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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

Language:

English


Episodes

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


What's my purpose?

10/27/2017
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So often on our show, we’re asking questions that are really just circling the one big question that we all have - “What is it all about?”, or “Why am I here?” This week, we get closer to that big question by asking about our purpose - over and above everything else, is there something that we’re meant to do? If so, what is 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...

Duration: 00:23:33


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


Why can't I just stay in bed?

10/14/2017
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Somedays, you wake up, take one bleary-eyed look at the day, and say, “No thanks. I’m going back to bed.” Can you do this? What if you can’t - is there something I can do to turn this feeling around? 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: 00:20:20


What makes us think we're so special?

10/7/2017
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Why do we, as humans, think we’re so special? It may be easy to look at our place among other species on earth and pat ourselves on the back for being so great, but a simple glance upward at night reminds us how very small we are compared to the vastness and wonder of what is out there. Furthermore, we adapted to our environment in the exact same way as everything else did - we all evolved to fit our environment, so why do we think that places us above everything else? Check out the...

Duration: 00:21:44


Why don't we talk about death?

9/30/2017
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This week we talk about death, and specifically, why don’t we talk about it, or why do we put it off until we are at the very end and have no other choice? What keeps us from talking about the one thing that we all share? Surely fear plays a part of it, but wouldn’t it do us some wonderful good to share those fears instead of burying them? Check out the conversation and then let us know what you think at obviousquestion.wordpress.com or on our FaceBook page @obviousquestion Subscribe to...

Duration: 00:23:17


How do you confront your neighbor?

9/23/2017
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How do you handle conflict with our neighbors - or anyone who you’re not super close to (like family or close friends), but you have to live with them - maybe for a long time. 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: 00:22:48


How do we keep our children safe?

9/16/2017
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Given the vast differences in the kinds of pitfalls and threats that kids (teens)face today versus even what they were just 10 or 15 years ago, what can we do now to help them to be safe. Even the way kids use social media is much different than the way parents use it (as my cousin told me, “We stopped using Facebook as soon as we realized you guys started), so our toolset for how to help our children navigate life is uncharted and unfamiliar. Check out the conversation and then let us...

Duration: 00:20:06


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


Can you study for life's pop quizes?

8/19/2017
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We are all familiar with how life can test us - family members (or ourselves) get really sick or a big change in life that we have to manage, and to get through them, we rely on our support systems, our beliefs, our spirituality, etc, but sometimes, life comes out of nowhere and forces you to act “in the moment” - there is no time to plan or examine options. It is like a ‘pop quiz’ - you don’t know it’s coming, you have to act, and depending on what you do, you can fail it. Is there a way...

Duration: 00:21:47


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

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