#28: Talking with Ray Peat: The Origins of Authoritarianism

PatreoniTunes

01:10 - Chatting about Ray’s 2003 Newsletter
01:59 - Defining authoritarianism and Ray’s experience
09:45 - Where did authoritarianism originate from? (Parmenides, Zeno, Plato, Aristotle, and Heraclitus)
12:41 - “The principle of forgiveness was presented as the appropriate response to a world which is always new. The desire for vengeance comes from a delusive commitment to the world of memory. Virginity is constantly renewed in the world of imaginative life. While Blake said that you can’t forgive someone until they stop hurting you, the desire to be forgiven indicates that there is an opportunity to resolve the problem.” (http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/william-blake.shtml)
16:41 - “In 1933 Reich published The Mass Psychology of Fascism, and the next year Freud expelled him from psychoanalysis; that was the year that Andre Breton excommunicated Dali from surrealism. Both Reich and Dali had important (but dangerous) insights into the effects of the authoritarian culture on consciousness—the destruction of reality by the imposition of an “essentialist” attitude. Dali’s Persistence of Memory, 1931, described the fluidity of reality and consciousness. Later, Dali aligned himself with the fascist side, and his 1954 Decomposition of the Persistence of Memory shows the quantized consciousness. Starting in 1945, the fascist culture blossomed in the US, so people who speak English now have constant contact with the dead essences, and very little incentive to evaluate them. Business/government marketing techniques adjust the meaning-units periodically, so that they are always available to provide the needed frame for the discourse of the moment. A lot of work goes into it.” —Raymond Peat
16:54 - The Dulles brothers (The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbott)
18:04 - Is authoritarianism a disease?
20:38 - Is the environmet bracketing our current progress?
21:08 - Nicole Foss on degrowth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDr71LHO0Jo)
23:37 - Increasing the people’s knowledge, ability and power
24:31 - Food as way to heighten someone’s awareness
26:19 - The food pyramid as a form of oppression
27:44 - America’s authoritarianism vs. other places
31:29 - “In a speech before the National Alumni Conference at Princeton University on April 10, 1953, newly appointed CIA director Allen Dulles lectured his audience on ‘how sinister the battle for men's minds had become in Soviet hands.’ The human mind, Dulles warned, was a ‘malleable tool,’ and the Red Menace had secretly developed ‘brain perversion techniques.’ Some of these methods were ‘so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them.’ Dulles continued, ‘The minds of selected individuals who are subjected to such treatment are deprived of the ability to state their own thoughts. Parrot-like, the individuals so conditioned can merely repeat the thoughts which have been implanted in their minds by suggestion from outside. In effect the brain becomes a phonograph playing a disc put on its spindle by an outside genius over which it has no control.’ Three days after delivering this address Dulles authorized Operation MK-ULTRA, the ClA's major drug and mind control program during the Cold War.” — Acid Dreams (1985)
32:26 - What impact would you like to see your research make on society? Reaching the largest amount of people? or a certain type of person? Or are you completely detached from the outcome? “I’d like to see it lead to the disestablishment of medicine. The same general outcomes Ivan Illich worked for.” —RP (https://raypeatinsight.com/2013/06/06/raypeat-interviews-revisited/)
33:20 - Does Ray think an “optimal” society should include medicine or government?
34:59 - David Alfaro Siqueiros (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Alfaro_Siqueiros)

#27: On The Back of a Tiger Interview #2

PatreoniTunes

01:17 - Details on the successful Kickstarter
02:04 - A heartened Brad and Jeremy
03:39 - What have you guys been up for the last year?
05:30 - Has the film changed at all?
07:16 - Where are you guys in the filmmaking process?
08:26 - Jeremy and Brad asking big questions
10:25 - Warming up the audience to the cast of Mavericks
11:40 - Uncut audio from the interviews
12:28 - Problems in the establishment
13:31 - Animations and filming experiments
15:16 - Issues in biology and medicine
16:15 - How the script is being written
17:49 - Will consciousness be explored in the film?
18:54 - Will cosmology be explored in the film?
19:07 - How do you empower people without giving recommendations?
20:54 - Will stress and energy be explored in the film?
23:38 - Danny doesn’t understand epigenetics
24:40 - Eugenics is still part of science culture
26:25 - Will politics be explored in the film?
27:48 - Danny thinks the ‘serotonin-makes-you-fell-good’ idea is crumbling
28:34 - Has Brad and Jeremy’s views changed at all since filming the movie?
31:32 - Danny thinks leaving your comfort zone can increase self-awareness
33:01 - ‘Never be in a rush to do anything’
33:25 - Will the film be accessible to lay people?
34:03 - How are Brad and Jeremy stringing the narrative between all the subjects?
34:48 - The passing of Mae-Wan Ho
35:31 - Respecting the life’s work of some of the subjects
35:05 - Keeping up to date with On The Back of a Tiger
40:04 - Next week’s episode with Ray

 

#26: Talking with Ray Peat #2: Carbon Dioxide, NAD+/NADH, Antibiotics, Coffee

PatreoniTunes

01:10 - Show outline
01:40 - The passing of Mae-Wan Ho
03:44 - The organisms as a liquid crystalline
04:55 - Magneto biology
06:59 - Ray’s discovery of Vladimir Vernadsky
09:07 - Background on Ray’s books
10:36 - When Ray became more interested in carbon dioxide
15:10 - Carbon dioxide and evolution
17:11 - Ketosis, Carbon Dioxide, and NAD+/NADH
21:24 - The ketone body ratio and electrode physiology
33:35 - Why wasn’t Albert Szent-Györgyi’s work more accepted?
34:29 - “Old” and “new” hormones and signaling substances
38:53 - The “optimal” metabolic state
40:26 - Ray’s thoughts on antibiotics
43:25 - Ray’s thoughts on thyroid brands
44:52 - Ray’s thoughts on synthetic vs. desiccated
45:07 - How Ray makes his coffee
46:45 - The quality of commercial supplements
48:23 - Ray’s upcoming newsletter

#25: A Bioenergetic View of Osteoporosis

IdeaLabsPatreoniTunes

01:18 - Estrogen and bone metabolism
06:12 - Women's Health Initiative
10:30 - Mainstream therapies for osteoporosis
11:45 - Osteopotrosis, carbon dioxide, and lactic acid
15:55 - The hormone-like prostaglandins
18:21 - Thyroid, copper, and cytochrome c oxidase
19:55 - Are there any good iron tests?
26:24 - SSRIs, prolactin, and bone health
31:08 - Is Serotonin and Upper or Downer? (2015)
32:35 - Parathyroid hormone, calcium, and phosphate
36:22 - Clickbait health articles
39:33 - Tetracycline antibiotics for osteoporosis
41:50 - What tests would help with determining bone health?
46:45 - Are lab tests infallible?
49:35 - Georgi, where can we find more of your work this week?