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The Most Gullible Third of Voters is Every Democracy’s Greatest National Security Risk: ‘We Must Know Who They Are, We Must Not Hate Them, But We Must NEVER EVER Vote On Their Side’ - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

7/8/2018
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SDCT0019: The strength or the weakness of a democracy lies in its voters. As it is said, “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve.” The quality of government is a reflection of the quality of voters. Government doesn’t reflect the quality of ALL the voters, however — it only reflects the quality of those… Continue reading The Most Gullible Third of Voters is Every Democracy’s Greatest National Security Risk: ‘We Must Know Who They Are, We Must Not Hate Them, But We Must...

Duration:00:51:29

The Psychotic, Irrational, and Antisocial Styles of Small Circle Politics: Unreceptiveness Toward External Reality, Logic, and Social Information - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

6/24/2018
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SDCT0018: The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that isolated systems move toward a state of disorder. Human minds and groups become isolated systems to varying degrees when they reject their external environments, thus failing to benefit from outer error-correcting information that distinguishes right from wrong regarding thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. There are three external “answer… Continue reading The Psychotic, Irrational, and Antisocial Styles of Small Circle Politics:...

Duration:00:42:50

A Scientific Definition of Evil: Excess Extroverted Assimilation Directed at the Social Environment - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

6/20/2018
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SDCT0017: Science is supposed to be value-free — it’s not supposed to make moral judgments. In the eyes of a scientist, things are just as they are; they’re neither good nor bad. But it possible to have a scientific definition of morality? Moral judgments of good and bad are important to the human mind, so… Continue reading A Scientific Definition of Evil: Excess Extroverted Assimilation Directed at the Social Environment

Duration:00:41:22

The Big Circle Left vs the Small Circle Right: How Big Is Your Circle of Family? A “Tiny Bubble” Political Party Rips Babies Out of the Arms of Mothers and Tears Families Apart - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

6/18/2018
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SDCT0016: The single most basic question for citizens and their government alike is this: How big is your circle of family? Is it just you and your own children? Does it include anyone outside of your own home? Can a circle of family contain your entire country? Can it extend beyond your nation’s borders to… Continue reading The Big Circle Left vs the Small Circle Right: How Big Is Your Circle of Family? A “Tiny Bubble” Political Party Rips Babies Out of the Arms of Mothers and Tears...

Duration:00:39:39

The Golden Mean Bell Curve: Maximum Good is the Balance Between Selflessness and Selfishness, Between Valuing a Nation’s Whole and Its Parts - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

6/16/2018
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SDCT0015: This episode compares synecdoche (whole substituting for parts or vice versa) to three types of attention deficit disorder, and to two standards of academic achievement. Minds that focus too much on the whole will focus too little on the parts. Applied to politics, this suggests a government that overvalues public interest and undervalues the… Continue reading The Golden Mean Bell Curve: Maximum Good is the Balance Between Selflessness and Selfishness, Between Valuing a Nation’s...

Duration:00:41:09

King George III's 1776 Focus Group: How to Avoid the American Revolution By 'Stealing and Flipping' the Words of Patriots - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

4/12/2018
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SDCT0009: Authoritarianism and libertarianism, two kinds of far-right “tiny bubble” politics, are both antithetical to democracy. They both describe government that only accommodates to king-like individuals — a single central king in authoritarianism, or a multitude of lesser household “kings” in libertarianism. Democracy, in contrast, is a “big bubble” form of politics, where the majority as a… Continue reading King George III’s 1776 Focus Group: How to Avoid the American Revolution By...

Duration:00:49:21

Tiny Bubbles on the Far Right: Authoritarians are Just One Tiny Bubble, Libertarians are Soap Suds - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

4/2/2018
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SDCT0008: Bridging individual and social psychology, we discuss what it is that binds individuals together into social groups: shared circles of accommodation. Some groups have small circles of accommodation toward one individual, a “strict father” authoritarian-type person. That individual-sized circle could be visualized as a “tiny bubble”. In authoritarianism, an entire nation accommodates to a… Continue reading Tiny Bubbles on the Far Right: Authoritarians are Just One Tiny Bubble,...

Duration:00:50:07

Look Both Ways: The Big Circle Left Defends the Majority from Individuals; the Small Circle Right Defends Individuals from the Majority - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/28/2018
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SDCT0007: The small circle cognitive style, which focuses on “shards and swirls” — individual fragments of information not assembled into “the big picture” — is the starting place for the human species, as well as for individual members of our species, and for governments throughout the world. Our DNA baseline prefers this small circle style of… Continue reading Look Both Ways: The Big Circle Left Defends the Majority from Individuals; the Small Circle Right Defends Individuals from the...

Duration:00:44:16

Big Hearts and Big Minds: Simple Cognitive Frames for the Big Circle, Pro-Democracy Left - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/23/2018
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SDCT0006: Democracy is a form of government that involves a big circle of social accommodation embracing the majority of a nation’s citizens. It upholds the will of the majority, unlike its right-wing counterpart, which counterbalances the majority by upholding the will of an elitist minority, or of powerful individuals, or a set of laws such… Continue reading Big Hearts and Big Minds: Simple Cognitive Frames for the Big Circle, Pro-Democracy Left

Duration:00:38:49

Going Too Far: Blind Trust, Blind Distrust, and Blind Self-Absorption - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/20/2018
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SDCT0005: This episode discusses the pure cognitive states of excess accommodation, excess extroverted assimilation, and excess introverted assimilation, and applies these concepts to politics. Minds that are too accommodative are gullible, too trusting of external information, failing to question what they hear with what they already know. Minds with excess extroverted assimilation are too distrusting of… Continue reading Going Too Far: Blind Trust, Blind Distrust, and Blind Self-Absorption

Duration:00:41:06

There Are No Villains in the Human Mind, Only Excess. - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/16/2018
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SDCT0004: Discussing excesses in the human mind and in politics. Excess accommodation leads minds and political parties to become overly passive, too trusting of the RLS environment. Excess introverted and extroverted assimilation both result in disorder, and in wasted efforts that cause more harm than good. The left-right political spectrum is placed on a bell… Continue reading There Are No Villains in the Human Mind, Only Excess.

Duration:00:42:53

Building on the Basic Concepts of Circles Theory - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/13/2018
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SDCT0003: Review of the 2×2 grid that describes cognitive adaptation, introverted assimilation, and extroverted assimilation (learning, thinking, and acting — or input, processing, and output). More discussion of a Venn diagram that resembles an eye, and exploration of what it means to have a small “pupil” or circle of accommodation that blocks out most of… Continue reading Building on the Basic Concepts of Circles Theory

Duration:00:41:43

Basic concepts of Circles Theory - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/9/2018
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SDCT0002: Understanding the cognitive psychological concepts of accommodation (“learning”), introverted assimilation (“thinking”), and extroverted assimilation (“acting”), and visualizing these terms using Venn diagrams that resemble the parts of an eye. The “pupil” is the circle of accommodation, the “iris” is the zone of extroverted assimilation, and the “white of the eye” is the zone of… Continue reading Basic concepts of Circles Theory

Duration:00:39:19

Intro to Saving Democracy with Circles Theory - Saving Democracy with Circles Theory

3/6/2018
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SDCT0001: An introduction to Circles Theory, and how it describes the left-versus-right-wing political spectrum. I argue for applying science in a way that doesn’t sound scientific, but that uses populist language of good versus evil. Music in this episode: “Going Home” from Music For Podcasts by Lee Rosevere.

Duration:00:38:15