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Our approach, through both humor and facts, is meant to disarm current controversies of today. We present to you Conversations and Meditations. A thought experiment to help explore ideas, worldviews, and emotions that make us human. Through this exploration, we hope that you, as a listener, are able to solidify your convictions according to empirical evidence, logic, facts, and reason. Our goal is to focus on the facts, articulate what is meaningful, and to encourage you to seek truth and find wisdom for the betterment of your character. We want to open a dialogue with our audience and encourage the search for truth. We hold this truth to be self-evident, and that is, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Through this deceleration of humility, we can then pursue knowledge wholeheartedly, passionately, and effectively.

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Our approach, through both humor and facts, is meant to disarm current controversies of today. We present to you Conversations and Meditations. A thought experiment to help explore ideas, worldviews, and emotions that make us human. Through this exploration, we hope that you, as a listener, are able to solidify your convictions according to empirical evidence, logic, facts, and reason. Our goal is to focus on the facts, articulate what is meaningful, and to encourage you to seek truth and find wisdom for the betterment of your character. We want to open a dialogue with our audience and encourage the search for truth. We hold this truth to be self-evident, and that is, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Through this deceleration of humility, we can then pursue knowledge wholeheartedly, passionately, and effectively.

    The Masks We Wear

    The Masks We Wear

    In this episode, Virgil goes into the idea of wearing masks to hide our real feelings and our true selves. Masks can hurt our relationships and our lives. Masking our emotions stops us from processing them and integrating them into our lives. People who wear masks are driven by trauma, and we all experience different types of trauma in our lives. A mask covers up wounds and doesn’t allow those wounds to heal. It hides the pain. If you want to be honest with others, you first have to be honest with yoursel

    • 47 min
    What is Postmodernism?

    What is Postmodernism?

    In this episode, Vigil and his guests, Danny and Matt, discuss the topic of postmodernism. This episode focuses on the differences between modernism and postmodernism and why talking about this topic is essential. The show then goes into whether postmodernism exists only in the realm of art and literary theory, or is it also a social phenomenon. We then discuss if postmodernism leads to cultural and moral relativism and whether that point of view can lead to a generally skeptical view of the world.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    What are Logical Fallacies and Why they are Harmful

    What are Logical Fallacies and Why they are Harmful

    In this episode, Virgil goes over the concept of logical fallacies and the different types used in discourse. Logical fallacies work on people because they make messages feel more persuasive. Ultimately fallacies hurt the trust and credibility of a person making an argument; therefore, the truth isn't the focus. This episode focuses on what logical fallacies are, the negative aspects of using them, and their overall effect on the way we interact with others.

    • 51 min
    What is High and Low Culture?

    What is High and Low Culture?

    In this episode, Virgil and his previous guests Danny and Matt, discuss the concepts of High and Low culture. This episode will focus on discussing why these cultural forces and cultural divisions are important. Through these discussions, we can learn more about our culture, which gives us a more nuanced view of our world. Through this discussion, we hope to explore better these two cultures and how they interface with society.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Building Self-Confidence in Times of Self-Doubt

    Building Self-Confidence in Times of Self-Doubt

    In this episode, Virgil goes over the tools and strategies that we need to build self-confidence in times of self-doubt. Self-confident individuals build trust in their abilities and have a sense of control of their lives. They also have realistic expectations, and even if those are not met, they continue to be positive. We all live with self-doubt, but with these tools and strategies, we hope to be able to build up our confidence and remain positive in the face of our successes and failures.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Can You Separate Art from the Artist?

    Can You Separate Art from the Artist?

    Virgil and his friends, Awkward Hermit, Matt, and Auguste discuss separating art from the artist. Is it ever possible for us to separate a talented individual and their pieces of art from their immoral, and at times, criminal behavior? Should we banish all art from individuals that may be talented but are immoral people. Should we try to find nuance and look at the issues case by case following the facts and victim testimony? We hope we can bring clarity to such a problematic and emotional topic.

    • 1 hr 58 min

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