The Bad Philosopher Podcast is exploring what it means to be human in this rapidly changing world of ours. We're building the #1 philosophy podcast, blog, and community on the internet. Being a bad philosopher means having the courage to dive into the rabbit hole, being able to boldly follow a new idea or perspective wherever it leads, and being willing to say “I don’t know” when the truth is elusive.
Episode 14: Better never to have been? On Anti-Natalism
Anti-natalism is the ethical view that the act of having children is morally reprehensible, largely because of the consent issue: nobody who's born is capable of consenting to being born. On this episode, we discuss the ethical issues around procreation.
Episode 13: The Ideology of Bitcoin
On this episode, we talk about the ideas behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
My goal here is to give a balanced overview of the ideology (or the philosophy) at work behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency protocols.
Episode 12: The Myth of Atlantis - Disaster or Fable?
Here, we attempt to separate fact from fiction, exploring whether the Atlantis myth may be a fictionalized tale of a real natural disaster—such as the devastation of the Minoan civilization on Crete by a tsunami more than 3,500 years ago.
Episode 11: Survival Stories and the Philosophy of Mountains
On this episode of the podcast, we discuss survival stories and the philosophy of mountains and mountaineering. I talk about a few close calls I've had while out in the mountains, and then we ask what draws humans to these mountains in the first place.
Episode 10: Understanding Modern China through its Ancient Philosophy, Pt. 2: Virtue
On this episode, we're starting with Confucian ideals of Virtue and governance by wu-wei (effortless action). Then we jump straight into the politics of modern China, how Confucian principles are being mi-used, and contemplate the future.
Episode 9: Understanding Modern China through its Ancient Philosophy, Pt.1: Harmony
On today's episode, we seek to understand modern China by examining its philosophy: in particular, the Confucian emphasis on social harmony. This concept is fundamental to understanding how the cultural identity of China has persisted over the past several thousand years and into the modern age.