We Are SO Divided! | Rise of Polarization | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 02 May 2019
  • In our current political climate, the rise of polarization is apparent. What is not so clear is the reason for this divisive spike. I've been doing some serious research and came to a concept I have yet to seen discussed. That is how the major influx of information and mental stimulation is causing us more and more to rely on our knee jerk, lizard brain, reflexive logic. This is a rather short video because I wanted to be clear and concise but know that this isn't the last that I'll be discussing this topic. Please let me know your thoughts!

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Comments • 1 509

  • LegendaryLogz
    LegendaryLogz  2 weeks back

    I would say that it's a lack of god but the Crusades and the Schism would disagree.

    • kerpal3
      kerpal3  2 weeks back

      One of the few youtubers who doesn't polarize people but tries to bring them together. Great video Dr. Mike!

      • Travis Needham
        Travis Needham  2 weeks back

        Doctor Mike, I am afraid for the life of your buttons... nice gainz though, Doc

        • leChillkroete
          leChillkroete  3 weeks back

          Idk why but the thumbnail made me think of les miserables

          • leChillkroete
            leChillkroete  3 weeks back

            & yes, ik the French flag is the other way round

        • Sydney Davis
          Sydney Davis  4 weeks back

          Guys I’ve been trying to open a can of beans for my nachos for the last ten minutes

          • IronEnderGamer's Dog
            IronEnderGamer's Dog  1 months back


            • Camilla B
              Camilla B  1 months back

              I’m only 14, but polarization can become very dangerous. Especially with the us vs. them mindset. These sound like steps leading to genicide🤷🏾‍♀️

              • David Dylan
                David Dylan  2 months back

                I think the main issue is not that we've become more polarized; I grew up in the eighties, it was pretty much the same. The thing is that completely unacceptable ideas are trying to gain mainstream status, like anti-vaxers and racists, and doing so by trying to present themselves as a reasonable alternative and demand we take a middle ground between them and reasonable standpoints, whining about polarization if we refuse.

                • Jaime Perez
                  Jaime Perez  2 months back

                  Jesus Christ they're are kids in cages. C'mon

                  • Christopher The Nerd
                    Christopher The Nerd  2 months back

                    This is why I'm going to become independent once I register to vote

                    • תהילה חזום
                      תהילה חזום  2 months back


                      • The Cat Man
                        The Cat Man  2 months back

                        Capitalism is the disease, socialism is the cure.

                        • MyPasture
                          MyPasture  2 months back

                          Workflows at work!!!! Oh what a wonderful life! I’m too blessed to be stressed ❣️

                          • CC
                            CC  2 months back

                            You should do a video on flat feet and fitness! Specifically squats. I’ve that issue lol

                            • Iyat RS
                              Iyat RS  2 months back


                              • GmodGTX
                                GmodGTX  2 months back

                                This tribalistic thinking and the problems it causes is exactly what Jordan Peterson has been talking about for years, and it's why he became so popular.

                                • liz porter
                                  liz porter  3 months back

                                  Please start an online university 🥰 really would retain more medical information if you taught me!!

                                  • ReddFoxx1562
                                    ReddFoxx1562  3 months back

                                    Any opinions on the "Last Week Tonight" episode about medical devices?

                                    • Hexilux
                                      Hexilux  3 months back

                                      Pro tip: Don’t get your politics from a medical doctor.

                                      • Matthew B. Jones
                                        Matthew B. Jones  3 months back

                                        Ahhh fuck me, you too dr. Mike? I come here because you were the tv dr. It was great it was fun. I am so tired of every god damn Tom dick and wanna be Harry going all SJW. I thot i was safe here. Peace out I'm over it. Thanks it was awesome while it lasted.

                                        • Daniel Belmiro
                                          Daniel Belmiro  3 months back

                                          I stopped political debates amd started doing friendly debates about game of thrones. It was all friendly until Daenerys burned kingslanding, i still like her. GoT fans are turning against each other, and Daenerys haters see us, her fans like some sort of hitler suporters

                                          • ajsuflena
                                            ajsuflena  3 months back

                                            okay i’m fed up of people saying the world is so violent so much when in fact we are the most peaceful we have ever been in the history of humanity. tribes were at war at each other ALL THE TIME thousands of years ago so calm down it’s not the end of the world

                                            • aulia chatika
                                              aulia chatika  3 months back


                                              • Nick G
                                                Nick G  3 months back

                                                Hey mike idk where to ask a comment with the hope of getting a response, but I was curious about what causes hair loss in people like me (early 20s who exercise and eat reasonably well)

                                                • Bouutique Ms
                                                  Bouutique Ms  3 months back

                                                  So brave of you to do this.

