It's like the old saying goes: Garbage in, garbage out.

Jim Gearhart wouldn't be surprised if pesticides are making people dumber. There's no doubt external influences can wreak havoc on us. Anyone who remembers New Jersey's history with MTBE can attest to that.

But it's not only chemicals we've got to worry about. It's the media we consume.

"We get our information from outside. So what information are we getting now from outside?" Jim asks in the latest installment of the Jim Gearhart Show podcast, available here, on iTunes and Google Play.

Too much comes from political, or environmental, or other propaganda. And people even divide themselves up voluntarily — only watching the TV news broadcasts that agree with their politics.

Then, we're being inundated with commercial messages, telling us to buy something.

"We're getting a limited version of reality, augmented by our minds being turned to silly putty by thousands of influences assaulting us a day, telling us that unless we buy something, we're not going to be loved, we're not going to live very long, and for God's sake it's only 1995 plus shipping and handling. Call now, we'll give you two of them!" Jim says.

So what do we do about it? Watch the video above or check out Jim's latest podcast to see what he has to say.

And that's just part of what Jim takes on in the latest installment of his podcast. Check out the full episode below to hear the rest. Email Jim at

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— Townsquare Media staff

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