07.09.18. The Modern Dialectic

This week on Middle Theory, we address issues in the ongoing “Modern Dialectic” that include the death penalty, philosophy in American education, and the announcement of Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court pick. 

Kicking things off this week, the ongoing saga of YouTube call-outs and rebuttals takes the center stage, as Joe Rogan appears to somewhat regretfully respond to Alex Jones’ recent accusation that the powers that be have “gotten to him,” and hence (in Alex’s mind) why the conspiracy host has not been invited back on Rogan’s podcast. Rogan has a history of pointing out the absurdity of the notion that such “disputes” require constant responses and rebuttals, as featured in his conversation with Ana Kasparian from a few years back.

We then turn our attention to the recent news that six members of the Japanese Doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo were recently executed, along with their leader, following decades of imprisonment after their participation in what is arguably the worst act of terror on Japanese soil in modern times. Some human rights advocates, including members of Amnesty International, have argued that the sudden implementation of executions under Japanese law presents cause for concern, as they differ greatly from standards in other modern democratic societies (namely the United States).

Then later in the program, we feature audio from a wide-ranging discussion Micah had with some friends of the Middle Theory program, which includes our friend Steve Reginer (aka “Grimsteak”), who along with James Cruz hosts the Cruisin’ with Steak podcast. Also joining the discussion is our friend Taylor (aka “Aldon”, as he will be known to some listeners of the Middle Theory program), and together with the Crusin’ crew, we discuss issues that range from education to politics, Micah’s advocacy for knowledge and discussion of climate changes (and understanding the science behind what effect humans are having on our environment), and even our mutual love for books.

Then in the final minutes of the program, we are able to catch the live announcement of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Pick of Brett Kavanaugh, a decision that will inevitably be met with derision and hostility. While Mr. Oakley argues that he is the more moderate pick, some are concerned that Kavanaugh will actually “gut Roe vs Wade,” and that he is really anything but a more moderate-leaning conservative judge… an issue that will no doubt arise again in future discussions on Middle Theory.

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11 Replies to “07.09.18. The Modern Dialectic”

  1. Have we became as a country the place where a troll can be a troll? When I was a kid we had dialectic, cause you had to physically dial in each and every individual number on a rotary phone. When we dialed we did it deliberately and with full attention to each numerical detail. People didn’t call their friend’s and neighbors, because it was faster to walk over and just say it to their face, and people don’t like saying things to peoples faces so they never did…now we have a culture of note dropping, email snooping, text philandering, botomizing cowards and creeps and lurkers, real robotomy cases…now featuring human’s with brains in hand…”Ahhhh” refreshing.

    Is the problem auto dial? group messaging? favorites? should we go back to rotary? Can you imagine people commenting and texting all day long if they had to dial it in on a rotary?

    Or what if you had to have a middle guy like my friend who can’t hear who used to call us and have to have a woman translate what he was trying to tell us he wanted and how much in street Morse code…and then we had to tell her what to type him back…it was like some sick sexual hotline where people get off on trees, the more trees we had the quicker he came…she kept a straight voice the whole time to her credit…

  2. one day all my great written works will hang in a Nauseum…is there, or has there been, an artist famous for making works featured hanging over urinal trough’s in low end bars? that is something one must inspire to do if one inspires for greatness…pick that which hasn’t yet been done and be the first…I’ll work on my first pitch in Spanglish so I can sell it in Juarez, and Tijuana…what my painting does that no other painting can do is it doubles as a cover for when the trough starts spilling over, just take the painting off the wall and place it art side down over the pile of piss, and on the back it has Out Of Oder written legibly in 5 toilet using major languages…

  3. I love how Micah Hanks and me both generate fake opposition to battle with…there is a great difference between intelligence and creativity I learned the hard way. I was part of a church organization who was sending non GMO seeds to creative primitive tribes in the southern jungles, apparently the shaman had made funerary beads out of them, they found the entire Houston Tx tribe all dead in an underground base all bearing seed necklaces. In their defense my friend thought well the seeds still could have been used couldn’t they have? and I answered Dead from an overnight church bunker lock-in, cause someone forgot to turn the air valve to on…

  4. That’s the problem evil is action…life is subject to react by response to action…action will always defeat any response to it…it’s not a moral issue it’s a reality and physical law issue. Unless we can perfect impervious force shield’s we are all open to the actions of evil…it’s maddening but truth…

    where does the phrase holding your ground come from?