                                                  • Isaiah Lynd-porter
                                                    Isaiah Lynd-porter  3 months back

                                                    Just learned that people are apparently treating their children's autism by giving them bleach. Just thought that should be out there.

                                                    • Marg SR
                                                      Marg SR  3 months back

                                                      you are so smart! maybe some video with your father - he had such a interesting journey - first medicine in Russia , than in USA. etc et cetc

                                                      • Jackson Dawn
                                                        Jackson Dawn  3 months back

                                                        This really reminds me of the TED talk about the girl who escaped the Westboro Baptist Church. She talks about how polarizing her views were and how much everyone hated her on Twitter, but then someone took the time to use those techniques and she realised everything she believed was a terrible indoctrine

                                                        • AmyAsheworth - Unofficial

                                                          Fuck Apple.

                                                          • Marvelous Quasar Pork Man

                                                            I mean, the actual issue is that few people think. When you base everything on experience, you automatically reject things you haven't experienced, because you don't get them.

                                                            People look insane when you don't understand them. It's even worse when they act with information you don't have, and can't possibly understand, because you are not thinking. When was the last time you tried to speak with people who grind your gears and tried to understand why they do what they do? That's it. People don't care about understanding, it's about winning the argument.

                                                            • ReezeGoingSenseless
                                                              ReezeGoingSenseless  3 months back

                                                              Good Video.Also, I got onto the channel because dude is hot.It's a factor.

                                                              • Jade Ferra
                                                                Jade Ferra  3 months back

                                                                Honest question, and let me start off I think anti-vaxxers are a danger to their kids and society and 100% disagree with them, but one of their biggest (sensible) sticking points about wanting to make their own health decisions I can relate to. I have struggled with depression and resisted anti-depressants although I've had at least 5 doctors give me an open invite (I'm not a danger to myself or others, just have very bad disinterest, which I would consider much less immediate in need than being suicidal, for example) but I believe for my level of depression that pills are more dangerous than my depression. I've done a lot of research and I want to trust my doctors, but honestly, they often have lead me astray. One said I had PCOS and prescribed me medication that could have killed me because she just jumped to conclusions, she didn't even test me for it. So how come my judgement on those issues is acceptable to put above a doctor's but not their opinion on vaccination? I understand vaccines protect all of us, but I don't believe anyone should base medical actions based on possible ill affects to society. I mean we allow smoking even though second-hand smoke is bad for you, we allow extreme obesity which can create fire hazards (as in so big they can't leave their home), etc - we allow people to make personal choices that could hurt other people because their body their choice. Genuinely curious how you would respond to this kind of thing, how do doctors draw the line between health skepticism/personal choice medicine vs mandated vaccines and whatnot, because I honestly haven't found a good answer yet...

                                                                • Awsh
                                                                  Awsh  3 months back

                                                                  As much as I respect you Dr.Mike, I'm not sure if I agree with this stance. I don't really see polarization as a bad thing nor as something new. If you look back upon our history, we've always have been this polarized. Whether it be Patriots vs Loyalist, Federalist vs Antifederalist, Republican vs Democrat, etc. And America has always pulled through. What is happening now is nothing new. And personally I like the fact that the parties are being more divided because it gives leftist like me to have more of a voice. A major reason why we are getting "more divided" is because there is push for the democratic party to go further left, which I don't see as a bad thing personally. And there is a push for the Republican party to go further right(which imo is kind of scary as it leans towards facism and bigotry). The only reason why we weren't as divided as we were let's say like 30ish years ago is because one party compromised its political beliefs (democrats) and went further right to appeal with the Republican voters. That's the only reason. The difference today is that there is some push back from leftist who want to reform the left to go further left. Another thing that I also want to mention is, sometimes I can't simply disagree with someone because of their political beliefs. For some beliefs I can, for others I can't. For example, when someone thinks that LGBTQ+ people shouldn't have special protections to help protect us(a very known marginalized group who is at a very high risk for violence) or that I don't deserve the same rights as my straight friends and family, I'm going to have issues. Or when people believe in policies that disenfranchise people of color, that to me is no longer just a normal opinion. That sort of opinion is harmful and can have REALLY bad consequences. Yes people have the right to disagree with one another, but not all opinions are as valid. Some can be, but not all. Not all sides have equal weight, and we should acknowledge that. I still love your content Dr.Mike, but I wanted to add a bit of nuance in this discussion since I don't see anyone countering/critiquing your points in the comment section.

