15 episodes

Our search for 'it' will explore the most insightful thoughts from philosophy, literature, and elsewhere that provide a meaning or purpose to our lives. Each episode will uncover a new idea or way of life that brings us closer to transcendence. You don't need to have a degree in philosophy to listen to this podcast - just an open mind and a desire to learn more about the meaning behind human existence.

Searching For It Lewis Williams

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Our search for 'it' will explore the most insightful thoughts from philosophy, literature, and elsewhere that provide a meaning or purpose to our lives. Each episode will uncover a new idea or way of life that brings us closer to transcendence. You don't need to have a degree in philosophy to listen to this podcast - just an open mind and a desire to learn more about the meaning behind human existence.

    E14 Buddhism: Meditation and Mindfulness

    E14 Buddhism: Meditation and Mindfulness

    Meditation is sometimes thought to be a relaxation or an anti-stress technique - a get-out-of-jail-free card to play when you're not feeling your best. But that's just one small part of what meditation can do.


    Last month, we saw how following the Buddhist path can lead us to Nirvana: a state beyond suffering and of pure contentment. In this episode, we'll explore how Vipassana meditation can be used to radically alter our worldview and discover the kinds of insights necessary for attaining Nirvana.


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    • 28 min
    E13 Buddhism: The Path to Nirvana

    E13 Buddhism: The Path to Nirvana

    Relative to our ancestors, we live in a very strange world. Food, sex, a holiday for 2 to Timbuktu - our every desire is available at the click of a button. But are we any happier than we were before?


    Right at the other end of the spectrum, Buddhism offers us a path away from desire and towards contentment and tranquility. This episode will try to answer: how do Buddhists understand human nature? What is their alternative to the hedonic treadmill? And how can we attain Nirvana?


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    • 30 min
    E12 Anti-Natalism: Why Having Children Is Wrong

    E12 Anti-Natalism: Why Having Children Is Wrong

    Searching For It explores philosophies, ideas, and ways of life that can provide our lives with an overarching sense of purpose. But if anti-natalists had their way, we'd euthanize the human race as soon as possible because life is simply not worth living. In this episode, we'll investigate this provocative philosophy and try to understand why anti-natalists think it would be better never to have been born at all.


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    • 37 min
    E11 Sartre and Existentialism

    E11 Sartre and Existentialism

    Communist, womanizer, and intellectual rebel: Jean-Paul Sartre wasn't just another grey, ageing philosopher, trudging his way through the academic establishment. Sartre was an existentialist, a fierce political campaigner, and he lived the philosophy he preached. In this episode, we'll be getting to grips with Sartre's brand of existentialism and discovering what it means to live as an authentic, radically free being.


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    • 32 min
    E10 Liam Ward on Camus and the Absurd

    E10 Liam Ward on Camus and the Absurd

    In today's bonus October episode, Liam Ward joins Searching For It to discuss the philosophy of Albert Camus. Today's episode will see us revisiting the first episode of Searching For It and exploring Camus' notion of the absurd in more depth. Liam has a long-standing interest in Camus and all things existentialist, and brings to the table his thoughts on Camus' novel The Outsider and how we can apply Camus' philosophy to our day-to-day lives.


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    • 37 min
    E9 Altruism: How to do Good Effectively

    E9 Altruism: How to do Good Effectively

    This episode brings the second instalment of the 2-part series on altruism. After having looked into why we should be so concerned about doing good in the last episode, today we'll be trying to figure out how we can do good the most effectively.


    We'll be looking at a group of people called Effective Altruists who have spent a lot of time thinking about this question. We'll uncover the interesting and surprising conclusions that Effective Altruists have reached regarding which causes deserve our attention, and how we can go about supporting them the most effectively.


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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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Brilliant!

Combines all the things I like in one podcast. Please keep them coming Lewis!

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Highly recommended.

Fantastic Lewis! Truly fascinating and insightful, presented brilliantly.

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