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The Larb is a podcast from writer Larry G. Maguire. Listen to weekly philosophical musings and discussion on creativity, the purpose of work, the meaning of life and the nature of reality. The show goes out weekly (and sometimes a bit more) on all major podcast platforms. Topics can be divisive and a challenge to popular opinion at times, so if you have sensitive little earballs or rigid institutionalised ideas then probably best to steer clear. Subscribe, play, enjoy and share this bad boy!

The Larb Larry G. Maguire

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The Larb is a podcast from writer Larry G. Maguire. Listen to weekly philosophical musings and discussion on creativity, the purpose of work, the meaning of life and the nature of reality. The show goes out weekly (and sometimes a bit more) on all major podcast platforms. Topics can be divisive and a challenge to popular opinion at times, so if you have sensitive little earballs or rigid institutionalised ideas then probably best to steer clear. Subscribe, play, enjoy and share this bad boy!

    EP186 The Final Episode 🙁

    EP186 The Final Episode 🙁

    The Larb has come to and end. New show titled, The Mental Game will launch soon. Subscribe: https://anchor.fm/the-mental-game Thanks everyone for listening over the past 2 years, I hope I'll see you on the new show.

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    EP185 A Question of Free Will

    EP185 A Question of Free Will

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    Myself and the big Russian, Dmitri Belikov hooked up last week for the first of a joint discussion on a chosen topic. This week it was Free Will. Do we have free will or are our lives determined by external forces? Are we in control, are we not? It's difficult to form a consistent and long standing answer because there are valid arguments for both free will and determinism. However, we give it a go.

    Later in the week I got some of my own thoughts on free will down. Here's and extract; Everyday events seem to be under my control. For example; I can decide that I want to see a band, meet friends and have a few pints, and in that way broadly determine how my Sunday afternoon will play out. But next week, next month, next year and so on, I cannot dictate. I cannot dictate the day that I die or how that eventuality will play out, although I do accept that I seem to have a certain degree of influence over it. In the space between my birth and death, I can influence my general health by making good food and exercise choices, for example. But that too appears of little consequence given the nature of this lottery we often regard life to be.

    There seem to be far too many moving parts, most of which I am not aware, influencing the direction of my actions and life experience. My degree of control seems limited. When I make plans for holidays, socialising, attending classes, training and so on, there seems to be ease, a naturalness. There's no forcing myself to do what I need to do. Other times, for other larger "goals" there seems to be a different feeling. Writing this article, for example, is difficult but there's a feeling that it must be done nonetheless. So I do what I need to do, and although not always as efficiently as I'd like, it still gets done. Am I making that decision to do the work or is it being made for me? I can't tell.


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    • 52 min
    EP184 Work

    EP184 Work

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    Why do we work? What is the purpose of work apart from providing us with money to buy stuff we don’t need and pay bills? Is it possible to be happy and fulfilled in our daily work or are we destined to despise, yet endure its demands on our lives? Sure, we need money in our pockets to function within the societal system, but most of us it seems, are dissatisfied and disengaged 1. We have become robots, and work has become transactional – a binary arrangement. I’ll give you hours if you give me money is our modus operandi. There’s little love in it even for those of us who see our work as vocational. But surely a life worth living has to be built on something more substantial than the prospect of a two week holiday in the sun, a smart home control system, or the future freedom gained from paying off a mortgage. There’s got to be something more to life

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    • 31 min
    EP183 Analogical Thinking: A Method For Solving Problems

    EP183 Analogical Thinking: A Method For Solving Problems

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    The ability to solve problems is an essential skill for our survival and growth in the fast-paced, moment to moment shifting of modern society. No matter what the domain of expertise or work, challenges present themselves at an ever-increasing rate. And so it should be, for what is a life worth living if we never have problems to solve? We must accept that challenges are inherent in life, and so we must use our imagination and ingenuity to find solutions. Creativity and high performance require it. Although solving problems is never as simple as following a linear process, using lateral thinking processes for generating solutions is a skill we can cultivate, and in this week’s article, I’m taking a look at a couple of examples of analogical thinking in practice. However, take into account that often switching off entirely from the problem can be the best route to the solution you need.


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    • 32 min
    EP182 The 22 Self Disciplines of Buckminster Fuller

    EP182 The 22 Self Disciplines of Buckminster Fuller

    Read the article here; https://larrygmaguire.com/self-disciplines-buckminster-fuller/

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    In 1927, Buckminster Fuller found himself in financial ruin and personal turmoil. His first child had died five years earlier, and his business had recently failed, leaving him broke with family and friends who invested in him, at a loss. He drank heavily, was depressed and contemplated suicide, then something changed. As he considered drowning himself in Lake Michigan, he had an epiphany and began to redesign his life. The 22 self disciplines he subsequently established were to become the foundation of a successful career as an inventor, design architect and philosopher. Despite the absence of any third level degree, he lectured at universities and became a sign


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    • 35 min
    EP181 Narrow And Deep

    EP181 Narrow And Deep

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    In today’s article, I want to get into the subject of going narrow and deep versus going broad and shallow. Some advice suggests we should diversify, be skilled in many areas – broad and shallow in other words. Contrary advice says we should focus intently on one area and become expert at that – narrow and deep. After much inner deliberation, and consideration of my views on the merits in the narrow approach, where creative work is concerned, I find there is a balance that must be met.

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    • 15 min

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Larry brings a practical sense to the fore when exploring creative space. He complements the "steal like an artist" meme we use in several of the multimedia modules we teach on the Clonmel digital campus in County Tipperary, Ireland.

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