fake news, filter bubbles and confirmation bias

54. Gad Saad on Science, Logic and Reason in an Age of Hysteria

Gad Saad - Behavioural ScienceGad Saad (@gadsaad) is an evolutionary behavioural scientist at the John Molson School of Business who is known for applying evolutionary psychology to marketing and consumer behaviour. He holds the Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences and Darwinian Consumption and has a blog at Psychology Today titled Homo Consumericus and a thriving Youtube channel where he critiques ideas of multiculturism, third wave feminism and societal norms/issues as a whole In addition to this, Gad’s the prolific author of:

Gad is no stranger to media. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post, been mentioned in The Economist, Forbes, Chatelaine, Time, and The New York Times. He appeared on #WeThePeople Podcast with Josh Zepps, Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris, was featured on four episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience, appeared Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria and has been interviewed on The Rubin Report. [spreaker type=player resource=”episode_id=18590627″ width=”100%” height=”200px” theme=”light” playlist=”false” playlist-continuous=”false” autoplay=”false” live-autoplay=”false” chapters-image=”true” episode-image-position=”right” hide-logo=”false” hide-likes=”false” hide-comments=”false” hide-sharing=”false” hide-download=”true”] Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • How college and post-modernism are creating a generation unable to think and reason
  • The reason science and fact are so important yet so often misrepresented
  • How confirmation bias can create a terrible mono-culture
  • Why fake news is more damaging than it initially appears
  • The way companies and social media hijack our biological drives to drive consumerism
  • The problem with universities and education and ideas on how to fix them
  • Rewriting government to fit human psychology
  • Why Gad is passionate about animal rights but not a vegan or vegetarian
  • The problem with polarizing issues and failure to discuss them
  • Why the US is so isolationist and extreme in its political views
  • Communism vs capitalism and the future of society
  • Biological differences between men and women
  • The problem with taboo topics in culture

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