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The Fitness Skeptic: Not All Claims Require Scientific Evidence

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This is Why Philion HATES Gymshark

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I Am a Skeptic

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The Fitness Skeptic: Believers Aren’t Stupid, They’re…

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The Fitness Skeptic: You Can’t Reason People Out of Unreasonable Beliefs?


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Don’t Believe It: Become a Fitness Skeptic Step One – Set Aside Personal Biases. This one is brutally tough. If you’re going to look at a study or article, it’s Step Two – Put on your skeptic goggles. These are my skeptic goggles. I generally get funny looks when I wear them in Step Three –.

Ruben Mata, a fitness trainer in Stanton, California, who has traveled the world as a motivational speaker, was adamant in the early days of the epidemic that the coronavirus was not real. Most of. the fitness skeptic is a blog that takes a critical look at the health and fitness industry. in it I’ll examine the claims, products, practises and commonly held beliefs and SCRUTINISE the evidence. My aim is to separate what is true from what is not and encourage fitness consumers and fitness professionals to become skeptics.

This is the beauty of being a skeptic. Being a skeptic doesn’t mean that you don’t believe anything that people tell you, but it does mean that if you find something questionable you will at least have the self-confidence to question it without being worried of what others may think of you. Coronavirus skeptics, deniers: Why some of us stick to deadly beliefs but we are wrong.

When this happens, we are less open to changing our minds based on new information because we don’t seek out new information, and we are more inclined to ignore it when we do encounter it. People who don’t believe the pandemic is real or that it. Thomas Kida, in his book Don’t Believe Everything You Think, shows how easily we can be fooled and why we should learn to think like a scientist. Challenge claims by asking for evidence.

The Reading Room is a comprehensive, free resource of articles relating to science and skepticism. Fat Man & Little Boy. On the 75th anniversary of nuclear weapons, Dr. Michael Shermer presents a moral case for their use in ending WWII and the deterrence of Great Power wars since, and a. Others simply don’t believe it exists at all. One recent Pew Research Center poll found that, between late April and early June, the proportion of Americans who said the coronavirus pandemic had been exaggerated had increased from 3 in 10 to nearly 4 in 10.

It’s thus inaccurate to say “Skeptics don’t believe in ghosts.” Some do. Many skeptics are deeply religious, and are satisfied with the reasoning process that led them there. Skeptics apply critical thinking to different aspects of their lives in their own individual way. Everyone is a skeptic to some degree.

Margulis observes that those who attack Darwin become “persona non grata,” and Fodor has faced pressure to suppress his doubts “in public.” This demonstrates academic intolerance toward Darwin-skeptics, and leads one to wonder how many other atheists would challenge Darwinism if they had the academic freedom to do so.

List of related literature:

It is very difficult to refute the “truth’ of a fitness appraisal.

“Body Fascism: Salvation in the Technology of Physical Fitness” by Brian Pronger
from Body Fascism: Salvation in the Technology of Physical Fitness
by Brian Pronger
University of Toronto Press, 2002

Fitness frauds and charlatans are only too happy to supply the public the miracle products they demand.

“Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat: The Secret Science Behind Physical Transformation” by Ori Hofmekler, Marty Gallagher
from Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat: The Secret Science Behind Physical Transformation
by Ori Hofmekler, Marty Gallagher
North Atlantic Books, 2008

Like any new concept, “cognitive fitness” has its proponents and detractors.

“The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World” by Elkhonon Goldberg
from The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World
by Elkhonon Goldberg
Oxford University Press, 2009

What if the truth is that that televised version of healthy and fit is not for everybody?

“Complete Keto: A Guide to Transforming Your Body and Your Mind for Life” by Drew Manning
from Complete Keto: A Guide to Transforming Your Body and Your Mind for Life
by Drew Manning
Hay House, 2019

If exercise, fitness, and health are going to be a science, Glassman reasoned, then, first of all, don’t we need to define the terms?

“Inside the Box: How CrossFit ® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body” by T. J. Murphy
from Inside the Box: How CrossFit ® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body
by T. J. Murphy
VeloPress, 2012

I have a strong skeptic’s streak, but core training makes complete sense to me.

“Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition” by Amby Burfoot
from Runner’s World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition
by Amby Burfoot
Rodale Books, 2009

It is perfectly legitimate to frame one’s explanation completely within the terms of one version of fitness.

“Advances in the Study of Behavior” by Peter J.B. Slater, Jay S. Rosenblatt, Charles T. Snowdon, Manfred Milinski
from Advances in the Study of Behavior
by Peter J.B. Slater, Jay S. Rosenblatt, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 1994

The effect was a placebo, as NPR’s Alix Spiegel put it: “If you believe you are exercising, your body may respond as if it is” (2008).

“Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics” by Stephen Wendel
from Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics
by Stephen Wendel
O’Reilly Media, 2013

Nor are we looking specifically at those people who use gyms and health clubs for what they might describe as keeping fit or ‘body toning’, although it is clear that these discourses are important and do intersect with those of bodybuilding.

“Gender: A Sociological Reader” by Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott
from Gender: A Sociological Reader
by Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott
Routledge, 2002

This belief increases a person’s tendency to overtrain, which can sabotage the potential for results.

“NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training” by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association
from NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training
by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2011

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  • I constantly hear their clothes are really comfy and well made. Such a shame their marketing is morally bankrupt especially considering it’s aimed at naive teenagers.

  • So she gives a bunch of outlandish what if scenarios or at least ones that were invented by other philosophers supposedly and that’s supposed to be proof that skepticism is wrong?.. I don’t think you know what skeptic is. Being skeptical doesn’t mean you have to doubt every single little thing that you know it’s all about the probabilities and the physical evidence that’s presented to you is what matters to a skeptic.
    Sure anybody can be wrong about anything but I can be wrong that there isn’t a pink elephant that’s a visible looking at you right now that only I know exists but just because there’s an extreme small chance that might be possible doesn’t mean I should have to take that claims seriously because that’s what being a skeptic means. It means to have a healthy amount of Doubt. Not To doubt every little thing that you know just because of the most marginal possibility​ that might be true because that’s a waste of time. Great job forgiving religious people more reason to stay stagnant in their own ideas just because someone said skepticism is a problem.

  • D. Hoffman: “if the language of our perceptions.. is the wrong language to describe reality… then it’s a tough problem”….
    me: “That’s exactly why you have to get away from your perceptions through meditation to get to the true nature of reality.”

  • Here is my real beef about god, the reason they saqy we don’t see him is cause he’s “on another plane of existence.” Last I remember, living beings can’t live where the tesseract is.

    By the way, an interesting person to look up if your interested. Frank Kimbler, he sent something to the lab you might find interesting. Apparently the alloy isnt normally found in foil form.:3

  • To comprehend that you can’t comprehend is a comprehension. Brilliant though, a mathematician talking about True Consciousness and True Reality. Example of mirror is what it is.Time space, cosmos and the physical world are reflections of the True Reality. One cannot access True Consciousness through rationale faculties. Alternate routes have been described by mystics and sages for over a millennia. Brilliant as he is maybe its time to look into that.

  • 7min She talks about luck yet the skeptic will have full faith in a non-proved necessity. Why is it a necessity that I am just hallucinating everything? What are the standards that they use for example? Their claims, if they are to subscribe, and identify with the, up to the extent of trusting their actions according to a set of yet to be enunciated standards (this already implies agreeing that such is the case for everyone. The latter a universal claim) are claims that need to be exposed to inspection. It is fine to criticize a position, but I do not see why I should guide what I believe about myself, the way to go about it, etc, just because they do not offer a better way to go about it. I cannot prove a negative? what kind? I cannot prove some example that is grounded in no standards nor reasons to believe in it also. Yeah, sure if no grounds are presented for a case, then you accept it as true, in this case, a negative case, or, an example, then yeah by definition there is nothing there to be tested, or, argued for in that case. So, the skeptic seems to either: have nothing to argue for, or, have full-blown belief in some “x” that is yet to be articulated. To just say that I have cognitive limits, and therefore any position is limited is something that anyone dealing with empirical truths already accepts. The skeptic pretends the person that believes in such, and such a case does not. So, they argue for a virtual reality version of the person. Insisting that since it is humans that derive knowledge then it could only be accepted to them iff they had God-like capacities. This goes nowhere.

  • This tries to get people to Doubt themselves.
    Of course the corrupt elite who want to continue running the world want YOU to doubt things you see, feel, hear, know. It’s all about keeping the enemy weakend and unsure.

    How would you explain a horse and their owner standing side by side and suddenly a LOUD noise happens behind them.
    BOTH mammels react to the same noise/ stimuli at the same time. How would you explain that IF what we all see and hear is real?
    This is just another indoctrination of those in control wanting to control the narrative.
    People get a backbone!!! I don’t need a watch to know what time it is because I stopped relying on external sources to KNOW.

  • Irony is dead. Criticizing Gymshark for promoting unnatural bodies while promoting MMA fighters, all of whom are on peds, as the greatest athletes in the world. Jimbo Linker o_O

  • How can evolution be the cause of all of this, when spacetime is something that only exists on the screen of perception? Evolution, in order to be possible, implies space and time to exist ‘outthere’.

  • I recently took my 40th LSD trip, and it boggles my mind that I stumbled on this video today and he is literally scientifically describing the mechanism that I can feel in that state of consciousness. And that makes me really ask, when our perception is altered like that and you get an experience of the working together of all these smaller consciousness clusters that are your building blocks, are you really picking up on some nuance that is really always there that we just filter out to get a sense of stability?

  • We’re not typically upset about whether there is a god or not, we’re more into responding to other people who claim there is and then use that as a Justification for passing laws in their favor.

  • All of these examples are in the context of a physical body of some sort. Once you leave whatever body you believe you’re in, everything goes out the window! I’ve seen it. Totally different world but its where the physical comes from.

  • @BionicDance I personally think that these so called “super Christians” that force religion down peoples throats is wrong and that’s terrible.Like I said you make lots of good points.I just don’t understand why all the fighting has to happen.Life is so short.I know that according to the Bible being anything other than heterosexual is wrong but I don’t agree with it at all.Religion has a lot of BIG problems and defies logic for sure.It’s hard to change things bc they’ve been taught for so long.

