25 episodes

Rational Realm explores a rational approach to life and belief systems, drawing on the best of philosophical and scientific research. Through our podcast, Rational Realm inspires reasoned inquiry and ethical action in a world of dogma, superstition and media manipulation.

Rational Realm Leslie Allan

    • Society & Culture

Rational Realm explores a rational approach to life and belief systems, drawing on the best of philosophical and scientific research. Through our podcast, Rational Realm inspires reasoned inquiry and ethical action in a world of dogma, superstition and media manipulation.

    Skepticism – Philosophical or Scientific?

    Skepticism – Philosophical or Scientific?

    Dictionaries often draw a distinction between the modern common meaning of skepticism and its traditional philosophical meaning, which dates from antiquity. The contemporary meaning of 'scientific skepticism' is different again. In this episode, Tim Harding discusses the commonalities and differences between the various meanings. He has a foot in both the scientific and philosophical 'camps'.

    Credit to https://www.FesliyanStudios.com for the background music.

    • 26 min
    Wittgenstein: Two Philosophers in One

    Wittgenstein: Two Philosophers in One

    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who taught and worked at Cambridge between 1912 and 1947. He is regarded as one of the leading philosophers of the 20th Century, noted for having adopted two very different philosophical stances in his time. Wittgenstein worked primarily in logic and the philosophy of language with an especial focus on language and the world, and secondarily in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of religion. In this podcast, Mark Newbrook presents a linguist's 'take' on his career and consider questions about language, thought and reality from Wittgenstein's two phases, referred to as W1 and W2. W1 was concerned with the logical relationships between propositions and the world; W2 held that the meaning of words is best understood as their use within a given 'language-game'. Can we really grasp the nature of reality in some kind of objective way as W1 claimed? Or do our linguistic structures determine thought, including our view of the structure of 'reality' and thus we cannot grasp the nature of reality in an objective way as W2 argued?

    Credit to https://www.FesliyanStudios.com for the background music.

    • 30 min
    The Moral Arc Bends Towards Justice

    The Moral Arc Bends Towards Justice

    Akiva Quinn presents the case for moral progress and the advance of social justice. He offers reflections on historical and contemporary issues from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, through Apartheid South Africa and Black Lives Matter, Post-Colonialism, LGBTQI+ and First Nations recognition to ongoing conflict, gender, racial and social inequality. Akiva also draws on examples, films and texts such as Selma (2014), Kenan Malik's "The Quest for a Moral Compass", Michael Shermer's "The Moral Arc", Steven Pinker's "Enlightenment Now" and Malcolm Gladwell's "Talking to Strangers".

    Credit to https://www.FesliyanStudios.com for the background music.

    • 51 min
    Filmosophy: The Matrix and Philosophy - Part 2

    Filmosophy: The Matrix and Philosophy - Part 2

    In this second of a two part session, Usha Sista explores an iconic movie trilogy of our generation, The Matrix. The Matrix juxtaposes and synthesises storytelling, philosophy and cognitive science through the cinematic medium. Usha examines some of the philosophical underpinnings of the trilogy. In this second session, she looks at The Matrix through the lens of contemporary cognitive science and philosophy of mind, such as the brain in the vat argument and simulated reality, free will and freedom.

    Credit to https://www.FesliyanStudios.com for the background music.

    • 40 min
    Filmosophy: The Matrix and Philosophy - Part 1

    Filmosophy: The Matrix and Philosophy - Part 1

    In this first of a two part session, Usha Sista explores an iconic movie trilogy of our generation, The Matrix. The Matrix juxtaposes and synthesises storytelling, philosophy and cognitive science through the cinematic medium. Usha examines some of the philosophical underpinnings of the trilogy. In this first session, she looks at The Matrix through the lens of classical philosophers such as Descartes, Plato, Socrates and others.

    Credit to https://www.FesliyanStudios.com for the background music.

    • 32 min
    The Good Life: A Humanist View

    The Good Life: A Humanist View

    In this episode, Leslie Allan begins by sharing how his early experiences shape his humanist outlook today. He then outlines what he considers to be the three core principles underlying the humanist world view: reason and evidence, compassion and equality, and autonomy and dignity. Leslie illustrates the application of these principles with historical and contemporary examples. He then draws upon each of these principles to tease out what it means to live a good life; a life of meaning and purpose.

    Credit to https://www.FesliyanStudios.com for the background music.

    • 40 min

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