You really should listen to this . . .

Heck, if you want to present a counterargument, you still have to listen to it:

https://samharris.org/podcasts/207-can-pull-back-brink/

OK, so it’s two hours long, but I’m telling you it’s worth listening to.

If you don’t want to listen to two hours of Sam speaking, here’s the transcript:

https://samharris.org/can-pull-back-brink/

I just listened to this, and I plan to listen to it again, and read the transcript and check the links.

There are some controversial topics and opinions in there . . . and also data that matches my research (it should; it’s from the FBI database).

I won’t say anything more but know that I agree with — and share the concerns of — nearly everything Sam says and writes about.

We live in scary times, and scary in ways that most people don’t think about.

As I said, listen or read. The plus for reading the transcript is that he has links to stuff he references.

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6 Responses to You really should listen to this . . .

  1. Thank you for these links. I’m definitely interested.
    When I have my alone-quiet time tonight, I will read the transcript.
    (((HUGS))) for you and Melisa

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  2. Eddy Winko says:

    I listened about a week ago and it echoed a blog post that i read about the same time, highlighting the same statistics, which were surprising to read given the current protests. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but the press have been slow to highlight some of the number that he quotes, although I have heard in recant days a few of his points coming to the fore now that people have had a chance to think.
    I did like his analogy with hair colour.

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    • Eddy Winko says:

      Here’s the post I read, along very similar lines. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1268898468766134279.html

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    • disperser says:

      Excellent article along the same lines.

      What’s annoying is that I heard/read a few people the data is distorted. BUT, you can go and look at the raw data at the FBI site.

      My worry is that — as someone has mentioned — treating people like they are racists and accusing them of racism is the surest way I know to turn someone who isn’t into one.

      I had linked some of Beau’s videos in a previous post . . . he makes a lot of sense, but when he comes to certain things, he flat out ignores the data. In one video, he says that even mentioning African-Americans commit the most crime is racist and he won’t have it.

      That’s the first dishonest argument I heard from him, and it lessens his other arguments.

      You can certainly argue reasons why that may be so, but you cannot deny the data.

      . . . I fear we are headed into a very dark period for the country, regardless how this shakes out . . .

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  3. AnnMarie says:

    I read the whole transcript (easier for me to focus and recall), assimilated the data, and came away with this excerpt:

    “I think these questions answer themselves. To outgrow our obsession with racial difference, we have to outgrow our obsession with race. And you don’t do that by maintaining your obsession with it.” Great point, Sam.

    So my conclusion is that there is no one more blind or deaf than one who does not want to see or hear.

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