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Fans of the "Intellectual Dark Web" (said with tongue firmly in cheek). For all those who never miss the Rubin Report, reload our podcasts app hoping for the next Jordan B Peterson instalment, or are loving Ben Shapiro's new Sunday Specials as it gives us something to look forward to listening to at work on Monday.

Fans of deep discussions and critical conversations gather here.

Also... something to keep in mind

This is a meetup for dialectics, a certain level of adultness is assumed. It is unmoderated and uncensored. This is a free speech zone (as opposed to a safe space).

However, if you can't agree to disagree, give the most charitable interpretation of someone's view, put arguments rather than character attacks, respond to substance not tone, then this group may not be for you.

Whatever you post on the comments section of a meetup should be done so with the view of discussing it in person.

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Upcoming events (4)

Climate Change and Environmentalism

GT's Hotel

This is a thorny topic, we may end up really in the weeds. In order that we have a fruitful discussion I have posted more resources than usual, I have divided them into 4 broad categories (rightwing viewpoint/leftwing viewpoint / rightwing solutions /leftwing solutions) and strongly encourage that if you have limited time, choose from the resources that conflict with your world-view. Key: * if you read no one else from this category, read this. Short Short-Cut Rubin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5c_XGMWfgI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e_bG6jA6uc Comment/think/research pieces from broadly rightwing/conservative/libertarian viewpoints Commentators Jo Nova - http://joannenova.com.au/ James Delingpole - http://delingpoleworld.com/ *The De-Smog Blog - https://www.desmogblog.com/ Dr Tim Ball - http://drtimball.com/ Dr Ian Plimer - https://www.facebook.com/theboltreport/videos/503112153380252/ Roger Scruton - https://www.roger-scruton.com/articles/281-conservatism-and-the-environment PragerU - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwqIy8Ikv-c Thinktank associated / research IPA - https://ipa.org.au/research-areas/climate-change *Jennifer Marohasy - https://jennifermarohasy.com/ Cato - https://www.cato.org/research/global-warming *Alex Epstein (just google) *Bjorn Lomborg - https://www.lomborg.com/ Judith Curry - https://judithcurry.com/ Kary Mullis- https://www.karymullis.com/ Freeman Dyson - (just google) Comment/think/research pieces from broadly left-wing/green/socialist viewpoints The article that inspired the topic *https://quillette.com/2019/01/25/the-right-needs-to-grow-up-on-environmentalism/ - the comments on this piece are well worth the read if you want a short cut to the topic. Commentors Journals Nature - https://www.nature.com/nclimate/articles?type=commentary *The Gist - https://grist.org/climate-energy/ The Conversation - https://theconversation.com/au/environment Science Educators and Entertainers (now you may laugh, but they do a lot of commentary on the subject) Dr Karl - http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/10/08/3864474.htm http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/09/16/4088609.htm *Bill Nye - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtW2rrLHs08 TedX https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsRNoUx8w3rPoL45Pbu7294gbD-6vy73E *Hey look - its an IDW member Bret Weinstein - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjNRtrZjkfE Think Tanks/research *TAI - Climate of the Nation Report - http://www.tai.org.au/sites/default/files/180911%20-%20Climate%20of%20the%20Nation%202018%20%5BPRINT%5D.pdf *Think tank map - http://www.iccgov.org/en/observatories/think-tank-map/ MSM ABC - https://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/climate-change CNN - https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2018/09/world/greenland-climate-change-cnnphotos/ BBC - https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cmj34zmwm1zt/climate-change Solutions proposed from right-wing/conservative/libertarian viewpoints *Dr Ben Heard - https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/right-climate-for-nuclear-power The Breakthrough.org - https://thebreakthrough.org/energy *Lomborg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prrbooi9PNw Solutions proposed from from left-wing/green/socialist viewpoints *Larry Geri - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMzdUoE7eY *Nathanael Johnson (comes to the same conclusion as Dr Heard above) - https://grist.org/article/these-5-people-changed-their-minds-about-nuclear-power-are-you-next/ *TAI - http://www.tai.org.au/climate-energy-program Problems with the above paradigms The righteous mind hypothesis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SOQduoLgRw&t=987s Environmentalism is not/should not be synonymous with Climate Change Why is it a left/right divide? Is it? Is it largely a question of priorities? Please cancel your RSVP if you are unable to attend. Late arrivals welcome. If you have any more resources comment below. Above was by no means an exhaustive list.

Ben Shapiro - "Right Side of History"

State Library of New South Wales

First in an extended "Western Civilisation Series". In his most recent book, Ben Shapiro asks the questions "Why are things so good?" and "Why are we blowing it?" He argues that humans need four things for fulfilment: - Individual purpose - Communal purpose - Individual capacity; and; - Communal capacity He argues that the combination of Jeruselum and Athens. Greek reason and Judeo-Christian spirituality provided the conditions for western civilisation and individuals to flourish. We will discuss the book, and in particular: - Is his formulation of fulfilment is complete? - Do we need the influence of Jerusalem and Athens to continue to flourish? - Is it only religion that is being degraded or is it reason as well? - Are we really blowing it? Resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku1GB9cgIu0 https://openlettersreview.com/open-letters-review/the-right-side-of-history-by-ben-shapiro https://quillette.com/2019/03/28/the-right-side-of-history-a-review/

Free Will

The Bear Bar

Do we have free will? If so, to what extent? If not, what are the consequences of this knowledge legally and morally? Free Will is a thorny and voluminous topic, so I have included basic resources and IDW content to try and get the broadest possible spectrum of ideas, this is definitely a non-exhaustive list. Resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCGtkDzELAI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESM43eA9u6o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCofmZlC72g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Yst8l51GY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFLR5vNKiSw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQxJi0COTBo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGPIzSe5cAU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSgl4WgN7hc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_FLedNqxuM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH2DEOxvaWk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDkLUBdvOkw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQEDw3slX0U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJOuvM2TJCo


The Bear Bar

No topic... we can talk about the latest Joe Rogan guest or Rubin report, what we have read or listened to, or whether whatever happened in current events is good or bad, whether things are looking good or getting worse. Sometimes it is nice to be spontaneous and embrace a little bit of chaos.

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Jonathan Haidt - "The Righteous Mind"

State Library of New South Wales

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