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Philosophy in the real world. Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Topics include philosophy, politics, religion, science, economics, mathematics, spirituality, and every other important topic. Steve Patterson is a philosopher working outside of academia, and he's currently traveling the world to interview professors, theologians, monks, and everybody else who is passionate about the world of ideas.

Philosophy in the real world. Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Topics include philosophy, politics, religion, science, economics, mathematics, spirituality, and every other important topic. Steve Patterson is a philosopher working outside of academia, and he's currently traveling the world to interview professors, theologians, monks, and everybody else who is passionate about the world of ideas.
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Philosophy in the real world. Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Topics include philosophy, politics, religion, science, economics, mathematics, spirituality, and every other important topic. Steve Patterson is a philosopher working outside of academia, and he's currently traveling the world to interview professors, theologians, monks, and everybody else who is passionate about the world of ideas.

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Ep. 94 - A Satoshi Nakamoto Story | Phil "Scronty" Wilson

9/2/2018
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Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? If you've been in the Bitcoin world for a while, you know that's the last question you should try to answer. However, I've recently come across a story that I find quite plausible, written by Phil Wilson (aka Scronty). Phil documents the thinking-process behind the Bitcoin invention, in addition to providing many historical details around the creation of Bitcoin. His story also explains the perplexing existence of Craig Wright. It's the only narrative that...

Duration:07:14:33

Ep. 93 - Abortion, Natural Rights, and Evictionism | Dr. Walter Block

6/28/2018
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My conversation with Dr. Walter Block about abortion and natural rights, which is one of the trickiest issues in any political philosophy, libertarianism included. He's the creator of a theory called "evictionism," which tries to take a middle ground between pro-life and pro-choice positions. In my analysis, it's a reasonable compromise. I cannot think of any principled objections from the pro-choice side, and though a pro-lifer might have objections, the core of Block's argument is...

Duration:01:16:16

Ep. 92 - 6 Years of Mystery Illness: When Western Medicine Fails

6/17/2018
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Julia and I have been dealing with a mystery illness for more than six years. It's progressively gotten worse, but finally, after seeing more than 50 doctors in multiple states and countries, we're finding answers. Our story is not unique. There are millions of people suffering with unknown illness who get misdiagnosed or dismissed by their doctors. Too often, when a conventional doctor does not understand your sickness, they conclude one of two things: it's either in your head, or you're...

Duration:02:09:32

Ep. 91 - Tom Woods on Catholicism, Papal Authority, and Intellectual Entrepreneurship | Dr. Thomas Woods

6/10/2018
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Tom Woods joins me for a great discussion about Catholicism, papal authority, and his story of becoming an independent intellectual entrepreneur. Was the Catholic Church really an anti-intellectual, anti-science organization throughout history, or is that simply a myth? Does the truth stand apart from what the Pope declares? Can the Pope be wrong? These questions and lots more.

Duration:01:05:58

The Abuse of Apriorism in Economics

5/31/2018
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The purpose of this article is to point out where my fellow rationalists are being dogmatic, in particular, with regard to Austrian Economics. Philosophers like Hans-Hermann Hoppe tend to drop the "ceteris paribus" condition, turning true-but-neutered claims into false-and-dogmatic ones.

Duration:00:29:35

Ep. 90 - The Overwhelming Beauty of Free Markets | Jeffrey Tucker

5/27/2018
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This week's interview is with Jeff Tucker. We're talking about how capitalism fits into the bigger picture. Libertarians tend to assume that everybody values the creation of wealth, and therefore free markets are important. But why make this assumption? Perhaps free markets create wealth at the cost of personal or spiritual impoverishment. What to think about this objection? We also address the staggering beauty and complexity of free markets, illustrated in proper Jeff Tucker style: by...

Duration:01:32:43

Does Free Will Even Make Sense?

5/24/2018
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Few things are as intuitively obvious, yet philosophically challenging, as the existence of free will. There’s a fashionable critique of free will that says, “The very concept of free will is incoherent; therefore, it obviously doesn’t exist.” This article does not make the case for or against the existence of free will. Instead, it defends its conceptual coherence. Free will is not a nonsensical idea, and it might exist.

Duration:00:18:27

The Crucifixion: A Unification of Love and Hate

5/17/2018
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This article was inspired by a life-size replica of the crucifixion within a church in Bergen, Norway. The church service was pointless, but the replica sparked some valuable thoughts about love and hate.

