The Rational Ignorance podcast helps you focus your attention on what really matters--we help you separate the wheat from the chaff. We select topics and experts with a practical view toward living life well. With so much information available in the world today, it can be hard to know where to focus your attention. We’ll pick out important, interesting topics and connect you with experts who give you a big picture overview of what you need to know. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @TheRIpodcast, or on Mastodon @email@example.com.
How #Caturday helps us flourish
Craig’s favorite day of the week is Saturday, not just because it’s recording day, but also because it’s #Caturday! (It really is a thing.) Fun, seemingly silly activities like posting or viewing cat pictures (or dog pics, or whatever) give us some hints on an often overlooked aspect of flourishing. In this episode, we explore why frivolous activities such as #Caturday can help us flourish by giving us short breaks from the daily grind of life.
Can a hermit Flourish?
Recently, a listener posed an interesting question in response to Episode 9 on Human Flourishing. In that episode we said that a hermit might be happy living alone in the woods, but that s/he wouldn't really living a flourishing life. The listener questioned whether this was accurate, especially since flourishing is unique to each individual. In this episode, we discuss the question of whether a hermit can flourish. Along the way we also delve into moral relativism, moral pluralism and even nihilism.
In addition, we talk about the "reboot" of the Rational Ignorance Podcast, which involves shorter, more focused episodes that all pertain to some aspect of human flourishing.
Outrunning Depression with Nita Sweeney
Andrea and Craig welcome Nita Sweeney, an author, distance runner, and meditator who shares her tale of overcoming depression and anxiety through long distance running with her dog Morgan. She details the first basic steps everyone should take to start their battle against depression, getting out of bed and doing a basic self-care task such as brushing your teeth. Nita describes how at 49, being overweight and depressed she went from “couch to 5k” and how it changed her life. Another challenge Nita was able to overcome was the negative voices in her head that filled her with negativity and self-doubt, making her constantly second-guess her decision to improve. She narrates how she was able to defeat those voices and how to keep them from spoiling your drive and motivation. The co-hosts share some of their experience with running (and with pups) and how it benefited them, as well as their take on trail running versus road running. Listen to the episode to find out how you too can go from “couch to 5k”, become a marathon runner and overcome depression, anxiety, self doubt and even flourish along the way.
Visit Nita’s website: https://nitasweeney.com/
All things Nita: https://linktr.ee/nitasweeney
Check out Nita’s books:
Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back From the Brink
Free eBook: Three Ways to Heal Your Mind
You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving
Nita Sweeney’s Bio
Nita Sweeney is the award-winning wellness author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink and co-creator of the writing journal, You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving. A certified meditation leader, mental health advocate, ultramarathoner, and former assistant to writing practice originator Natalie Goldberg, Nita founded the groupsMind, Mood, and Movement to support well-being through meditation, exercise, and writing practice, and The Writer’s Mind, to share using writing practice to produce publishable work. Nita also publishes the writing resource newsletter, Write Now Columbus. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband, Ed, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Scarlet. Download your free copy of Nita’s eBook Three Ways to Heal Your Mind.
Flourishing and Spirituality with Dr. Bernadine Lewis
Many of us have a faith, but how is that different from spirituality? Is spirituality like food in the sense that we need it to care for our bodies (or in this case, our soul), something that every person by the nature of being a person has to deal with, or is it more like art and music? Spirituality, unlike religion, focuses on obtaining a sense of peace and of purpose.
Andrea and Craig welcome Reverend Dr. Bernadine Lewis as she tells us a little bit about how having a spiritual dimension to one's life could contribute to flourishing. She speaks about how spirituality has been in her family for generations, and why a lot of people still aren’t really flourishing despite comfort, wealth and success, and what might be missing in their life to truly flourish. Listen to the episode to learn how to flourish by incorporating spirituality into your life.
Flourishing through music with Bryan Toney
Music is synonymous with emotion and beauty and is a vital part of life. This week Andrea and Craig welcome musician Bryan Toney as he gives us insight on how music can help us flourish. He explains why it’s important to find your passion and how you can make music (or engage in some other creative activity) while still working another job. We also learn about some of the struggles musicians face in modern times, the hardships of the music industry nowadays and Bryan’s contributions to helping other people flourish through music by organizing open mic nights so more folks can showcase their passion and talents. Listen in to discover how to flourish through song.
Visit Bryan Toney’s website: https://www.bryantoney.com/
Listen to Bryan Toney on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/58Xf6nCVfn3QzSU4aCxpXi?si=Y1qxZnDdToWBHAxGKGd7OQ
Listen to Bryan Toney’s album Cone of Uncertainty on Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cone-of-uncertainty/1451933911
Connect with Bryan on Facebook: http://facebook.com/bryantoneymusic
Check out Bryan’s Youtube Channel: http://youtube.com/bryantoney
Follow Bryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryantoney/
Grace and Grit with Filmmaker Sebastian Siegel
In this episode Andrea and Craig welcome Sebastian Siegel, a British-American director, producer, screenwriter and author to talk about some of the themes and experiences from his new film, Grace and Grit, based on the book by Ken Wilber. They discuss the resilience of human love when faced with tragedy and loss, deep philosophical issues regarding joy, pain and transience, and even share some of their personal experiences on how they were able to relate to the film on a deeper level.
The film Grace and Grit is available on Amazon, as is the book on which the film is based.
Mercury Theatre Podcast: https://www.mercurytheatrepodcast.com/
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Hello Jim and Andrea! Thank you for sharing your expertise in the area of thought and reason! Great content and dialogue! Met Craig at PM21 at Buzzsprout 🌱 networker. -Ira
Great content, amazing host!