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David Olney's blind insights include complex problem solving, applied philosophy, and politics, and Tim Whiffen curiosity on the matters have opened up plenty of conversations between the two. Join the teacher and student on journeys of deep discussions about life's many curiosities, this a podcast for thinkers and doers. There's much to learn and plenty to discuss. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Contact us!

Blind Insights Auscast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

David Olney's blind insights include complex problem solving, applied philosophy, and politics, and Tim Whiffen curiosity on the matters have opened up plenty of conversations between the two. Join the teacher and student on journeys of deep discussions about life's many curiosities, this a podcast for thinkers and doers. There's much to learn and plenty to discuss. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Contact us!

    Blind Insights - Understanding the Modern Economy from a Practical Perspective (Special guest Warren Mosler)

    Blind Insights - Understanding the Modern Economy from a Practical Perspective (Special guest Warren Mosler)

    Money is an object we all use and yet is something many of us do not fully understand. Blind Insights has had many guests to explain the function of money in modern currency sovereign nations over the past year and this is fresh perspective that adds to the work of the many enlightened economists who have appeared on the show. David and Tim have some very general questions to ask Warren Mosler, a man who has pioneered part of the foundation of an economic understanding known as Modern Monetary Theory. As this theory is starting to popularise in media coverage, it is important to gain a practical perspective from someone who has used this knowledge to earn money and to engage with the private financial institutions of the western world. Warren Mosler, among many life achievements, has been a significant player in correcting the understanding and dialogue about monetary sovereign governments such as the Australian Federal Government. In this episode, we discuss how tax, banks, deficits, and trade all fit into the functions of many global economies today. If you're new to economics or Modern Monetary Theory, or you're a veteran, this is a great episode to gain a new perspective from a practitioner who has established himself in the academic sphere.

    You can read more of Warren's work on his blog.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Bonus Insights - Jordan B. Peterson's Lessons on Drug Dependence

    Bonus Insights - Jordan B. Peterson's Lessons on Drug Dependence

    A recent episode of The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast has inspired David to discuss the human side of self-help and the dangers of devoting life learnings to one source. Peterson himself will admit that he is not the source of all knowledge, and in this case isn't qualified to prescribe drugs, so it comes as no surprise that during the chaos of his life that he was prescribed with a hell of a drug called a benzodiazepine. Though Peterson is not out of the woods, he is getting effective treatment for a dependency that is commonly developed on the drug. Provided that his treatment continues to go well, he is working on his third book, which we will cover with the same perspective as his last book, just the content in its entirety exclusive of the gotcha questions and incomplete statements that result for intellectual traps and misleading editing from mainstream media.

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    • 11 min
    Blind Insights - The Price of Peace and the Brilliance of Keynes through the 21st Century (Special Guest Zach Carter)

    Blind Insights - The Price of Peace and the Brilliance of Keynes through the 21st Century (Special Guest Zach Carter)

    This episode of Blind Insights discusses the masterful book that touts being part biography and part political and economic commentary by Zach D. Carter, a reporter at the Huffington Post in the US. "The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes" is a fantastic read for anyone, no economics interest or understanding required.

    Though the book tells a riveting story about the life of Keynes, his ideas are more relevant than ever and make a great companion to anyone who is interested in progressive change for a better world. Economics is a tool through which thoughtful people can make a vision for the future come true, and no economist understood this better than Keynes, who is perhaps the most influential economist of all time. Zach, who is now an expert in Keynesian theory is a renowned political commentator who has very nuanced and interesting views on the political discourse and the medias role in the western economic narrative. David and Tim spurred on by a fascination with the book, are able to tease out some fantastic discussion with Zach in this special episode of Blind Insights.

    See more about Zach.

    The book is made available through Penguin Random House.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Blind Insights - What the Ocean Reveals about Humanity (Special Guest James Nestor)

    Blind Insights - What the Ocean Reveals about Humanity (Special Guest James Nestor)

    In this episode of Blind Insights, David and Tim are joined by James Nestor, author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

    David has been fascinated by James Nestor's work in a part science, part anthropology, part philosophy, and utter genius book that is a fantastic social commentary and looks into the fascinating sport of freediving. The book draws on some topics that are directly related to David's blindness but also gives great imagery into very unique experiences humans can have underwater. There are very few ways to describe the fluid divergence of this discussion except to say it is a fantastic discussion about a fantastic book. We will be discussing James' newest book when it is released in the near future.

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    • 42 min
    Blind Insights - Would you Choose Pain or Boredom?

    Blind Insights - Would you Choose Pain or Boredom?

    Inspired by Timothy Wilson's Social Science experiment involving a voluntary 15 minutes of boredom in a plain room or an electric shock, a 'shocking' amount of people, especially men, chose the pain option over sitting with their thoughts for a short time. With the many possible causes and implications of these findings, David and Tim just had to talk about it and consider the dangers of distraction and the reasons we want to be distracted.

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    • 45 min
    Bonus Insights - It Matters when Generals and Admirals speak! (BLM)

    Bonus Insights - It Matters when Generals and Admirals speak! (BLM)

    Civil-military relations can seem like daunting jargon to most civilians, but it refers to how the military engages with the public it defends. In the case of America, the largest military force in the world, it is very important what civil-military relations are like, and it is even more important when ex-military leaders talk about politics. For a traditionally taboo subject for military leaders, it is very uncommon for one, let alone two significant figures to speak out against an active president, let alone one they served under. David breaks down the messages from Mike Mullen and James Mattis while pondering the significance of these statements.

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    Ex-navy Admiral Mike Mullen's Statement
    Ex-marine General James Mattis' Statement on Trump

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

quayofsea ,

Enjoyable

I came to this via Ben & Tim at U60. The thinking is great. The episode on Eastern & Western thought to a degree however conflates Christianity the religion with the Christianity of Jesus direct teachings. The teachings are to be anything but compliant - in fact always be counter-cultural, seek equally for others as for yourself, whereas modern Christianity can easily fall into the trap of being a good little democratic capitalist, or close to. Jesus taught that self-gain is a razors edge. Dr N.T. Wright has done some excellent work in Christianity, Epicureanism & Stoicism. Cheers 🤙🏽

Whimbot ,

I want more!

The only thing I could fault this podcast on is that I want more, I’ve listened to most of the episodes several times over to remind myself of things or learn more through each listen. 1 Episode a week is great but I could listen to this every day. These guys deserve some sponsorship or something, I’d pay for this but it’s free! Even better.

Inquisitivewizard ,

Apptly desribed as a haphazard guide to living

A wonderfully informative and entertaining podcast that covers an array of topics, with plenty of thought and consideration. Tim and David create a relaxed environment whether it is an episode with just them or with one of their many impressive guests, which makes for a pleasant listening experience, and allows me as a listener to consume all the information easily.
Highly recommend this podcast to anyone and everyone, because of the variety there is an episode for everyone, and something to learn from every episode.

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