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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

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

Life Is a Pigsty

11/9/2018
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Men plot, God Laughs, so goes a Yiddish saying. Philosophers might say we find ourselves at an epistemological disadvantage. We know our experiences and machinations can be more about appearance than reality. We can be mistaken about what we've seen and what we've heard. How else do you explain unrequited love? It is not without reason that Shakespeare wrote: “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore, is wing’d Cupid painted blind” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). But...

Duration:00:10:15

A Strange Fire: Trailer

11/5/2018
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Duration:00:01:22