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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. 100 - Trying to Solve Philosophy | Patterson in Pursuit

11/18/2019
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Episode 100 of Patterson in Pursuit! Wow, what a milestone. Thanks to everybody who has listened to and supported the show. I hope it's created value for you. In this episode, I share my personal thoughts about the show, some of my motivations, the conversations that were impactful to my own philosophy, and some funny experiences along the way. And of course, more heretical thoughts about the philosophy of mathematics.

Duration:02:14:43

Ep. 99 - Non-Rationality and Psychedelics | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

9/8/2019
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Do logic and rationality have limits? Are there ways to "get outside" of rational thinking? Do altered states caused by psychedelics provide true insight about the world, or are they illusory? These are the questions I discuss with Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, who shares some of his personal experiments and insights gained psychedelic drugs.

Duration:01:19:01

Ep. 98 - "A Consciousness-Only Ontology" | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

9/1/2019
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Is everything ultimately mental? Do we need a theory of a physical world at all? Dr. Bernardo Kastrup joins me again to talk about idealism. This time, we go into great detail, both put our ideas to the test, and the result was one of my favorite interviews ever. I end up asking Bernardo some of the most difficult questions in philosophy.

Duration:01:47:05

Understanding God as Nature or the Universe

8/22/2019
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Finally, after investigating for more than 20 years, I have a concept of God I can rationally grasp. The idea is one of the oldest in existence, and it turns baroque theological claims into true and important insights.

Duration:00:39:14

Solving the Interaction Problem

8/1/2019
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Dualism is an attractive philosophy with an Achilles' heel. Dualists since Descartes have never given a good answer to the problem of interaction. Finally, I think I've got one. I have a working resolution to the problem of interaction that I call a theory of indirect interaction, which allows effective interaction between objects in different ontological categories. Original article here: http://steve-patterson.com/mind-body-dualism-solving-problem-interaction/

Duration:00:26:12

There Are No Objective Definitions

5/19/2019
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Lots of confusion is caused by the nature of language. This is a narration of the article "There Are No Objective Definitions", which you can read here: http://steve-patterson.com/there-are-no-objective-definitions/

Duration:00:16:12

Ep. 97 - Math Heresy: Ultrafinitism | Dr. Doron Zeilberger

4/21/2019
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Dr. Doron Zeilberger is the Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University. He's also a math heretic who thoroughly rejects the orthodox conceptions of infinity in modern mathematics. So we got along quite well. We had a fantastic conversation covering a wide range of topics, including set theory, calculus and limits, pi, irrational numbers like the square root of two, real analysis, and Godel's Incompleteness Theorems. If you're interested in the philosophy of mathematics,...

Duration:00:57:26

Ep. 96 - Truth and Postmodernism | Breakdown of Thaddeus Russell Interview

4/7/2019
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The most requested interview breakdown ever - my conversation with Thaddeus Russell about the postmodern theory of truth. Fun episode! Can we know that experience is happening? If somebody denies that they know, is it possible to convince them?

Duration:01:46:20

Ep. 95 - The Highest IQ in America | Christopher Langan

3/24/2019
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Christopher Langan is an independent intellectual known for having the highest IQ in America - somewhere around 200, which is six standard deviations above the norm. His story is fascinating. Chris is not working within the academy. Instead, he's splitting his time between ranching and philosophizing. We spoke about a wide range of topics, including the problems of modern academia, the concept of IQ, and his attempt at a Theory of Everything entitled "The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the...

Duration:01:11:36

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 implies...

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