Just making some reference to the people I've spent time listening to over the past 6 months. I was hoping you might be able to share others, perhaps with alternative perspectives. I've learnt heaps! To the point where I have to read and learn academically by myself for a bit. So any books in history/politics/psychology/sociology, you think I might be interested in and share with me would also be a benefit.
Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are the psychology of religious and ideological belief and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. He authored Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief in 1999.
Peterson grew up in Fairview, Alberta. He earned a B.A. in political science in 1982 and a B.A. in psychology in 1984, both from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D in clinical psychology from McGill University in 1991. He remained at McGill University as a post-doctoral fellow for two years before moving to Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant and an associate professor in the psychology department at Harvard University. In 1997, he moved to the University of Toronto as a full professor.
In 2016, Peterson released a series of videos on his YouTube channel in which he criticised the Canadian government's Bill C-16. The videos sparked an ongoing controversy that received significant media coverage.
Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, colour commentator, television host, actor, podcast host, and retired martial artist. He developed an interest in martial arts as a teenager and learned karate, kickboxing, and taekwondo, in which he became a black belt and a four-time state champion and a U.S. Open champion. He is a black belt in no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Eddie Bravo and gi black belt under Jean Jacques Machado. A fan of comedy since his youth, Rogan began a career in stand-up in August 1988 in the Boston area, developing a blue comedy act. He moved to New York City two years later.
After relocating to Los Angeles in 1994, Rogan signed an exclusive developmental deal with Disney, appeared as an actor on the television sitcoms Hardball and NewsRadio, and worked in local comedy clubs. In 1997, he started working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as an interviewer and colour commentator since 2002. Rogan released his first comedy special in 2000 and has since produced seven other specials. From 2001, he has been the host of several television shows, including Fear Factor, The Man Show, and Joe Rogan Questions Everything.
In 2009, Rogan launched his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience which has become one of the most popular podcasts available; in October 2015, it was downloaded 16 million times a month. Rogan is also an advocate of the legalisation of cannabis, hunting, and overall physical and mental well-being.
Sarah is an American writer, speaker, and activist. Born in Pakistan and raised in Texas, Sarah spent her early youth as a practising Shia Muslim. In her late teens, she began to read the Quran critically and left religion soon after.
In 2013, she co-founded Ex-Muslims of North America, where she advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and works to create local support communities for those who have left Islam. In addition to atheism, Sarah is particularly passionate about civil liberties and women’s rights
Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) is an organisation that seeks to support individuals who have left the Islamic faith and have not rejoined any other faith. EXMNA states their goal is to develop a safe haven for ex-Muslims that are seeking a community outside of their religious background.
Maajid Usman Nawaz (Urdu: ماجد نواز, [ˈmaːdʒɪd̪ naːwaːz], born 2 November 1977) is a British activist, author, columnist, radio host and politician. He was the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for London's Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the 2015 general election. He is also the founding chairman of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank that seeks to challenge the narratives of Islamist extremists.
Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex to a British Pakistani family, Nawaz is a former member of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. This association led to his arrest in Egypt in December 2001, where he remained imprisoned until 2006. Reading books on human rights and interacting with Amnesty International, which adopted him as a prisoner of conscience, resulted in a change of heart. This led Nawaz to leave Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 2007, renounce his Islamist past and call for a "Secular Islam".
After his turnaround, Nawaz co-founded Quilliam with former Islamists, including Ed Husain. He wrote an autobiography, Radical, which was published in 2012. Since then, he has become a prominent critic of Islamism in the United Kingdom. He is a regular op-ed contributor, debater and public commenterHe presented his views on radicalisation in front of US Senate Committee and UK Home Affairs Committee in their respective inquiries on the roots of radical extremism.
His writings have been published in various international newspapers including The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, the Daily Mail and The Wall Street Journal. He has made appearances on programmes including Larry King Live, BBC Hard Talk, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, Newsnight and Real Time with Bill Maher. He has delivered lectures at the LSE and the University of Liverpool and has given talks at the UK Defence Academy and Marshall Center for Security Studies.
In June 2014, Nawaz became an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. His second book Islam and the Future of Tolerance (2015), co-authored with American neuroscientist Sam Harris, was published in October 2015.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Dutch: [aːˈjaːn ˈɦiːrsi ˈaːli], born Ayaan Hirsi Magan, on 13 November 1969) is a Somali-born Dutch-American activist, feminist, author, and former Dutch politician. She actively opposes honour violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation. She has founded an organisation for the defence of women's rights, the AHA Foundation. A former practising Muslim, Hirsi Ali is an atheist. She has received numerous death threats because of her criticism of Islam.
In 2003, Hirsi Ali was elected a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). A political crisis related to the validity of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from parliament, and indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet in 2006.
Hirsi Ali has been a vocal critic of Islam, calling for a reformation of the religion. In 2004, she collaborated on a short movie with Theo van Gogh, entitled Submission, a film about the oppression of women under Islam. The film sparked controversy, which resulted in death threats against the two and the eventual murder of Van Gogh later that year by Mohammed Bouyeri, a second-generation migrant from Morocco. Tunku Varadarajan wrote in 2017 that, with "multiple fatwas on her head, Hirsi Ali has a greater chance of meeting a violent end than anyone I’ve met, Salman Rushdie included." In a 2007 interview, she described Islam as an "enemy" that needs to be defeated before peace can be achieved. In her latest book Heretic (2015) she moderated her views of Islam and now calls for a reform of the religion by supporting reformist Muslims.
In 2005, Hirsi Ali was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also received several awards, including a free speech award from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the Swedish Liberal Party's Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship. Hirsi Ali has published two autobiographies: in 2006 and 2010.
