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The Rational Ape, a philosophy podcast where everything can be talked about rationally.

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The Rational Ape, a philosophy podcast where everything can be talked about rationally.

    Reasoning From First Principles (Rebroadcast)

    Reasoning From First Principles (Rebroadcast)

    Elon Musk in one of his interviews talked about reasoning from first principles. By virtue of who he is, I think he popularized thinking from facts or objective thinking. The internet just took his word for it. Just search "reasoning from first principles" and you'll find Elon Musk with it. The question is, how do you exactly reason or think from first principles? In this episode, we're going to explore reasoning from first principles in greater detail.

    • 12 min
    Positive Thinking is a Waste of Time

    Positive Thinking is a Waste of Time

    Why the law of attraction doesn’t work and is a waste of time. Why pathological positive thinking will just make things worse. And how to deal with negativity.
    In this episode of The Rational Ape, I want to talk about positive thinking and why pathologically thinking positively about anything and everything is a waste of time. This method of going about the world doesn’t help you deal with the actual problem and suffering that comes with existence. No amount of positive thinking could change that.

    • 13 min
    KILL ALL HUMANS! The Anti-Human Mindset of Environmentalists

    KILL ALL HUMANS! The Anti-Human Mindset of Environmentalists

    A recent New York Times opinion piece entitled: Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy? concluded that the extinction of humanity would be a good thing. This is piece is not satire. Would human extinction be a tragedy? Why environmentalism is anti-human? My dear friends, this is The Rational Ape.

    • 14 min
    Improve Yourself With Reason And Philosophy

    Improve Yourself With Reason And Philosophy

    How to improve yourself using critical thinking, reason and philosophy. Why there’s no self-development without reason. And why the 11 billion dollar self-help industry won’t and can’t help you.
    Looking to self-improve? In this episode of The Rational Ape, we’ll talk about using reason as the primary tool for self-development and self-help. Reason, philosophy, logic, and critical thinking are simply crucial if you want to improve yourself–without those there’s simply no self-improvement.

    • 12 min
    What Is Conservatism?

    What Is Conservatism?

    In a post-Trump world, being a conservative is equated to being a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, backwards person. Conservatism has a negative connotation to a lot of people. But is it? What does it mean to be a conservative? Are you really a liberal, or a conservative but don’t know it yet?

    In this episode of The Rational Ape, we talk about the nature of conservatism, I.e. what it means to be a conservative. We’ll talk about conservatism in a more pure sense, where does it come from? What is the basis of conservatism. This is an important discussion that must be had as it’s almost fashionable to just slap labels and throw words without knowing what it means. One of those words or label is “conservative.”

    • 15 min
    How To Think For Yourself

    How To Think For Yourself

    How you’re manipulated. Strengthening the fence of The Garden of Reason. Thinking independently. And the laws governing independent rational thoughts. This is The Rational Ape.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

Donald Ray30 ,

Loving it!

Truly a heretic! Sometimes he talks about things I like. Sometimes he talks about things that are “problematic” but there’s a kernel of truth to what he says.

Apgar joy21 ,

Mentally challenging

The concepts are a little bit challenging for me.

Jerry Smith4 ,

Philosophy butchered

It’s philosophy alright. But I think he’s butchering philosophy! I wish he’d be more technical, this is almost too basic!

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