Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Exploring philosophy, politics, religion, and rationalism.
Steve Patterson is an independent philosopher currently traveling the world to interview people in the pursuit of truth.
Topics include logic and epistemology, skepticism, metaphysics, ethics, science and religion, truth, Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, culture, economics, the philosophy of mathematics, and every other topic that's important to humans.
Ep. 102 - Scientific Progress and Intellectual Schelling Points | Dr. Geoff Anders
What does scientific progress look like? Is it steady progress, getting ever closer to the truth? Or does it go through waves?
What about cases where we seem to have lost knowledge or the foundations of a theory we’ve been building on turned out to be wrong? Can that still be useful? Is that still progress?
These are some of the questions I explore with Dr. Geoff Anders.
Critical Thinking | Zooming In and Zooming Out
A critical thinker must have the ability to zoom in and zoom out - to hyper-focus on cause and effect and to see how things interconnect in the big picture.
It's a common and critical error to be too-zoomed-in or too-zoomed-out. The over-focused mind is like the mathematician who doesn't realize the assumptions of his model are non-mathematical and likely wrong.
The under-focused mind is like the mushroom-enthusiast that's content concluding "All is one", with no finer-resolution of analysis.
The careful thinker must be constantly zooming in and zooming out, gathering ideas from all levels of resolution.
Ep. 101- Is a Ruling Class Inevitable? | Samo Burja
Libertarians like myself tend to focus on the abuse of power hierarchies. The existence of a "ruling class" makes most of us uneasy. However, might these sociological structures serve a valuable purpose? Are they inevitable parts of human society?
Samo Burja joins me to discuss.
Coming Around to Platonism
For years, I've been making anti-Platonist arguments. Now, I think I was wrong. The universe seems to be composed of both concrete and abstract stuff.
Ep. 100 - Trying to Solve Philosophy | Patterson in Pursuit
Episode 100 of Patterson in Pursuit! Wow, what a milestone. Thanks to everybody who has listened to and supported the show. I hope it's created value for you.
In this episode, I share my personal thoughts about the show, some of my motivations, the conversations that were impactful to my own philosophy, and some funny experiences along the way. And of course, more heretical thoughts about the philosophy of mathematics.
Ep. 99 - Non-Rationality and Psychedelics | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup
Do logic and rationality have limits? Are there ways to "get outside" of rational thinking? Do altered states caused by psychedelics provide true insight about the world, or are they illusory?
These are the questions I discuss with Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, who shares some of his personal experiments and insights gained psychedelic drugs.