Hirsi Ali emigrated to the United States, where she was a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. She founded the women's rights organisation the AHA Foundation. She became a U.S. citizen in 2013 and that year was made a fellow at the Kennedy Government School at Harvard University and a member of The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center. She is married to Scottish historian and public commentator Niall Ferguson.
Stefan Basil Molyneux (born September 24, 1966) is an Irish-Canadian podcaster and YouTuber. Molyneux, a self-published author, usually speaks on topics including anarcho-capitalism, politics, right-libertarianism, anti-feminism, race and intelligence, and familial relationships. A supporter of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, he has been described as alt-right by Politico. The Freedomain Radio internet community which he leads has sometimes been described as a cult. Molyneux formerly worked in the software industry.
Benjamin is an atheist. He self-identifies politically as centre-left and a classical liberal. He has opposed movements that purport to defeat online misogyny, such as the British group 'Reclaim the Internet', which he called "social communism".
Benjamin has said that the working class could be harmed by immigration and neo-liberal policies from both the left and right. Benjamin was a vocal supporter of Brexit and described Donald Trump as the "lesser of two evils" compared to Hillary Clinton. Prior to the primary election of Clinton as the United States Democratic Party candidate, Benjamin stated he would have preferred Bernie Sanders over Clinton or Trump. Along with Trump, Benjamin has endorsed other right wing politicians such as Marine Le Pen. In 2017, he has supported the Justice Democrats, a political action committee with the goal of reforming the Democratic Party to reject corporate influence. He opposes religion-based condemnation of abortion, homosexuality, and euthanasia, asserting that "God opposes it" is "not a good enough reason"
The Rebel Media (stylised as TheREBEL.media and shortened to The Rebel) is a Canadian right wing online political and social commentary media website founded in February 2015 by the former Sun News Network host Ezra Levant.
The Rebel Media broadcasts its content on the Rebel Media YouTube channel and website, which as of 20 June 2017 had over 800,000 subscribers.
Timothy Pool (born March 9, 1986) is an American journalist. In 2011, his 21-hour marathon reporting during the Occupy Wall Street protests earned him fame when he primarily reported using mobile technology for social media and live broadcasting.
Pool uses a live-chat stream to respond to questions from viewers while reporting. Pool has also let his viewers direct him on where to shoot footage. He modified a toy remote-controlled Parrot AR.Dronefor Aerial surveillance and modified software for live streaming into a system called DroneStream.
Prager University (often stylised as PragerU) is a 501©3 non-profit conservative digital media organisation. It was founded in 2011 by nationally syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager, and radio producer and screenwriter Allen Estrin. Prager created the website to share conservative perspectives on a wide variety of issues. PragerU is not an accredited academic institution.
While many of PragerU’s early videos primarily featured Dennis Prager, it has since grown to include dozens of other presenters--including former Danish Prime Minister and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, comedian Adam Carolla, TV star Mike Rowe, Somali-born Dutch-American activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Environmentalist author Bjørn Lomborg and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.
Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist. His first book, The End of Faith (2004), is a critique of organised religion. In The Moral Landscape (2010), Harris argues that science can help answer moral problems and aid human well-being. He published a long-form essay Lying in 2011, the short book Free Will in 2012, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion in 2014 and, with British activist Maajid Nawaz, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue in 2015.
Harris is a critic of religion and proponent of the liberty to criticise it. Harris is also a proponent of secular meditation practices adopted from Buddhism (especially Vipassana), has devoted two years of his life to silent practice in India. He has also praised Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen, as "they contain empirical insights about the nature of consciousness that do not depend upon faith." He is the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit organisation that promotes science and secularism, and a host of the Waking Up podcast. He is considered a member of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism", alongside Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens.
Harris has written articles for The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, and the scientific journal Nature. His articles discuss topics including religion, morality, neuroscience, free will, terrorism, and self-defense. He regularly gives talks around the United States and the United Kingdom, including two speeches at TED, where he has outlined arguments made in his book The Moral Landscape and, more recently, his thoughts concerning the potential dangers of superintelligent AI. Harris has made numerous television appearances and has appeared in the documentary films The God Who Wasn't There (2005) and The Unbelievers (2013).
In The Rubin Report, Rubin, interviews authors, activists, journalists, comedians, actors, and professors.
On The Rubin Report, Rubin consistently identifies as a classical liberal with libertarian leanings. Rubin purports to try to feature guests who present a wider spectrum of views and opinions but increasingly tend to be more conservative.
The show often focuses on criticising elements within the progressive movement, which he refers to as the "regressive left", a term coined by activist Maajid Nawaz. Rubin has stated that "regressives are the left's version of the tea party."
Eric Ross Weinstein (born October 1965) is an American mathematician and economist. In May 2013, he proposed a solution to some of the problems in modern physics. His theory included an "observerse", a 14-dimensional space, and predictions for undiscovered particles which could account for dark matter.
Weinstein was born in Los Angeles, California. His family is Jewish.
In 1985, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a University Scholar, receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics in three years. He then earned a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the Mathematics Department at Harvard University in 1992. He has since held a Lady Davis Fellowship in the Racah Institute of Physics at Hebrew University, a National Science Foundation fellowship in the mathematics department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grantee in the Harvard Economics Department and National Bureau of Economic Research where he founded the Project on the Economics of Advanced Training with economist Richard Freeman.
Southern worked with The Rebel Media, a Canadian online media company, until March 2017. Southern also ran as a Libertarian candidate in the 2015 Canadian federal election. Currently, she is an independent journalist and publishes videos on YouTube.
Edited by Toglos, 08 July 2017 - 01:50 am.