  • 00:20 The problem of skepticism… what do you really know? Are you dreaming?
    00:50 Ancient Greece has two great skeptical traditions: Academic Skepticism and Pyrrhonian Skepticism.
    01:05 Academic Skeptics argued that sensory perceptions don’t actually enable you to know anything. Knowledge of the world is impossible for humans. For example, perhaps you are dreaming or perhaps your sensory organs have fooled you.
    01:54 Pyrrhonian Skeptics went one step further. They continued inquiring everything without reaching any conclusions at all. Even the question of knowledge itself was left open.
    02:25 The dreaming argument. How do you know you’re not dreaming?
    03:02 Rene Descartes suggested that even if you are dreaming, you should still be able to know a square has 4 sides. But Descartes even questioned that. It simply “feels” right.
    03:40 Descartes formulated an “evil demon”/”evil genius” argument where an evil genius is fooling your sense perceptions and even basic things like your mathematical intuitions.
    04:40 The “brain in a vat” argument illustrates a brain that is controlled by a supercomputer that generates simulated experiences.
    06:03 Typical skeptics don’t actually argue that you are a brain in a vat. For them, the possibility of the scenario is problematic enough in itself.
    07:08 These 3 arguments: “Dreaming Argument”, “Evil Genius”, and “Brain-in-a-vat” are known as “Global Skeptical Scenarios”. The raise doubts about virtually everything.
    07:15 Skepticism doesn’t have to be global. It can be local skepticism as well.
    07:27 For example, you can worry about your knowledge of the past.
    07:56 Single fact skepticism can be about particular knowledge. For example, a quick glance at the clock may not be enough to determine if the clock was actually working when the time was read. Does this person really know? What is the probability of error?

  • If what Hoffman says is true, I wonder how this would play into religious instincts? Religion has cropped up in all time places and all time periods, so clearly there is an innate and intuitive inclination there. I wonder if the instinct towards transcendence, and objective independently existing realms outside our own, actually comes from an intuitive understanding in humans that material reality is an illusion, in the way Hoffman lays out. As a result of that, we are led by instinct to seek ‘truth’ beyond sensory experience. Of course, this is not a statement on the validity of religion, but merely a thought experiment into why we have religious/metaphysical instincts at all.

    An interesting thought, nonetheless.


  • I love this subject I feel like we are here to experience 3d and our other self soul light body whatever you want to call it is where we come from.

    ERS from England

  • @BionicDance Hey if you ever get to making an ebook, you should do it like OMGitsCriss did and make it free so more people can get access to it. That is unless you want charge for it. Just my opinion.

  • After all philosophy I realised that watching YouTube videos on philosophy adds very little to no knowledge… Thinking to ourselves adds more knowledge

  • The prisoner squat I know doesn’t look like that. At all. I mean, there’s other takeaways from the vid, clearly, but I am strangely offended by those squats.

  • Agree with all, Gymshark is very toxic and missleding in bodyimage perspective. But the woman Whitney Simmons in the video is one of the rare ones that actully train hard and is very fit naturly and doesnt look like a plastic doll.

  • I have been doing the Decline Intelligence Press for months Muscle Mass has declined as well as my IQ, thank you GymShark!

  • I would like to argue that axiomatic conclusions such as 2 + 3 = 5 cannot be doubted, as they are reached by reasoning and reasoning alone.

  • 8:28min Sure if she is wrong then she would be wrong. And if she could be wrong it might be the case that she would be wrong. This does not prove any of the assumptions. It only says: if she is wrong then she is wrong.

  • I have been watching your videos for quite a while now and I have to admit that you make really good videos and good arguments for what you believe is right.I myself am not an overly religious person.I haven’t been a church goer since I was 14.What I don’t understand is why people have to get so upset weather their is a God or not.I think if you are happy I think that is whats important.Religion isn’t to blame its the people who try to force it on others who are to blame in my opinion.

  • LOl are there actually people who listen to companies who want to make profit out of them selling stup*d shit like clothes???
    Ouch the world is doomed zombies are everywhere. My steroid of choice is S.E.E.D.W. stands for

    Sleep Eat Exercise Drink Water

  • The thing he’s struggling to find is what we call intention. My hypothesis is that intention is a measurable force within the cosmos which carries complex energy signatures from the unified field into our spacetime reality frame. What we perceive is the renderings of those energy signature intentions.

  • There is an equivocation that the skeptic makes…they are slippery. They conflate not being able to demonstrate how you know something with not knowing that you know something. Just because you don’t know how you know, it doesn’t mean that you don’t know that you know. And just because you can’t demonstrate or put to words how you know something, it doesn’t mean that you don’t know how you know.

  • To assert that knowledge is impossible is a contradiction in terms. I understand the problem, but one purpose of philosophy is to help us realize the ‘good life’ and the ‘Just city’. Skepticism is absolutely necessary for the scientific method, but at the same time, I believe it can leas to a kind of cognitive paralysis. On the other hand accepting any premise as knowledge leads to neurosis. What then is the most, dare I say “pragmatic” approach?

  • I never understood why this is so hard for people to understand: somebody who is trying to sell you something through any medium will never tell you the full truth, they are trying to tell you what they think they need to, in order to convince you to buy their product. ANY conversation that ends with a scenario where you are parted with your money, needs to be treated with a healthy dose of scepticism. It is the simple rule of advertisement: you are presented with something to make you want it, then given the conditions to fulfill that want. 99.999% of the time that condition is handing over your money.

