested. https://www.based-politics.com/2023/05/22/this-public-college-is-giving-out-paid-internships-that-openly-exclude-white-people/ This public college is giving out paid internships that openly exclude white people Martin Luther King Jr. famously dreamed of a day when Americans would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Well, keep dreaming, MLK, because segregation and open race discrimination are making a comeback—this time, in progressive bastions like our higher education system and in the name of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” The University of Minnesota just got hit with a federal civil rights complaint because it’s openly conditioning a paid internship program on the basis of race. Their “Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program” is “an intensive 10 week summer program in which undergraduate students of color work full-time with a faculty mentor on a research project.” It aims to help in “preparing students for graduate school and developing research skills,” and pays students a $6,000 stipend. A condition of the program is that it is only open to students who “identify” as “a student of color or Native American.” This program’s legality is being challenged by the Legal Insurrection Foundation’s Equal Protection Project (EPP), which “seeks to ensure equal protection under the law and non-discrimination by the government” and “opposes racial discrimination in any form.” They just filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education arguing that this internship program violates the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution. “The U. Minnesota segregated summer program is inexcusable, and it’s shocking that a major university would so openly make educational opportunities open only to students of a certain skin color,” EPP President Bill told Fox News Digital. “There is no good form of racial discrimination. Depriving white students of educational opportunities does not promote racial or any other form of justice.” https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/05/21/census-new-york-city-loses-nearly-half-a-million-residents-in-two-years/ New York City Loses Nearly Half a Million Residents in Two Years New York City has lost nearly half a million residents over the course of just two years, newly released United States Census Bureau data reveals. The Census Bureau data, which shows population estimates for mid-2022, finds that fewer than 8.4 million residents remain living in New York City — still making the Big Apple the nation’s most populous city by several million. In April 2020, the very start of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, more than 8.8 million residents lived in New York City. This figure indicates a population loss of more than five percent from April 2020 to July 2022 with almost half a million residents leaving the city. Americans moving out of deep blue cities is widespread, the Census Bureau data shows. The second largest city, Los Angeles, California, and the third largest city, Chicago, Illinois, also lost residents over the course of two years. In Los Angeles, for instance, about 3.8 million residents remain in the city as of July 2022 compared to about 3.9 million residents in April 2020, a loss of about 100,000 residents. Similarly, Chicago had about 2.67 million residents as of July 2022 but in April 2020, the city had about three percent more residents. Over the two years, about 85,000 residents left Chicago. And now for the rundown… https://andmagazine.substack.com/p/china-is-building-killer-robots-using Many of us have seen The Terminator, a 1984 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It depicts an almost unstoppable robot sent back in time from 2029 to 1984. Its mission was to kill a woman whose unborn son will save humanity from Skynet, a 2029 artificial intelligence system that had become self-aware and then decided to destroy all of mankind because humans were interfering in their plans and programs. The Chinese Communist Party, the CCP, is now creating their version of the Terminator -- an army of battlefield killer robots that will not be managed by humans in any way and, instead, will be controlled by an artificial intelligence (AI) system. The Chinese plan for building such lethal autonomous robots was revealed by Zeng Yi, an executive in a Chinese government-owned company named Norinco. He said, “In future battlegrounds, there will be no people fighting,” adding that autonomous AI platforms are “inevitable.” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/washington-secrets/explosion-of-ap-climate-change-stories-following-8m-enviro-grant In the year following a grant of more than $8 million to the Associated Press from key climate change advocates, the news service has poured out at least 64 stories warning of environmental calamity, according to a new media study.Media Research Center Business charted the stories and language used following the multimillion-dollar grant and found that AP also used over 500 environmental extremism buzzwords in the stories. The media giant, which feeds news outlets worldwide, received grants totaling $8 million from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Quadrivium, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation in February 2022. AP said it would hire 20 new environmental writers with the money to create a climate swat team to “enhance the global understanding of climate change and its impact across the world.” https://www.outkick.com/trans-high-school-track-runner-robs-female-athlete-of-state-championship-bid/ Another day, another biological male taking opportunities from deserving females.Athena Ryan took second place Saturday in the high school women’s 1600 meter race at the North Coast Meet of Champions in California. The top three athletes advance to the CIF State Track & Field Championships next week. So the fourth-place finisher, Adeline Johnson, missed her chance to compete in State by just one spot. A spot taken by a boy. Ryan, a junior at Sonoma Academy, competed on the men’s team in 2021. But he’s been running in women’s events for the past two seasons. In Saturday’s meet, he clocked a season-record 4:55:91 in the 1600m finals. He would have finished last in the male category. The slowest male time in the preliminaries was 4:46:54. The slowest male time in the finals was 4:35:12. A group of advocates held a banner at the event that simply read, “Protect Female Sports.” They were eventually asked to leave and then escorted off the premises. But not before they had an interesting exchange with an angry passerby. How about we end with some cool news… https://www.dailyfetched.com/soldier-who-lost-both-legs-in-afghanistan-does-the-unimaginable-and-climbs-everest-anything-is-possible/ British army soldier Gurkha veteran Hari Budha Magar, who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, has successfully climbed to the top of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. Magar, a father of three, served as a corporal in the Gurkha regiment in the British Army. After Magar lost his legs to an improvised explosive device in 2010, he thought his life was “completely finished.” The veteran, who now lives in Canterbury, England, battled depression and alcoholism following the explosion. But Magar persevered. The veteran helped strike down a ban on both double amputees and blind people climbing Everest, ensuring he would have a chance at overcoming both nature and his injuries. According to the BBC, Magar hoped to “inspire others” and “change perceptions on disability” and set off with a team of Nepalese climbers to combat Everest. He” set off on May 6 with a team of Nepalese climbers led by Krish Thapa, a fellow Gurkha veteran and British special forces mountain troop leader. Magar announced he “stood victorious” atop Everest around 3 p.m. on May 19, noting, “Disability is no barrier to reaching the 8,849-metre peak.”

TMS at the Cricket World Cup
Surrey set the pace, Aussies plunder runs and Durham dominant

TMS at the Cricket World Cup

Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2023 47:06


We hear from Steve Smith on his spell with Sussex, Surrey Coach Gareth Batty on how Ben Foakes has reacted to being dropped by England and Notts director of Cricket Mick Newell on sympathy for Sir Alastair Cook falling one short of a first hundred at Trent Bridge. Kevin also speaks with Hampshire and England all-rounder Liam Dawson, Durham captain Scott Borthwick and the coaches of Somerset and Worcestershire, Jason Kerr and Alan Richardson

Gossip With Celebitchy
152: Harry and Meghan in horrific two hour paparazzi car chase; the coronation was ridiculous

Gossip With Celebitchy

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2023 34:33


Introduction: Minutes 0 to 4:15 Hecate is leaving and we're sad about that. I watched The Sandman but it was more of a hate watch. Chandra loves Succession but watching it stresses her out. She's also watching tennis and is sad that Rafa Nadal is retiring. Royals: The Car Chase: Minutes 4:15 to 15:45 This week Meghan and Harry went to the Ms. Magazine's Women of Vision Awards, where Meghan was honored. She wore a phenomenal strapless gold textured Johanna Ortiz gown and she looked rich and unbothered. Harry and Meghan looked loved up and gorgeous. They also visited a youth center in Santa Barbara earlier this week for Mental Health Awareness Month. All of that is lead up to this disturbing story that Harry and Meghan were chased by multiple blacked out SUVs and motorcycles allegedly containing paparazzi when they left the Ms. event. They were pursued for over two hours, from about 10pm to midnight. A paparazzo said that the Sussex's vehicle was the one doing evasive maneuvers, but it's clear the paparazzi were driving dangerously and putting pedestrians at risk. Here's a link to the tweet I mentioned from the President of the NY Press Photographers Association. We wonder why the paparazzi were hounding Harry and Meghan, since there were already photos of them that night and there's no market for photos of them in a car afterwards. The Page Six report said that there were 12 paparazzi at first. A witness at the scene as they left the venue said it was scary. It's upsetting how the press is trying to fact check and minimize what Harry and Meghan went through. A taxi driver who picked up Harry and Meghan at a police station and drove them around the block is being quoted as saying it wasn't that bad, essentially. He was only with them for ten minutes. NYC Mayor Adams similarly tried to downplay it. The Sussexes' spokesperson has said she's never seen them that vulnerable and a member of their security team, a former secret service agent, has said he'd never seen anything like this and that it could have been fatal. Some commenters have suggested that the Sussexes waited to release a statement on the incident so that they could see who would publish the photos. They were briefly published online in The Express and the Mail. No one from the royal family has reached out to the Sussexes or contacted them to see if they're OK. The royal family has also refused to comment on this! The Coronation: Minutes 15:45 to 24:30 The coronation was grim and weird. We were floored by some of the weird artifacts, like the bracelets of sincerity. We wonder why Charles was so miserable when this was supposed to be his big day. Camilla was smug and was smirking and William didn't memorize his lines.  Will and Kate looked tired and mad like they fought on the way over. Someone told Omid Scobie that it was their children's fault they were late! That was their excuse to the press. After that they released a shaky behind-the-scenes fan cam video that was just terrible and hard to watch. Kate wasn't given a tiara to wear and so she wore a headpiece made by McQueen. She also wore Diana's famous diamond-and-pearl earrings, but she wore them backwards.  The whole coronation was excessive and Charles didn't even look happy. Plus there wasn't much interest and no one was talking about it in a few days. We also heard that Camilla was going to work less as Queen. We think Diana would be living her best life if she was still with us. Comments of the Week: Minutes 24:30 to end My comment of the week is from Lucy2 on Peridot's post about Halle Bailey being so gracious about The Little Mermaid. Chandra's comment of the week is from Becks1 on the post about Kate looking overjoyed in an appearance the day after Harry and Meghan were hounded by paparazzi. Thanks for listening bitches!

