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Becoming Human is about education and lifestyle; exploring the world — whether philosophy, psychology, sociology, or any field available — to better live in it. The goal is ethics through learning. We cover a range of topics to experience the process of becoming more human and building a better world.
19. Four Ingredients to Collaborate With Anyone
This is how the conflict resolution technique called mapmaking works.
If you want to stop arguing, you have to be honest about your finite, limited perspective. Since neither person in the conflict is working with all the information, constructive possibilities remain.
Then, there are four concepts and two ground rules: Empathy, humanization, trust and vulnerability, and invitation.
Collaboration through asking questions is the result.
Here's a snippet:It is my belief that any addition that we can mutually disclose to each other’s limited perspectives is not only worth the endeavor, it is more promising and constructive than us, at best, agreeing to disagree, and, at worst, wielding verbal swords in a battle that is destined for unnecessary animosity.
18. Mapmaking: A Better Way to Handle Disagreements
Stop arguing. Do this instead! If you don't know everything, maybe your conflicts and disagreements could be opportunities to see the world more than you currently do. Mapmaking is a conflict resolution technique based on the collaborative approach. In this episode, we explore how mapmaking works and what makes it different from arguing.
"Mending Wall" by Robert Frost
Arguments in our culture
What mapmaking isn't (competition)
What mapmaking is (collaboration)
Why we resort to competition
Unity in diversity
17. Your (Un)Certainty is Showing (And It's Causing Problems)
Our perspectives are limited and finite; we can't know everything, we aren't working with all the information, and we desire certainty even though it is quite impossible. But why does this cause problems?
When we are certain about our perspective, we act like our perceptions aren't perception; and when perception is reality, we can only argue and defend.
What's a better solution to our lack of certainty?
16. Why You Don't Know Everything - [Perspective & Epistemology]
What is a perspective and how does it work? This is a topic that deals with everyone and it's one of the biggest causes of conflict.
You have a lens of the world that shapes your experience and understanding.
We cover epistemology, the nature of perspective, and the phenomenology of egocentric perspectives. You know things with your mind (consciousness, logic, rationalism) and your experience (sense observation, empiricism). Both are finite and limited.
You can't see and know everything, as a result.
15. Why We Disagree - [Methods of Moral Reasoning]
We put a lot of focus on the content of our disagreements; we don't even seem to consider what causes us to have such different perspectives in the first place.
This episode covers the methods we use to approach issues that act as our interpretive lens for our arguments:
Based on Lawerence Kohlberg's "Methods of Moral Reasoning" and the social ethics of Deontology, Consequentialism, Utilitarianism, and Teleology, we see what causes us to have such divergent thoughts and irreconcilable differences.
14. Why Our Disagreements (Might) Suck - [Six Argumentative Approaches]
We have conflicts and disagreements, but do we know why we have them? Do we know why they often fail to be productive?
This episode covers the categories that contain our disagreements through six argumentative approaches: Pseudo, Fact, Value, Ego, and Meta.
If we are going to have better arguments, we need to know what kind of arguments we are having.
If I can tell you one thing about this man, he will help you become a better person. The thoughts aren’t self driven, but instead based on humanity and how you can improve yourself. Can’t think of a better person to help me grow as a man
Humanity Needs This
Far too often Humanity finds a way to ignore the tough existential questions about what it means to be a human. Fears of dealing with questions of reality and what these answers mean for our lives drives people away from any meaningful discourse.
In the first three episodes Tyler does a masterful job of setting the foundation for his podcast.
It is quite evident that this podcast will be a place of growth and challenge. I am excited to see where he takes this and for a place to exercise my philosophical and existential muscle.
Seriously, give this podcast a listen
If you’re looking to listen to an intriguing and thought-provoking podcast, be sure to check it out! Highly recommend listening!