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Over two years ago the New York Times reported on “a group of heretics, making an end run around the national conversation”, the Intellectual Dark Web.

Since then the concept has been celebrated and criticised in equal measure. Rebel Wisdom talks to the man who came up with the name, mathematician Eric Weinstein, about the web and its critics.

What has been learned since 2018?

This interview was conducted in April 2020. This film is part of Rebel Wisdom’s Sensemaking Series, see part 1, ‘What the F*ck is Going On?’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkKnO…

Part 2 is: My Journey with Jordan Peterson & the Intellectual Dark Web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXpWI…

And Part 3: The Death of Journalism? Jesse Singal & Katie Herzog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9AVo…

Recently the online magazine Quillette, sometimes characterised as the ‘in house magazine for the Intellectual Dark Web’ published two articles asking whether the IDW was as politically diverse as it claimed to be.

The articles sparked a sharp reaction from a number of IDW members including Dave Rubin and Bret Weinstein, and a lot of discussion on social media.

Rebel Wisdom’s David Fuller caught up with the man who came up with the whole IDW concept, Eric Weinstein, to ask what the article got right, and wrong.

The phrase ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ was first coined by mathematician Eric Weinstein in early 2018, it quickly spread. Was this just a chance remark, or was there a plan?

This film explains how the creation of the Intellectual Dark Web was part of a long term strategy, and sketches out Eric’s account of the history, and the future of the project.