    This is difficult because the best lies have portions of truth in them, which is why on any site like Gymshark’s you’ll find the spectrum James is referring to: the truth is mixed with the lies so you assume the lies are truthful as well. It is called the “halo effect”, where we subconsciously classify an initially trustworthy informationsource as something that never lies, even when it ought to be obvious that it does.

    Carefully consider what is said, done and shown. Take your time to think on it. Do a bit more research into what you actually get. Verify the claims made and adjust for realistic expectations. Search for conflicting information so you can weigh the arguments on different perspectives. And never, ever decide on the spot, if you truly want something, you’ll still want it in a few days WITHOUT the influence of the person who’s been telling you you need it.

  • I really like his theory. One of my favourites to be honest. But I think there will be a problem with proofing this with mathematics; if consciousness is fundamental then mathematics are a result of consciousness. So maybe it’s not even possible to describe or formulate something which is THE fundamental. Because then it wouldn’t be fundamental. It’s like trying describe mathematics with the rules of mechanics. But it’s only possible the other way round. Because mathematics ist “more fundamental” than mechanics. Just my thoughts:)

  • @BionicDance I can understand that.Like I’ve said before you make some really good videos and I think you do a great job.I myself never understood why people are so religion crazy.i think that if o choose to put faith in a book just because you’ve been told to its kinda crazy but on the other hand if you really feel strongly about something its ok.I just don’t agree with the forcing it on others.Let people make up their own minds.After all we aren’t robots but most church goers may as well be.

  • Ah, a video about radical skepticism! That’s why we don’t make decisions on absolute certainty but on reasonable/maximal certainty.

  • Who decides about what we need to see? Evolution? Trauma rather! We have lost so many natural senses and will lose more due to use of technology. See the truth!

  • 26:40 but what if you get killed by the train and your consciousness continues on? could we settle on an agreement that it was an illusion? also, i guess it would mean that it wasn’t evolution but rather god who created this reality no? for someone to think that perception was an ‘evolutionary’ thing while assuming that this reality is an illusion is dangerous imo.

  • I could be a brain in a jar but there is no evidence that I am so I don’t need to prove that I am not… this is called a negative and I don’t have to prove I am… Just like the existence of god it can be dismissed as a negative. Not to mention Occam’s razor.

  • He’s clearly on to something. And he likes Terence McKenna that’s for sure. When he talks about the “free miracles of science”, the basic assumptions that are always there, he almost uses the exact words as Terence did forty years ago.

  • I have a question for Dr. Hoffman; the movie “Sucker-punch” have you seen it?
    It presents 3 simultaneous views of a reality. I think it explains your theory beautifully!

  • It would be nice to have some evidence regarding off the shelf so called “health” or “fitness” products, especially supplements. We need more transparency regarding these issues.

  • @tinydx95t2 Have you actually READ scripture? Forcing it on others-and being royal jerks about various things like, say, homosexuality-is written right into scripture, it’s part of the religion. In fact, if you’re not doing those things, you’re not Doing it Right™.
    And if you’re happy, but not following the religion, you’re allegedly going to be TORTURED FOR ETERNITY.
    And religion ALSO gets science wrong, then makes it dogma that you have to get it wrong TOO.
    Do you REALLY not see the problem?


    Consider the man who is standing on what is the Earth/ground. Touch AND feeling BLEND, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY; AS E=mc2 IS F=ma. This NECESSARILY represents, INVOLVES, AND describes what is possible/potential AND actual IN BALANCE. Time DILATION proves that electromagnetism/ENERGY IS GRAVITY, AS E=mc2 is DIRECTLY and fundamentally derived from F=ma. SO, the mathematical unification of Einstein’s equations AND Maxwell’s equations (given the addition of A FOURTH SPATIAL DIMENSION) proves that E=mc2 IS F=ma; AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. Great!!!! Gravity IS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY.

    By Frank DiMeglio

  • Nah shit videos, I can’t stand hyperbole and over acting. That’s why I enjoy your videos, you usually give whomever some credit if they have valid points.

  • The Hoff Does America is an all time classic and I’ll hear nothing else said on that matter!

    …Rain drops keep falling on my head… ������

  • Until someone can adequately demonstrate that we are a brain in a vat, there’s no reason to disprove it. Since it is asserted without proofs, it can also be dismissed without proofs.

  • Did u know ur eyes are literally ur brain. Ur retinas attach to your central nervous system. It’s part of ur brain that was squeezed out of ur skull. Your eyes actually change based on ur consciousness. When u think about it like that, it makes sense why ‘the eyes are the window to ur soul’. This was recently talked about on rogan’s podcast and I thought it was interesting

  • 2:49 I accept your apology for Brandon Harding, on the behalf of Phd holder Dr. Greg Doucette, who is only right 99.5% of the time.

  • I agree, but instead of “evolution” I would say an intelligence of some kind because then how would you explain NDE’s where there is no noticeable brain activity.

  • The truth is, our knowledge is a speck of dust compared the sheer amount of knowledge that is infused in the fabric of existence………Absolute knowledge is only applicable to the Divine.

  • Could never get past that wart on his forehead and it went down hill from there. Always felt he was Simon Cowell’d at the 1st stage of his application to Gymshark and never forgave them for it. Maybe, if he had just gotten to the pt and had a salient presentation style it would have worked. Probably not.