The John Batchelor Show
Israel: The JCPOA in 2023 & What is to be done? Josh Gottheimer, Fifth Congressional District of New Jersey. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2023 10:30


Photo: No known restrictions on publication. @Batchelorshow #Israel: The JCPOA in 2023 & What is to be done? Josh Gottheimer, Fifth Congressional District of New Jersey. Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @mhoenlein1 Josh Gottheimer represents New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District in the northern part of the state, which includes parts of Bergen, Passaic, and Sussex counties. In Congress, Josh serves on two Committees, including the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Ranking Member of the National Security Agency and Cyber Subcommittee, and is a member of the National Intelligence Enterprise Subcommittee. Josh also serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions, the Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion, and the Subcommittee on Capital Markets. Josh serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, where he promotes common sense over extremism, and works across party lines on key issues, including lowering taxes, protecting our environment, making healthcare more affordable, protecting America's national security, and improving infrastructure to help the American people.

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
The Commentary Magazine Podcast: Sussex Family Values

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023


The podcast crew drops its collective jaw at the clearly questionable “near catastrophic” car chase through New York starring Harry and Meghan that clearly didn’t quite happen. What do the Sussexes have in common with the movie Addams Family Values? Give a listen.

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Why English is the best language for Wordle, with Lynne Murphy

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 24:44


928. Listen to the interview that got me playing Wordle again. Lynne Murphy shared all sorts of things you probably didn't know about this game!Lynne Murphy is professor of linguistics at the University of Sussex in England, the author of the book "The Prodigal Tongue," and the writer of the long-running Separated by a Common Language blog.| Transcript:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/wordle/transcript| Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.| Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses.| Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty| VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) or https://sayhi.chat/grammargirl| Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.Audio engineer: Nathan SemesEditor: Adam CecilAdvertising Operations Specialist: Morgan ChristiansonMarketing and Publicity Assistant: Davina TomlinDigital Operations Specialist: Holly HutchingsIntern: Kamryn Lacy| Theme music by Catherine Rannus.| Grammar Girl Social Media Links: YouTube. TikTok. Facebook. Instagram. LinkedIn. Mastodon.

Spirituality & Mindfulness · The Creative Process
Highlights - Co-director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science & Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Spirituality & Mindfulness · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 13:54


"Whenever we are conscious, we are conscious of something, or of many things. These are the contents of consciousness. To understand how they come about, and what I mean by controlled hallucination, let's change our perspective. Imagine for a moment, that you are the brain.Really try to think about what it's like up there, sealed inside the bony vault of a skull, trying to figure out what's out there in the world. There's no light, no sound, no anything - it's completely dark and utterly silent. When trying to form perceptions, all the brain has to go on is a constant barrage of electrical signals, which are only indirectly related to things out there in the world, whatever they may be. These sensory inputs don't come with labels attached... How does the brain transform these inherently ambiguous sensory signals into a coherent perceptual world full of objects and people, and places?"– ANIL SETHBeing You: A New Science of ConsciousnessAnil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. He is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, as well as the best-selling 30 Second Brain, and other books. He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. He has a TED talk on consciousness and appeared in several films, including The Most Unknown and The Search. He has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and winner of the 2019 KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has published more than 180 academic papers and is listed in 2019 and 2020 Web of Science ‘highly cited researcher' index, which recognizes the world's most influential researchers over the past decade.www.anilseth.com www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566315/being-you-by-anil-seth https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world/ https://dreamachine.world/ @anilksethwww.creativeprocess.info www.oneplanetpodcast.orgIG www.instagram.com/creativeprocesspodcast

Books & Writers · The Creative Process
ANIL SETH - Author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness - Co-director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Books & Writers · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 56:29


Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. He is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, as well as the best-selling 30 Second Brain, and other books. He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. He has a TED talk on consciousness and appeared in several films, including The Most Unknown and The Search. He has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and winner of the 2019 KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has published more than 180 academic papers and is listed in 2019 and 2020 Web of Science ‘highly cited researcher' index, which recognizes the world's most influential researchers over the past decade."This is a point in philosophy that the world as it is can never be directly apprehended by our minds. We are shielded from it by what's called a sensory veil. There are, for instance, no such thing as colors that are out there. As the artist Cezanne said, 'The colors are where the brain and the universe meet.' And color is, I think, a really good example because it is, in a sense, less than what's there because our eyes are only sensitive to three wavelengths of this huge electromagnetic spectrum, which goes all the way from x-rays and gamma rays to radio waves. And we live in a tiny, thin slice of that reality. But then out of those three wavelengths we experience our brains generate many more than three colors and almost an infinite palette of colors. So there's no sense in which our perception could ever reveal the world as it really is, that it reveals the world in a way that's very useful for us as organisms hell-bent on continuing to live and to survive."www.anilseth.com www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566315/being-you-by-anil-seth https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world/ https://dreamachine.world/ @anilksethwww.creativeprocess.info www.oneplanetpodcast.orgIG www.instagram.com/creativeprocesspodcast

Spirituality & Mindfulness · The Creative Process
ANIL SETH - Author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness - Co-director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Spirituality & Mindfulness · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 56:29


Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. He is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, as well as the best-selling 30 Second Brain, and other books. He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. He has a TED talk on consciousness and appeared in several films, including The Most Unknown and The Search. He has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and winner of the 2019 KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has published more than 180 academic papers and is listed in 2019 and 2020 Web of Science ‘highly cited researcher' index, which recognizes the world's most influential researchers over the past decade."Whenever we are conscious, we are conscious of something, or of many things. These are the contents of consciousness. To understand how they come about, and what I mean by controlled hallucination, let's change our perspective. Imagine for a moment, that you are the brain.Really try to think about what it's like up there, sealed inside the bony vault of a skull, trying to figure out what's out there in the world. There's no light, no sound, no anything - it's completely dark and utterly silent. When trying to form perceptions, all the brain has to go on is a constant barrage of electrical signals, which are only indirectly related to things out there in the world, whatever they may be. These sensory inputs don't come with labels attached... How does the brain transform these inherently ambiguous sensory signals into a coherent perceptual world full of objects and people, and places?"– ANIL SETHBeing You: A New Science of Consciousnesswww.anilseth.com www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566315/being-you-by-anil-seth https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world/ https://dreamachine.world/ @anilksethwww.creativeprocess.info www.oneplanetpodcast.orgIG www.instagram.com/creativeprocesspodcast

The Creative Process Podcast
Highlights - Co-director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science & Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind & Consciousness

The Creative Process Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 13:54


"This is a point in philosophy that the world as it is can never be directly apprehended by our minds. We are shielded from it by what's called a sensory veil. There are, for instance, no such thing as colors that are out there. As the artist Cezanne said, 'The colors are where the brain and the universe meet.' And color is, I think, a really good example because it is, in a sense, less than what's there because our eyes are only sensitive to three wavelengths of this huge electromagnetic spectrum, which goes all the way from x-rays and gamma rays to radio waves. And we live in a tiny, thin slice of that reality. But then out of those three wavelengths we experience our brains generate many more than three colors and almost an infinite palette of colors. So there's no sense in which our perception could ever reveal the world as it really is, that it reveals the world in a way that's very useful for us as organisms hell-bent on continuing to live and to survive."Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. He is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, as well as the best-selling 30 Second Brain, and other books. He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. He has a TED talk on consciousness and appeared in several films, including The Most Unknown and The Search. He has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and winner of the 2019 KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has published more than 180 academic papers and is listed in 2019 and 2020 Web of Science ‘highly cited researcher' index, which recognizes the world's most influential researchers over the past decade.www.anilseth.com www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566315/being-you-by-anil-seth https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world/ https://dreamachine.world/ @anilksethwww.creativeprocess.info www.oneplanetpodcast.orgIG www.instagram.com/creativeprocesspodcast

