1. avatar Neil
    March 4, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

    Yuck! Once a wonderful podcast reduced to a somewhat confusing witch hunt. Are you really trying to tell me that the fundamentalist that I need to worry about is Sam Harris? Really? Because swear that there are many that would chop Hunter’s head off or throw him off a roof. Come to think of it, it would have been especially funny if they did so in the middle of the podcast recording. That would have a comedy skit to stand the test of time.
    Hunter, I don’t know who told you to act like this, but they gave you bad advice. Acting like an asshole to start some fake controversy isn’t the best way to do whatever it is you think your doing.
    Sincerity, honesty, authenticity is the way my friend. Listening to you cackle for the first 5 minutes of the last podcast is nothing any sane person wants to listen to. I couldn’t even listen to the entirety of this podcast after reading the first couple sentences of the description. Its too painful.
    I wanted to write an angry comment telling you of the endless ways your wrong, but I’m afraid I will instead turn this comment into a plea.
    Please turn back! Have on guests with interesting ideas! Help turn those ideas out onto the world, and be patient. These things don’t happen quickly. You, I, we will probably all die before any of it takes hold, but that does not mean we don’t do it. Unless you are not really about the ideas, or may be you are just seeking fame and recognition?
    There is much more I can write, but there is only one more thing I will say. I cannot listen to this podcast anymore. It has lost its way.
    I may check in again to see if you have course corrected, but farewell for now.

    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

      Neil! Thanks so much for reaching out. We simply can’t wait generations for all of this to take hold. The world moves too fast. The rate at which creative destruction is happening is rapidly meaning that huge swaths of humanity are unable to survive in the environment in which they find themselves. If we don’t help onboard the majority of humanity into the Information Age, then the problems we have seen so far with ISIS and with the opioid addiction in the Midwest are only going to get worse. And so, I don’t think the timeline you propose is tenable. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins’ behavior shuts down the Diffusion of Innovations between science and religion. They’ve been on a witch hunt for the last decade. What would you have me do? Because if we don’t open up the bandwidth of communication between science and Islam you’ll see worse than ISIS. https://medium.com/mixed-mental-arts/if-you-build-a-vision-of-a-better-world-people-will-come-74f3e7fbac5b?source=linkShare-7fb83b9a48ea-1489878537

  2. avatar Radley
    March 4, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    This episode is pretty much just Bryan Callen the Hollywood sycophant virtue signalling and sucking up to his liberal masters for an hour. Did you know the pharmaceutical industry is just misunderstood and any talk of them lobbying to prevent cannabis legalisation is just conspiracy theory? Ask Bryan, he’ll tell you all about it. Did you know that Trump is literally Putin? ask Callen, he’ll tell you all about how Trump constantly has rivals killed or jailed and takes their assets. Callen is becoming more and more insufferable by the day.

    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 4:13 pm

      Hey, Radley! We’re interested in finding the log in our own eyes. What’s missing? Also, I don’t think Bryan’s objections to Trump come from some hardcore liberal place. If anything, it’s more the Big Mike perspective.

  3. avatar matt
    March 6, 2017 @ 6:04 am

    Why do you always use Alex Jones and commentators leaning right to illustrate your points? People like Cenk Uygur, Anita Sarkeesian, John Oliver or Bill Maher are equally divisive, biased and pernicious.

    I’d like to think that at this stage of my life I’m a freethinker, centre on the political spectrum, and as such, that behaviour of yours sets off my hinky meter.

    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

      I don’t really know Cenk or Anita’s work but I’d definitely agree on Bill Mayer and John Oliver. Will update our spiel accordingly.

  4. avatar matt
    March 6, 2017 @ 6:30 am

    This episode has been the most underwhelming so far. I’m not a Ben Shapiro fan, but I know his debating skills from youtube videos. I think you should invite him the same way you did with Schiff and Woods but unlike you did with them (where you didn’t tell your opinion on them to their face but waited until the interview was over), it would be interesting to listening to the interview from that honest starting point.

    I don’t think his arguments ‘pro-life’ are weak or illogical. I do think the way you treated the abortion topic was really lighthearted and nonsensical though. The speed limit analogy made no sense at all and the cases you mentioned were exceptions, in no way are they the average situation when it comes to abortions.

    I would love to listening you debate Shapiro on that topic more than on his political views.

    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

      We’d be happy to have Ben on the show or to have Schiff and Woods back on.

  5. avatar Ragnar Marklund
    March 9, 2017 @ 6:47 am

    Irritationals in this podcasts: A) Atheism is not another type of faith. It is a a term that describes a lack of belief in the existence of deities. And you dont need to be 100% certain of the nonexistance of god(s) to be an atheist. Anyone who find it more likely that no gods exist, than that one or more gods exist, is an atheist. B) I wonder if Brian knows that Canada, as well as most of europe and many others, are socialist countries that work just fine. C) Sam Harris often admits he’s wrong, even going as far as going back to books he’s written and pointing out the flaws.

    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

      Ragnar! Firstly, I love your name. Secondly, Bryan’s aversion to socialism is a great example of how our political, economic and religious beliefs are often blindly picked up from our parents. We’ll unpack that definitely in an episode. It’s good that Sam is in the practice of admitting he’s wrong. He’ll have lots of opportunities to further develop that skill in the coming years.

  6. avatar Hanswurst
    March 25, 2017 @ 8:17 am

    It would be nice if you could get Slavoj Zizek on the podcast. He is a philosopher, socialist, psychoanalyst and a comedian. He is also a critic of ideology. To her some “socialists” on your podcast would be awesome. Keep up the good work.


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