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Professor Gad Saad Talks The Parasitic Mind and the Virality of Stupid Ideas

Professor Gad Saad Talks The Parasitic Mind and the Virality of Stupid Ideas

Nathan talks with Professor Saad about his latest book and the infectious virality of parasitic ideas in the age of pandemics.

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Our guest today on this highly infectious episode of the Popzara Podcast is Professor Gad Saad, evolutionary psychologist, public intellectual, host of the popular YouTube Channel “The Saad Truth”, blogger, and author of many books, including The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense, his continuing exploration of another kind of parasitic virus consuming our culture, one more dangerous than the coronavirus and with more disastrous repercussions for our civilization.

Professor Saad talks with our own Nathan Evans about the devastating effects the virality of self-destructive and catastrophic ideas (“mind pathogens”) have inflicted – and continue to inflict – on the public, what causes afflicted individuals to make departures from reason (Ostrich Parasitic Syndrome), the apolitical nature of stupid ideas, tracing Richard Dawkin’s memes to mayhem, how innumeracy and scientific illiteracy degrades our intellectual progress, and how seemingly well-intentioned concepts like trigger warnings foster “emotional fragility” in otherwise healthy people.

It must be stressed that Professor Saad does not suffer fools lightly; he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s someone’s shot of whiskey. There is no vaccine against stupidity; prepare yourselves before it’s too late.

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