  • Lets not invent new words. The words Karma and Atma (atom) have existed in this world’s vocabulary from the time of Indoeuropeans for the last few millenia. Conciousness is a word commandeered to supplant these words by Deepak Chopra and people thereafter to recycle vedanta into modern english. Electron gluon meson and anon all have karma which you call conciousness in a mouthful. So?

  • The only reality is ParamAtma (paramount atom aka God in laymans language). All there is we perceive or not is a manifestation of paramAtma Maya aka Mutable or God’s software if you will. As you gain knowledge you understand that software better. Old stuff in new bottles.

  • the real problem of skepticism is too many pretend to be skeptics but believe a god exists…. I now I’m awake and feeling the weight of my 14 lb cat on my lap

  • Human being are constrained by the senses that we use to sense or ‘see’ the world so we can never understand reality completely. Just think about it this way: if I asked u what is energy, u could picture a concrete example of a transfer of energy like a fire in ur head or picture some sort of abstract representation of it but whatever it is u are using to think or convey ‘what is energy’ is not the true nature of energy. We are unable to understand the true nature because we are limited by our limited senses. Even when we can detect something that se can’t sense like infrared light, we have to turn it into something that we can perceive like a red light or a picture of a wavelength but what actually is it? We can only perceive that question through our limited 3 dimensional senses

  • With the Pyrrhonian skeptic, is seems like that comes down to a matter of choice, doesn’t it? Even if there was a philosophical doctrine that was somehow truly self-evident. That no one can possibly reject on the basis of rational grounds, they could simply choose not to believe it. They could say “I will continue to suspend judgement on this issue.” So it seems that maybe that kind of skepticism is less an intellectual endeavor and more of a spiritual one.

  • Philion is a hater! If you don’t like Gymshark don’t buy it! If you don’t like the athletes don’t sub to them! It’s really that easy! Grown men wake up prepared to hate on another grown man and make a living off of it! Who raised y’all?!

  • If reality is doubted, that our brain is in a vat… super pc… so who put my brain in there and who created the PC? This shit is retarded.

  • So this is a quantum explanation of reality. Nothing exists until and unless it is perceived. The fundamental nature of reality is consciousness.

  • Living inside a simulation inside a simulation inside a simulation is not a problem. The problem is why I keep existing in this simulation, which I didn’t win any lottery yet? (Because I’ll win in the future!)

  • you’re not making any sense.
    if we were dreaming, we would be tricking ourselves into believing we exist in world A, but only dreaming that we exist in world A when in fact we exist in world B and are dreaming we exist in world A without ever experiencing world B. and this is all based off of our world A perception of the mind state we call dreaming that we already do in world A.
    and when we consider how inconsistent our dreams are (I’ve basically been Superman in a dream before) compared to the world we refer to as reality it makes no sense to assume that our reality is, in fact, a dream based off of the suspicion that we may be in a dream or a simulation. I think the problem here is that you’re trying to apply the word “dreaming” to something that it is not the definition of.

    how can you assert knowledge to be impossible without first possessing the knowledge to determine that knowledge is impossible?

  • Can you please do a video talking about the relationship between metabolic pathways and energy systems! I understand them seperately but not together, and you are the only source i can think of for clarrification

  • Damn it, man, I almost choked on my food from the reaction to the Keeps sponsorship. Gotta remember to be ready for cue balls I mean curve balls on this channel.

  • Philion complaining about Gymshark models reminds me of incels complaining about Chads. Deep down they know they want to be them but never will so they despise them instead.

  • I understood 100 times more from 40 mins of this documentary than 2.5 hours of Tom Bilyeu interview. The importance of letting him talk without interruption. Great interview. Thanks.

  • Third time got it! Evolution has tuned our senses (via a priori consciousness) to perceive what we need for survival and not be overwhelmed by what there is in reality (quantum, non-local, non-temporal)

  • Did yall see the two interfacers walk by in the background, he didnt but we did thus the reason for the game play to ultimately be to reproduce is to get an ultimate experience of our reality, it’s the only way to get back to the beginning or to take off the headset. Black holes are proof we are in a simulation. Black holes are the trashcan of our computer, if you did not erase reality to a point you would never stop to evolve a proper state in which consciousness could exist. But, being apart of the game it never really gets erased, just download as a state of memory. Black holes also prove space is not infinite.

  • D H has absolutely nailed reality down scientifically BUT what is the ‘fitness payoffs’ polaga about!?… sure we all depend on energy exchange (intake/expenditure) although this is almost contradictory in a Darwinian style context… i.e. an absurdist entry in an otherwise wise and seasoned study into ‘being’.

  • Dude is awfully passionate about people liking their fruit juice��

    Also just to clarify, are those gymshark athletes claiming natty then or is gymshark claiming that they are?

    I’m seriously asking as I’m hardly invested in any instagrammer, so I have no clue about their marketing.

  • Scepticism is self defeating. If knowledge is imposible how did he came to that knowledge? We should doubt everything? I doubt that.