Books & Writers · The Creative Process
Highlights - Co-director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science & Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Books & Writers · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 13:54


"This is a point in philosophy that the world as it is can never be directly apprehended by our minds. We are shielded from it by what's called a sensory veil. There are, for instance, no such thing as colors that are out there. As the artist Cezanne said, 'The colors are where the brain and the universe meet.' And color is, I think, a really good example because it is, in a sense, less than what's there because our eyes are only sensitive to three wavelengths of this huge electromagnetic spectrum, which goes all the way from x-rays and gamma rays to radio waves. And we live in a tiny, thin slice of that reality. But then out of those three wavelengths we experience our brains generate many more than three colors and almost an infinite palette of colors. So there's no sense in which our perception could ever reveal the world as it really is, that it reveals the world in a way that's very useful for us as organisms hell-bent on continuing to live and to survive."Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. He is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, as well as the best-selling 30 Second Brain, and other books. He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. He has a TED talk on consciousness and appeared in several films, including The Most Unknown and The Search. He has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and winner of the 2019 KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has published more than 180 academic papers and is listed in 2019 and 2020 Web of Science ‘highly cited researcher' index, which recognizes the world's most influential researchers over the past decade.www.anilseth.com www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566315/being-you-by-anil-seth https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world/ https://dreamachine.world/ @anilksethwww.creativeprocess.info www.oneplanetpodcast.orgIG www.instagram.com/creativeprocesspodcast

The Creative Process Podcast
ANIL SETH - Author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness - Co-director of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

The Creative Process Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 56:29


Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. He is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, as well as the best-selling 30 Second Brain, and other books. He is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. He has a TED talk on consciousness and appeared in several films, including The Most Unknown and The Search. He has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section) and winner of the 2019 KidSpirit Perspectives award. He has published more than 180 academic papers and is listed in 2019 and 2020 Web of Science ‘highly cited researcher' index, which recognizes the world's most influential researchers over the past decade."This is a point in philosophy that the world as it is can never be directly apprehended by our minds. We are shielded from it by what's called a sensory veil. There are, for instance, no such thing as colors that are out there. As the artist Cezanne said, 'The colors are where the brain and the universe meet.' And color is, I think, a really good example because it is, in a sense, less than what's there because our eyes are only sensitive to three wavelengths of this huge electromagnetic spectrum, which goes all the way from x-rays and gamma rays to radio waves. And we live in a tiny, thin slice of that reality. But then out of those three wavelengths we experience our brains generate many more than three colors and almost an infinite palette of colors. So there's no sense in which our perception could ever reveal the world as it really is, that it reveals the world in a way that's very useful for us as organisms hell-bent on continuing to live and to survive."www.anilseth.com www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566315/being-you-by-anil-seth https://perceptioncensus.dreamachine.world/ https://dreamachine.world/ @anilksethwww.creativeprocess.info www.oneplanetpodcast.orgIG www.instagram.com/creativeprocesspodcast

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The Late Show Pod Show with Stephen Colbert
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex (Extended) | Colbert Classic

The Late Show Pod Show with Stephen Colbert

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2023 40:43


Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex stops by for a cocktail and an extended conversation with Stephen Colbert about the personal revelations in his new book, “Spare.” Listen as Prince Harry responds to criticism of his comments about his service in Afghanistan, and talks about trying to protect his family from constant attacks by the British press. Learn more about Prince Harry's life as told in his own words in the book, “Spare,” which is available everywhere now. Original Air Date: January 10th, 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thinking Allowed
Taste and Lifestyle

Thinking Allowed

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 29:03


Taste and Lifestyle: Laurie Taylor talks to Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, whose latest study explores the ways in which consumer culture remade the tastes of an emerging middle class – from pine kitchen tables to Mediterranean cuisine. Did this world of symbolic goods create new feelings and attitudes? Also, Michael McMillan, Associate Lecturer for Cultural and Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion, discusses the migrant experience of African-Caribbean families setting up home in the UK in the mid-20th century. How did the artefacts and objects which dressed the West Indian front room provide an outlet for feelings of displacement and alienation in a society where they weren't always made to feel 'at home'? Producer: Jayne Egerton

Converging Dialogues
#224 - Brains As Prediction Machines: A Dialogue with Andy Clark

Converging Dialogues

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 123:16


In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Andy Clark about prediction processing, embodiment, and reality. They discuss the predictive processing model, Bayesian brain, and the role of human growth and development for the brain. They question what is reality, Friston's Free Energy Principle, controlled hallucinations, and computational psychiatry. They also talk about reward vs. salience, prediction error, body budget, consciousness, the extended mind, and many other topics.Andy Clark is a Philosopher and Professor of Cognitive Philosophy at the University of Sussex. His main research interests are embodied cognition, computational neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent book, The Experience Machine. You can find his work here.Twitter: @cogsandy This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit convergingdialogues.substack.com

Música Cristiana (Gratis)
¿Cuánto vale la monarquía británica?

Música Cristiana (Gratis)

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 2:33


La monarquía británica ha vivido en los últimos años algunos de sus peores momentos tras la partida del príncipe Enrique y su confrontación con su hermano y distanciamiento de su padre, el actual rey. También por la vinculación del príncipe Andrés con la red de pedofilia de Epstein. Todo eso sumado a la muerte de la reina después de 70 años ha repercutido. Pero, ¿es posible saber cuánto vale la monarquía británica? Brand Finance es la principal consultora de marcas del mundo, y desde 2011, tras la boda del príncipe Guillermo y de Kate Middleton, establece el valor de la monarquía como si fuera cualquier otra gran empresa que representa. “En términos de capital económico, el país tiene 33.000 millones de libras invertidas en la monarquía en activos tangibles como palacios y fondos de inversión. Creemos que los valores intangibles estarían de 7.000 millones. El total valoramos la monarquía en 40.000 millones de libras”, comenta David Haigh, fundador y CEO de Brand Finance, en la City de Londres. Para hacernos una idea, los propietarios estadounidenses del Manchester United están intentando vender el club por 6.000 millones. La monarquía valdría 40.000, sin embargo, desde la muerte de Isabel II, su valor habría caído en 27.000 millones. “La razón es que la reina fue una figura icónica que estuvo en el trono durante 70 años, que generaba un enorme sentimiento de respecto y lealtad en todo el mundo, especialmente en la vieja Commonwealth, y atraía mucho turismo. Había mucho afecto por ella. No hay todavía este nivel de afecto hacia Carlos, tiene que construir este vínculo, y hay menos ímpetu para venir de turismo”, detalla el fundador de Brand Finance. En los últimos años, hemos visto un enfrentamiento entre Enrique y Meghan, los duques de Sussex, y la familia real. Haigh no considera que sea una disputa de marcas: “Diría que es que hay una única marca que es la monarquía, representada por la Casa de Windsor, y Enrique, Carlos y Guillermo serían parte de los Windsor. Podríamos decir que Carlos es el director de la marca y Guillermo y Enrique, los directores junior. Y Enrique decidió salirse del guion y causar un montón de problemas”, explica. La monarquía cuesta 350 millones de libras a los ciudadanos, cinco libras por británico, y da unos beneficios de 500 millones. Dice Haigh que un sistema presidencial como el francés costaría lo mismo, pero daría menos beneficios. La monarquía, además, da estabilidad al país: “Si recuerdan, el año pasado cambiamos de gobierno varias veces y la monarquía fue una gran fuerza de estabilidad”, concluye.

Enfoque internacional
¿Cuánto vale la monarquía británica?

