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The point of the Obvious Question is to explore questions that may seem fairly obvious but are seldom discussed. Each week, one of the hosts comes with a question for the other two and we have a spontaneous and rich dialogue that chips away at what matters most in our lives and hopefully the lives of our listeners.

The point of the Obvious Question is to explore questions that may seem fairly obvious but are seldom discussed. Each week, one of the hosts comes with a question for the other two and we have a spontaneous and rich dialogue that chips away at what matters most in our lives and hopefully the lives of our listeners.
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Atlanta, Georgia

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The point of the Obvious Question is to explore questions that may seem fairly obvious but are seldom discussed. Each week, one of the hosts comes with a question for the other two and we have a spontaneous and rich dialogue that chips away at what matters most in our lives and hopefully the lives of our listeners.

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@theobviousq

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English


Episodes

Is "somebody" looking out for me?

3/18/2018
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Is there someone (or something) looking out for us when we need them? I say it in the intro, I don’t believe in guardian angels or old men with white beards in the sky, but when I was really despairing, I asked the air for help, and dammit if it doesn’t seem to me that something answered the call. Was this just coincidence? A story I’m making up? What if I’ve noticed it happen a bunch of times in my life? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at...

Duration:00:33:24

What if we treated our heroes and villains the same?

12/16/2017
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What would life look like if we treated the people in our lives who we perceive as bad people - the villains, and those who we place on pedestals (our heroes) the same. What if we were able to even-out our approach - giving the villains the benefit of the doubt and some empathy, and the heroes a sense of appreciation but without fawning or pressure - would the world shift in some way? Would it make a difference? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at...

Duration:00:23:12

Is there any hope for humanity?

12/1/2017
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Humanity, our species, is facing severe threats - climate change and ever intensifying weather, antibiotic resistant diseases, political instability and disconnection, the list goes on and on, and all the while, our own population is expected to grow to 8 billion by 2024. Is there any hope that we’ll be able to align and confront our problems before they overcome us? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page...

Duration:00:23:14

Must I choose between the present and the future?

11/11/2017
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This week, we explore if it is better to live life with a strong aspiration towards the future - trying to build something, achieve something, or leave a lasting legacy, or if it is enough to simply be deeply connected to the present moment. Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:20:43

How do you teach a kid to be themself?

10/21/2017
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How do you teach a kid to be OK with who they are - to feel good, to be confident, to do what they want to do? All too often, kids are driven into certain activities, behaviors, or even career paths based on what adults think is best, but may not be what the kid wants. How do you guide a kid into a life that they would say, “I’m happy with this.”? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion...

Duration:00:15:03

At what point is artificial intelligence real?

9/9/2017
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When does artificial intelligence become real? Inspired by a recent news story about an artificially intelligent system that can paint like some of the great masters, at what point does AI cross the threshold to real intelligence - what would define that? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:21:24

What do you want to be remembered for?

8/26/2017
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When you’re gone, when you’ve shuffled off this mortal coil, how do you want to be remembered? What is the legacy that you’d like to leave in the hearts and minds of the people who remain? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:16:58

How much stuff is enough?

8/12/2017
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How much stuff do we need? What things matter the most to us, and at what point do they become a burden? It feels timely to ask ourselves about the things we own, because we all know that we’re going to have to give it up someday, so are we OK leaving our friends and family members to deal with it? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here, iTunes,...

Duration:00:20:35

Can winners go with the flow?

8/4/2017
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Many of us grow up with the notion that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it, that, through perseverance, grit, and hard work, you can achieve whatever you want. In parallel, many of us learned (and feel) that life has a flow to it all of its own, and your ability to align yourself with this flow can directly relate to how happy and at peace you are, and we wonder this week, are these two at odds with each other? Can you do both - can you achieve objectives and be one the...

Duration:00:21:09

Do you ever really know someone?

7/27/2017
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How well do you really know someone? We think we really know the people in our lives, but sometimes, someone will do something that turns that on its ear and makes us wonder if we really ever knew that person at all. Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:22:02

What is true?

7/19/2017
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What can we rely on as true? Are there facts that we can use - without leaning on a belief, that help us to live our lives? Conversely, do we find ourselves in a position of ever-present uncertainty about the world, the universe (and our place in it), and how does this impact the way we function and relate to others? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question...

Duration:00:24:07

Do I have to choose between belief and non-belief?

7/6/2017
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In the great debate between "There's a God" and "Nope...no God", what if I don't like either choice? Inspired by some lectures by the late great philosopher, Alan Watts, this week we talk about the two predominant models of the universe: one where we/it are the product of some type of creator or intelligence, and one where we/it are part of a natural scientific mechanical process with our question being, do I have to choose between the two? Is there another way to think of it? Check out...

Duration:00:21:28

Why do we get along?

6/21/2017
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What is the magic that connects you with the people you're closest with? Think of the people closest to you in your life: your best friends, your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend, good buddies... what connects you with them? Is it because you have something in common? If so, then what does that say about the whole “opposites attract” thing? It seems that neither idea captures it completely, so there must be something else - some grand unified theory of what connects us with the people we...

Duration:00:21:46

How much should I worry?

6/20/2017
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This week, we wonder about worry. To some degree, everybody worries. Some people worry constantly and need medication to help them find some peace, but is there some amount that is useful? Should we try to rid ourselves of worry altogether? Does worry help us to accomplish things in our lives, or does it just get in the way? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious...

Duration:00:17:51

What one thing do you need to know?

6/16/2017
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We’re supposed to teach our children well, but teach them what? What one thing do they need to know, above all else? What do I need to know? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:23:28

Am I a good dad?

6/8/2017
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Joe asks Bob and I this week, “what does it mean to be a good dad?”, and the question is not academic, the question is really, ‘Am I a good dad?” The three of us all have children - I have a son, Bob has two sons and two daughters, and Joe has two sons and a one daughter, and we’re wondering, how do we know if we’re making the cut for what is, inarguably, the most important job we have. It is my opinion, and I’m sure Joe and Bob agree, that the moment we had children, everything else...

Duration:00:27:13

Why do we complain?

5/23/2017
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Why do we complain? Does it do us any good? Joining us this week we’re very happy to have with us a special guest host. Dr. Tanie Miller Kabala. In addition to her private clinical psychology practice at the West Chester Wellness Center in West Chester, PA, Tanie is the author of the very successful and well-regarded Weight Loss Surgery Coping Companion. Additionally, Tanie recently released an album of meditations and relaxations entitled, Rest and Restore, which is available on iTunes,...

Duration:00:22:38

Should I seek happiness or meaning?

5/17/2017
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What is life all about? I think we could say that life is about being happy. Well, one way to be happy is to do things that you enjoy, right? So this said, if given the time and money, would a life of pleasure for the sake of it make you happy? Or would that get tiresome? Is there a better way that would ultimately lead to a fuller and richer existence?

Duration:00:19:48

When should I butt in?

5/9/2017
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Imagine a situation where someone you're close to is getting a raw deal. How do you know when you should step in to help, or when to let them fight their own battle? If you step in, are you sure you won't cause more harm than good? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to The Obvious Question podcast here, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:21:09

Do you support me?

5/1/2017
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Picture a friend or a family member who is participating in an activity (a sporting event or maybe they’re in a band) and you want to support them. What does that mean? What if you think they’re terrible at that sport or that their music is horrendous, do you still support them? Is your support somehow different now? Flipped around, when you do something, and you’re looking for the support of your friends and family, what are you looking for? Check out the conversation and then let us know...

Duration:00:18:55