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How to know what you really want | Luke Burgis | Big Think [Video]

How to know what you really want, with Luke BurgisSubscribe to Big Think on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/bigthink Up next The ugly psychology behind scapegoating | Luke Burgis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLa0zqShCcw There are two kinds of desire, thin and thick. Thick desires are like layers of rock that have been built up throughout the course of our lives. These are desires that can be shaped and cultivated through models like our parents and people that we admire as children. But at some level, they’re related to the core of who we are. They can be related to perennial human truths: beauty, goodness, human dignity. Thin desires are highly mimetic (imitative) and ephemeral desires. They’re the things that can be here today, gone tomorrow. Thin desires are subject to the winds of mimetic change, because they’re not rooted in a layer of ourselves that’s been built up over time. They are like a layer of leaves that’s sitting on top of layers of rock. Those thin desires are blown away with a light gust of wind. A new model comes into our life; the old desires are gone. All of a sudden we want something else. In the stream of daily life, we’re pushed and pulled in a million different directions. And if we don’t extract ourselves and find time for recollection, we won’t be able to listen to our lives, to listen to others, and to understand the way that our relationships and our desires are growing and emerging. We’ll be surprised if five or ten years from now, we’ve pursued desires that have led us to a place that we really may not have wanted to go. Listening is critical to the transformation. Read the video transcript: https://bigthink.com/videos/mimetic-desires———————————————————————————- About Luke Burgis: Luke Burgis has co-created and led four companies in wellness, consumer products, and technology. He’s currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship where he also teaches business at The Catholic University of America. Luke has helped form and serves on the board of several new K-12 education initiatives and writes and speaks regularly about the education of desire. He studied business at NYU Stern and philosophy and theology at a pontifical university in Rome. He’s Managing Partner of Fourth Wall Ventures, an incubator that he started to build, train, and invest in people and companies that contribute to a healthy human ecology. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Claire, and her crazy New Orleans cat Clotille.———————————————————————————- Read more of our stories on mimetic desires: The social brain: Culture, change and evolution | A Big Think Long Takehttps://bigthink.com/the-present/bret-weinstein-the-social-brain-culture-change-and-evolution-big-thinks-long-take/ Mimetic desire: How to avoid chasing things you don’t truly want https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/mimetic-desire-luke-burgis The ugly psychology behind scapegoating https://bigthink.com/videos/scapegoat ———————————————————————————- About Big Think | Smarter Faster™ Big Think The leading source of expert-driven, educational content. With thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, Big Think helps you get smarter, faster by exploring the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century. Big Think+Make your business smarter, faster: https://bigthink.com/plus/———————————————————————————- Want more Big Think? Daily editorial features: https://bigthink.com/popular/ Get the best of Big Think right to your inbox: https://bigthink.com/st/newsletter Facebook: https://bigth.ink/facebook Instagram: https://bigth.ink/Instagram Twitter: https://bigth.ink/twitter

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The ugly psychology behind scapegoating | Luke Burgis | Big Think [Video]

