The Shifting Media & Drug Landscapes | Eric Weinstein on Joe Rogan Experience #1453

Check out the Podcast Notes from Eric’s previous appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience

Key Takeaways

  • The coronavirus is showing the true quality of our leaders and experts (it has not been impressive…)
    • Eric Weinstein believes Nancy Pelosi, Bill DeBlasio, and other politicians should resign for encouraging people to go out during the coronavirus epidemic
  • The US has become dependent on China and it’s now backfiring on us
  • “China’s got its hand lovingly around our throat because our elites have been moving into greater and greater states of China dependence” – Eric Weinstein
  • Eric considers his podcast with his brother Bret Weinstein to be one of the most important podcast episodes he’s recorded
    • On the podcast, Bret tells the story of how he predicted that all lab mice have been compromised by their breeding protocol
      • This is what Bret was supposed to be famous for…he is the badass of biology”Eric Weinstein
  • Eric also considers his talk on Geometric Unity to be extremely important–in the video, he combines lessons from geometry with physics
    • Eric has been working on this theory for 37 years
      • It would essentially show the source code of the universe  
  • Amanda Fielding changed Eric’s mind about psychedelics: “I had been thoroughly propagandized and that I had never examined my beliefs around these chemicals” Eric Weinstein

Intro

Books Mentioned

  • If you’re interested in learning about professional wrestling, Eric recommends the book Ringside by Scott Beekman 

Thoughts on COVID-19

  • The coronavirus is showing the true quality of our leaders and experts
    • Healthcare workers are doing an excellent job
    • The government, not so much
      • Eric believes Nancy Pelosi, Bill DeBlasio, and other politicians should resign for initially encouraging people to go out during the coronavirus epidemic
      • “It is time for these people to resign and it is time for us to remember that we have the ability to turn over our own government”Eric Weinstein
      • “I want a revolt”
  • Eric also believes the WHO and CDC have done a horrible job with COVID-19
    • Originally the CDC said that masks don’t provide much benefit, but now they’re urging everyone who goes outside to wear a mask
      • It’s one thing to talk nonsense, but it’s another when the nonsense can be deadly and will cost people their lives
      • “Surgeon general’s lying, CDC’s lying, WHO is lying” – Eric Weinstein
  • Due to Chinese influence, WHO is unwilling to recognize Taiwan as an independent country 
  • Trump didn’t shut down flights from China sooner because people were calling him racist for proposing the idea  
    • “If your top concern is not appearing xenophobic, people will die because you are functionally incompetent” – Eric Weinstein
  • The US has become dependent on China and it’s now backfiring on us
    • “China’s got its hand lovingly around our throat because our elite have been moving into greater and greater states of China dependence” – Eric Weinstein
  • Eric believes this recession could lead to a depression and could eventually lead to war
  • Both Eric and Joe believe Tulsi Gabbard would be the best presidential candidate to handle the COVID-19 situation
    • “We need a war President, we need war senators, we need people of this mentality”  – Eric Weinstein
      • “You have to be a follower to be a leader and a leader to be a follower” 
        • Right now the world needs more “Break glass in case of emergency people”
  • The Code “A Steady Hand” when mentioned about a politician is a Red Flag, it means they can be counted on to do the wrong thing in a crisis

The Shifting Media World

  • The universe of TV stars and internet stars are colliding
    • The internet has given a platform to many people who wouldn’t usually have a chance to share their voice
  • There is no mainstream news anymore, some YouTube videos get more views than TV shows
  • Brands such as FOX, CNN, and similar media companies are legacy media–they rely on their legacy for views, not quality news

Thoughts on Wrestling

  • Old school wrestling was incredibly dangerous so it started to shift to kayfabe wrestling, or staged wrestling
  • People who write the storyline for wrestling shows are called bookers
    • The brain has trouble following stories deeper than four levels of lies
  • Vince McMahon, the CEO of the WWE, knew he was going to get taxed tremendously by the sporting commission, so he told them wrestling wasn’t a sport because it was all staged and he got away with it–Eric calls this “One of the great moments in the 20th century”
    • Even though he told the world wrestling was fake, no one cared–It’s important to note that although the story is fake, the injuries and death rates are serious
  • If you’re interested in learning about professional wrestling, Eric recommends the book Ringside by Scott Beekman 

Could Drilling A Hole In Your Head Make Life Better?  (we doubt it…)

  • Amanda Feilding is a drug policy reformer and researcher,
    • Amanda and her husband have both gone through trepanation, a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled into the human skull and is said to treat health problems
  • Amanda changed Eric’s views on psychedelics after learning Amanda had been taking LSD regularly over the decades and was still functioning like a regular person
    • Her secret was that the LSD dosage most people were taking were extremely high, people should be taking much smaller doses
      • “She changed my mind where I realized I had been thoroughly propagandized and that I had never examined my beliefs around these chemicals” Eric Weinstein

The Drug Landscape Is Shifting

  • Which drugs are legal and illegal has changed considerably over the past few years
    • Many people grew up being told weed is a terrible drug, but now CBD is advertised everywhere and several states have made it legal to smoke weed
  • Coffee, wine, and cigarettes all contain highly addictive drugs, but society has simply normalized the consumption of these things
  • Eric’s good friend, Alexander Green, was arrested for distributing weed and is now serving time in a federal prison
  • “Cannabis is one of the most amazing drugs ever in terms of creativity”Joe Rogan

Eric’s Most Important Podcasts

  • Eric considers his podcast (our notes here) with his brother Bret Weinstein to be one of the most important podcast episodes he’s recorded
    • On the podcast, Bret tells the story of how he predicted that all lab mice have been compromised by their breeding protocol
      • People thought these mice were representative of all mice, but it was later discovered that lab mice had radically elongated telomeres
        • “The breeding protocols constituted a novel system of selective pressures that destroy the efficacy of all of our laboratory animals potentially”Eric Weinstein
  • It was later discovered that wild mice do have much shorter telomeres than lab mice
    • However, Bret didn’t receive any credit for this idea because there was no paper trail–Bret only communicated with his fellow researchers via phone and mail, not email
      • This is what Bret was supposed to be famous for…he is the badass of biology”Eric Weinstein
  • The discovery that lab mice aren’t representative of wild mice could have countless ripple effects including throwing out large amount of scientific studies and retesting pharmaceutical drugs
  • Eric also considers his talk on Geometric Unity to be extremely important–in the video he combines lessons from geometry with physics
    • Eric has been working on this theory for 37 years
      • It would essentially show the source code of the universe  
  • Side note: Eric has also interviewed Ashley Mathews, better known as porn star Riley Reid, on his podcast
    • Eric was surprised to learn that certain companies, such as MailChimp and PayPal, don’t allow porn actors to use their services

Additional Notes

  • Eric caught the Hong Kong flu in 1968
  • Most businesses run on growth so they create less than optimal products to get customers to constantly come back and buy new products
  • In business, the phrase “It’s a beautiful thing” means someone is being financially screwed and can’t do anything about it
  • All of the current presidential candidates are 70+ years old
  • Michael Jackson was chemically castrated by his father so that he would preserve his voice
  • If you’re interested in watching incredible male dancing, check out the Barry brothers
  • Models may be out of a job soon, Rosebud AI is a tech company that generates images of models using AI
  • Eric believes a nuclear war is inevitable because the technology to make weapons of mass destruction will only get cheaper over time
    • For this reason, humans need to become multi-planetary
  • Joe would rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden because he believes Biden isn’t mentally and physically fit enough to hold the position

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