  • Really enjoy Phillion we all know they take em even if its instictinve especialy for me i come from a poor country and i dont think i have seen people that take gear, even the super good looking guy i knew that lifted heavy was nothing like this guys, so its really nice to see someone smashing them for bs, i am fine with any steroid user that is truthfull about it tho i really enjoy the big guys that are real, i really enjoy watching them push the human boundrys as well, i just kinda hate the ones that pretend its real god dayum sun we allready have studies to show nattys cant reach that lvl of gain ever stfu allready.

  • In this case according with your theory, all the experimental research that tries to prove the ‘reality’ according to our senses it makes no sense anymore!

  • if we were truly skeptic of everything, we should also be skeptic of the validity of such philosophical accounts, and if we are skeptic of Skepticism, then absolute skepticism is entirely false. The truth is, it’s a spectrum of skepticism and knowledge. Both values come in variable quantities depending on the situation in front of us. We have to be humble, but not crazy.

  • @BionicDance Find an author friend, ask him if it’s alright for you to record reading his/her book, record reading his/her book, and send it to the nearest book company. I’m sure there are some around where you live.

  • The Brain is highly overrated because of the fact that consciousness is an attribute of the Brain. The Brain is little more than a CPU in a PC, and the RAM. It renders reality, yes and that can lead one to draw the conclusion that Brain can not know more than what is input to it which is patterns rendered to a sensible perception. The one thing all these so called experts leave out is Mind. Have you ever seen a person with extreme Brain Damage function normally? Yes you have. The Brain is little more than a pile of gray Mush between your ears. Mind is who you are, and is non quantitative. We have one foot in counter space and one one foot in magnitude. Opening your hand by the mere will to do so is literally Mind over Matter. Science has not been able to explain this for thousands of years. Thoughts are non quantitative yet they can effect the quantitative world. This following the reductive method points to the existence of Mind. Just like electricity because it works proves the existence of counter space. Some things are unknowable.

  • How do you deal with the problem of the mathematical geometrical proof for space (as per refuted of Kants theory of space and time concepts being created first and foremost in the mind)?

  • My Advaita teacher used to be a physicist. He says the problem in science is that most scientists dismiss consciousness. They keep looking at the objects that are perceived and not at what is doing the perceiving, and it is not the body that is doing the real perceiving.

  • This is really interesting and makes my hopeful that maybe we will at some point figure out the nature of reality. For most if us, what we accept to be the truth feels wrong but we don’t know what to replace that with.

    This is a somewhat if a tangent but does this mean plants are possibly sentient?
    I am vegan but could not survive if I knew plants are aware and feel pain.

  • You never defined knowledge in the entire video. What could help make (or break) your case would be establishing definitions of belief and knowledge, explaining that knowledge is a subset of belief, and figuring out what we can do to arrive at something compatable with our definition of knowledge. This video seems to be a simple strawman argument, arguing that scepticism teaches that we can’t be absolutely certain of anything and therefor can not know anything. The error is conflating knowledge with absolute certainty.

  • I really love this theory, and Mr. Hoffman seems to be a very cool guy. But there is a huge contradiction: He denies material reality, yet he explains our perception with evolution. We see things the way we see because of evolutionary programming. But evolution is a biological theory, that concerns physical, biological entities (genes, creatures, etc.) so… I understand that consious agents need some sort of “rendering” to interact with each other, but if only conscious agents exist where does evolution come into play? SO the problem is, if you deny our fundamental ceonceptions, you left with nothing to build on. It doesnt mean it cannot be right, but it makes it very difficult to explain/understand.

  • I love the interview and the man. But the problem he is trying to solve have a Metaphysical solution. He needs to be educated in the Mystey school of life. YAHWEH ELOHIM YAHSHUA THE MESSIAH…… SPIRIT= THE ULTAMATE SOURCE, THE IMMACULATE SUBSTANCE. THE LIMITS AND BOUNDS OF EVERYTHING. I will lleave thaat rite here. hallelujah….

  • an actual prison squat is usually just squats holding a water bag for weight, or ur celly is sitting on your shoulders to add weight or pushing down on your shoulders….not that i know or anything

  • Amazing theory! I wish professor J.Maldacena was in this interview to… D. Hoffman and J.Maldacena,two of the best geniuses in the world!
    Hi from Sweden!

  • Davidson wondered what true skepticism could be like if, in order to postulate the possibility of massive deception at the conceptual or sense level, one just started from various distinctions between deceptive situations and situations that were not, since where the skeptics get the concept of deception in the first place is nothing more than a non-deceptive and neutral situation from which they have been able to judge that sometimes there are deceptive situations and sometimes there are not, one of which where there is not is the situation in the one who acquired that concept of deception.
    It seems like a convincing answer from Davidson’s. But pyrrhonics have a way of evading it and leaving skepticism immune in its initial bid against the same Davidson attack: why suppose skeptics are aware of that distinction? Why stop skepticism of the senses, and even of our most common conceptual schemes, and not even apply it to our own method? What guarantees that we are not wrong too, and that there is no disorder, or categorical confusion, in the way we even form our concepts about situations and things that sometimes deceive? Even about the mere possibility of thinking anything intelligible and more or less determinable under certain conventions. By suspending judgment on all the various genuine matters where there may be any knowledge, even genuine skeptical knowledge, the pyrronic skeptic is still capable of doubting that he doubts correctly, or that he can even do so.

