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17 | A History of Religion & Spirituality with Ken Keach pt. 2 | The religious vs the spiritual

Welcome back to this special series of the Dialogues podcast, where Ken Keach and I explore the History of Religion and Spirituality. In part 2, Ken and I discuss the differences and similarities between religion and spirituality.


16 | A History of Religion & Spirituality with Ken Keach pt. 1 | What is Religion?

Welcome to part 1 of what will be a major series exploring the history of religion and spirituality, with my guest, Ken Keach.


15 | Suffering is Caring, Vulnerability is Strength. With Lucas Mack

Topics: Vulnerability is strength. What does vulnerability say about our ability to grow, learn, and develop? What is suffering, and is it necessary or can it be avoided? How do different philosophies and religions view these topics? Why does our society seek to blame, rather than to heal or understand? The importance of gratitude.


14 | Asceticism, tribalism, communication, and character, with Joshua Feister

Topics: Growing up middle class in America. East vs West philosophy. Instagram (and social media) comment sections. Capitalism and Neo-liberalism. "Cynical distance." Yoga. Global poverty. The primacy of negativity on social media. The complexity of instant, global, and text-based communication. "De-platforming" and hate speech. Free speech rights vs protecting feelings. The Conservatism of Progressivism.


13 | From Evangelical to Existential, with Dr. David Congdon

This is the second half of my dialogue with Dr. David Congdon. If you want to check out the first part, please click here. This half of our dialogue focuses on religion. In it, you'll hear about David's path, as he describes, from Evangelical to Existential; as well as the story behind his latest book, which led to his controversial firing. And finally, we enter a topic which will hopefully form a future dialogue between us: What is the idea of God in the modern world?


12 | No place like home: Understanding US political philosophy, with Dr. David Congdon

What is Conservatism, Liberalism, and Progressivism? When we talk about left and right, and republicans and democrats, what do we mean? What about the US context versus the global context, versus the East coast, West coast, Midwest, metropolitan, rural, and on and on, context...?


11 | Postmodernism, Individuation, and Social Media, with Aedrian Shaene

Main topics: Postmodernism. Self-development and individuation. Social media norms. Memes, and memes as 'weapons'. "Post-authenticity" in social media. Understanding the "Facebook Exodus". Were we unready for social media? Open vs Closed Internet (e.g. US vs China, as an example). Russia-hysteria being supported by meme-driven dishonesty. A message from Metal Gear Solid


10 | How to change the world, with Martin Barrett & Monte Regier

Main Topics: Purpose in business. Neuroscience basis for generosity. Dopamine vs Oxytocin marketing. Capitalism's impact on global poverty. A hilarious cameo from the "Siri" app. Getting global poverty and relational injustice below 5%. Living a life-long vision.


9 | Business, philosophy, and living a multi-dimensional life, with Ken Keach

Main Topics: Finding your "why" in business and finance. Project creep and six sigma. Philosophy in Business and Economics. Expanding your horizon and living a multi-dimensional life. Creating and finding meaning in your life in the 21st century. Patriotism. US strategic interests. The Military Industrial Complex. Ethics, Empire, and Economic Utilitarianism. Presidential vs Congressional authority. Advice to millennials from a boomer.


8 | Exploring the Borders of the Soul, with Jungian psychologist Todd Peyton

Main Topics: Jungian Psychology, Warrior Archetype, Inclusive Theology, Christianity & Buddhism, Boundaries of Identity and Transpersonal space, Modern poets? Conflict phenomenology, PTSD, Importance of Ritual, Masculinity, Feminism, and Postmodernism,


7 | The Net Isn't Neutral, with Aedrian Shaene

Main Topics: Internet and Social media philosophy Net neutrality Internet development and history Communications theory Decline of towns and local communities Challenge of policy making Free speech What if everything absolutely comes crashing down


6 | Determinism vs Free Will; First Principles vs Analogy, with Zach Murray

Main Topics: - Free will & Determinism - Jordan Peterson vs Sam Harris - Science & Religion - Morality - First Principles vs Analogy - 82nd Airborne Division - Consciousness - Da Vinci - Newton and Darwin - a priori vs a posteriori - Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger - Universality vs Particularity - Blank(ish) Slate - Evolution and Primate morality


5 | What we permit we promote, with Lucas Mack

Topics include: - Civility & effective dialogue - Trump - Immigration & family separation - Facts vs Truth - Need for humility in media - How to do more than simply point out problems In 2018 almost half the country has expressed very low confidence in Congress, the Newspapers, The White House, and TV news. These low-confidence numbers have been steadily increasing over the past few decades. This is obviously a problem. But asking why this is the case is actually quite simple, and fairly...


4 | The Wall & The Shadow: From Plato to Jung with Dr. Rebecca LeMoine

Build the wall. That was the chant that dominated the 2016 US election. However, shocking as it may seem, this idea was not invented on January 20, 2017; nor is it unique to one country, or one border. From Hungry, to Brazil, to Israel, to South Africa, to Silicon Valley, to the University of Missouri, to Twitter. Fences, walls, segregation, gated communities, economic red lines, ideological safe spaces, and algorithms to keep us safe - all from the dreaded, other. It seems we don't disagree...


3 | The Internet & Social Media: A Hydra holding Pandora's Box, with Aedrian Shaene

Philosophy moves slowly. As well it should. And for so much of history this pace was not so much of a problem. But change affects all, philosophical truths and norms included. Today's dialogue will feature Aedrian Shaene. He has worked in the technology and Internet industry from the early days and has been a university lecturer on topics at the intersection of technology, social media, and philosophy. A couple months ago, Aedrian and I began a conversation through twitter which lead us now...


2 | Trump Supporter vs. Clinton Supporter: A Civil Conversation with Sean Morgan

How could you vote for ... Blank... ? That is still the question. Whether 'tis nobler to suffer silently while your facebook friends form an online hunting party; or to go full Milo Yiannopoulos, Samantha Bee, Late Night Television, or the President himself, and take arms against an endless sea of straw-men, and by shaming those who disagree with you, grow your social media following and ratings. That... is the past 2 years. With all that in mind I have invited on Sean Morgan to have a...


1 | "Who's afraid of free speech?" with Dr. Justin Murphy

Are we really drifting towards a less free society, and being lead by a generation with so many prominent figures that show disdain for free speech and open inquiry? Has liberalism and conservatism really become hostage to its more extreme and authoritarian factions? To help sort this out, I've invited Dr. Justin Murphy on the Dialogues. Recently, he published an article titled: "Who’s afraid of free speech in the United States?" The article explores American sentiment towards free speech in...