    The shield emblem was in fact originally the Chinese oracle bone script character for field, so when a mythological person is depicted with shield he is in fact holding his ground symbolically.

  5. My favorite quote by an author for now…and it happens to be from one of my favorite authors…Betsy Byars

    “When I was a girl growing up in the Carolinas, I didn’t want to be a writer. I didn’t know any writers – I’d never even seen one. But their photographs looked funny, as if they’d been taken to a taxidermist and stuffed.
    I read a lot, so I saw many dust-jacket photos, and it seemed to me that no matter how hard authors tried – the men put pipes in their mouths, and the women held little dogs – nothing helped. Authors, even my favorites, looked nothing like the kind of person I wanted to become.”

    And Bukowski

    “How the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30AM, by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”

  6. I know Shermer catches flack but damn is he sexy…he is the guy every true believer wants to lay with, but is too afraid to admit it for fear of rejection…

    You thoink writers look stiff? you ever see a calendar featuring scientists over anyone’s toilet or bed…or hear women say how sexy Dr. so and so of PHD in the advancement of science is? Science could instantly advance just by getting someone resembling half F able to represent it…

    So you think my friend hanging in the museum of natural history shouldn’t have applied what doesn’t kill us only makes you stronger in a scientific setting as a scientific theory of adaptation? Or is his mashed, mangled, corpse, one small step for humanity? the next guy might not go under a steam roller so easily…

    One thing I truly despise in the way of misrepresenting things, is how our society, and its psychology, try to compare life in the jungle to gills. Like we imagined civil people have evolved beyond people living in their real environment to the extent of a thing getting lungs, comparing people intent on moving to Mars to somebody intent they are already on Mars because they own the largest collection of Martian figurines, and little Martian doll houses, like civilization is some irreversible shift…Like we became some other species by wearing pee on over our animal stink…

    Are all civil people creaky piles of junk rusted on a lame hinge like the tin man…I imagine the audience sitting rusty, people in their homes sitting content on dissolving muscle tissue into greasy fats, people in cars sitting cause we gauge our civil humanity on inability into primitive things like walking, people only getting up to sit back down and eat, get up sit on a toilet. I turn on any entertainment device, they are all seated, sitting with legs crossed and foot swinging like a girl showing a guy she’s interested…

    If the civilized man is a true form of adaptation, then he must be on the way out to extinction, because if something has gone beyond it’s own environment, is it has out grown any and all possible connection to survival function, and the world then should no longer retain any purpose for this life form, and it should die off quick…

    However we all know this just isn’t so…yet civilized man will be extinct man one day for sure…he is a self fulfilling prophecy, his forceful adaptations exposed for acting in a world wide play, with the pretense, and pretention that pretending and imagining, will not just delay the inevitable return to primitive lifestyles, but will as if by magic and same old religion hooey, save them and their holier than thou souls…trade your evolution for crap…..

    The Pursuit of Crapiness, the mundane, western civility…a society who worships innocence…is a society who loathes experience, truth, and feigns reality for pursuing fantasy…it should make sense the further we go into civility the more disconnected from reality we will become until we find we no longer fit any real world function…

    The mouth, the human promise glory hole, is an asshole that farts but never delivers the shit…when you’re fully dependent on solely those soul airs as we have become it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing is digging us out of a pit of our own garbage. “They” will uncover humanity in all its old glory with an oxygen tank feed in off the gas spouting out the mouth; extinct forever off listening to the other end of a tube made for shitting, moving toxic waste away from the rest of the organs…This enlightened new species speaks directly with mind to one another on human history, can you image the stink these things used to produce? spouting off mouth farts nearly 24 7. Oh they loved the farts this shit tube produced so much they would listen to it for hours on end. they longed for it, some people could even sing with the other edge of their ass pipe, and people would cry at how beautiful they thought the farting sounded…No I’m not joking…

