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June 18, 2020

Sensitive times demand the highest premium on objective reasoning. From Sam Harris' last Friday podcast, to Eric Weinstein's morning walk- critical feeling v. critical thinking, to John McWhorter's dissection of the religion of anti-racism. At its best, emotion can get you to the table. Honesty, critical thinking, efficacy, and tough decisions move the ball forward. Narrative and emotion have little, if any, utility in problem-solving— I doubt they have ever in human history solved a problem. Now I shut up and we listen to the smart man speak. I am eternally grateful for people who are more intelligent than I am.
McWhorter is an author, Atlantic contributor, linguistics prof at Columbia U., and self-described cranky liberal Democrat who was examining these issues in 2001. He saw the roots of woke before they came to prominence 6-7 years ago.

Clip #1 is his opening statement in a debate from 1.5 years ago. While old-ish, his opening to his opening statement is about race and ...

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