Aug 20, 2023
On episode 184, we welcome Barry Mauer to discuss using the medical model of metastatic cancer to explain how false beliefs spread, Barry's view that institutions are more important than personal responsibility in inoculating minds from delusional beliefs, the tumor as a metaphor for denial and its growth as symbolizing its transformation into a delusion, free speech absolutism and whether debates are good protections from propaganda, the issue with platforming bad faith actors and Ice Cube's flirtation with Tucker Carlson, the argument that gatekeeping is inherently corrupt, the gradual spread of Q Anon, and why de-platforming isn't necessarily the same as infantilizing the audience.
Barry Mauer, Ph.D., is on the cutting edge of research into cognitive immunity and the threats posed to it by the intersection of illiberal forces and electronic media. Barry is the author of Deadly Delusions: Right-Wing Death Cult and “The Cognitive Immune System: The Mind’s Ability to Dispel Pathological Beliefs.” Barry collaborated on the DARPA-funded project, “Deep Agent: A Framework for Information Spread and Evolution in Social Networks.” Barry teaches symposiums on cognitive immunity including “The Age of Mass Delusion,” “Why Are People Fooled?” and “Propaganda and Pseudoscience.” He is also part of the Mental Immunity Project and CIRCE (Cognitive Immunology Research Collaborative), which aim to advance and apply the science of mental immunity to inoculate minds against misinformation.
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► Deadly Delusions Book | https://amzn.to/3OGRDYz
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