  7. They had scientific studies that proved people would go insane without someone else’s crap tube farting up constant reassurance… In a matter of a few short weeks a person deprived of oral gas tones would go completely insane…

  8. There is something about being wrong when you defend other peoples ideas, that don’t translate when you have your own ideas…

    I find it imperative to a heathy functioning consciousness to make sure what I defend as my own idea is thoroughly correct. the effect this has is if I find out I had it wrong initially, I can’t eat, sleep, take a Nobel prize, go on TV with my documentary, because I don’t mind being wrong if it means I’ll be right…

    you see that? I just “found” that…. people don’t think of writing as a Ouija but it is…I just typed an idea examining my experience and was able to pull out that the problem with defending someone else’s ideas is you will be wrong in the end…accepting someone’s dulce ass pipe tones means your not playing, your a passivist pacifist, not looking to see if what you swallowed had sustenance. Being skeptical almost always lands one in a position of not in the know. People who don’t play guitar are way more amazed by guitar playing than people who play guitar. Cause when you don’t play your out of the game…not only is philosophy not dead words are not meant for what we even use them for…The reason ancient writing was drawings of strange beings in myth is ancient man understood idealism, our culture, western culture, is a cult of literalism. We look at fantasy, make believe, words, trying to wrongly use what is meant to be applied in ideals to express ideas, to define our reality, Am I the only person who understands this at all? I think I am…

  9. Light if you look at it comes as radiating protons and if you saw it from the right view it would look like a crowd of people moving, just like a crowd of people you wouldn’t see any pattern, so I disagree on ultimate truth when you say it is one thing that has a measurable pattern. the pattern is a surface illusion and how much our eyes correct or shape pattern is up for debate. The ultimate truth is change…adaptation…evolution…Patterns like the surface of water flowing down river are the inability to see the smaller and larger forces creating those patterns, the old cause and effect. So we should see truth as an unending quest, anyone who claims science mind, not this is what it is…its these are doing that…humans have become too deluded with fake individuality they don’t understand things doing things without a pattern are in fact doing things on another level…as I have pointed out we are limited by our systems of measurement. If we measure the distance of Earth to the Sun along the entire rotation do we get the same exact result? I don’t know about you but I have seen science do this hundreds of times….Just look at your prescription bottle general average…0000000000000125635656353infinty ah that’s to hard so we’ll round up…and you notice they are using occult dialectic “rounding up” which should be only applied to Djed symbolism and using it to define reality, by cause and effect. Unable, or just unwilling to fully measure they round off… If the measurement is off by anything…the tiniest little shift in distance it isn’t .000000000002 that’s called lets forget about all that and get on with my Nobel Prize. That’s indicative of a people who don’t want truth but easy answers…

    I want the Sun moves at blank and it shifts any where between blank and blank by minor fractions…Religious hubris has even invaded science where they now see what they believe the universe is, as being perfection I guess? Shamen afraid of allies, plants, and the dark, spineless scientist who prop up on the evolution spine to Ignore fluctuations…what will the circus of humanity come up with next…how come geologists don’t just measure your property how it is and go well this is how it is, that’s how it was when I measured it and so it will always be…

  10. Dear Micah I would like to start a potation to pooh pooh what I see as the biggest end of the world cult that no one’s ever taken a shot at…
    we went after the 2000 guys, we went after the 2012 guys, everyone and their fluffers went after that pastor guy, but what about those quakes in geological surveying who told us Wyoming was set to go off any minute now a hundred times over? I mean it still might be going off now…I would assume that their theory is wrong, they are going off it happened before like this so…again knowing nothing but response to action…

    Oh I guess it’s the old double standard sword, one side sharp for your enemy, the other side smooth to lap like a dog’s tongue on the shoulder of the ideas that carry you. 😛

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