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Discursive Poetry

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A short weekly poetry and ideas podcast

A short weekly poetry and ideas podcast
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Location:

Ireland

Description:

A short weekly poetry and ideas podcast

Twitter:

@peterwduff

Language:

English

Contact:

00353876791439


Episodes

Jesters

12/16/2017
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One day long ago in Dublin, Dean Jonathan Swift had some fun at the expense of his friend, Bishop George Berkeley.

Duration: 00:04:31


A Peculiar Privilege

12/9/2017
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Is Human thought no more than an accidental bi-product of brain activity: what David Hume described as “this little agitation of the brain?”

Duration: 00:03:12


The Great Enigma

12/2/2017
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Even more puzzling than the mystery of how thought becomes action and how actions cause thoughts is “the hard problem” - that great enigma we call consciousness.

Duration: 00:02:21


Mind and Matter

11/25/2017
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How do thoughts cause actions and how can “real world” events prompt perception and thought? This is the enigma that philosophers call the “mind body problem.” Descartes postulated that the necessary mediation between mental and material activity occurs in the pineal gland at the front of the brain, but as an explanation this was speculative, implausible and inadequate. To-date nobody has proposed a satisfactory answer to the mind body problem.

Duration: 00:03:50


Scattergun

11/18/2017
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Why do intelligent people use arguments they know to be spurious?

Duration: 00:01:57


Into the Fire

11/11/2017
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Into the Fire is a villanelle about how the initial hope engendered by the French Revolution gave way to despair as the old tyranny was replaced by a new one.

Duration: 00:01:56


Châtignac

10/28/2017
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Though many miles from the trenches, the village of Châtignac in South-Central France was devastated by the First World war, but so also were tens of thousands of other little French villages.

Duration: 00:02:06


The Pedant’s Revolt

10/21/2017
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A reader sends a stern letter to a newspaper editor - not about Iraq, Israel or Afghanistan, but on a point of grammar.

Duration: 00:04:29


Donald, Dick and George

10/14/2017
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Donald, Dick and George is a poem about the unnecessary and catastrophic American invasion of Iraq launched in the wake of the World Trade Centre attacks of 2001. Like Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld still denies that the decision to invade was wrong.

Duration: 00:03:48


Dominos

10/7/2017
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The domino theory, popular in the United States in the 1950s that a zero tolerance attitude should be taken towards communist movements so as to prevent the insidious spread of communism, famously turned out to be misjudged. The domino theory is an example of a slippery slope argument. Such arguments are not per se fallacious but they tend to be weak and should be assessed with a judicious scepticism.

Duration: 00:05:21


Visionaries

9/30/2017
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Plato, Rousseau, Hegel, Nietzsche and Marx: the common flaw of these visionaries is that they seek a sort of Utopia by divisive ideas, and set the ignorant against the knowledgeable, German against non-German, weak against strong and poor against rich. Historically it was the left that was encouraged to feel resentment and the right to feel a sense of superiority. Things are more complicated nowadays, when much of the right is resentful and many on the left feel a sense of superiority over...

Duration: 00:03:47


Unsought

9/23/2017
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Introducing his poem, Unsought, Peter contrasts the writings of Bertrand Ruessll and Georg Hegel, saying that, in general, people re-read Russell’s sentences to savour them and Hegel’s to try to understand what they were intended to mean. The Roman poet Horace wrote a couplet that has been rendered in English as, “Seek not for words, seek only facts and thought / and crowding-in will come the words unsought.” Unsought expands on this idea, adding the proviso that the words will not come...

Duration: 00:03:23


Reconnecting

9/15/2017
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In the second Discursive Poetry podcast, Peter continues with the theme of the written word, this time focusing on its potency as a means of commuication over distances in time as well as geographical distances.

Duration: 00:02:31


Earliest Memory

9/8/2017
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In the first Discursive Poetry podcast, Peter Duff introduces Discursive Poetry and reads his poem, Earliest Memory, a poem about the written word: “…this great code / In which, condensed to ink in manifold, / Our stories, thus unshackled, may be told.

Duration: 00:01:31