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The Necessary Bullshit Podcast is an experimental, ongoing conversation, between a progressive and a libertarian. Hosts Josh Simpson and Ian Savage tackle issues in philosophy, politics, society and culture, the media, film and entertainment. Josh received his BFA in performance arts from Southern Oregon University. He is an actor and a 2013 company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is currently a company member of the Eugene Shakespeare in the Park. He is also a writer and social commentator, writing on issues of love, relationships, mental illness, and optimism. He writes on his personal blog at www.theonlyone.cf Ian studies philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is a writer and novelist, writing about topics varying from Nietzsche, nihilism and pessimism, values, liberalism in politics, science fiction and its commentary on current issues, and existentialism. He writes on his personal blog at www.modernoverman.com You can follow them both on Twitter @theonlyoneblog and @modernoverman respectively. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @NecessaryBSPod

The Necessary Bullshit Podcast is an experimental, ongoing conversation, between a progressive and a libertarian. Hosts Josh Simpson and Ian Savage tackle issues in philosophy, politics, society and culture, the media, film and entertainment. Josh received his BFA in performance arts from Southern Oregon University. He is an actor and a 2013 company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is currently a company member of the Eugene Shakespeare in the Park. He is also a writer and social commentator, writing on issues of love, relationships, mental illness, and optimism. He writes on his personal blog at www.theonlyone.cf Ian studies philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is a writer and novelist, writing about topics varying from Nietzsche, nihilism and pessimism, values, liberalism in politics, science fiction and its commentary on current issues, and existentialism. He writes on his personal blog at www.modernoverman.com You can follow them both on Twitter @theonlyoneblog and @modernoverman respectively. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @NecessaryBSPod
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The Necessary Bullshit Podcast is an experimental, ongoing conversation, between a progressive and a libertarian. Hosts Josh Simpson and Ian Savage tackle issues in philosophy, politics, society and culture, the media, film and entertainment. Josh received his BFA in performance arts from Southern Oregon University. He is an actor and a 2013 company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is currently a company member of the Eugene Shakespeare in the Park. He is also a writer and social commentator, writing on issues of love, relationships, mental illness, and optimism. He writes on his personal blog at www.theonlyone.cf Ian studies philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is a writer and novelist, writing about topics varying from Nietzsche, nihilism and pessimism, values, liberalism in politics, science fiction and its commentary on current issues, and existentialism. He writes on his personal blog at www.modernoverman.com You can follow them both on Twitter @theonlyoneblog and @modernoverman respectively. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @NecessaryBSPod

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Episodes

Episode #13: Mental Illness vs. Mental Health

5/10/2019
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In this episode, Josh and Ian talk about their experiences with mental illness and the mental health industry, and how the mind is often ignored when discussing the health of the body, while the stigma against mental health continues. They get into their own personal experiences with mental illness and how it has affected the people they have had relationships with. Finally, they get into the problems of the mental health care industry and how drugs are often the first go-to solution over...

Duration:01:18:13

Episode #12: Sekiro, the Soulsborne Series, and Challenging Games

5/3/2019
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In this episode, Josh and Ian discuss the latest release from Japanese developer FromSoftware, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, an action-adventure game set in Sengoku-era Japan, where you play as a one-armed shinobi. They delve into the history of FromSoft games and their entry into the Soulsborne series and how they manage in navigating through those games. They get into how the Souls community has effected their experience and then get into the mechanics and gameplay of Sekiro. Finally, they...

Duration:01:17:41

Episode #11: Flat Earthers and the Market of Surveillance (Pt. 2)

4/17/2019
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In part 2 of this conversation, Josh and Ian continue their talk on conspiracies and how mistrust in the surveillance state and tech companies have led to what is known as surveillance capitalism. They cover how software algorithms like Netflix, Facebook, and Google attempt to accurately understand our own psychology better then ourselves and how it drives people further into online echo chambers. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian @modernoverman and the podcast...

Duration:01:07:18

Episode #10: Flat Earthers and the Market of Surveillance (Pt. 1)

4/10/2019
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In part 1 of this conversation, Josh and Ian tackle the phenomenon of Flat Earth conspiracies and how it rose to popularity, especially in the wake of YouTube. They also cover the importance of astronomy and astrology in ancient cultures, leading up to the origins of the flat earth idea. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian @modernoverman and the podcast @NecessaryBSPod Links: The Flat Earth TheoryFlat Earth: What Makes REAL Science?@wisecrackPositivismBedford Level...

Duration:01:08:27

Bonus #5: Russian Collusion and the Problems of Modern Feminism

4/2/2019
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In this bonus episode, Josh and Ian briefly discuss the newly released summary of Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation from U.S. Attorney General, and the distinctions between the lack of collusion and obstruction of justice from Trump. They also get into an essay that Ian published on third-wave feminism, and get into the mechanics of oppression and the reaction to it, via political activism. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian @modernoverman and the...

Duration:01:19:40

Episode #9: Andrew Yang and the Freedom Dividend; Plus Anti-Vaxxers

3/25/2019
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In this episode, Josh and Ian discuss the major campaign points of U.S. 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang. They start off with Yang's history and then lead into his core issue, the Freedom Dividend, Yang's version of UBI (universal basic income) and why it's necessary for increasing automation in the jobs market. They also examine Yang's interview on the Fifth Column Podcast with Kmele Foster and their take on secondary education. At the half-way point of the episode, they introduce...

