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A show about literature, design, technology and the obsession of the week. Hosted by Potatowire and Erik Hess.

Seasons of Obsessio‪n‬ Potatowire and Erik Hess

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A show about literature, design, technology and the obsession of the week. Hosted by Potatowire and Erik Hess.

    008: Total Perspective Vortex

    008: Total Perspective Vortex

    Erik and Potatowire discuss Alan Watts's book The Wisdom of Insecurity, looking at what is real, the challenge of being present, the origins of the self, the origins of true moral action, and its consequences for society.

    007: A Temporary Arrangement of Unbrokenness

    007: A Temporary Arrangement of Unbrokenness

    Using the Enchiridion as a jumping off point, Erik and Potatowire talk about what's really under our control and how to use that knowledge to live a more balanced and constructive life.

    006: A History of Failed Apocalypses

    006: A History of Failed Apocalypses

    Erik and Potatowire return from summer travel to discuss The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. Using the book as a jumping off point, they discuss the case for optimism, the impact of our consumption, and the value of running scared.

    005: Harness the Randomness

    005: Harness the Randomness

    Erik and Potatowire discuss risk, intuition, unpredictability, and how to use them to your advantage.

    004: A Nail Looking for the Hammer

    004: A Nail Looking for the Hammer

    Erik and Potatowire discuss the new recording machine, nuclear weapons, the singularity, theory vs. reality in government, representation, and elections, and the value of an open mind.

    003: Washed Away

    003: Washed Away

    Erik and Potatowire talk about trying to keep your head above water on the internet, what makes a good biography, the corrupting lens of the present moment and the written word, what happens when the incomprehensible talks back, and building a doghouse from first principles.

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