  • Humans don’t know anything. It’s all guesswork and logic is the ability to reduce the waves of chaos that our sensory impressions feed us into tangible patterns that may then be brought under control. Even when we think we know, it is still just a good theory and an unexpected event may at any time reveal to us a new side of that reality which we thought we had under full control.

    Moral of the story try to keep an open mind. Easier said than done.

  • Wondering if you’re pushing shit up a hill on this subject. I have stopped using instagram for anything meaningful and mostly just dubious searches of immoral content and some power lifting stuff. The number of people trying to occupy the hot chick gym bunny �� space is absurd. How do they Monetise this presence? I bought Chuck Taylors on a recommendation from power lifters… but maybe I’m just too old and cranky for this?

    Or perhaps this is all a horrifyingly cynical push to sell pants at any cost to reputation and dignity? ��‍♂️

  • HA i actually was OFFLINE when you posted this one 😉 lol sorry. I know i’m lame. I’m liking these poems. Your dance with words is that of a much elegant thing to behold.

  • AT around 18’30” Hoffman states that we can break out of physicalism with its limitation as an insight into the fundamental nature of reality. I’d be interested to know how this is done.

  • Raising hypothetical scenarios that can’t be solved is simply useless. It’s like asking “when did you stop beating your wife?” If you play the game, and answer it, you lose.

  • What I would say about the topic is that what you have learned can’t always be used So what you do is to use what is in front of you like with the clock. If you go outside all the time you will somehow get a sense of time. But you might be wrong because it is not exactly the same time but that is okay. What I use is common sense and educational guess and somehow you get at lease a 50% chance that you might get it right. And believe in a past life where I have already stored knowledge like daja vou where you feel you have already been there before. So strongly disagree of Skepticism sorry that is life get over it and learn and that does not include school of any sort.

  • If your brain renders a physical chair, how does this explain looking at a photograph of the same chair. Its not a chair, its a piece of paper.

  • doubt is dead. nowdays everyone are believers in somthing its just that religion is to old fasion and people need new set of more modern beliefs to hold on to. the mind does not handle uncertainty very well and want qick facts that does not need processing just like a read straigh out of the bible but in the modern age, that is now esa, nasa, the un, donald trump propaganda for truth and a lot of scientifically scripted education literature who holds no sceptical quality where nobody have doubts about anything. today people claim religion is false, science is true, and all that propaganda the news contain is also seen as truth. by rejecting religion together with what is now called fake news that is anything that isn’t corporate media, corprate science, and state driven research, people think they have only truth and no lies and a one sided version of reality where they only need to rely on sources of the giant propaganda machine involving hosts of tv media corporations and reject everything else that does not fit or is of sceptical nature or of such nature as that of things. real scepticism make you question the news before you watch it. submission to news is of no sceptical nature as people are hypnotized in front of their tv and believe every word their told as absolute facts without a second taught at all. after they watch like this, they are so one sided with the media as if it was their own idea and they knew it for a hundred years already. i got so good at to be aware of the potential that the media maybe lying that i usually spot the inconsistencies under the play of the report. its crazy when you become aware that they are messing with your will to comply to their wishes and your been manipulated by the power of suggestion. it feels like you are aware that they are intentionally conditioning you into certain beliefs. i see this crazy stuff the media is doing all the time. much of the time the truth is 180 degree opposite of the line of speach. sometimes the manipulation become very obvious but even then when people have activated zombie sleep mode on themselves, they just suck it up as if it is true no matter what. they minds are completely hypnotized like their in a trance. they are literally sleepwalking their minds into submission as if their own independence have been shut off completely. the mind have to be in a self defence state when he watched news critically or else he just receive as if he was dreaming.

  • This all assumes that consciousness comes from the brain, and only the brain. Consciousness could be provided by some other hidden or confounding variable. A Catholic might say that consciousness is provided by your spirit, an abstract, non-corporal, but substantial form. What we detect as consciousness as 4-space entities is really just the resolution of higher dimensional contradictions being resolved in 4-space. Doubt exists. Skepticism exists. Knowledge exists. They can exist, because these experiences are provided to us. Due to chance and circumstance, our limited experience of reality could accidentally be true. If math and probability exist, then so to do absolutes.

  • Phillion wasn’t afraid of highlighting Athlean-X’s lies… James, I love your channel but are you gonna make a video about Jeff’s bullshit without hiding it in a video that’s about something else?

  • Bet Kiara probably liked the line “…makes me poo-poo”. I never understood why believers call a skeptic ‘Doubting Thomas’ when Thomas was offered evidence. A story we must take on faith so we can believe another more unbelievable story. Insane!

  • In fairness, rampant steroid use has always been the 1000 lbs purple elephant in the room in bodybuilding….

    Better education is needed.

    However, if any of these meatheads start claiming natural they should be condemned.

  • 8:30/ 9:03 Black and White fallacy
    Just because she has too look at the clock more longer than looking at it for some seconds. Doesn’t mean that she needs to share at the clock all day. Because
    It only means that she needs to look at the clock long than a few seconds to know that the clock is ticking.