Duration:02:01:50

Episode #8: Cohen's Testimony and Arguing Over Socialism

3/12/2019
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In this episode, Josh and Ian finally talk about the recent public testimony of Michael Cohen. They examine how Republicans and Democrats tackled the hearing differently and the link with the alleged Russian collusion. They also get into the recent 2018 midterm election fraud in North Carolina and the validation of opinion. In the second half of the episode, they dive deep into the weeds in the differences between Marxism, communism, socialism and its variants democratic socialism vs....

Duration:02:18:24

Episode #7: Everything But the Cohen Testimony

3/6/2019
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In this episode, Josh and Ian cover a wide range of topics. They talk about the creation of the U.S. Constitution from the founding fathers, and the context and environment in which it was written, especially surrounding the difficulty amending it or interpreting it. They cover religious rituals, texts, and their relevance today. Arguments against the 1st and 2nd Amendments. The value of safety in the Western world. Facebook, social media, smart phones and the impulsiveness in which people...

Duration:02:12:48

Episode #6: Values, Free Will, and the Morality of Billionaires

2/15/2019
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WARNING: This episode contains potentially triggering language to some listeners. This occurs at 1:10:23. Please feel free to skip over this, it only lasts up to 60 seconds. In this episode, Josh and Ian get into the philosophical weeds over traditional values, and whether or not they hold a place in today's Western culture. They then relate values to free will, whether or not they think humanity is endowed with it, and its implications on criminal justice and mental illness. They also...

Duration:02:16:24

Bonus #4: Name Change to Bullshit

2/14/2019
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Welcome to the new podcast and new name: Necessary Bullshit Podcast. As the episode implies, we wanted to change the name of the podcast to fit in with our vision moving forward. Because there were so many podcasts with Off the Rails as their title, we wanted a name that reflected the importance and scope of this show. We hope our dear listeners stick with us as we grow and keep your ears open for new and great things in the future. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian...

Duration:00:16:50

Bonus #3: Coddling Kids and the Tragedy of Trump

2/9/2019
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Expect Off the Rails to be undergoing a name change. After reevaluating our vision for the podcast, we decided to change our name; should go into full effect soon. In this bonus episode, Josh and Ian respond to Andrew Sullivan's article in New York Magazine titled "Welcome to Act III of the Trump Tragedy." They also touch upon The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, reading an inspiring quote from Benjamin Franklin. They also cover the...

Duration:01:23:40

Episode #5: Masculinity, Beers, and Bad Wizards

2/1/2019
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this episode, Josh and Ian discuss their take on masculinity. In wake of the recent guidelines released by the American Psychological Association (APA), writers on the political Right and the IDW have condemned the APA for pathologizing men. These guidelines are briefly discussed. But then they move onto the analysis from the Very Bad Wizards podcast, as well as the Quillette...

Duration:01:51:25

Episode #4: Personal Optimism and Climate Pessimism

1/25/2019
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this episode, Josh and Ian discuss the experiential and philosophical implications of optimism and pessimism. They take a deep dive into Josh's recent blog post The Personal Power of Optimism and Ian's recent post The Climate Pessimism of Blade Runner 2049. They also cover a variety of topics such as: religion, self-perception, their understanding of traditional vs. new optimism,...

Duration:01:27:58

Episode #3: Evolution, Culture, and Their Integration

1/17/2019
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this episode, Josh and Ian discuss the Pangburn Philosophy debate between Richard Dawkins and Bret Weinstein on Evolution, Biology, and its applications on culture and society. They also discuss the Quillette article 'The New Evolution Deniers' by Colin Wright, while also moving into topics such as the issues of being transgender, gender studies, religion, the environment, and...

Duration:01:32:19

Bonus #2: Deepest Concern and Individuals Lost

1/17/2019
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this bonus episode Ian gives a reading of his article titled 'Deepest Concerns and Individuals Lost' to provide insight on the origins of his thought process. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian @modernoverman and the podcast @NecessaryBSPod Links: Deepest Concerns and Individuals Lost

Duration:00:06:56

Episode #2: Social Justice and Conflicts in Capitalism

1/5/2019
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this episode Josh and Ian discuss Uri Harris's article in Quillette titled 'Thinking Critically about Social Justice.' They also cover capitalism, greed, government bailouts and more. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian @modernoverman and the podcast @NecessaryBSPod Links: Thinking Critically About Social Justice@safeortrue

Duration:01:42:17

Bonus #1: Response to "Sad Radicals" + The Implications of Death

12/22/2018
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this bonus episode Josh and Ian discuss the article in Quillette titled 'Sad Radicals' by Conor Barnes. They also address their breakdown of thoughts connecting to death, suffering, optimism and more. Follow them on Twitter at: Josh @theonlyoneblog Ian @modernoverman and the podcast @NecessaryBSPod Links: Sad Radicals@Idiopunk

Duration:00:53:55

Episode #1: Flaws in American Democracy

12/6/2018
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: From episode #6 and on, the podcast will be under the name of Necessary Bullshit Podcast. In this first episode of the podcast, Josh and Ian discuss the modern American political landscape; especially about the majority 'two-party system.' They largely focus on the contents of Josh's article 'Problems with Politics?.' They also meander into a more broad philosophical discussion about our republic, the roles of leaders, education, abortion, the Kavanaugh hearings,...

Duration:01:57:13