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We each possess one of the most powerful tools in the known universe: the human brain. Through its use, we’ve been able to penetrate the workings of that universe at progressively stunning scales. But our most powerful tool is simultaneously our most powerful obstacle. Each one comes bundled with a vast range of psychological biases and defences, all of which can conspire to distort the information we gather. And, because these processes operate largely outside our awareness, we can be left with the illusion that that distorted information is good.

So, we see the double-edged nature of our brains — capable of great insight but also of great ignorance; of detection and projection; of productiveness and destructiveness; of rationality and rationalisation; of liberation and oppression. If, as a species, we’re going to make significant shifts towards the positive ends of these spectrums, I believe we need to cultivate much more awareness of the psychological traps invisibly set within our own brains that keep us anchored in the negative.

This is the core sentiment that drives my YouTube work. Sometimes, I explore broader psychological phenomena, but my special interest lies in the systems of illusion we’ve actively constructed for ourselves — including pseudoscience, but predominantly the superstitious dogma found in religion. For several years now, I’ve been deconstructing the unsubstantiated claims and fallacious defences put to me; the vulnerabilities exploited; the manipulative tactics employed; and the immoral messages asserted. And I know from countless responses I receive each year that the message is getting through. If you'd like to support the channel, every dollar contributes to more frequent uploads.
Tiers
sound
$1 or more per Video
—MP3 of any music used in the video.
words
$5 or more per Video
—previous reward.
—PDF of the video script.
video
$10 or more per Video
—previous rewards.
—access to unlisted 'making of' videos giving background, unseen material, external links and sneak peeks.
notes
$25 or more per Video
—previous rewards.
—a named mention on the 'thank you' end-screen of the next video after your pledge is successfully processed.
ideas
$100 or more per Video
—previous rewards.
—an opportunity to discuss video ideas from within my known subject areas. Hint: 'Anchovy farming in Kuala Lumpur' might not fly.
Goals
81% complete
I estimate that support at this level would allow me to work more or less full time on Youtube videos, as well as helping me to entice QualiaSoup to wrench himself away from his other commitments and make some collaborative videos.
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We each possess one of the most powerful tools in the known universe: the human brain. Through its use, we’ve been able to penetrate the workings of that universe at progressively stunning scales. But our most powerful tool is simultaneously our most powerful obstacle. Each one comes bundled with a vast range of psychological biases and defences, all of which can conspire to distort the information we gather. And, because these processes operate largely outside our awareness, we can be left with the illusion that that distorted information is good.

So, we see the double-edged nature of our brains — capable of great insight but also of great ignorance; of detection and projection; of productiveness and destructiveness; of rationality and rationalisation; of liberation and oppression. If, as a species, we’re going to make significant shifts towards the positive ends of these spectrums, I believe we need to cultivate much more awareness of the psychological traps invisibly set within our own brains that keep us anchored in the negative.

This is the core sentiment that drives my YouTube work. Sometimes, I explore broader psychological phenomena, but my special interest lies in the systems of illusion we’ve actively constructed for ourselves — including pseudoscience, but predominantly the superstitious dogma found in religion. For several years now, I’ve been deconstructing the unsubstantiated claims and fallacious defences put to me; the vulnerabilities exploited; the manipulative tactics employed; and the immoral messages asserted. And I know from countless responses I receive each year that the message is getting through. If you'd like to support the channel, every dollar contributes to more frequent uploads.

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Tiers
sound
$1 or more per Video
—MP3 of any music used in the video.
words
$5 or more per Video
—previous reward.
—PDF of the video script.
video
$10 or more per Video
—previous rewards.
—access to unlisted 'making of' videos giving background, unseen material, external links and sneak peeks.
notes
$25 or more per Video
—previous rewards.
—a named mention on the 'thank you' end-screen of the next video after your pledge is successfully processed.
ideas
$100 or more per Video
—previous rewards.
—an opportunity to discuss video ideas from within my known subject areas. Hint: 'Anchovy farming in Kuala Lumpur' might not fly.