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Ep. 9 - Discussing the film Gattaca and more with my friend George Doll

George Doll is a filmmaker, writer, with an interest in politics. He just graduated from the University of Iowa, if you're interested in his work visit www.georgedoll.com. In today's episode, we discuss the movie Gattaca. We discuss our thoughts on the movie and dive into the philosophy side of the film. What is eugenics? Do we think Gattaca accurately depicts our world once achieve the capability of genetic modifications? How does the film relate to free will and determinism? What are...

Duration: 01:02:24

Idea Series: Personhood

Do you know a person when you see one? What has personhood? What must be achieved? Does a baby? Does Superman? Does your favorite character from Game of Thrones? What is the difference between a person and a human? What does it take to be part of a moral community? What are some views of personhood in philosophy? All of this discussed tune in!

Duration: 00:21:03

Idea Series: Pt. 2 - Rights: The Hohfeldian Analytical System

In the second part of the two part series of looking into the analytical system of rights in law, more detail was discussed. What are active and passive rights? What about positive and negative rights? Are positive or negative rights more clear? What is the will theory and interest theory? How do they relate to positive and negative rights? All of this discussed, tune in!

Duration: 00:15:37

Idea Series: Pt. 1 - Rights: The Hohfeldian Analytical System

What is your conceptual understanding of rights? What about the laws we have, what is their conceptual understanding of rights? Why is the understanding important? What is the form of rights for Hohfeldian, a legal theorist? In part one his four components of rights are discussed, known as the Hohfeldian incidents. What are liberties? What are claims? What are powers? What are immunities? Tune in!

Duration: 00:15:22

Ep. 8 - Discussing Healthcare Policy with Chris Medrano

What is the deal with the Senates proposed healthcare plan? Can the Republicans' overcome their divide? What are some possible alternatives to the Senate healthcare bill? What is the philosophy behind healthcare alternatives? Tune in!

Duration: 00:51:41

Idea Series: The Allegory of the Cave

What are Plato's Forms and how do they relate to the Allegory of the Cave? Are we oblivious to the realm of forms? Is all we see shadows of the real thing? How can the Allegory teach us to be reflective? What is Plato's solution to the Allegory? Once we leave the cave do we reenter? All of this discussed, tune in!

Duration: 00:18:29

Ep. 7 - Discussing Politics with my friend George Doll

George Doll is a filmmaker, writer, with an interest in politics, just graduated from the University of Iowa, if you're interested in his work visit www.georgedoll.com. In today's episode, we discuss some politics. Why does Noam Chomsky think Venezuela is socialist? Why are our student loans so high? What's it like to work on a Presidential campaign? Is impeaching Donald Trump the answer? Why are conservatives still obsessed with Ronald Reagan? Tune in!

Duration: 01:19:36

Ep. 6 - Discussing Buddhist arguments against the independent self with Aaron Rabinowitz

What are some Buddhist arguments against the belief in an independent, enduring self? The Buddha claims that this false belief and attachment it produces lies at the root of all our suffering. By learning to embrace the no-self view, anyone can reduce the amount of suffering in their lives and the lives of those around them. Aaron co-hosts the Embrace the Void podcast, where he and GW and lots of friends come together to accept that we are living in one of, if not the worst of all...

Duration: 00:59:17

Idea Series: What is Living in Bad Faith? - Jean Paul Satre

What is Jean Paul Satre's idea of bad faith? How is this idea from him applicable to today's world? Are we denying the freedom we have? Are political groups acting with such anger living in bad faith? What is living in good faith? Are we condemned to freedom? What are the positives and negatives of living in good faith? All of these questions discussed, tune in!

Duration: 00:18:50

Ep. 5 - Discussing Academia and the Ethics of Technology with Dr. Johnny Søraker

I'm joined by former Professor of Philosophy Johnny Søraker. He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Twente, Netherlands - on the ontology, epistemology, and ethics of virtual worlds. His research focus has been in the area of computer ethics, in particular, related to the ethics of AI, virtual worlds, computer games and social media. He increasingly addressed these issues from the perspective of the good life, often informed by positive psychology and other empirical research....

Duration: 00:59:45

Ep. 4 - Talking Democratic Socialism with Connor Wroe Southard

Connor Wroe Southard is a writer, socialist organizer, and budding podcast guest from Wyoming who currently lives in New York City. We talk about the rise of the socialist movement in America. What is Democratic Socialism? Connor addresses the common concerns about socialism. Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnorSouthard

Duration: 00:48:59

Idea Series: What is Philosophy?

Welcome to my new Idea series where I provide a short podcast that talks about a famous idea in philosophy. Today's question is going to the basics what actually is philosophy? Is it wrong to say you have a philosophy? Why is philosophy important for our society still today? What are the different areas in philosophy? I will also be doing a Philosopher Series in a similar format, stay tuned!

Duration: 00:14:48

Ep. 3 - Why are we Irrational about Politics?

On this episode, I discuss a paper by Professor Michael Huemer on why we are irrational about politics. Is it rational to be irrational about politics? Does the internet cause an echo chamber? Do our political groupings make logical sense? How can we improve our political discourse?

Duration: 00:39:01

Ep. 2 - The Problem with Politics

Do you think our current political system is broken? Why are we polarized and divided on most political issues? Could it be that lizard people are running our government? Why have political discussions become such taboo? Can we stop being so angry? Just how messed up are politics America? All this is discussed, enjoy!

Duration: 00:32:35

Ep. 1 - Is Morality Objective?

In this episode an attempt is made at understanding the arguments about objective and subjective morality. Questions discussed: Is the earth flat because Kyrie Irving believes it? Tigers? Can we have moral progress? Can rectangles have three sides? Eskimos did what? What are moral truths?

Duration: 00:40:32