Enfoque internacional

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 2:32


La monarquía británica ha vivido en los últimos años algunos de sus peores momentos tras la partida del príncipe Enrique y su confrontación con su hermano y distanciamiento de su padre, el actual rey. También por la vinculación del príncipe Andrés con la red de pedofilia de Epstein. Todo eso sumado a la muerte de la reina después de 70 años ha repercutido. Pero, ¿es posible saber cuánto vale la monarquía británica? Brand Finance es la principal consultora de marcas del mundo, y desde 2011, tras la boda del príncipe Guillermo y de Kate Middleton, establece el valor de la monarquía como si fuera cualquier otra gran empresa que representa. “En términos de capital económico, el país tiene 33.000 millones de libras invertidas en la monarquía en activos tangibles como palacios y fondos de inversión. Creemos que los valores intangibles estarían de 7.000 millones. El total valoramos la monarquía en 40.000 millones de libras”, comenta David Haigh, fundador y CEO de Brand Finance, en la City de Londres. Para hacernos una idea, los propietarios estadounidenses del Manchester United están intentando vender el club por 6.000 millones. La monarquía valdría 40.000, sin embargo, desde la muerte de Isabel II, su valor habría caído en 27.000 millones. “La razón es que la reina fue una figura icónica que estuvo en el trono durante 70 años, que generaba un enorme sentimiento de respecto y lealtad en todo el mundo, especialmente en la vieja Commonwealth, y atraía mucho turismo. Había mucho afecto por ella. No hay todavía este nivel de afecto hacia Carlos, tiene que construir este vínculo, y hay menos ímpetu para venir de turismo”, detalla el fundador de Brand Finance. En los últimos años, hemos visto un enfrentamiento entre Enrique y Meghan, los duques de Sussex, y la familia real. Haigh no considera que sea una disputa de marcas: “Diría que es que hay una única marca que es la monarquía, representada por la Casa de Windsor, y Enrique, Carlos y Guillermo serían parte de los Windsor. Podríamos decir que Carlos es el director de la marca y Guillermo y Enrique, los directores junior. Y Enrique decidió salirse del guion y causar un montón de problemas”, explica. La monarquía cuesta 350 millones de libras a los ciudadanos, cinco libras por británico, y da unos beneficios de 500 millones. Dice Haigh que un sistema presidencial como el francés costaría lo mismo, pero daría menos beneficios. La monarquía, además, da estabilidad al país: “Si recuerdan, el año pasado cambiamos de gobierno varias veces y la monarquía fue una gran fuerza de estabilidad”, concluye.

Off Script
Simon Heffer on the Coronation

Off Script

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 46:36


Is the coronation going to plan? Are Britons still interested in the monarchy? And will King Charles' reign be overshadowed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?To discuss, Steven Edginton is joined by the esteemed historian and journalist Simon Heffer.Simon hosts a new three-part podcast series about Charles III: Being the King. Listen here: https://podfollow.com/being-the-kingSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Transformando la mente
¿Cuánto vale la monarquía británica?

Transformando la mente

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 2:33


La monarquía británica ha vivido en los últimos años algunos de sus peores momentos tras la partida del príncipe Enrique y su confrontación con su hermano y distanciamiento de su padre, el actual rey. También por la vinculación del príncipe Andrés con la red de pedofilia de Epstein. Todo eso sumado a la muerte de la reina después de 70 años ha repercutido. Pero, ¿es posible saber cuánto vale la monarquía británica? Brand Finance es la principal consultora de marcas del mundo, y desde 2011, tras la boda del príncipe Guillermo y de Kate Middleton, establece el valor de la monarquía como si fuera cualquier otra gran empresa que representa. “En términos de capital económico, el país tiene 33.000 millones de libras invertidas en la monarquía en activos tangibles como palacios y fondos de inversión. Creemos que los valores intangibles estarían de 7.000 millones. El total valoramos la monarquía en 40.000 millones de libras”, comenta David Haigh, fundador y CEO de Brand Finance, en la City de Londres. Para hacernos una idea, los propietarios estadounidenses del Manchester United están intentando vender el club por 6.000 millones. La monarquía valdría 40.000, sin embargo, desde la muerte de Isabel II, su valor habría caído en 27.000 millones. “La razón es que la reina fue una figura icónica que estuvo en el trono durante 70 años, que generaba un enorme sentimiento de respecto y lealtad en todo el mundo, especialmente en la vieja Commonwealth, y atraía mucho turismo. Había mucho afecto por ella. No hay todavía este nivel de afecto hacia Carlos, tiene que construir este vínculo, y hay menos ímpetu para venir de turismo”, detalla el fundador de Brand Finance. En los últimos años, hemos visto un enfrentamiento entre Enrique y Meghan, los duques de Sussex, y la familia real. Haigh no considera que sea una disputa de marcas: “Diría que es que hay una única marca que es la monarquía, representada por la Casa de Windsor, y Enrique, Carlos y Guillermo serían parte de los Windsor. Podríamos decir que Carlos es el director de la marca y Guillermo y Enrique, los directores junior. Y Enrique decidió salirse del guion y causar un montón de problemas”, explica. La monarquía cuesta 350 millones de libras a los ciudadanos, cinco libras por británico, y da unos beneficios de 500 millones. Dice Haigh que un sistema presidencial como el francés costaría lo mismo, pero daría menos beneficios. La monarquía, además, da estabilidad al país: “Si recuerdan, el año pasado cambiamos de gobierno varias veces y la monarquía fue una gran fuerza de estabilidad”, concluye.

Hot Pipes Half-Hour Broadcast m4a
Hot Pipes Half Serenade 5 – John Mann & Ron Rhode

Hot Pipes Half-Hour Broadcast m4a

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 30:00


Serenade 5 - John Mann & Ron Rhode Broadcast on Serenade Radio on 4th May, 2023 Name Artist Album Year Comments Seventy-Six Trombones John Mann Marches, Waltzes & Musicals 2010 4-49 Christie/Hill, Norman & Beard, Dome, Brighton, Sussex Love, Here Is My Heart (Mon Coeur Est Pour Toi) John Mann Wurlitzer Tour [OS Digital OS 231] 1997 4-14 Wurlitzer, Granada Studios Tour, Manchester; ex-Gaumont, Manchester Marching Strings John Mann Pipes In The Peaks [OS DIgital 255] 2003 3-14 Compton, Pipes In The Peaks, Dovedale Garage, Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire Moonlight In Vermont John Mann Get Happy! [Grasmere GRCD 133] 2010 3-12 Allen MDS Theatre III plus piano, Town Hall, Henley-on-Thames The Rain In Spain John Mann Curtain Up, It's Showtime [Grosvenor CD] 2000 3-20 Compton/Christie, Portslade Town Hall, Sussex; 9-R Christie from Queen's Cinema, Cricklewood; 10-R Compton ex Regal/ABC, Ilford; 10-R Christie, Castle Cinema, Mertha Tydfil Some Of These Days Ron Rhode At The Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ [LP B77-044] 1978 5-34 Wurlitzer, Bill Brown Residence, Phoenix, AZ Slow Poke Ron Rhode The Byrd Sings [Virginia Theatre Organ Society CD] 1989 4-17 Wurlitzer, Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA Bem-Te-Vi Atrevido Ron Rhode Rocks The Rylander [Roxy RP-114-CD] 2002 3-11 Moller, Rylander Theater, Americus, GA; ex Riviera Theatre, Scranton, PA Cab Driver Ron Rhode Butterflies In The Rain [Roxy RP-109-CD] 1996 4-22 Wurlitzer, Hochmuth-Stankey Residence, New Lenox, IL; ex Oriental Theatre 4-14, Mattapan Square, Boston (1930) The Oceana Roll Ron Rhode Cornsilk [Roxy RP-103-CD] 1991 3-14 'Rhinestone' Barton, RKO Iowa Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA

KQED’s Forum
Your Acquaintances Are the Key to a Connected and Happier Life

KQED’s Forum

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 55:34


The barista who makes your morning coffee, the person at the dog park or the fellow commuter who you exchange a smile with on the bus every day: You may not know their names, but these acquaintances are more important than you think. Scientists believe that the people with whom you might share a “hello” or a quick nod or a passing glance can help you live a happier life. With loneliness on the rise, acquaintances might be the key to creating connection. We'll talk to a leading expert and hear from you: who are the acquaintances in your life, the ones you know, but don't know? Guests: Gillian Sandstrom, director, Sussex Centre for Research on Kindness at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Single Malt History with Gareth Russell
Brand Sussex, Brand Monarchy?: A Coronation chat with Bob Sheard

Single Malt History with Gareth Russell

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 36:23


I sit down with expert Bob Sheard to chat about what advice he'd give to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the royals in the 21st century. And I discuss what's gone wrong at previous coronations - from Anne Boleyn's re-think on the dress, Queen Adelaide's invocation of Marie-Antoinette, a burst appendix, chatty dukes, tripping barons, and how trophy hunters nearly injured Elizabeth I's ladies in waiting.

