#142 Constitutional Myopia (Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying DarkHorse Livestream)


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In this 142nd in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.

This week, we discuss how Chile’s newly proposed, and newly rejected, Constitution. Science journals and the media want us to believe that it’s super-sciencey, but a read of the actual document suggests otherwise. We also discuss affirmative action among STEM faculty, and also, why myopia is increasing, and what can be done about it. Hyper-novelty strikes again.


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Mentioned in this episode:

Chilean researchers saddened by vote to reject new constitution, Nature, Sept 7, 2022: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02850-1

Chile proposes new constitution steeped in science, Nature, July 28, 2022: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02069-0

Proposed new political Constitution of the Republic of Chile: https://www.chileconvencion.cl/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Texto-Definitivo-CPR-2022-Tapas.pdf

Covid-19 pandemic: Chile capital locks down despite mass vaccination, BBC, June 11, 2021: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57436861

DeepL Translator: https://www.deepl.com/translator

How we boosted the number of female faculty members at our institution, Nature, Sept 8, 2022: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02829-y

The myopia generation, The Atlantic Monthly, Sept 13, 2022: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/10/kids-glasses-vision-increased-nearsightedness-myopia/671244/



(00:00) Welcome

(06:00) Sponsors

(13:00) Chilean constitution

(01:07:52) Nature article on boosting women's numbers in faculty

(01:20:27) Atlantic story on myopia

(01:52:25) Wrap up

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