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Socrates is believed to have said: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. And we agree. But this life, once examined, reveals a tempest of ideas and imaginings. This life is strange, and this podcast is an exploration of this strangeness. We invite you to come with us as we explore things settled, which on closer examination turn out to be not so settled. G. K. Chesterton said: “...the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.” With humor (we hope), and in humility, we hope you will come with us as we explore... A Strange Fire.

Socrates is believed to have said: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. And we agree. But this life, once examined, reveals a tempest of ideas and imaginings. This life is strange, and this podcast is an exploration of this strangeness. We invite you to come with us as we explore things settled, which on closer examination turn out to be not so settled. G. K. Chesterton said: “...the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.” With humor (we hope), and in humility, we hope you will come with us as we explore... A Strange Fire.
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Socrates is believed to have said: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. And we agree. But this life, once examined, reveals a tempest of ideas and imaginings. This life is strange, and this podcast is an exploration of this strangeness. We invite you to come with us as we explore things settled, which on closer examination turn out to be not so settled. G. K. Chesterton said: “...the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.” With humor (we hope), and in humility, we hope you will come with us as we explore... A Strange Fire.

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Episodes

ASF Special: A Strange Revolution

7/4/2019
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July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. Whether you are American or not, and most of humanity is not, the story of the American revolution is a strange one: mysterious events, inexplicable timing, improbable outcomes. Today we recount and ponder some of the strangeness surrounding one of the only successful revolutions in history.

Duration:00:08:12

ASF Special: Stranger Things - A Prequel

7/4/2019
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Sometimes things are not what they seem. Sometimes life is strange. The realization that appearance does not always mirror reality, or that appearance does not exhaust reality is ancient, ancient yet contemporary. It may, perhaps, be the fundamental realization of all religion, science, and philosophy. Today, besides being Independence Day in America, is the premiere of the third season of the Netflix show, Stranger Things. In this bonus episode we celebrate Stranger Things and explore one...

Duration:00:13:17

Narrative and Reality

6/21/2019
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Beware the myths, the narratives, about you; for they may enlighten our minds and sharpen our perception of the world, but they may also darken our minds and dull our perception of the world.

Duration:00:12:55

The Fall of Gyges

6/7/2019
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Fame? Fortune? Frivolity? What would you give, and what would you do, to possess these things permanently? What price would you pay? What if the health and wealth of the outer woman came at the price of the health and wealth of the inner woman? What if the pleasures of the outer man came at the price of the inner man? In this sequel to last week's episode, we sit at the foot of the greatest teacher of all time, Socrates, as he argues for the reality and value of the inner man and inner...

Duration:00:13:17

The Ring of Gyges

5/24/2019
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Are we evil by nature? Are we good by nature? Or does our nature, if we have a nature, lie somewhere between good and evil? Suppose you were given a ring - a ring that made you invisible before God and man. Would you continue to act justly? If you wouldn't, what does that say about you? Come, jump in the fire with the podcasters Strange, as we explore evil, human nature, and reality.

Duration:00:12:39

Beelzebub

5/10/2019
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What to do with evil? (Fight it? Deny it? Flee from it?) How to understand it? (Is it real, is it illusion, or is it something else entirely?) How to know what follows and what doesn’t follow from its presence in our lives and in our world? (God is real? God isn’t real?)

Duration:00:13:53

Whence Evil?

4/26/2019
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"Is he (God) willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? then whence evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” - Epicurus In this episode we look at whether or not there is any wisdom in Epicurus.

Duration:00:14:41

Be Quick, But Don't Hurry

4/12/2019
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If you can’t generalize, you can’t see patterns in life, and if you can’t see patterns in life, then you can’t be wise. In this episode we explore the nature of wisdom.

Duration:00:09:06

And Then There Were Four

3/29/2019
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Identity, content, origin, destiny: who are you? What are you composed of? Where do you come from? Where are you going? Four questions, four ingredients in the making of a meaningful life. To know where you’re going is to know who you are; your destiny and your identity are linked. The ethical and the metaphysical made one. Join us as we show how philosophy can be therapeutic.

Duration:00:13:24

Wondrous Strange

3/15/2019
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The philosopher seeks truth and reality. Truth is articulated, reality is experienced. But what if there is not a reality? What if there are realties? This world is material and objective, but there is another world. There is another reality. The reality of the objective and immaterial. This week we explore the different ways in which something can be real, and why it should matter to you.

Duration:00:11:27

Where Are You?

3/1/2019
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Jack & Kate & Hurley & . . . Chesterton? Not all who wander are lost wrote J.R.R. Tolkien. But it is also true that not all who are lost wander. Are you lost? Do you know where are you? Do you know where are you going? If you wander, why are you not wandering? If you wander, what do you hope to find? In this episode we explore the philosophical significance of one of life's most meaningful questions, namely, where are you? Show bibliography: G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, St....

Duration:00:10:38

Mind the Gap

2/15/2019
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What can philosophy teach us about the importance of being mindful? How can philosophy help us to understand the meaning of life? Life, language and the meaning of it all: Episode VIII of A Strange Fire.

Duration:00:12:13

ASF Special: Romance and The Devil

2/10/2019
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Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. Celebrate the season of St. Valentine with Ambrose Bierce, for those who think, and Edgar Allen Poe, for those who feel.

Duration:00:04:07

The Madmen

2/1/2019
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Reality is experienced, truth is comprehended and articulated. Without truth we cannot talk about reality. But the road to and through truth is treacherous and full of temptations. In this episode we continue on the strange road that leads to the truth, for those with ears to hear.

Duration:00:11:01

Everything Comes with a Price

1/18/2019
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You can’t have it all. Every action, every choice you make carries a consequence. For in life, everything comes with a price. What prices are you paying?

Duration:00:09:33

Stage-One Thinking

1/4/2019
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A guiding light amidst the darkness. In this episode we explore the virtue of thinking, and the folly of stage-one thinking. Life is strange, not irrational.

Duration:00:10:06

ASF Special: It's a Wonderful Life

12/21/2018
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Life is strange. All of it. In this special Christmas episode, we examine the life of George Bailey.

Duration:00:08:13

Strange Ways

12/21/2018
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Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all. Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Duration:00:11:45

A Philosophy of Light

12/7/2018
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There is war in the night, no one knowing whom he strikes. All depends on the philosophy of light.

Duration:00:10:16

Asking the Right Questions

11/23/2018
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Clandestine forces pushing you, pulling you; ever present in your life. But it's not more knowledge that will open your eyes to their presence, it's wisdom. An episode for those with eyes to see.

Duration:00:12:49