A Pastor and a Philosopher Walk into a Bar
How the Brain Constructs Reality: Interview with Andy Clark

A Pastor and a Philosopher Walk into a Bar

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 70:28


Every now and then we like to talk to someone who is an expert in something we know almost nothing about. What better topic than philosophy and neuroscience? Andy Clark is Professor of Cognitive Philosophy at the University of Sussex, and is a well-known voice within philosophy of mind, pushing the boundaries of how we conceive of the brain, its connections with our environment, and in his new book, how it actively constructs our experience through prediction. The book is The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality. We have a delightfully nerdy, scientific, and humble conversation with Andy about everything from why we sometimes feel our phones vibrating when they're not there, to whether AI can match human brains, to psychedelics, to whether there is a hard problem of consciousness. We even get him to talk a bit about religion. We barely scratch the surface, but it was a lot of fun!The beverage we taste in this episode is Blanton's Single Barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery.Audio note: we weren't able to use our standard recording setup for this one, so if we sound a little odd, that's why. Apologies! To skip the tasting, go to 6:53.Image credit: The New Yorker Magazine=====Want to support us?The best way is to subscribe to our Patreon. Annual memberships are available for a 10% discount.If you'd rather make a one-time donation, you can contribute through our PayPal. Other important info: Rate & review us on Apple & Spotify Tweet us at @PPWBPodcast, @robertkwhitaker, and @RandyKnie Follow & message us on Facebook & Instagram Watch & comment on YouTube Email us at pastorandphilosopher@gmail.com Cheers!

A Word in Your Ear
A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

A Word in Your Ear

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 20:58


It's officially 100 days until Queensland can celebrate its Royal Show - the beloved Ekka! But why do we call it the Ekka? And where did the term "sideshow alley" come from? Professor Roly Sussex is digging into the Ekka terminology.

Politics on the Couch
Kindness - a conversation about political empathy, its power and its limits, with Claudia Hammond

Politics on the Couch

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 50:22


Host Rafael Behr talks to Claudia Hammond about political empathy, its power and its limits. Claudia is probably best known as the presenter of BBC Radio 4's long-running show, 'All in the Mind' which covers psychology, neuroscience & mental health. She is also the Visiting Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex. Her latest book, 'The Keys to Kindness,' looks at what constitutes kindness, effective strategies to build more of it into our lives and the benefits of being kind. She draws on the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, and her work in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the BBC, including the largest global survey ever undertaken into attitudes to kindness. Links https://claudiahammond.com/the-keys-to-kindness https://claudiahammond.com/the-kindness-test https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/centres/kindness/index https://www.sussex.ac.uk/schools/psychology Rafael Behr's first book is released today - Thursday 4 May, 2023 'Politics, A Survivor's Guide,' is all about the infuriating toxicity of politics, how it got that way and how to resist the slide into cynicism and pessimism that are so corrosive of democracy. It's about the challenge of staying engaged without getting enraged; the need to empathise with people whose views we cannot share and how that is different to appeasement of politics we believe to be dangerous. The themes include migration, nationalism, family, identity, culture wars, technology, ideology, Europe, Brexit and a little bit of cardiology. Available from Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/politics-a-survivors-guide/rafael-behr/9781838955045 Or, for those who are interested in signed copies, from City Books in Hove: https://www.city-books.co.uk Raf will be speaking at literary festivals, theatres, pubs all around the UK. Often he will be in conversation with fellow journalists and authors, hopefully also in conversation with you in the audience. Below is a list of places and times. Click on date for tickets. There may be more to come... 10 May Brighton Festival 17 May Bath Festival 21 May Aye Write, Glasgow Book Festival 23 May 1000 Trades, Birmingham 25 May Hay Festival 7 June The Elephant and Castle Pub, Lewes (no link yet) 12 June Guardian Live, Kings Cross, London This podcast is hosted by ZenCast.fm

Wisden Cricket Daily Podcast
Ashes trash talk and should The Hundred be scrapped?

Wisden Cricket Daily Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 98:22


Phil Walker, Jo Harman, Ben Gardner and Yas Rana dive deep into the Ashes trash talk after Stuart Broad declared the 2021/22 series ‘void' this week and Steve Smith arrived in England for his stint at Sussex with Ollie Robinson. There's chat about how England's stars are shaping up, the latest round of the County Championship and the possibility of The Hundred ceasing to exist as we know it. Away from the English game, the panel look back on a fiery week of IPL action, which saw tempers flare between a number of players - most notably Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir - after RCB's victory against LSG. Mark Butcher joins the show to discuss the future of The Hundred, IPL contracts for English players and Pakistan's World Cup chances, before special guest Isa Guha chats to Jo about guest editing the latest issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly. Get 20% off all items at wisden.com/shop, using code 'podcast20' The latest issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly is available now at https://wisden.com/shop/wisden-cricket-monthly-issue-67 The digital version of the magazine is also available for just £2 a month at https://pocketmags.com/wisden-cricket-monthly-magazine#5c1cd17fa0b05 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Stumped
Is short format cricket at breaking point?

Stumped

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 27:18


Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Charu Sharma discuss the volume of short format cricket. While the Indian Premier League continues to flourish, there is speculation that the ECB could be about to axe The Hundred in the UK in favour of a more sustainable T20 competition. Cricket Australia have increased its salary cap in the Big Bash League to lure the top talent to the league, due to a number of overseas players quitting the league mid-season for the T20 tournaments in the UAE and South Africa. So how many competitions is too many? We hear from Australia and Sussex player Steve Smith on playing in the County Championship and whether he will change his style of batting in the Ashes. Plus we are joined by the first female member of ground staff to work at an international venue in England. Meg Lay works for Gloucestershire Cricket Club and tells us about the importance of getting more women involved in the game. Photo: Lewis Gregory and Luke Wood of Trent Rockets celebrates victory during the Hundred Final match between Trent Rockets and Manchester Originals at Lord's Cricket Ground on September 03, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Clearer Thinking with Spencer Greenberg
The range of human perceptual experiences (with Anil Seth)

Clearer Thinking with Spencer Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 68:11


How does the world differ from our perception of it? Where is color located? Is the self constructed in the same way our concept of the world is constructed? Aside from being interesting bits of trivia, why does any of that really matter? In what ways does perception most often differ among humans? How different are art and science?Anil Seth is a neuroscientist, author, and public speaker who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than twenty years. His mission is to advance the science of consciousness, and to use its insights for the benefits of society, technology, and medicine. He is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex; Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness; a European Research Council Advanced Investigator; and Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Neuroscience of Consciousness. He has published more than 180 research papers and has been recognized by Web of Science, over several years, as being in the top 0.1% of researchers worldwide. A former Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, his two TED talks have been viewed more than thirteen million times, he has appeared in several films, and he has written for Aeon, The Guardian, Granta, New Scientist, and Scientific American, and he is lead scientist on the Dreamachine project. His new book Being You: A New Science of Consciousness was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller and a 2021 Book of the Year for The Economist, The New Statesman, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, The Financial Times and elsewhere. Check out Dreamachine, take part in The Perception Census, visit Anil's website, or follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn.[Read more]

The Todd Herman Show
RFK Jr the possibly disqualifying information Episode 803

The Todd Herman Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 51:52


RFK, Jr., the possibly disqualifying information. Last week, Charlie Kirk shared his notion of RFK, Jr. as President Trump's VP candidate. We had some fun talking about it. Today, we examine the very deep downside of RFK, Jr. Aside from taking on the criminal bosses of Big Pharma and his apparently recent purple-pilling about how The Party is using the lie of a Climate Catastrophe to install profitable tyranny, RFK Jr., has said some pretty horrendous things, like putting people in prison for not backing his climate positions to his indefensible support of Hillary Clinton and his back-slapping the murderous Dictator of Washington, Jay Inslee. There is a lot here and a fantastic journalist named Michael Tracey has compiled a huge volume of background we will share today. All of this said, I would love to see President Trump in a second term, or Governor DeSantis in a first term, put RFK Jr., in chare of dismantling the FDA and CDC. Episode 803 linksA master-class on quick but potent research by Michael Tracey.RFK on the NRA Endorsements of HillaryTrump killed America's “democracy.”Loves him some Gavin Newsom, Dictator of CaliforniaPals around with Dictator InsleeSays Trump loves dictators but Biden is a good manWas a big fan of lockdownsWanted to throw “climate ‘deniers'” in prison2022 recipients of the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award included Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America; Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex; and -- wait for it -- Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine. Proceedings were emceed by Alec BaldwinWhat does God say? As we wonder which RFK is the real one, let's read what the Bible says about liars Alan's Soapshttps://alanssoaps.com/TODDUse coupon code ‘TODD' to save an additional 10% off the bundle price.BiOptimizershttps://magbreakthrough.com/toddUse promo code TODD for 10% off your order.Bonefroghttps://bonefrog.usEnter promo code TODD at checkout to receive 10% off your subscription. Bulwark Capitalbulwarkcapitalmgmt.comAct now and get Bulwark Capital's “Common Cents Investing” guide FREE. My Pillowhttps://mypillow.comUse code TODD for Closeout pricing on all All Season Slippers.Patriot Mobilehttps://patriotmobile.com/hermanGet free activation today with offer code HERMAN. Visit or call 878-PATRIOT. GreenHaven Interactivehttps://greenhaveninteractive.comGet seen on Google more with your worldclass website! RuffGreenshttps://ruffgreens.com/toddGet your FREE Jumpstart Trial Bag of Ruff Greens, simply cover shipping. Visit or call 877-MYDOG-64. SOTA Weight Losshttps://sotaweightloss.comSOTA Weight Loss is, say it with me now, STATE OF THE ART!Texas SuperFoodhttps://texassuperfood.comTexas SuperFood is whole food nutrition at its best.

