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School Sucks Podcast #438: The Dawn of Freedom (Part 7) Conclusion, All-Star Pile-Up

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This is a free sample from our marathon Porcfest production, The Dawn of Freedom . This audio is the final segment (part seven), running from 7:55am until the beginning of Ernest Hancock’s Declare Your Independence. The previous six parts are available in the bonus content section at schoolsucksproject.com.

In this show:
The Marvel cinematic universe – Titanic conspiracy – haunted Porcfest and cryptozoology – Richard Grove arrives to discuss predictive programming – Lynn Ulbrich joins us to discuss outreach for her son – Andrew from Puke and the Gang stops by – Ernie Hancock brings us out.


Discussed: What film and television do we like and dislike? – From Whoopi Goldberg to Sean Connery to Hydra very rapidly


Discussed: The Dawn of Freedom recap.

School Sucks Podcast #409: The Mastermind Alliance

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SSP Productivity Month!
We conclude this monthly theme with a roundtable discussion on perhaps one of the most powerful tools of highly successful people for over a century: the mastermind group

Participants include Nathan Fraser (Anarcho-Preneur Podcast), Darrell Becker (Voluntary Visions ), Drew Sample (The Sample Hour) and Brett Veinotte (School Sucks). Visit Nathan’s Free Market Squad and Get a cheat sheet for today’s discussion

Covered:
1) Inspired by Napoleon Hill and his books.
What did Napoleon Hill have to say about Mastermind Groups?
Source: thesuccessalliance.com

In his book, “Think and Grow Rich,” he talked about something called a “mastermind alliance.” He goes on to describe a mastermind group as, “A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.”
In his book, “Master Key to Riches,” Napoleon Hill says, “Every mind needs friendly contact with other minds, for food of expansion and growth.” To Hill mastermind groups are established to help create an environment that nurtures and supports growth.
Notice how he uses the word “friendly” throughout his discussion of mastermind groups? Hill believed that a harmonious groups of two or more people who come together for a specific purpose, or around a specific topic, bring forth the power of creativity and support that you can’t find when you go it alone. Napoleon Hill feels so strongly about this that he says in Your Magic Power to be Rich, “Maintain perfect harmony between yourself and every member of your master mind group. If you fail to carry out this instruction to the letter, you may expect to meet with failure. The master mind principle cannot obtain where perfect harmony does not prevail.” That’s a strong message about what makes a mastermind group succeed or fail.
In Hill’s book, “The Law of Success,” he adds another element to the idea of a mastermind group: the group helps to organize useful knowledge, creating a virtual encyclopedia from which each member can draw information.
When starting a mastermind group, or joining an existing one, look for these three hallmarks: friendly, growth-oriented, and willing to share information.

2) We are not a “secret society”. But privacy is important.
-a reliable and comfortable space for members to exchange ideas and information
-it’s important to build a level of trust, which can take some time.

3) Collective intelligence to overcome problems.
Source: ducttapemarketing.com

Benefits include:
Accountability – Stating goals and objectives out loud to a group can create a kind of gravity that keeps you focused on meeting your goals
Growth – Many mastermind group members form relationships that lead to growth opportunities
Specific knowledge – People from different backgrounds and industries can help you fill gaps in your own knowledge and provide very specific help
Resources – Your group members may very well end up loaning and providing the kinds of resources and introductions that can help you get to the next level in your business, or the tools or hacks that can help
New perspectives – Sometimes having someone from outside your industry question your long held beliefs or suggest innovations from a new point of view can prove very helpful
Support – As a group forms a very close common bond this can be a great place to go for support when you have a troubling business issue
Energy/Motivation – Simply having a team that understands your objectives and helps you celebrate your wins can be very energizing

4) The Elements of Mastermind Session
(Darrell’s Abridged Notes)

There are (basically) four positions in a 6 person mastermind group:
1. Facilitator
2. Secretary
3. Hot Seat
4. Contributors

The facilitator of a mastermind sets the mood, and they check and strengthen the integrity of the focused power of the group.

The secretary is involved in the entire mastermind process. In order to make their job easier, the secretary will sometimes write up their own weekly wins ahead of time, so they can have more time to focus on summarizing and paraphrasing the words of the other group members.

The hot seat position in the mastermind group is the place where someone can gain the benefits and power of all 6 members over the course of an hour.

Contributors do the following:
– Clearly formulating questions that can help clarify the pain point, the parameters of relevant situations, and gaining needed clarification to help everyone formulate useful advice.
– Clearly and concisely delivering useful suggestions relevant to the pain points.
– Building on and supporting suggestions made by other members when it seems useful.