  • There is accuracy, however it’s with respect to species’ relative niches, such that what is appropriate perception for a bat is not necessarily appropriate perception for a human being-but there will be inevitably individuals within each of those species who have sharper (“fitter”) perceptions that other members of the group. My question: if there is this consciousness matrix (which smacks of panpsychism), how is there anything resembling consensus reality (my blue roughly corresponding to your blue) at all, if there is nothing apart from the observer? Also, does this model of reality make any testable predictions? Otherwise it is simply philosophy-which is not necessarily a bad thing, but…

  • J.B.S. Haldane “I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

  • i have had very strong experiences of split-identity, like the inner struggle do i want to party or study… one side is mute, not speaking words, but compels by feeling a pull towards something while the other side has language… i assumed it was conscious vs subconscious mind but maybe it is right brain vs left brain… it is not frequent but it is clearly experienced as at least two distinct forces as agents with separate motives and one will prevail.

  • I understand the concept of your brain creating it’s own version of reality based on its inputs, but not the jump in logic to everything (reality) being a series connected set of consciences…. anyone able to explain?

  • James brings back Phillion just so he can make reactions to his videos for money. And I keep watching them even after I’ve already seen the original

  • Let’s assume we evolved as a network of conscious agents like some kind of upgrading versions of software…

    Each upgrade creates symbols for reality, abstracting reality, to the point of no reality.
    Say network version 100 was the first time all agents discarded all perception of true reality.
    Then billions of versions later Hoffman comes along and says “Hey guys, these upgrades have prevented us from knowing why vanilla tastes like vanilla.”
    Problem is, according to Hoffman’s own theory, it was already determined to be very “unfit” for us to perceive true reality, and so even if he finds a way to upgrade the network of our conscience agencies with his awareness patch, wouldn’t it naturally be reverted all over again?

  • Very interesting and thought provoking. As an aside, I am wondering how this is different from Advaita philosophy, which is at least 3000 years old. So many base concepts are almost exactly the same.

  • “Men educated in [the critical habit of thoughts] are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain. They can wait for evidence and weigh evidence, uninfluenced by the emphasis or confidence with which assertions are made on one side or the other. They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery. Education in the critical faculty is the only education of which it can be truly said that it makes good citizens.”

    ― William Graham Sumner

  • @T0X0PHILUS Yeah, well, “sceptic” looks like it ought to be pronounced like “scepter”…making you “septics”.

    “Skeptic” makes WORLDS more sense. Just sayin’.

  • @tinydx95t2 The fighting has to happen because if it doesn’t, I don’t get to live my own life my own way. Because the religious are determined to be dicks about it…and it’s not just christians, either.

    The fight has to happen because the god-botherers can’t relax their grip and learn to live-and-let-live.

  • “We are all aware that the senses can be deceived, the eyes fooled. But how can we be sure our senses are not being deceived at any particular time, or even all the time? Might I just be a brain in a tank somewhere, tricked all my life into believing in the events of this world by some insane computer? And does my life gain or lose meaning based on my reaction to such solipsism?” Project PYRRHO, Specimen 46, Vat 7 (Subject termination advised), Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri.

  • Fitness took a drastic turn in my life when i stopped posting my damn routines on social media. I hated how superficial the affirmation was anyway. But lifting weights to look good in clothes, without being motivated by things like fame or acceptance really did a number on my confidence. All in all, lifting is just so damn therapeutic. It all boils down to your ‘why’, try do it for you and not them

  • have you ever woken up and walked around your room and then woken up again and starting to walk around your room only to wake up again and start walking around in your room only to wake up again…

  • To all those who refuse to see this as a problem, or believe skepticism is irrelevant, just know I’d rather be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.

  • I’m not wildly impressed by his videos, just seems like he takes all the bad from the fitness industry and none of the good, or promotes the good influencers that exist, your Eugene teos, Layne Norton, mike israetel.

  • @RunyTheAtheist I’m not as white as you might think; I’ve got Native American and African blood, and Italians are also kinna swarthy…these offset the Austrian and French blood, leaving me with something of an olive complexion. Though under direct sunlight, I turn DARK…you just don’t see it much cuz I live in cloudy-ass Seattle.

  • You can learn if you are dreaming by pinching your nose and trying to breath through it. If you are able to breath through a pinched nose, you are dreaming. But I still get the argument if its changed to “some kind of alien simulation”.

  • I literally had 2 dreams within a dream, both were “normal” life and then i woke uo when i saw something unusually strange. So it can be same with this “reality”,i just didn’t saw something unusually that would wake me up, yet. Knowledge is possible if you accept assumptions that knowledge is based on. If assumptions are wrong, knowledge is wrong.

  • Hey James. If it wasnt for people like you, Alan-the-old-angry-bald-guy, the good Jeffs, Omar is Surf, and Bullfit Kevin, I would have gone down a very dark path of self loathing for not turning into the fucking hulk in my 3 years of training. I’m healthier than i have ever been, i can do things with my body that i never imagined i could, and i expect to live a long and healthy life with my not-captain-america bod. I felt myself pulled into a space where i was looking in the mirror several times a day looking at all the flaws even as I was growing in strength, mobility, muscle size and compliments. Working out was going from fitness to “”””FITNESS””””. And I will always mention you all to any of my peers that are looking for a balancing voice in their PERSONAL journey to health and fitness.

    Much love bud. Seriously. Keep it up.

  • That’s why skepticism is best if applied to a certain scope and not to everything. Even then, the results are still worth to be questioned and tested again, since life itself is a big test.