The Final Word Cricket Podcast
Wait... is England ditching The Hundred?

The Final Word Cricket Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 92:49


Season 14, Episode 8: Nick Hoult from the Telegraph leads this show, after a huge news week in England that includes suggestions from the top of the ECB of abandoning the new format and league that they have spent the last few years arguing for. Other stories include England players becoming likely to refuse national contracts in favour of T20 franchises, and a masterful week of needling from Stuart Broad. Also this week, Kohli squares off with Gautam Gambhir to become a Champion of the Proletariat, Sri Lanka make history against Ireland, Nepal offers a mixed bag during its Asian Premier Cup win, Steve Smith arrives in Sussex, and the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy rolls on alongside the County Championship. Your Nerd Pledge number this week: 4.63 - Tim Andrews Support the show with a Nerd Pledge at patreon.com/thefinalword Find previous episodes at finalwordcricket.com Help our Edinburgh Marathon runners raise funds for the Lord's Taverners at bit.ly/eddiemarathon, or learn about other Tavs projects with bit.ly/tavssignup. Title track by Urthboy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Pacific War - week by week
- 76 - Pacific War - Operation Postern, the drive to Salamaua, May 2-9, 1943

The Pacific War - week by week

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 32:10


Last time we spoke about actions in New Guinea and the Japanese counteroffensive in Arakan. The good ol boys down unda were getting ready to launch a major offensive aimed to seize Lae and Salamaua. The Australian and American forces gradually built up enough strength to commence the offensive and high command decided to launch some feints, such as at Mubo to distract the Japanese from their real intentions. Over in Arakan, Irwins disaster was still paying dividends to the Japanese as General Koga launched a massive counterattack. Things were continuing to get worse for the British in Burma, though General Slim was beginning to make improvements. Lastly the British began a propaganda campaign to boost morale in the far east using the mad onion man Wingates recent adventure with the Chindits. Things were looking rough in the CBI theater.  This episode is the Operation Postern, the drive to Salamaua Welcome to the Pacific War Podcast Week by Week, I am your dutiful host Craig Watson. But, before we start I want to also remind you this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Perhaps you want to learn more about world war two? Kings and Generals have an assortment of episodes on world war two and much more  so go give them a look over on Youtube. So please subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry for some more history related content, over on my channel, the Pacific War Channel you can find a few videos all the way from the Opium Wars of the 1800's until the end of the Pacific War in 1945.    I just want to say before we begin, this episode will feel a bit like one of those old tv episodes that rehashes what happened during that season. You've heard me say it a few times, but because we do this series in the week by week format sometimes we get into these messy weeks where either not much occurs or too much occurs. Regardless this episode is about multiple ongoing operations that culminate into the drive upon Salamaua and for the sake of coherency I am going to have to summarize a lot of what occurred in the south west pacific area for early 1943.  General Blamey devised a plan to capture Lae, codenamed Operation Postern. General MacArthur approved of the plan, which was quite complex and reflected the growing power of the allied forces in the southwest pacific. Blamey moved to New Guinea to take overall charge, reverting Herring to commander of the 1st corps, responsible for tactical operations. The key to quick success lay in convincing General Adachi, that Salamaua was the primary target for any major offensive. To accomplish this, it was necessary for the Australian and American forces to press upon the Japanese around the Salamaua area, but not Salamaua.  Operation Postern was preceded by three simultaneous operations occurring in the South west pacific area and the south pacific area. Together the three operations helped set up the conditions necessary to allow for an amphibious landing at Lae, by tying up the Japanese ground, naval and airpower in the region alongside creating important feints. The invasion of New Georgia was the first of these operations carried out by Admiral Bull Halsey and the 1st raider battalion. That offensive codenamed operation Toenails took up a lot of the Japanese ground, sea and air forces and would gradually see the allies capturing Munda. The 2nd was operation Chronicle, the seizure of Kiriwina and Woodlark islands located just northeast of Milne Bay. With their seizure, the allies were able to create new forward airfields from which to launch air strikes against Rabaul and provide air cover for multiple other operations in the region. Lastly the third operation was to be an assault on Nassau Bay, which we will talk about a bit later. Now back to the ground forces.   The 8th Area Army at Rabaul sent General Adachi and the 18th army to secure important areas west of Lae and Salamaua and to do so an offensive was launched against Wau. This prompted the Australian high command to send Brigadier Moten and the 17th brigade over to defend Wau in January of 1943. The battle to defend was tough, but the allies were able to prolong the Japanese advance long enough to transport enough troops to save Wau. The Japanese were sent retreating over to the Mubo area, but instead of pursuing the enemy, Moten limited his men's actions to patrols. The New Guinea force wished to pursue the Japanese, but was prevented by logistical difficulties. As the Australians gathered more strength, the Japanese prepared a second attempt to capture Way. This time the Japanese planned to approach Wau from the north, building a road from Markham point into the snake river valley. From there the Japanese advance would hit Wau. The 51st division was earmarked for the task, but the battle of the Bismarck sea had caused devastating losses to the convoy bringing them over in March of 1943.  The battle of the Bismarck sea had pressed upon the Japanese high command the increasing allied airpower, leading them to reformulate their plans. The Japanese began to construct a road to compensate for their inability to transport men and materials to New Guinea via the sea. As the Japanese did this, on the other side, the allies now felt very secure at Wau and were willing to perform some offensives. General Savige's 3rd division was given command of the Wau-Bulolo area. For this task he had the 17th brigade, the 2/3rd, 25th and 2/7th independent companies. It was believed the Japanese had around 5500 men around Lae and Salamaua with around 6-8 thousand at Madang and 9- 11 thousand at Wewak. Savige was ordered not to attack Salamaua directly, so he decided to establish firm bases as far forward as possible to harass the Japanese, basically you can see this as forward offensive patrol actions. Now the Japanese had dug in some defensive positions in places called the Pimple, Green Hill and Observation Hill which were along the main track from Wau to Mubo. On April 24th, the 2/7th independent company were given a new mission; to clear the Japanese from the vicinity of Mubo. Moten approved a plan for the seizure of the Pimple and Green Hill, ordering Major Warfe and his 2/3rd company to harass the Japanese logistical routes in Mubo as a distraction as the 2/7th hit the Pimple. The Japanese had made the Pimple a nightmare for the allied forces. They had taken defensive positions on commanding ground allowing for concealed ambushes. They cleared firing lanes to enable their machine guns to gundown anyone who took a forward approach. By holding the high grounds they also thwarted the allies from utilizing grenades effectively.   On the morning of April 24, after 20 minutes of air attacks by Boston aircraft against Green Hill, Stony Creek, Observation Hill and Kitchen Creek, the offensive kicked off with a two pronged attack. The 2/7th would start from the Vicker's ridge track, moving in two columns: one going along the Jap track towards the Pimple; the other would move north along the Laws track, a very difficult and quite unknown trail to try an encircle the Pimple from the west. When the two columns got within 100 yards of the pimple, they were met with light machine gun fire and snipers. The Australians attempted an all out assault in the late afternoon, but were unable to gain any ground. The next morning 3 Bostons came roaring in to strafe and bomb Green Hill while allied artillery began to bombard the Pimple. Despite the increased firepower the Australians still were unable to dislodge the enemy with their proceeding assaults. It turns out the Australians had greatly underestimate the defensive capabilities of the Pimple position. Reconnaissance had failed to pinpoint the enemy positions prior to the offensive. A major lack of communication between the two columns because they had no telephone lines or wireless communications led to a lack of coordination, neither allied column knew the plight of the other. Runners were used, but they were too slow and extremely vulnerable to Japanese snipers. The offensive was quickly falling apart as the Japanese continued to reinforce their lines. Meanwhile Warfe's men conducted a number of raids and ambushes in the Missim area, Komiatum Hill and Bobdubi Ridge. Warfe then sent a patrol from Namling along the Bench Cut track to ambush the Japanese at the junction between the Francisco river and the Buirali Creek. The ambush was a large success leading to the deaths of 18 Japanese. Warfe tried to perform an identical operation on April 28th, but this time his men were ambushed by the Japanese at Goodview junctions suffering considerable casualties. As a result of the forward patrolling of Warfe's men, the allies had learned the Dobdubi ridge area was defended quite lightly. Having learnt this, Ware decided to order a second platoon to capture the northern part of the ridge on April 27th. By the end of the month Warfe had two platoons spread over the Bobdubi ridge area, with a 3rd platoon held in reserve at Missim.  