34 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.

    Spiritual Bypassing: The Dangers of Disconnecting from Emotions

    Spiritual Bypassing: The Dangers of Disconnecting from Emotions

    In this three-part series of talks, professional counsellor, Caroline Winzenried, takes us on an exploration of the intricate ties between religious teachings and emotion. In this second presentation, Caroline explores how spiritual ideas and practices are sometimes used to avoid or suppress emotions and the damage this can cause.

    Bio: Caroline Winzenried is a counsellor in Boronia, Victoria, Australia. She works from an existential-humanistic lens with individuals across the lifespan, from adolescent to older adults, on issues including anxiety, depression and interpersonal relationships. Her areas of special interest include working with religious trauma and grief and loss.

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

    • 26 min
    The Emotional Landscape of Religion: Emotions as "Good" or "Bad"

    The Emotional Landscape of Religion: Emotions as "Good" or "Bad"

    In this three-part series of talks, professional counsellor, Caroline Winzenried, takes us on an exploration of the intricate ties between religious teachings and emotion. In this first presentation, Caroline examine how religious teachings can shape our emotional understanding by categorising emotions as "good" or "bad" creating implicit rules for how we should listen to, ignore, or even disown them.



    Bio: Caroline Winzenried is a counsellor in Boronia, Victoria, Australia. She works from an existential-humanistic lens with individuals across the lifespan, from adolescent to older adults, on issues including anxiety, depression and interpersonal relationships. Her areas of special interest include working with religious trauma and grief and loss.

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

    • 31 min
    21st Century Stoicism: Developing Character, Living with Purpose

    21st Century Stoicism: Developing Character, Living with Purpose

    Stoicism has played a major role in shaping ethical considerations for over two millennia, profoundly influencing religious doctrines and renowned philosophers. Despite its frequent misinterpretations and critiques, Stoicism's fundamental principles can guide us to leading a purposeful life. At the heart of Stoic philosophy lies the conviction that our well-being and growth stem from living in accordance with nature and honing our logical skills regardless of our circumstances. In this talk, Joseph Bullock walks us through how pursuing virtue can contribute to human fulfillment and highlights some of the key theories that form the foundation of Stoic practices.

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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Philosophical Implications of Artificial General Intelligence

    Philosophical Implications of Artificial General Intelligence

    Progress toward the development of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) has been accelerating in recent times. While much is contested about if and when AGI will be achieved, and even about what it is, its consequences for humanity, should AGI be realised, are profound. Among these consequences are deep questions about intelligence, consciousness, morality, and what it means to be human. In this session, Dr. Tony Carden shares his perspectives on some of the basic premises and history of AGI, progress toward it, and some of the foreseeable risks and benefits it is likely to bring. His address sets the scene for an interactive exploration with participants of the aforementioned philosophical implications of AGI.

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

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Buddhism and Science: Differing Technologies for Mental Health

    Buddhism and Science: Differing Technologies for Mental Health

    In this session, Buddhism expert and PhD candidate, Corey Jackson, explores the intersections between Buddhist practice and the science of mental health. What can 2,500 years of striving for Buddhist enlightenment tell us about mental health in the 21st century? Is there a place for science in the path to enlightenment and a place for Buddhist views in the scientific attempt to understand the mind? Corey enlightens us on why Buddhists still get angry, why psychology can't cure anxiety or depression, and how to strive for long term mental health while still reaping short-term rewards.

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

    • 51 min
    Effective Altruism: Combining Reason and Altruism

    Effective Altruism: Combining Reason and Altruism

    Effective Altruism (EA) is a new movement around the not so new idea of combining evidence and reasons with charity and altruism. It focuses on using our limited time and resources to do as much good as we can. In this episode, Michael Dello-Iacovo introduces some of the key concepts of Effective Altruism and discusses some examples and the underlying philosophy. He also considers some of the common objections to aspects of Effective Altruism.

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

    • 1 hr 9 min

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