The ugly psychology behind scapegoating, with Luke Burgis Subscribe to Big Think on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/bigthinkUp next How to learn from failure and quit the blame game | Alisa Cohn | Big Think https://youtu.be/BMRq38ECmFc Did you know that our desires are not entirely our own? Desires are imitated from the first moment we are born. Our desires form from what our parents, friends, and significant others want in life. Now placed in a group, large or small, these imitative desires are even more powerful. These transferred desires within a group do create cohesion, but they’re also the heart of where scapegoats are born.A scapegoat is someone outside of your group who also stands out from the social norm. The group then uses these scapegoats to transfer blame and negative emotions because they do not share the desires of the group. This blame, negative emotion, or fundamental truth is something the group does not want to acknowledge internally, so the blame is transferred to the scapegoat. In an instant, the problems of the group are gone because of the transfer of blame onto the scapegoat. Since scapegoats are identified as the root cause of the problem, they create a sense of relief, healing, and even protection for the group.Read the video transcript: https://bigthink.com/videos/scapegoat———————————————————————————- About Luke Burgis: Luke Burgis has co-created and led four companies in wellness, consumer products, and technology. He’s currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship where he also teaches business at The Catholic University of America. Luke has helped form and serves on the board of several new K-12 education initiatives and writes and speaks regularly about the education of desire. He studied business at NYU Stern and philosophy and theology at a pontifical university in Rome. He’s Managing Partner of Fourth Wall Ventures, an incubator that he started to build, train, and invest in people and companies that contribute to a healthy human ecology. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Claire, and her crazy New Orleans cat Clotille.———————————————————————————- Read more of our stories on scapegoats: Take the blame, all of it: Life lessons from the NFL blooper reel https://bigthink.com/plus/take-the-blame-all-of-it-life-lessons-from-the-nfl-blooper-reel The social brain: Culture, change and evolution | A Big Think Long Take https://bigthink.com/the-present/bret-weinstein-the-social-brain-culture-change-and-evolution-big-thinks-long-take How pandemics are used to promote racism and xenophobia https://bigthink.com/the-present/coronavirus-racism ———————————————————————————- About Big Think | Smarter Faster™ Big Think The leading source of expert-driven, educational content. With thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, Big Think helps you get smarter, faster by exploring the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century. Big Think+Make your business smarter, faster: https://bigthink.com/plus/———————————————————————————- Want more Big Think? Daily editorial features: https://bigthink.com/popular/ Get the best of Big Think right to your inbox: https://bigthink.com/st/newsletter Facebook: https://bigth.ink/facebook Instagram: https://bigth.ink/Instagram Twitter: https://bigth.ink/twitter

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Devil’s Advocate: Why worry about fascism? | Jason Stanley | Big Think [Video]

Devil’s Advocate: Why worry about fascism? with Jason StanleySubscribe to Big Think on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/bigthink Up next: The 10 tactics of fascism https://youtu.be/CpCKkWMbmXU Fascism is a very particular ideological structure. The first pillar is the Mythic Past. Then there’s Propaganda. Anti-intellectualism. Unreality. Hierarchy. Victimhood. Law and order. Sexual anxiety. Sodom and Gomorrah. And then finally, Arbeit macht frei- ‘work shall make you free.’ Each of these elements taken in and of itself, is not fascist. You can think about these individual elements in isolation. When it comes to these fascist tactics, people often ask, “Why do you need to worry about it. There’s lots of tactics people use to win power. Why worry about these in particular?”Jason Stanley’s response is to say that fascist politics wears down democracy. Even if it doesn’t result in a fascist regime, it creates the conditions for itself. Fascist politics, it’s a politics of fear. So even if we don’t get a fascist regime in the end, we destroy the basis of democracy. Read the video transcript: https://bigthink.com/videos/fascist-politics ———————————————————————————- About Jason Stanley:Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Stanley is the author of Know How; Languages in Context; Knowledge and Practical Interests, which won the American Philosophical Association book prize; and How Propaganda Works, which won the PROSE Award for Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers. He writes about authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, and other topics for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Review, The Guardian, Project Syndicate and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.———————————————————————————- Read more of our stories on fascist politics:The 10 tactics of fascism https://bigthink.com/videos/what-is-fascism/ How is fascism distinct from other extreme ideologies? These 10 traits offer clues. https://bigthink.com/thinking/fascism-definition-stanley/ Remembering when bankers tried to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictator https://bigthink.com/the-present/fdr-coup ———————————————————————————- About Big Think | Smarter Faster™ Big Think The leading source of expert-driven, educational content. With thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, Big Think helps you get smarter, faster by exploring the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century. Big Think+Make your business smarter, faster: https://bigthink.com/plus/———————————————————————————- Want more Big Think? Daily editorial features: https://bigthink.com/popular/ Get the best of Big Think right to your inbox: https://bigthink.com/st/newsletter Facebook: https://bigth.ink/facebook Instagram: https://bigth.ink/Instagram Twitter: https://bigth.ink/twitter

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What is propaganda? | Jason Stanley | Explain It Like I’m Smart by Big Think [Video]