Over in his headquarters, Moten now realized the offensive against the Pimple was far too costly and he decided the men should simply bypass it. However the commander in the field, General Savige continued to launch attacks. The reason why Savige pressed on was because on April 28th, one of his reconnaissance patrols found a position on Pimple unoccupied and kicked seized it before the Japanese could return to man it. Colonel Guinn on the ground there deduced the Japanese must have been expecting an airstrike and momentarily left their positions. He therefore elected to order another company led by Captain Leslie Tatterson brought forward to assault the pimple. This time however, the allies used deception. Instead of launching an airstrike and artillery against the Pimple they passed over it and bombarded Green Hill. The deception did not work as planned and Saviges men yet again were unable to make any ground against the pimple. By early May the 2/7th battalion had lost 12 men dead with 25 wounded against the pimple with no end in sight. Meanwhile on May 3rd, an offensive was launched against the northern part of the Bobdubi ridge. The Australians were able to  fight their way close to the mouth of the Francisco river, prompting the Japanese to pull up reinforcements in the form of 70 SNLF marines from Salamua. A battle was fought in a place called the South Coconuts on May 5th. The Australians performed encircling maneuvers, managing to surround large pockets of the Japanese whom they smashed with artillery. The Australians were met with 3 major counter attacks but held their ground successfully occupying another place called the Center Coconuts by May 7th. However the Japanese then performed another counterattack, utilizing mortars to great effect, pushing the Australians back. The Japanese further reinforced the area with 60 additional men coming up from Salamaua, but they were ambushed by the Australians at the North Coconuts location suffering 20 casualties.     On May 9th, Captain Tattersons men were struck a lethal blow when they ran into a Japanese booby trap along the Jap Track. The Japanese opened fire upon the Australians on the track and began to encircle them. Colonel Guinn led a small force along the track to break the encirclement while Tatterson's men resisted tenaciously against the Japanese. Tatterson's force had been completely surrounded by the afternoon of May 9th and were in a state of desperation. The Australians utilized booby-traps, fire control and mass grenade attacks to force the Japanese to give them breathing room. The next day the Japanese launched a fierce attack against Tatterson's rear. The Australians could hear Japanese officers screaming orders as their riflemen poured lead upon them. As the Japanese pressed upon them they were receiving 500 additional reinforcements from the 102nd and 115th regiments. Meanwhile the 3rd battalion of the 102nd regiment in Nassau bay received orders “to capture the high area on the right bank of the Buyawim River fork” to be done in coordination with the May 9th attacks. This action would have endangered the allied positions at Lababia camp, but luckily the Japanese commander decided instead to hold a defensive positions at the bank of the Bitoi mouth. This allowed Colonel Guinn to concentrate some of his forces at Lababia camp. By May 11th, a company of 60 men managed to break the Japanese encirclement of Tatterson's men. According to Tatterson, by 7am on the 11th, the Japanese had continued to fire heavily upon his force, but made no further attempts to advance. It seemed to him the Japanese were actually withdrawing and the increased rifle fire and mortars was a cover. Tattersons men had been battered, he himself was wounded. His force received 12 casualties and estimated they had inflicted 100 casualties upon the enemy with possibly 50 deaths. Having saved Tatterson, Guinn reorganized his forward units and began to dig in along the Jap track and Lababia camp. From May 15th onwards the 17th brigade focused on aggressive patrolling in all sectors. Aggressive patrols each day harassed the Japanese around the Pimple and Observation Hill. The Australians set up booby-traps, practically paralyzing the Japanese troop movements outside their trenches. General Okabe received some much needed reinforcements over the course of the week and began to launch some limited attacks against the south, central and north Coconut areas. Okabe's forces were repelled on the 12th and 13th, but things would greatly change on the 14th.  The 14th saw a heavy shelling of the Bobdubi ridge area before Okabe launched a full scale attack that overwhelmed the Australian defenders forcing them to make a fighting withdrawal from the north and central area further down in the south coconut area. General Nakano was displeased with his troops and issued an address of instruction of May 17th, it is as follows  "In the attack at Bobdubi, although a certain group was advancing on a height on the enemy's flank, instead of really carrying out the attack in such a way as to prepare the way for an assault by our main force, they went no further than a vain firing at the enemy with their weapons. The spiritual and physical strength which was worn down in the Wau campaign is at the present time still lower, but I believe it can easily be restored if the officers will take the initiative, set an example and command as leaders of their men." Despite Nakano's criticism, his men would take a lot of ground forcing the Australians further south, dangerously close to Warfe's headquarters. Warfe realized maintaining the position would lead to heavy casualties, so he pulled his force out and took up a position at Namling.  It was quite fortunate as the day after he made this decision, 20 Japanese dive bombers strafed and bombed the village of Bobdubi. This was part of a Japanese heavy air raid that began on May 15th, culminating in over 100 Japanese aircraft hitting multiple Australian positions over the course of a few days. Three heavy raids were performed, but these air attacks focused general far into the Australian rear, leaving the forward positions rather untouched. On may 17th and 18th large formations of Japanese aircraft performed a raid against Wau's airfield. Although the Australians ultimately were forced to withdraw from many forward positions, such as Warfe's units, they managed the ultimate objective of operation Postern, to take Japanese resources away from Mubo and Lae. They had inflicted numerous casualties upon the Japanese including against Major General Okabe who had stepped on a booby trap that put a bullet through his right foot. Okabe had to be evacuated on the night of may 16th as a result, flown back over to Rabaul. Command was handed over to Major General Muroya Chuichi of the 51st division. The battle for Dobdubi was nowhere near done. General Nakano sent 170 soldiers of the 115th regiment on May 17th to attack Hote via the Malolo track. Nakano estimated the Australians had around 50 men defending Hote. The Japanese force ran into 25 Australians at Cissembob along the way and the defenders inflicted 50 casualties upon the Japanese before withdrawing towards Ohibe. One Australian commander at Cissembob had this to say about the engagement  "During this running fight, all men were under very heavy fire, but once again it was brought out what rotten shots the Japanese were. Not one of our boys were hit, and believe me things were hot." The Australians would return to the Hote area on the 22nd to find it completely deserted, so they simply reoccupied their lost positions. That is it for the New Guinea campaign, but other significant events unfolded for the Pacific War during this time period. On April 21st, with a heavy heart President Roosevelt announced to the American people the Japanese had executed several airmen from the famous Doolittle raid. To refresh your memories, 8 of the Doolittle pilots had been captured in Jiangsu province and put on military trial within China and sentenced to death “because of their act against humanity”. They were then transported to Tokyo where the Army ministry reviewed their case. Hideki Tojo initially opposed the death sentences for fearing the Americans would retaliate against Japanese living in America, he would be right about this. Sugiyama and the rest of the Army general staff however insisted on executing all 8 of the pilots who had contributed to the deaths of around 50 civilians and thwart possible future air raids against Japan. The executions would be authorized by an ex post facto military regulation specifically drafted by the army ministry. What is interesting to note, is Emperor Hirohito chose to intervene and commuted the punishment of 5 out of the 8 pilots. Why he allowed the other 3 to die in violation of international law is unknown as the Japanese destroyed nearly all documentation pertaining to prisoners of war by the end of the war. Some historians theorize Hirohito wished to demonstrate his benevolence. Yet again, this is one of those moments that showcases Hirohito was a very active participant, despite the claims made for decades after the war that he was merely a powerless hostage. The 3 men were executed via firing squad at a cemetery outside Shanghai in China on October 14th of 1942. It was not until april of 1943 that the Doolittle Raid operation was fully disclosed to the American public. The US war department said the chief reason for not explaining the full details of the Doolittle raid sooner was the need to bring the Doolittle pilots safely home and to prevent reprisals against their Chinese allies who aided the pilots. In April of 1943 the 5 surviving pilots were moved to Nanjing and in December of 1943 Pilot Robert Meder died of beri beri. He had been starving for months and rejected medical assistance. His death would result in improvements of conditions for the remaining 4 pilots. A truly tragic part of this war and to add to this I would like to read a short piece written by one of the pilots who survived the captivity and became a Christian missionary in Japan after the war.   I Was a Prisoner of Japan   By Jacob DeShazer   I was a prisoner of war for 40 long months, 34 of them in solitary confinement.   