Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Exploring philosophy, politics, religion, and rationalism.
Steve Patterson is an independent philosopher currently traveling the world to interview people in the pursuit of truth.
Topics include logic and epistemology, skepticism, metaphysics, ethics, science and religion, truth, Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, culture, economics, the philosophy of mathematics, and every other topic that's important to humans.
Ep. 103 - "Mad at Mathematicians" | Isaac Morehouse
A couple of months ago, my friend Isaac Morehouse asked me to talk about the philosophy of mathematics and why I consider it so important.
Appeals to mathematics are everywhere, from COVID lockdowns to NFL play calling, and if our concepts about math are flawed, we make the world a significantly worse place.
Ep. 102 - Scientific Progress and Intellectual Schelling Points | Dr. Geoff Anders
What does scientific progress look like? Is it steady progress, getting ever closer to the truth? Or does it go through waves?
What about cases where we seem to have lost knowledge or the foundations of a theory we’ve been building on turned out to be wrong? Can that still be useful? Is that still progress?
These are some of the questions I explore with Dr. Geoff Anders.
Critical Thinking | Zooming In and Zooming Out
A critical thinker must have the ability to zoom in and zoom out - to hyper-focus on cause and effect and to see how things interconnect in the big picture.
It's a common and critical error to be too-zoomed-in or too-zoomed-out. The over-focused mind is like the mathematician who doesn't realize the assumptions of his model are non-mathematical and likely wrong.
The under-focused mind is like the mushroom-enthusiast that's content concluding "All is one", with no finer-resolution of analysis.
The careful thinker must be constantly zooming in and zooming out, gathering ideas from all levels of resolution.
Ep. 101- Is a Ruling Class Inevitable? | Samo Burja
Libertarians like myself tend to focus on the abuse of power hierarchies. The existence of a "ruling class" makes most of us uneasy. However, might these sociological structures serve a valuable purpose? Are they inevitable parts of human society?
Samo Burja joins me to discuss.
Coming Around to Platonism
For years, I've been making anti-Platonist arguments. Now, I think I was wrong. The universe seems to be composed of both concrete and abstract stuff.
Ep. 100 - Trying to Solve Philosophy | Patterson in Pursuit
Episode 100 of Patterson in Pursuit! Wow, what a milestone. Thanks to everybody who has listened to and supported the show. I hope it's created value for you.
In this episode, I share my personal thoughts about the show, some of my motivations, the conversations that were impactful to my own philosophy, and some funny experiences along the way. And of course, more heretical thoughts about the philosophy of mathematics.
I listened to Steve 3 years ago and bought Square One. As someone studying mathematics in university, it was my introduction to seriously trying to think about metaphysics, ontology, and epistemology seriously.
My hope is that Steve moves on as I did, finds hylomorphism, and becomes Catholic thanks to the most robust metaphysical-ontological worldview I have found - Thomism.
That aside, some pretty solid interviews. I see some hate for your ‘narrow’ interview style, but you push back on people who don’t seem to be coherent, and they often don’t reply with skill (at least anything other than rhetorical skill), which they should if they’ve seriously thought about objections to their view.
P.S. - Would rate 6/5 stars if I could for making Graham Priest look like a fool.
Like nothing else!
Loved the episodes on race. They are the smartest, most articulate and respectful conversation I have found on the subject that get to the root of the problem and how to approach it. Looking forward to listening to all the others!
Please Come Back
This was one of my favorite podcasts. I haven’t heard from it since a 7hour marathon in September. I hope you’re alright, Steve.