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Reaching for Truth | David Aaronovitch, Asa Wikforss, Santiago Zabala
Journalist David Aaronovitch, philosopher of the mind Åsa Wikforss and philosophy professor Santiago Zabala ask whether telling the truth still matters at all.
Psychedelics and the Birth of Philosophy
New York Times bestseller Brian Muraresku uncovers the importance of psychedelic experiences to Ancient Greek and early Christian culture.
The Future of Mind Control | Rupert Sheldrake, Susan Schneider, Natasha Vita-More
Author of The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake, chairman of Humanity+ Natasha Vita-More and philosopher of mind and AI specialist Susan Schneider debate the potential of mind-computer interface technology.
Beyond Us: Bonus Review
Series hosts Bernardo Kastrup and Fred Matser reflect on the series as a whole, and draw together some new conclusions.
Emotion Vs Reason | Dan Ariely, Paul Bloom, Patty Kostkova
Dan Ariely, Paul Bloom and Patty Kostkova ask whether the best strategy for survival is emotion or reason.
Becoming A Philosopher | Daniel Dennett
World-renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett discusses the origins of his biggest ideas.
Fascinating debates but...
Fascinating debates and an overall wonderful set of interesting episodes. However very disappointed by the Rupert Sheldrake appearances; I was shocked by his nonsense having a place among such otherwise wonderful guests.
I’ve now listened to my first episode. The guest, Santiago Zabala, seems generally to be quite intelligent and thoughtful. However he belies his bias or, at best, his ignorance of the IDW when he makes the preposterous claim that they are in effect willfully blind to a variety of existential emergencies and instead favor order for its own sake.
Specifically, he mentions Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris. I don’t listen much to Peterson, so I can’t speak to his views. But having listened to and read Sam Harris, Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, and Eric Weinstein for several years now, there is a preponderance of evidence FAR beyond a shadow of a doubt that those 4 individuals are quite terrified indeed about climate change. They speak about it frequently and characterize it as the greatest emergency of our time. So when Zabala takes such a cheap shot and grossly mischaracterizes a diverse group of thinkers, he not only insults the intelligence of his listeners, but his own intelligence, as well.
Ep nov 17, 2020
*Humans wouldn’t do well ‘in the wild’ either
*Would it be ok for aliens to let humans live 1/8th of their lifespan in ‘good conditions’ and then eat them? Does quality of such a short life mitigate early cessation of that life?
*Just because humans have costume parties, does it make it ok to wear another species? Would an alien wearing your harvested face to the Universal Ball be ok?
the arguments for animals as meat or clothing were weak