When I flew as a member of a bombing squadron on a raid over enemy territory on April 18, 1942, my heart was filled with bitter hatred for the people of that nation. When our plane ran out of petrol and the members of the crew of my plane had to parachute down into enemy-held territory and were captured by the enemy, the bitterness of my heart against my captors seemed more than I could bear.   Taken to prison with the survivors of another of our planes, we were imprisoned and beaten, half-starved, terribly tortured, and denied by solitary confinement even the comfort of association with one another. Three of my buddies were executed by a firing squad about six months after our capture and 14 months later, another one of them died of slow starvation. My hatred for the enemy nearly drove me crazy.   It was soon after the latter's death that I began to ponder the cause of such hatred between members of the human race. I wondered what it was that made one people hate another people and what made me hate them.   My thoughts turned toward what I heard about Christianity changing hatred between human beings into real brotherly love and I was gripped with a strange longing to examine the Christian's Bible to see if I could find the secret.   I begged my captors to get a Bible for me. At last, in the month of May, 1944, a guard brought me the book, but told me I could have it only for three weeks.   I eagerly began to read its pages. Chapter after chapter gripped my heart. In due time I came to the books of the prophets and found that their every writing seemed focused on a divine Redeemer from sin, One who was to be sent from heaven to be born in the form of a human babe. Their writings so fascinated me that I read them again and again until I had earnestly studied them through six times. Then I went on into the New Testament and there read of the birth of Jesus Christ, the One who actually fulfilled the very prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and the other Old Testament writers.   My heart rejoiced as I found confirmed in Acts 10:43, "To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name, whosoever believeth on Him shall receive remission of sins." After I carefully read this book of the Acts, I continued on into the study of the epistle Paul wrote to the Christians at Rome.   On June 8, 1944 the words in Romans 10:9 stood out boldly before my eyes: "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."   That very moment, God gave me grace to confess my sins to Him and He forgave me all my sins and saved me for Jesus' sake. I later found that His Word again promises this so clearly in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."   How my heart rejoiced in my newness of spiritual life, even though my body was suffering so terribly from the physical beatings and lack of food! But suddenly I discovered that God had given me new spiritual eyes and that when I looked at the enemy officers and guards who had starved and beaten my companions and me so cruelly, I found my bitter hatred for them changed to loving pity.   I realized that these people did not know anything about my Savior and that if Christ is not in a heart, it is natural to be cruel. I read in my Bible that while those who crucified Jesus had beaten Him and spit upon Him before He was nailed to the cross, on the cross He tenderly prayed in His moment of excruciating suffering, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."   And now, from the depths of my heart, I too prayed for God to forgive my torturers, and I determined by the aid of Christ to do my best to acquaint these people with the message of salvation that they might become as other believing Christians.   With His love controlling my heart, the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians took on a living meaning: "Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in truth; beareth all things, believeth all things. Love never faileth."   A year passed by and during that year the memories of the weeks I had been permitted to spend with my Bible grew sweeter and sweeter day by day. Then, one day as I was sitting in my solitary confinement cell I became very sick. My heart was paining me, even as my fellow prisoner had told me his was paining him just before he died of starvation.   I slid down onto my knees and began to pray. The guards rushed in and began to punish me, but I kept right on praying. Finally they let me alone. God, in that hour, revealed unto me how to endure suffering.   At last freedom came. On August 20, 1945 parachutists dropped onto the prison grounds and released us from our cells. We were flown back to our own country and placed in hospitals where we slowly regained our physical strength.   I have completed my training in a Christian college, God having clearly commanded me: "Go, teach those people who held you prisoner, the way of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ," and am now back in that land as a missionary, with one single purpose--to make Christ known.   I am sending this testimony to people everywhere, with the earnest prayer that a great host of people may confess Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.   Alongside the unfortunate news for the Americans on May 14th a major tragedy occurred for the Australians. At 4:10am on the 14th, the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was on a run from Sydney to Port Moresby when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The torpedo struck her portside oil fuel tank below the waterline, creating a 10 meter hole, igniting fuel and setting the ship ablaze. The ship was luckily not carrying patients, but held her normal crew staff, around 332 personnel on board. Many of those on board were killed instantly from the concussion blast, others from the blazing inferno. Centaur quickly took on water from her breach, rolled to port and sank bow-first, submerging within 3 minutes. Her rapid sinking prevented the deployment of lifeboats, though two would break off as she went down. According to Centaurs second officer Gordon Rippon, she was hit 44km northeast of Point Lookout. Of the 332 people onboard, only 64 would survive, most of the crew had been asleep when she was hit, giving barely a chance to react. It is estimated that 200 people may have been alive inside Centaur as she sank. Several who escaped the ship would die of shrapnel wounds or drown having found nothing to support them in the water. The survivors spent 36 hours in the water clinging to barrels, wreckage and two damaged lifeboats. The survivors drifted around 36 kms in the water going further north east. On the morning of May 15th, the destroyer USS Mugford departed Brisbane, escorted the New Zealand freighter Sussex when she saw some of the shipwrecked survivors. Sailors aboard the Mugford took up positions with rifles fending off sharks from the survivors. It took an hour and 20 minutes to rescue all 64 people. One of the survivors was sister Ellen Savage, the only surviving nurse from 12 aboard the Centaur. In 1944 Ellen Savage was presented the George Medal for providing medical care, boosting morale and displaying courage during the time they waited for rescue. The identity of the attacker was suspected to be a Japanese submarine. At the time of the attack three KD7 Kaidai class submarines were operating off Australians east coast; The I-177 commanded by Hajime Nakagawa, the I-178 commanded by Hidejiro Utsuki and the I-180 commanded by Toshio Kusaka. None of these submarines survived the Pacific War; the I-177 was sunk by the USS Samual S Miles on october 3rd of 1944; the I-178 was sunk by the USS Patterson on august 25th of 1943 and the i-180 was sunk by the USS Gilmore on april 26th of 1944. In December of 1943 following protests, the Japanese government issued an official statement denying any responsibility for the sinking of the Centaur. The sinking of a hospital ship was a war crime, and investigations were conducted between 1944-1948. The conclusion of the investigate suspected the I-177 of Nakagawa to be the most likely culprit, but there was not enough evidence, thus the case was closed on december 14th of 1948. Nakagawa survived the war and until his death in 1991 refused to speak about the suspected attack on the Centaur. I would like to take this time to remind you all that this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Please go subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry after that, give my personal channel a look over at The Pacific War Channel at Youtube, it would mean a lot to me. The Australian and American forces in New Guinea were fighting tooth and nail towards their ultimate goal of Salamaua, trying to deceive the Japanese the whole while. Soon battles for Lae and Salamaua will be fought to rid New Guinea of the Japanese menace. 

Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas
235 | Andy Clark on the Extended and Predictive Mind

Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 81:35


What is the mind, and what does it try to do? An overly simplified materialist view might be that the mind emerges from physical processes in the brain. But you can be a materialist and still recognize that there is more to the mind than just the brain: the rest of our bodies play a role, and arguably we should count physical artifacts that contribute to our memory and cognition as part of "the mind." Or so argues today's guest, philosopher/cognitive scientist Andy Clark. As to what the mind does, it tries to predict what happens next. This simple idea provides a powerful lens through which to interpret all the different things our minds do, including the idea that "perception is controlled hallucination."Support Mindscape on Patreon.Andy Clark received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Sussex. He is currently Professor of Cognitive Philosophy at Sussex. He was Director of the Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology Program at Washington University in St Louis, and Director of the Cogntive Science Program at Indiana University. His new book is The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality.Sussex web pageGoogle Scholar publicationsWikipediaNew Yorker profileSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.