20 episodes

Host Alex J O'Connor (from the YouTube channel 'CosmicSkeptic') discusses and debates deep and important issues with experts from a variety of philosophical, scientific and theological disciplines. Departing from Alex's snappier style on YouTube, this podcast presents more thorough analyses of the topics at hand, with help from a wide range of well-known professionals.

The Cosmic Skeptic Podcast Alex J O'Connor

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Host Alex J O'Connor (from the YouTube channel 'CosmicSkeptic') discusses and debates deep and important issues with experts from a variety of philosophical, scientific and theological disciplines. Departing from Alex's snappier style on YouTube, this podcast presents more thorough analyses of the topics at hand, with help from a wide range of well-known professionals.

    #20 — Joe Schmid | Ranking Arguments for God's Existence in Depth

    #20 — Joe Schmid | Ranking Arguments for God's Existence in Depth

    Joe Schmid is the owner of the Majesty of Reason YouTube channel, a platform dedicated to the analysis of a variety of philosophical topics. He is the author of "The Majesty of Reason: A Short Guide to Critical Thinking in Philosophy", and in this episode joins Alex to rank eight arguments for the existence of God, and discuss them in depth.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    #19 — Genetically Modified Skeptic | Do We Still Feel the Same Way About Religion?

    #19 — Genetically Modified Skeptic | Do We Still Feel the Same Way About Religion?

    Drew McCoy is the host of the Genetically Modified Skeptic YouTube channel, which is, with now over 500,000 subscribers, perhaps the largest atheist YouTube channel in the world right now.

    The last time we collaborated was in 2017, arguing that as well as being false, religion is also mostly harmful. In this podcast we discuss our current views on that subject, and examine how they have changed.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #18 — Ed Winters | Veganism Reconsidered

    #18 — Ed Winters | Veganism Reconsidered

    Ed Winters ("Earthling Ed") is a vegan educator, best-selling author, public speaker and content creator, widely known for his viral debates, speeches, and video essays.

    Ed was on the Cosmic Skeptic Podcast in 2019, making him the first guest to appear for a second time. He and Alex discuss the definition and nature of veganism, the limits of "practicability", the ethics of unnecessary vegan food, and much more.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #17 — Why I'm a Christian Now (April 1st, feat. Stephen Woodford)

    #17 — Why I'm a Christian Now (April 1st, feat. Stephen Woodford)

    Released on April 1st, this podcast details Alex's conversion to Christianity, a position he defends against the criticisms of Stephen Woodford (Rationality Rules).

    • 1 hr 25 min
    #16 — Alex Hershaft |Surviving the Holocaust

    #16 — Alex Hershaft |Surviving the Holocaust

    Dr. Alex Hershaft is a Holocaust survivor, animal rights activist, and co-founder and president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). He has previously had a 30-year career in materials science, and holds a PHD in inorganic chemistry.

    Dr. Hershaft speaks to Alex about his experiences in the Holocaust, and how they inspired the work he does today.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #15 — Michael Sandel | The Tyranny of Merit

    #15 — Michael Sandel | The Tyranny of Merit

    Michael J. Sandel is an American political philosopher, and Professor of Government Theory at Harvard University Law School. His public lectures have been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named the "most influential foreign figure of the year".

    Dr. Sandel talks to Alex about his new book, The Tyranny of Merit, discussing not just whether meritocracy is achievable in practice, but also whether it is even something we should aim for at all, highlighting the wealth of potential damage that meritocracy can affect on a society which embraces it.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
954 Ratings

954 Ratings

StormFighter007 ,

👑

I appreciate Alex’s ability to articulate his thoughts in such a patient and coherent way to and with fellow thinkers. There is a clarity to Alex’s way of communicating that I would love to see more of.

Thanks Alex—Keep up the great work!

Beck Herrera ,

Great interviews with philosophers, authors, and public intellectuals.

I love Alex’s content on here, it’s been great listening to his chats with his friends and idols.

However , his YouTube channel is also worth checking out, as he doesn’t upload anymore on here :/

Mikhail Pantyushenko ,

Wonderful!

Simply wonderful!

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