What is propaganda? with Jason Stanley Subscribe to Big Think on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/bigthink Up next How Russia’s Election Meddling Revolutionized Propaganda | Jordan Greenhall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfyHqkb8YJY Propaganda is ubiquitous, and everyone uses propaganda. It’s a kind of communication that makes a case for a goal, bypassing reason. Propaganda is a method to urge you to mobilize towards something while concealing from you things that you reasonably should think, should consider.The word propaganda by itself is neither good nor bad because we talk of abolitionist propaganda. We talk about the propaganda that people use in social movements. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the need for propaganda because you need to get people to reconsider their racist assumptions. The goal of propaganda is to connect neutral words to other things. Propaganda will always be here. Our words always have these associations, any word I have. The goal is to have lots of different ways of living and lots of different ways of thinking and to recognize that we’re not a threat to each other. Read the video transcript: https://bigthink.com/videos/what-is-propaganda———————————————————————————- About Jason Stanley:Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Stanley is the author of Know How; Languages in Context; Knowledge and Practical Interests, which won the American Philosophical Association book prize; and How Propaganda Works, which won the PROSE Award for Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers. He writes about authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, and other topics for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Review, The Guardian, Project Syndicate and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.———————————————————————————- Read more of our stories on propaganda:Russian cinema: a century of state-approved propaganda https://bigthink.com/high-culture/russian-movies-century-kremlin-propaganda The silent Chinese propaganda in Hollywood films https://bigthink.com/the-present/china-hollywood-influence How is fascism distinct from other extreme ideologies? These 10 traits offer clues. https://bigthink.com/thinking/fascism-definition-stanley ———————————————————————————- About Big Think | Smarter Faster™ Big Think The leading source of expert-driven, educational content. With thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, Big Think helps you get smarter, faster by exploring the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century. Big Think+Make your business smarter, faster: https://bigthink.com/plus/———————————————————————————- Want more Big Think? Daily editorial features: https://bigthink.com/popular/ Get the best of Big Think right to your inbox: https://bigthink.com/st/newsletter Facebook: https://bigth.ink/facebook Instagram: https://bigth.ink/Instagram Twitter: https://bigth.ink/twitter

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The 10 tactics of fascism | Jason Stanley | Big Think [Video]

The 10 tactics of fascism, with Jason StanleySubscribe to Big Think on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/bigthinkUp next “Never Again?” How fascism hijacks democracies over and over https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye4jKSNHhms Fascism is a cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by immigrants, leftists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals, women, in the face of what the fascist leader says is a takeover of the country’s media, cultural institutions, schools by these forces. Fascist movements typically, though not invariably, rest on an urban/rural divide. The cities are where there’s decadence, where the elites congregate, where there’s immigrants, and where there’s criminality. Each of these individuals alone is not in and of itself fascist, but you have to worry when they’re all grouped together, seeing the other as less than. Those moments are the times when societies need to worry about fascism.Read the video transcript: https://bigthink.com/videos/what-is-fascism/———————————————————————————- About Jason Stanley:Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Stanley is the author of Know How; Languages in Context; Knowledge and Practical Interests, which won the American Philosophical Association book prize; and How Propaganda Works, which won the PROSE Award for Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers. He writes about authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, and other topics for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Review, The Guardian, Project Syndicate and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.———————————————————————————- Read more of our stories on fascism: “Never Again?” How fascism hijacks democracies over and over https://bigthink.com/videos/rob-riemen-never-again-how-fascism-hijacks-democracies-over-and-over Fascism and conspiracy theories: The symptoms of broken communication https://bigthink.com/the-present/fascism-and-conspiracy-theories-the-symptoms-of-broken-communication What Fascism Really Is — And What It Isn’t https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/for-your-next-political-argument-what-fascism-really-is ———————————————————————————- About Big Think | Smarter Faster™ Big Think The leading source of expert-driven, educational content. With thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, Big Think helps you get smarter, faster by exploring the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century. Big Think+Make your business smarter, faster: https://bigthink.com/plus/———————————————————————————- Want more Big Think? Daily editorial features: https://bigthink.com/popular/ Get the best of Big Think right to your inbox: https://bigthink.com/st/newsletter Facebook: https://bigth.ink/facebook Instagram: https://bigth.ink/Instagram Twitter: https://bigth.ink/twitter