                                                                  • Jenny X
                                                                    Jenny X  3 months back

                                                                    We no longer have things to unite us. Religion has fallen by way side. We job hop and can’t trust our employer. We don’t stay with family in close proximity or remain with a community. The Russians or Arabs aren’t coming to get us. So we fight with one another because we belong nowhere.

                                                                    • Jennifer Alvarado
                                                                      Jennifer Alvarado  3 months back

                                                                      I would love the see a video of your thoughts and opinions on the Amen Clinics

                                                                      • Sanjida hehehe
                                                                        Sanjida hehehe  3 months back

                                                                        He sad thing is you are more known/mostly known because of your appearance 😔. But you use it to educate. Thank you!

                                                                        • Ella Weston
                                                                          Ella Weston  3 months back

                                                                          dr mike: let’s dive iiiinnn...

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                                                                          • Kevin Cox
                                                                            Kevin Cox  3 months back

                                                                            Do a video on hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

                                                                            • Rose Kennedy
                                                                              Rose Kennedy  3 months back

                                                                              Hey Dr. Mike- I wondered if you knew of a way to locate the most reputable physician or physicians that treat certain medical conditions? With all this information advances- I’ve yet to find a site that truly provides consumers the ability to search doctors based on reputable feedback for treatments, diseases, and outcomes. I ask because I need to find a doctor or team of doctors who treat and fix recto vaginal fistulas - aka RVF. Thanks 🙏🏻

                                                                              • Daemia
                                                                                Daemia  3 months back

                                                                                Get a flagship Android device that runs Android One, always receive the latest software updates. Replace every 1 - 2 years.

                                                                                • Bodidiva Tulku
                                                                                  Bodidiva Tulku  3 months back

                                                                                  I have a mole on my scalp that my hairdresser really got today and I've had moles removed before but never on my scalp. What could I expect if I went to my dermatologist to have it removed?

                                                                                  • Jennifer wellman
                                                                                    Jennifer wellman  3 months back

                                                                                    I have to say that I agree I mean I had no idea that I had a friend that was racist, until a couple of years ago when Obama was president and she was making racist comments on her Facebook, I had no idea. I unfriended her because I just don’t think that I want to be friends with somebody whose like that.

                                                                                    • MadTheDJ
                                                                                      MadTheDJ  3 months back

                                                                                      Glad I watched this.
                                                                                      I've been actively trying to adjust the way I think about and react to things. There's a palpable hostility to how people express themselves these days. So many ideas and opinions are expressed in terms of rigid absolutes, like "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem," whether the issue is social, cultural or political. People talk *at* each other, rather than *to* each other. I used to be in the thick of the fights, exchanging metaphorical blows on Twitter, Facebook and forums.
                                                                                      Then I decided, 'no more.'
                                                                                      I didn't want to be that person anymore. I got rid of Twitter, I stopped engaging with the hostility on FB. When I post, I try to not argue the specifics, but to call for rational discourse and a compassionate perspective. In my personal life I try not to get angry at strangers or to be argumentative with people I know. I focus on the positive. I know now I've been carrying a lot of anger in me, but I don't want to feed it any longer.
                                                                                      I think it's working. I've noticed a change for the better, and seeing this video affirms that I'm on a better course having made that decision. My life isn't perfect, but my outlook is much improved.

                                                                                      • Don't Worry be Happy
                                                                                        Don't Worry be Happy  3 months back


                                                                                        • L L
                                                                                          L L  3 months back

                                                                                          I’m just sad he supports Ben shapiro and mike pence. They are openly anti trans and gay. Sad.

                                                                                          • Maryam Albakri
                                                                                            Maryam Albakri  3 months back

                                                                                            What is the recent study on stem cells?

                                                                                            • yl pdz
                                                                                              yl pdz  3 months back

                                                                                              I literally was writing to talk about cbd derived from hemp benefits and disadvantages. When you mentioned it lol... please make a sole video on cbd. And you trying it out. Maybe blood tests.

                                                                                              • cheyenne smith
                                                                                                cheyenne smith  3 months back

                                                                                                you should do a video about your opinions on CBD and if there are pros and cons