13 episodes

Host Alex J O'Connor (from the YouTube channel 'CosmicSkeptic') discusses and debates deep and important issues with experts from a variety of philosophical, scientific and theological disciplines. Departing from Alex's snappier style on YouTube, this podcast presents more thorough analyses of the topics at hand, with help from a wide range of well-known professionals.

The Cosmic Skeptic Podcast Alex J O'Connor

    • Philosophy
    • 4.9, 16 Ratings

Host Alex J O'Connor (from the YouTube channel 'CosmicSkeptic') discusses and debates deep and important issues with experts from a variety of philosophical, scientific and theological disciplines. Departing from Alex's snappier style on YouTube, this podcast presents more thorough analyses of the topics at hand, with help from a wide range of well-known professionals.

    #13 ⁠— Joey Carbstrong | Why Won't Vegans Just Shut Up?

    #13 ⁠— Joey Carbstrong | Why Won't Vegans Just Shut Up?

    Joey Carbstrong is an Australian animal rights activist and vegan. Formerly a criminal, Joey turned his life around and now campaigns for animals, his views having been widely syndicated across various platforms including national television, radio, and his own highly popular YouTube channel.

    Joey speaks to Alex about how to advocate for veganism, and whether the forthright methods employed by many activists does more harm than good. Should vegans calm down?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #12 — David Benatar | Is It Immoral To Have Children?

    #12 — David Benatar | Is It Immoral To Have Children?

    Professor David Benatar is a South African philosopher, academic and author, and head of the philosophy department at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is best known for his defence of antinatalism, the view that it is immoral to have children (though more specifically, to bring new sentient beings into existence).

    Professor Benatar speaks to Alex about the asymmetry of pleasure and pain, and the two debate whether being anti-birth commits one to being pro-death.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    #11 — Douglas Murray | Gender and Activism

    #11 — Douglas Murray | Gender and Activism

    Douglas Murray is a British conservative author and journalist, and associate editor of The Spectator. In 2017 Murray wrote The Strange Death of Europe, and now returns with The Madness of Crowds, a book about identitarianism in four areas: 'gay', 'women', 'race' and 'trans'.

    Douglas speaks to Alex about the logic of reparations and a retributive approach to historical injustice, as well as the nature of gender, and the advocacy tactics of the LGBT community.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #10 — Richard Dawkins | Outgrowing God

    #10 — Richard Dawkins | Outgrowing God

    Richard Dawkins is the world-famous evolutionary biologist, bestselling science writer, emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, previously Oxford University's Professor for Public Understanding of Science.

    In 1976 Dawkins wrote The Selfish Gene, introducing the term 'meme' and beginning a career of publications including The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, and Outgrowing God.

    Dawkins speaks to Alex about atheism, the labelling of children as 'atheists', the basis of morality, and theology.

    • 44 min
    #9 — Earthling Ed | Veganism Can Be Complicated

    #9 — Earthling Ed | Veganism Can Be Complicated

    Ed Winters, known online as Earthling Ed, is a vegan educator and public speaker, co-founder and co-director of Surge, which founded the annual Official Animal Rights March, producer of the documentary Land of Hope and Glory, and my most requested podcast guest to date.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    #8 — Andrew Copson | What Is Secularism?

    #8 — Andrew Copson | What Is Secularism?

    Andrew Copson is is Chief Executive of Humanists UK and author of Oxford University Press' Very Short Introduction to Secularism. He speaks to Alex about the meaning of secularism, its distinction from humanism, liberalism and atheism, and how it might be achieved.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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