Tired of entrenched view tribalism and binary debates? A psychologist, a philosopher, and an anthropologist walk into a podcast to air out some echo chambers, and try and a fresh perspective on the most controversial political, social and psychological debates.
It's not about Left vs. Right, Us Vs. Them or Good vs. Evil. It's all about dialogue and beyond binary thinking!
What do Anarchists and Marxists Have in Common?
Some say the left have no unity! Yet Toby and Chris had the pleasure of discussing the nuance in the differences between Marxist and Anarchist thought from Comrades: Brenton Lengal (Snow White Zombie Apocalypse, & Buenaventura Durruti), and Duncan Moore and Ryan Aldred (National Committee of the Socialist Party). We managed to avoid it descending into a confrontation, and an inspiring discussion was had.
Will China Rule the World Better than America?
It seemed like China had a 100 year plan, and the west was falling apart.
Now it seems like everyone is struggling, and we're all in it together.
We talk to two Americans (including Connor from the Prove Me Wrong, Please podcast) who have lived in China for several years. Initially to discuss whether China will rule the world better now the US is fading as a superpower.
The discussion was impressively nuanced, and took a few fascinating turns.
Blockchain and Bitcoin Hype: Peter Kris, CEO of Mangata and Block Unison Breaks it Down
Peter Kris has built several successful startups in the block chain, and has a no nonsense, plain speaking approach to demystifying what is often an unnecessarily jargon filled space.
What's overhyped? Where are the risks for retail investors? Why does it use so much energy? And what are some practical applications for blockchain technology that will actually help transform the internet of money from an investment bubble to a practical tool?
Find out more at: https://mangata.finance/
Moral Dilemmas from Trolleys to Sex Dolls
The OG crew get weird and discuss traditional moral dilemmas such as the trolley problem, whether you should speak up at a wedding if you don't think the couple should marry. If our moral revulsion to certain acts is evolved, when is that instinct helpful, and when is it not?
Transformative Realism for Politics with Marc Saxer
German Political Analyst and Strategist Marc Saxer bring his experience in Asia and a unique perspective on how to transform Western politics.
If Neo-Liberalism is dying, why has the Left failed to capitalize on it? How can climate change activism become more effective?
We get into Identity Politics, the Culture Wars, and why polarized activism gets cancelled out by its tribal polar opposite.
How can we break out of our political gridlock, and change the things that need fixing?
Beyond Theravada Vs. Mahayana Buddhism
We discuss the need to avoid religious dogma, on the path to enlightenment and Nirvana. A fascinating exploration of Buddhism from two perspectives often presented as conflicting opposites.
What does Buddhism have to teach us about history, philosophy, our reality, history, and ourselves.
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