Most hustlers won’t wait to put off to tomorrow what they can do today. Not us! We can’t wait to put off to tomorrow what we can do today. We’re overripe fruit of the late bloom. Dawdlers. But all things must come to a partial end and this is partially it! ...a whimper into the abyss...
We do a podcast we call The Dawdler's Philosophy. It's just two of us, Harland and Ryan (maybe not making it even if we try). We mostly talk about ideas and science and stuff. We also talk about things. Stuffing!
We try to define the terms we use and, well, we try to be nice to each other.
Expect content. We aren't interested in spectacle or forced passion and drama. But we're also as advertised.
Shorts - E31: The Two Cultures
The value of history is that one has the chance to make sense of their present circumstances. How did we get to now? Can we come up with the best solutions to our problems if we think we understand how those problems arose in the first place? Fingers crossed.
In 1959, author and scientist, C.P. Snow, gave a lecture on what he saw as a problem in the West. Two intellectual and influential cultures had formed and become entrenched; one, a literary culture and the other, a scientific one. If they had anything in common, it didn’t matter for the commitments they had made to their respective vocations were too great to be bridged without great effort.
In this episode the Dawdlers discuss the lecture and the state of its themes in our current age.
Shorts - E30: The American Dream
What is a dream? How do we come to form “cherished aspirations” as one dictionary put it? Why do we bother? And how can such aspirations be American? How can such aspirations be shared widely?
Equality, egalitarianism, opportunity. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For whom do these bells toll?
Is it a good dream? And does one “have to be asleep to believe it”?
In this long short, the Dawdlers take on a request from a listener and discuss “The American Dream.”
E44: Subjective Chiroptera of Experience - Thomas Nagel's "What is it Like to Be a Bat?"
This episode is slightly different, in that it is our first attempt at recording while doing a Live Stream! Sounds about the same I reckon. But we're excited anyway.
An analysis of Thomas Nagel's 1974 paper "What is it Like to Be a Bat?", which initiated "decades of confusion" in the philosophy of mind literature, and gave us the phrase still in use today "what-it's-like"-ness as a pseudo-definition for consciousness.
Haunting the Margins - E3: Alan Watts
After another mammoth Dawdle, the Dawdlers finally return to the Margins seeking specters, and find this time the anti-improvement, anti-guru, self-improvement guru Alan Watts.
They consider some of Mr. Watts' most controversial opinions with oodles of juicy quotes.
As is the nature of considering the centrality / marginality of thinkers, many guests come to the party this week, but Alan has always loved an audience!
Wrap up your kashaya, assume the lotus, and get yer enlightenment-- sucka!
00:00:00 - 00:16:40 - Margin Haunters vs. Flat Earthers / Membership to the Clubhouse
00:16:40 - 00:21:10 - Watt a Man
00:21:10 - 00:50:00 - Watts' Attacks on Virtue, Morality, Honesty, and Capitalism
00:50:00 - 01:16:11 - Watts the Philosophy of the Dawdle / (Ir)Responsibility / Creativity
01:16:11 - End - Watts' "The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" / Ryan's Frustrations
E43: Rorty's Mirror of Nature Part II - Dividing by Zero
The thigh-ly anticipated second half of the Richard Rorty Dawdle. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Part II!
E42: Richard Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature - Part I - An Ironic Kind of Fellow
Can’t we all just get along and get awards for attendance? Or not? Your science is not better than my poetry!
This week we talk about Richard Rorty’s “Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature”. In Part 1 of this topic (WHAT!?) there are plenty of misgivings, mischaracterizations, and misunderstandings along the way. But we keep retuning to this framework of ours: the modes of inquiry (E3: Triamond Joy!). These include overseeing, truth seeking, and game playing (and engineering but Harland has yet to come around to it). Rorty wants to scrap much of it. Por qua?
Let’s play some games!