55 episodes

The best of all possible podcasts, Leibniz would say. Putting big ideas in dialogue with the everyday, Overthink offers accessible and fresh takes on philosophy from enthusiastic experts. Hosted by professors Ellie Anderson (Pomona College) and David M. Peña-Guzmán (San Francisco State University).

Overthink Ellie Anderson, Ph.D. and David Peña-Guzmán, Ph.D.

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    • 4.9 • 127 Ratings

The best of all possible podcasts, Leibniz would say. Putting big ideas in dialogue with the everyday, Overthink offers accessible and fresh takes on philosophy from enthusiastic experts. Hosted by professors Ellie Anderson (Pomona College) and David M. Peña-Guzmán (San Francisco State University).

    Surveillance

    Surveillance

    Feeling watched? Suspicious your Google Home is a front for Big Brother? From period tracking apps to police body cams, surveillance has immense social-political implications for our everyday lives. In episode 55 of Overthink, Ellie and David draw on social philosophy to understand our experiences of mass surveillance. How do technologies of surveillance that promise convenience and freedom lead us to welcome new forms of control into our lives? They also consider how these technologies have empowered people to take up new methods of resisting state violence.

    Works Discussed

    Anders Albrechtslund, “Online social networking as participatory surveillance”
    Roger Clark, “Information technology and dataveillance”
    Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on the Societies of Control”
    Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
    Kevin Haggerty and Richard Ericson, “The surveillant assemblage”
    Steve Mann, “’Sousveillance’: inverse surveillance in multimedia imaging’”

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    • 50 min
    Animal Sociality (feat. Cynthia Willett)

    Animal Sociality (feat. Cynthia Willett)

    Are humans the only animals with culture? In episode 54 of Overthink, Ellie and David explore the social and cultural bonds that animals develop with one another. For instance, what can elephant mourning rituals tell us about elephant society and whether these creatures have a concept of death? Then, they sit down with philosopher Cynthia Willett to discuss her work on animal sociality. According to Willett, intra- and trans-species sociality challenges modern conceptions of ethical life as a matter of individual choices and abstract laws.

    Works Discussed

    David Peña-Guzmán, When Animals Dream
    Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell, The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins 
    Cynthia Willett, Interspecies Ethics

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    • 54 min
    Animal Personhood

    Animal Personhood

    A court case over an elephant’s right to liberation from the Bronx Zoo shows that we’ve come a long way from Descartes’ concept of animal-as-machine. In episode 53, Ellie and David break down an emerging question in animal rights activism: animal personhood and moral status. What does it mean to be a person? And, what are the implications of legally recognizing animals’ right to life and bodily freedom?

    Works Discussed

    David Peña-Guzmán, et al., Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief
    Nicolas Malebranche, The Search after Truth
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, On Instinct in Animals
    Peter Singer, Animal Liberation
    Steven Wise, Unlocking the Cage
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    • 49 min
    Animal Consciousness

    Animal Consciousness

    From snoozing puppies kicking their legs to controversial octopi who change colors while asleep, nonhuman dreaming fascinates us. Science says that sleeping animals experience “reality simulations,” rich dreamscapes which they navigate as conscious agents. Inspired by David’s book When Animals Dream (fresh off the press!), this episode kicks off a 3-part series tracing his thrilling investigation into the nature and philosophical implications of animal dreaming. Episode 52 introduces David’s argument that animals’ capacity to dream reveals the need to radically rethink animals as conscious beings with complex inner lives.

    Works Discussed:

    David Peña-Guzmán, When Animals Dream
    Nature (S38 E1), PBS TV
    Elizabeth Preston, "Was Heidi the Octopus Really Dreaming?"
    William Lauder Lindsay, Mind in the Lower Animals in Health and Disease
    Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
    Evan Thompson, Waking, Dreaming, Being
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
    Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
    Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds
    Ratatouille (2007)

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    • 55 min
    Gen Z (feat. Sam Hernandez and Anna Solomon)

    Gen Z (feat. Sam Hernandez and Anna Solomon)

    Generational differences emerge in subtle ways, but how do we identify these? And how does the new generation of youth culture Gen Z is defining differ from Ellie and David’s generation of millennials? Feeling a bit out of touch, Ellie and David interview Overthink production assistants Anna Solomon and Sam Hernandez to tell them all about Gen Z values.

    Works Discussed

    Jose Ortega y Gasset, El tema de nuestro tiempo
    William Strauss and Neil Howe, Generations
    William Strauss and Neil Howe, The Fourth Turning
    Bobby Duffy, The Generation Myth
    Mark Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation

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    • 57 min
    The Unconscious

    The Unconscious

    What do Freudian slips, Josie and the Pussycats, and solving math problems have in common? Psychoanalysis claims to have some answers! Sigmund Freud suggests that unconscious desires, fears, and trauma influence us without us being conscious of them. In pop culture, the unconscious is often depicted as the realm of dirty thoughts and subliminal messages, but does the unconscious actually even exist? In episode 50 (!), Ellie and David explore the unconscious and the existentialist challenge to it from Jean-Paul Sartre.

    Works Discussed

    Sigmund Freud, “The Unconscious”
    Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
    Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
    The Exorcist (1973)
    Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge
    Stanislas Dehaene, The Code of Consciousness
    Jacques Hadamard, An Essay on the Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field
    Jacques Derrida, “Freud and the Scene of Writing”

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    Email |  Dearoverthink@gmail.com
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

RuncieCat ,

Love!

Thank you for helping expand my thinking and brightening my days! It is fully apparent the care and energy that go into these pods.

Rondez Green ,

Well-prepared and executed

The incredible hosts are professors of Philosophy offer their sources for discussion and wonderfully expand on the material.

Sarraw77 ,

A refuge for the mind

I finally feel like there are people how think like me in the world. Tho non of us think alike, I have always been accused of overthinking and now I want to get a PhD in philosophy too.

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