During an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Maher and Elon Musk discuss the origins and impact of the "woke mind virus" on society, with a specific focus on the education system. They highlight how there has been an increase in indoctrination in schools and universities and suggest that parents may not be fully aware of what their children are being taught.
They also touch on the need for a more balanced education that includes a deeper understanding of historical figures and events.
Here's the transcript:
BILL MAHER: This woke mind virus? How did it start? Was it bats? Was it escaped from a lab? I mean, what is your assessment of what because it's fairly recent? How did it start, and why?
ELON MUSK: So I was trying to figure out where it's coming from. I think it's actually been a long time brewing in that it's been going on for a while. The amount of indoctrination that's happening in schools and universities is, I think, far beyond what parents realize, and I only sort of came to realize this somewhat late. The experience that we had in high school, and college is not the experience that kids today are having and hasn't been for, I don't know, ten years, maybe 20 years.
BILL MAHER: Aren't parents themselves also a big part of the problem?
ELON MUSK: Well, I suppose in some cases, but I think parents are just generally not aware of what their kids are being taught or what they're not being taught.
BILL MAHER: They're letting the kids think that they're equal.
ELON MUSK: Yeah. Let me give you an example that a friend told me, which his daughters go to college, go to high school in the Bay Area, and he was asking them who are the first few presidents of the United States they could name Washington?
And I said, well, what do you know about him? Well, he was a slave owner. What else? Right. Exactly. Nothing. Right. Like, okay, maybe you should know more than that.
BILL MAHER: That is the wolf mind virus.
ELON MUSK: Exactly.