If you don’t bring the ‘knife’ of critical thinking to a Clubhouse conversation (aka Room), stay away.

As evidence of the conversation/Room’s value, I gained 23 new followers who are in turn followed by > 45,000 Clubhouse members.

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I’ve been exploring Clubhouse for a few months now. I find it to be an effective platform for deploying/developing critical thinking. We are living through a transitional moment: an old world is falling away, and a new one is being built. The culture wars that are raging right now — and fought every day on Clubhouse — are one powerful sign of this change.

I currently have about 900 followers and, in turn, follow about 1,000 people of quality (link to CH etiquette at the bottom). Unlike other social media platforms, CH encourages critical thinking. It's not just about etiquette.


I have lived the American Dream, from a trailer park to an Ivy League law degree.

Everyone’s half right and everyone’s simultaneously half wrong, and nobody is having a real conversation about what’s actually going on.

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I have lived the American Dream, from a trailer park to an Ivy League law degree. It was my hard work (and government loans) that made my upper-middle-class life possible and the one I have given to my children. I BELIEVE in our American meritocracy.

Meritocracy and its importance to our nation are much in debate these days. A precursor to a legitimate meritocracy has always centered on education (unfortunately for America, admission NOT graduation**see below). …


Thank you for this thoughtful piece. It contains insights and understandings everyone should seek in our Digital Age.


I gained 23 new ‘followers who are in turn followed by > 45,000 Clubhouse members discussing this topic.

Identifying three prior phase-shifts to new epistemologies (new eras) and our current shift, driven by our adoption of digital technology.

Look, changing the way society thinks is never easy nor without cost (epistemology).

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In a far and free-ranging Clubhouse conversation led by De Kai and George LeMeur on what our global epistemology should be, I came to an insight that I promised to share with the members of that conversation. *As evidence of the value of my contribution, I gained 23 new ‘followers’ who are in turn followed by > 45,000 Clubhouse members. …


The most underreported story of 2020.

The ongoing drug overdose epidemic (mainly driven by opioids) has as big if not bigger impact on the USA than COVID-19 deaths as calculated in Years of Life Lost (YLL), a measure of premature mortality.

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My focus here is on the impact of excess deaths caused by these two different epidemics as calculated in Years of Life Lost (YLL).


Humans have a vast number of biases and heuristics we use to make decisions (often systemically WRONG decisions).

AI-driven algorithms are used to demonstrate system noise, i.e., unwanted variability. This NOISE is associated with errors and can be intra-personal and inter-personal.

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We all hear about the use of AI from existential risk (a world of paperclips or a deity controlling all our actions) to a Turning-tested personal guide (Her).

If you’d like a brief overview of where this technology stands now and the state of developing an ethical framework to deploy AI-powered algorithms, I recommend you watch the AI event hosted by TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities: Algorithms Eliminate Noise (and That Is Very Good) hosted on October 15, 2020 (it only has twelve-hundred views).

Ethics in AI

Professor Cass Sunstein (Harvard Law School) has worked on…


“Then came an unsettling encounter with the apparent source of that demand: a Capitol police officer who she said looked at her with “a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.” she recalled, thinking “that I was going to die.”

I can hold in my mind an acknowledgment that this fear is perfectly understandable even though it is not factually justified. My hope is that AOC may move beyond her victimhood to become a survivor (as many of the crime-impacted — victims and perpetrators).

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“I haven’t told many people that in my life,” the Democratic congresswoman said of the revelation (regarding her prior sexual assault), which came during a harrowing recounting of her experiences amid the Capitol riot, reported The New York Times in Ocasio-Cortez Says She Is a Sexual Assault Survivor on February 1, 2021.

“Then came an unsettling encounter with the apparent source of that demand: a Capitol police officer who she said looked at her with “a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.” she recalled, thinking “that I was going to die.”

https://youtu.be/fWNWoNaImQA

The first question that comes to mind when…


The most underreported story in our Capitol’s ‘day of infamy,’ is the actions of DC’s Mayor Bowser that allowed the mayhem to occur.

As both a political conservative and a conscientious person, I am horrified by the take-over of the capitol building for four hours on January 6, 2021.

The most underreported story in our Capitol’s ‘day of infamy,’ is the actions of DC’s Mayor Bowser that allowed the mayhem to occur.

“To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway,” Bowser wrote in a letter to acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, and Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING IN TWO MINUTES, WATCH THIS VIDEO (or read the…


To create in any form takes courage, I have found mine through the chrysalis of prison.

I refuse to know for certain what others take for granted.

By Omid Mokri, 2019 (charcoal on cloth)

Curiosity brought you to this post, welcome. Before I share the scope and timbre of my writings, let me share a few adventures I’ve experienced as these may pique your interest to read on and sample my writings….

I have:


The evil twin of MULTICULTURALISM known as IDENTITY POLITICS has taken over. Division and discord rule our discourse.

Prison life has brought into focus many of the mysteries I see in modern society as it enters this post-Rationalist/Humanist Age with all the anxiety that accompanies such momentous upheaval.

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This essay constitutes my response to a request for a thought piece on our society’s need for people who are equipped to civilly debate opposing views by The Friends of the San Quentin News.

Upon my return from a six-year stint at San Quentin State Prison, I look at the world with new eyes. What I learned in prison was civil discourse is needed to bridge the dialog gap found in our politics.

We are about to enter a new phase of post-election discord. I understand and deploy tools to help weave our community of citizens together, in dialog.

I…

Wayne Boatwright

Father, attorney, essayist, thinker, and active manager who found the courage to create through the chrysalis of San Quentin prison.

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