Mastermind groups can make commitments to keeping the format the same or to periodically innovate how the groups are run. Relevant to this little essay, some groups may decide to keep the roles of facilitator and secretary to be done by the same person every time. Some groups might wish to rotate these roles, so that different members can gain the skills for each position in the group.

We gain value regardless of our role.

This month SSP has partnered with FEE, the Foundation For Economic Education. Are you between the ages of 14-26? Are you interested in Entrepreneurship? Learn More about FEE’s seminars here.

Today’s Show is also brought to you by Jessica R. from Harper’s Ferry, WV.
Thanks Jessica for your contribution to SSP!

Bumper Music:
Steve Winwood – “Different Light”

Look Closer:

Why You Should Start a Mastermind Group.

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School Sucks Podcast #348: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 4) – Why Am I Here and What Am I Trying to Do?

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Part four, and the last of the foundational episodes, in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series.

Discussion:
In the second installment of this series, we explored strategies for more constructive and connected communication with others. Today we discuss strategies for better communication with ourselves.

We discuss some of the meta-talk in this climate change “debate”

Dimensions of the Habits of Mind

Value: Choosing to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors rather than other, less productive patterns.

Inclination: Feeling the tendency to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors.

Sensitivity: Perceiving opportunities for, and appropriateness of, employing the pattern of behaviors.

Capability: Possessing the basic skills and capacities to carry through with the behaviors.

Commitment: Constantly striving to reflect on and improve performance of the pattern of intellectual behaviors.

Policy: Making it a policy to promote and incorporate the patterns of intellectual behaviors into actions, decisions, and resolutions of problematic situations.

7 Ways to Deal with Uncertainty to be Happier and Less Anxious

1. Replace expectations with plans.
2. Prepare for different possibilities.
3. Become a feeling observer.
4. Get confident about your coping and adapting skills.
5. Utilize stress reduction techniques preemptively.
6. Focus on what you can control.
7. Practice mindfulness.

Source: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/7-ways-to-deal-with-uncertainty/

See Brett’s notes here.

Series Background:
“My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate’s attitude.

The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today’s most highly educated employees is no accident.”
-Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds

Bumper Music:
“Lucky Man” The Verve

Look Closer:
Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions – http://voluntaryvisions.com/

Darrell’s Communication Glossary – http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/

Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority – https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority

T&H Trivium Resources – https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/

Logic Saves Lives Series – http://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/logic-saves-lives/

School Sucks Podcast #338: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 3) – Disciplined Minds

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Part three in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series.

Introduction:
Some selections from The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto

Discussion:
Darrell and I discuss Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives.

See Brett’s notes here.

Background:
“My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate’s attitude.

The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today’s most highly educated employees is no accident.”
-Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds

Bumper Music:
“Church of the Poison Mind” Culture Club
“Making Plans For Nigel” XTC

Look Closer:

Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions – http://voluntaryvisions.com/

Darrell’s Communication Glossary – http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/

Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority – https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority

T&H Trivium Resources – https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/

School Sucks Podcast #336: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 2) – Are We Even Having A Discussion

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This show continues a series that will examine the concept of scientific consensus and contrast it with voices of the dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. Today we ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series.

Monologue:
-Brett discusses how little he knows about the vaccine debate for 30 minutes

Discussion:
What is the Political Debate Contract?

And how does it relate to this flowchart?
-Evaluating the Observations-Feelings-Needs-Requests of yourself
-Identifying motivations
-Identifying splinters, avoiding any harsh “touch” upon the splinters, demonstrating care, respect and remorse when splinters are accidentally touched upon
-Does some of the hostility come from an unmet need to know?

Background:
“My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate’s attitude.

The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today’s most highly educated employees is no accident.” -Jeff Schmidt Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives.

Look Closer:
Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions – http://voluntaryvisions.com/

Bringing Much-Needed Sanity to the Vaccine Debate, by Kevin Geary – https://medium.com/@therebootedbody/bringing-much-needed-sanity-to-the-vaccine-debate-e143f089bfd1

The CDC whistleblower William W. Thompson: Final (for now) roundup and epilogue – http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/08/29/the-cdc-whistleblower-william-w-thompson-final-for-now-roundup-and-epilogue/

Anti-vaccination movement – http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Anti-vaccination_movement

Autism Debate with Jenny McCarthy, part two – http://thedoctorstv.com/videos/autism-debate-with-jenny-mccarthy-part-two–6

Darrell’s Communication Glossary – http://schoolsucksproject.com/practical-definitions-voluntary-communication-by-darrell-becker/

Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives – http://disciplinedminds.tripod.com/

Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority – https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/09/scientific-consensus-and-the-argument-from-authority

T&H Trivium Resources – https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, the prophet of bacteriology – http://web.archive.org/web/20080404214853/http://www.general-anaesthesia.com/semmelweis.htm