DiscoverMaking Sense with Sam Harris#145 — The Information War
#145 — The Information War

#145 — The Information War

Update: 2019-01-0296
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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Renee Diresta about Russia's "Internet Research Agency" and its efforts to amplify conspiracy thinking and partisan conflict in the United States.

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Comments (25)

K Duck

Hmm. Mr "I don't believe in conspiracies" sure bought into this one pretty quick.

Mar 10th
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jon Wooten

and he didnt bring on alex jones... smh

Jan 27th
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flipcuphiccup

holy shit all of you should just live your lives loving everyone and quit sounding like you know everything, because nobody does

Jan 26th
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Andrew Owsley

antivaxxers = terrorists confirmed

Jan 11th
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Pandora Ephraim

Andrew Owsley https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/no-measles-rubella-vaccination-on-children-without-consent-orders-delhi-hc-142150

Jan 30th
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Pandora Ephraim

Andrew Owsley authoritarian-vaxxers = tyrannical evil

Jan 29th
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Stephen Tattum

Globalist corporatism coming back to bite America in the ass, hahaha

Jan 9th
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Abel Rojas

I understand the importance of pointing out that Russia targeted and successfully influenced both sides. However, the amount of times black lives matter was mentioned compared to the average trump supporter was unbalanced since black lives matter had no role in getting Trump elected. The conspiracy theories that have taken full control over the right to the point where it has appeared on Fox news is a real concern that also seems to have been over looked. The podcast was great, however, it felt like they put on kid gloves when talking about how successful the Russian where with trump and his base.

Jan 8th
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Ross Pritchett

Abel Rojas What is concerning about conspiracy theories? Ive never understood the absolute denial of them.

Mar 23rd
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Kyle Brainard

Great episode. To me the weakest part of the arguement can be summed up in the following question. How can we can estimate the likely impact these foreign accounts are having in the real world? Are these accounts steering the collective boat enough to have real world impacts on an election? With an election as close as ours it appears hard not to sympathize with the fears of people like Sam Harris. The debate of if this is happening appears to be over. I am curious what actions could be taken to mitigate this in the future. I fear the medicative fix could have negative societal implications. I am not pro excesive government oversight into social media companies. and I fear the subtle manipulation of our society through these politically motivated groups coordinating efforts in emerging technologies. I am not sure which is the lesser evil. One important point to consider is what

Jan 7th
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Kevin C

really good episode!

Jan 6th
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Brian J Burke

Flying FCUK Sam. Everyone is not an American. Stop virtue signaling about Trump. I considered your Waking Up meditation app but obviously it is useless as you seem to have no ability to use its principles and let go. And no I don't like Trump but grow the fcuk up!

Jan 4th
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Anthony Kang

Tim Robinson That's so far from the truth -- you don't often hear that explicitly verbalized. Common ones (of course not saying these are INHERENTLY, always v-signaling): electric car, solar rooftop; BLM rally; rainbow flag; hashtags.

May 6th
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Brian J Burke

Tim Robinson Virtue signaling rarely, if ever, has to involve the suggestion of being better the implication/ moral high ground comes from having/ making a certain 'proper' opinion/ statement.

Jan 8th
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grzly

10:14 to skip all the non add add's

Jan 3rd
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Aaron Perry

one platform to rule them all

Jan 3rd
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John Wick

I wonder if the solution to counter bots and the pure vitriol of internet comments is to have people register with an authority for a user name. Everyone gets one official user name, like an ID, that contains certain personal information such as name and location. That way you're still free to say what you want, but like in the real world there are repercussions and responsibility for what you say.

Jan 3rd
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Adam Itinerant

John Wick I'd be interested to see examples where registering with an authority for the right to speak freely has been tried. Such examples may not be too hard to find.

Jan 4th
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Jakob Essig

John Wick Free, anonymous speech is important I don't think it would be good to force people to "officially" register for a username, but a platform like Facebook where every user is verified would probably make a killing.

Jan 3rd
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Johan Vivier

Oh, people are going to be upset about this one.

Jan 2nd
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Cody Cook

Johan Vivier I was getting kind of sad scrolling down then I saw you all's comments last and felt just a little bit better. thank you

Jan 18th
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Johan Vivier

Jacob M I know. unfortunately, no matter how nuanced the podcaster is, the mob tends to be disarmingly less so.

Jan 7th
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#145 — The Information War

#145 — The Information War