Duration:00:07:21

How the Rubik's Cube Solves Any Paradox

5/13/2018
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This narrated article is about using the Rubik's Cube as an analogy for philosophic paradoxes and problem-solving. There are no unsolvable scrambles...

Duration:00:13:14

Ep. 89 - Is the Whole Greater than the Sum of Its Parts? | Dr. Andrew Brenner

5/6/2018
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Is a “whole” really something greater than the sum of its parts? Or, is a “whole” identical to the sum of its parts? Dr. Andrew Brenner joins me for a fun conversation about mereology - the study of parts and wholes. While it might seem like an esoteric topic, it’s actually central to metaphysics, and the conclusions have implications on things as varied as the philosophy of mind, personal identity, and even the philosophy of mathematics and geometry. Both Dr. Brenner and I agreed in...

Duration:01:05:48

Defending Zeno's Paradox

5/3/2018
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Zeno's paradoxes are some of the most famous. Most modern philosophers simply dismiss them as "resolved" because of calculus. However, that's a logical mistake. Calculus actually does not resolve Zeno's paradoxes. What resolves them is a base-unit of physical reality.

Duration:00:20:28

Ep. 88 - Watch Out for Bitcoin Cash | Ryan X. Charles

4/29/2018
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I am joined again by Ryan Charles to discuss the current state of the Bitcoin Cash network. After the failure of the Segwit2x proposal to scale Bitcoin, a significant percentage of early adopters have moved onto the Bitcoin Cash network, and progress is happening fast. In fact, as of this interview, I've decided to only support Bitcoin Cash addresses for my work, and I've decided to write my next book on Bitcoin, called "The First Fork: From Bitcoin to Bitcoin Cash."

Duration:01:54:16

How Progressives Can Fix the Economy

4/26/2018
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This is a narrated article from the 2016 campaign season. I was inspired by the rhetoric of Bernie Sanders to create some satire...

Duration:00:09:32

Ep. 87 - Race and Colorblindness: Part II | T.K. Coleman

4/22/2018
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Imagine it's the late evening in Atlanta, and a small white woman is walking to her car in a parking lot. A black man she didn't see before walks up behind her. She gets nervous and feels like she might be in danger. She holds onto her purse a little more tightly. Is this a clear case of racism? Is it simply rational behavior? If it's racism, is it a moral problem? TK Coleman joins me to discuss these types of situations in Part Two of our conversation on race and colorblindness. Is it...

Duration:02:13:15

Gay Marriage and the Absurdity of Courts

4/19/2018
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This is a narration of an article I wrote when the US Supreme Court made their famous ruling on gay marriage. When you step back and view the big picture, the whole situation is bizarre. Humans, themselves, are bizarre, as are their political structures.

Duration:00:13:37

Ep. 86 - Race and Colorblindness: Part I | TK Coleman

4/15/2018
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TK Coleman joins me for another excellent conversation about race. This week, we focus on the concept of "colorblindness." Is it possible to be colorblind, or is that naive? Can we recognize differences among groups, while still judging every individual according to their own character? Is white supremacism a fundamental feature of white people's minds - so much, that they cannot spot it within themselves? Is the reason that so many people deny being racist is because of a lack of...

Duration:02:03:51

The Profundity of Poker

4/8/2018
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Poker can teach us something profound about philosophy. Specifically, it can teach us about the relationship between theory and data, knowledge and experience, and the ancient debate between rationalists and empiricists.

Duration:00:13:59

Ep. 85 - College Isn't for Education | Dr. Bryan Caplan

4/2/2018
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This week I’m joined by Dr. Bryan Caplan to discuss his new book, “The Case Against Education.” We cover the signaling model of education, whether college is always a good idea, and we got into an interesting conversation about doing interdisciplinary work - something very relevant to my own project.

Duration:01:23:25

Ep. 84 - When Logic Met Math | Dr. Graham Priest

3/25/2018
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This is Part 2 of my conversation with Dr. Graham Priest. We talk about the history of logic and the great revisions that took place around the turn of the 20th century. When logic met math, both disciplines changed, for better or worse.

Duration:00:37:01

Ep. 83 - Logic, Contradictions, and the Liar Paradox | Dr. Graham Priest

3/18/2018
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My conversation with Dr. Graham Priest, who is best known for his defense of dialetheism - the idea that some contradictions are true. We talk about logic, metaphysics, the relationship between the two, and focus on the liar's paradox in particular.

Duration:01:58:52