Hunter Maats, co-host of the Mixed Mental Arts podcast, joins me to talk about what athiests and members of ISIS have in common. Hunter was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and stirred up controversy when he likened Sam Harris and his “new atheist” followers to Baghadadi and his ISIS followers. I’m glad to have him on the podcast to further stir up the controversy.
About Hunter Maats
Hunter isn’t really a native of anywhere. Born in Saudi Arabia, he’d lived in Brazil, Greece and New York before his family moved to England when he was eight years old. There he attended Eton College, England’s most stodgy and prestigious all-boys boarding school. After high school, he pursued his love of science by spending a year doing tumor virus research at Cold Spring Harbor laboratory, where he lived in the basement of the home of James Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of the double helical structure of DNA. It was a no-brainer for Hunter to major in Biochemistry when he enrolled at Harvard College in the fall of 2000. While at Harvard, Hunter devoted his spare time and his electives to a mixture of pranks and foreign languages. Occasionally, he mixed the two. After graduating, Hunter moved to Los Angeles and helped to found Overqualified Tutoring. A current owner of comically overstuffed bookshelves, Hunter has enjoyed tackling the one aspect of science that he has always found unsettling: the gap between the research that exists and the public’s knowledge. Today, Hunter spends his time finding more and more ways to bring those two together. When he’s away from the aforementioned bookshelves, Hunter can be found at cross-fit, eating Nicole’s food, or dreaming of Kansas City.
You can follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterMaats .
Topics Mentioned in this Episode:
- What is a “Dunbar Number“?
- Joseph McCarthy, Joseph Welch, Edward Murrow
- Dan Carlin on Sam Harris podcast
- 7-part Critique of Sam Harris’ PhD
- Mixed Mental Arts Facebook Group Page
- Hunter on Dead Centre Politics
- Hunter on South African Podcast, Renegade Report