30 episodes

Solving the problems of what to do next with some of today's top thinkers and writers.

Hosted by Jay Shapiro.

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    • Philosophy
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Solving the problems of what to do next with some of today's top thinkers and writers.

Hosted by Jay Shapiro.

    S02E02: The Meaning of Travel - Emily Thomas

    S02E02: The Meaning of Travel - Emily Thomas

    What does travel mean? Why has formal philosophy largely ignored the question? Just how strange is it to release a book on travel in the time of a global lock down and what exactly is the world missing right now? Jay introduces Frank Jackson's famous "Mary's Room" thought experiment to consider the notion of experience vs imagination in the context of travel.

    Jay and Emily swap travel stories of giant Pringles cans in Ghana and Christmas villages in Alaska.

    Jay ends by considering travel as a physical form of philosophy.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    S02E01: Unattractive Discrimination - Francesca Minerva

    S02E01: Unattractive Discrimination - Francesca Minerva

    We often hear about racism, sexism, classism, and other familiar kinds of discrimination. But there is a bias which might dwarf them all, discrimination against unattractive people.

    Jay Shapiro speaks with philosopher, author, and researcher Francesca Minerva on the topic of "Lookism" and introduces John Rawls' famous "Veil of Ignorance" thought experiment to consider just how challenging this type of discrimination is. We ponder how evolution and society both shape our ideas of physical attraction and wonder if these can and should be altered and how one could even begin to do that.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    S01E18: Can We Sue China? - William Burke-White

    S01E18: Can We Sue China? - William Burke-White

    International law scholar and professor William Burke-White speaks with Jay Shapiro during the ongoing global COVID19 crises.

    They discuss the philosophical foundations of international law, why globalism needs to re-brand itself to be more "local", the legal process of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the apparent absence of the United Nations in this pandemic, the rapidly changing role of China on the world stage, the potential for international legal and political retribution, and much more.

    William Burke-White is the Richard Perry Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. From 2009-12, Burke-White served in the Obama administration on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, Secretary Clinton’s hallmark initiative to reform the Department of State and reshape U.S. foreign policy.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    S01E17: Surviving a Slow Motion Disaster - Amanda Ripley

    S01E17: Surviving a Slow Motion Disaster - Amanda Ripley

    Amdana Ripley, best selling author of "The Unthinkable: Who Survives when Disaster Strikes and Why" talks with Jay Shapiro during coronavirus lock down.

    Topics discussed: Ripley's work with ignored hurricane warnings, 9/11 rescues, stampedes at the Hajj, surviving plane crashes, what good risk communication sounds like, what personal resilience means for our collective safety, and the danger of "negative panic"

    What habits are we learning now and what might we want to retain when this is over? 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    S01E16: Pandemic Special: Invisible Responsibility COVID-19

    S01E16: Pandemic Special: Invisible Responsibility COVID-19

    Jay and Coleman discuss the giant trolley problem that we're all living through in the midst of the  pandemic. 

    Topics discusses: The "worry-wart" paradox. Invisible responsibility of spreading a virus. Social media etiquette and how to deal with accounts with large follower totals in a time of crisis. The case for pure scientific research. Countries focused on how not "get" it versus countries focused on how not to "give it. And of course which movies, board games, shows, and books to enjoy while you're stuck inside.

    Wash your hands.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    S01E15: Season 1 in Hindsight - Jay Shapiro

    S01E15: Season 1 in Hindsight - Jay Shapiro

    Jay reviews Season 1 with the help of his girlfriend, a piano, and a glass of wine.

    Submit your Season 2 Dilemma Ideas to DilemmaIdeas@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 11 min

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