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Welcome to Unlimited Opinions! Have you ever wanted to listen to a lawyer and his teenage son discuss philosophy, mythology, and more? No? Well, Mark and Adam Bishop are here to discuss it all the same! In Season 1, they covered Anthony Kenny's "A New History of Western Philosophy" in order to discuss truly groundbreaking and innovative commentary on Western philosophy. in Season 2, they delved into Jake Jackson's "Myths & Legends" to singlehandedly unearth the ancient wisdom and lost secrets of world mythologies. Now in Season 3, they are reading Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth," a text that combines philosophy and mythology in looking at how myths are still relevant to our lives today. There will also be more than the average amount of references to linguistics, 60s music, and J.R.R. Tolkien. If any of that sounds vaguely interesting, then this is the podcast for you! Episodes are uploaded every Monday at 9:00 p.m. CST. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Welcome to Unlimited Opinions! Have you ever wanted to listen to a lawyer and his teenage son discuss philosophy, mythology, and more? No? Well, Mark and Adam Bishop are here to discuss it all the same! In Season 1, they covered Anthony Kenny's "A New History of Western Philosophy" in order to discuss truly groundbreaking and innovative commentary on Western philosophy. in Season 2, they delved into Jake Jackson's "Myths & Legends" to singlehandedly unearth the ancient wisdom and lost secrets of world mythologies. Now in Season 3, they are reading Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth," a text that combines philosophy and mythology in looking at how myths are still relevant to our lives today. There will also be more than the average amount of references to linguistics, 60s music, and J.R.R. Tolkien. If any of that sounds vaguely interesting, then this is the podcast for you! Episodes are uploaded every Monday at 9:00 p.m. CST. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

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Welcome to Unlimited Opinions! Have you ever wanted to listen to a lawyer and his teenage son discuss philosophy, mythology, and more? No? Well, Mark and Adam Bishop are here to discuss it all the same! In Season 1, they covered Anthony Kenny's "A New History of Western Philosophy" in order to discuss truly groundbreaking and innovative commentary on Western philosophy. in Season 2, they delved into Jake Jackson's "Myths & Legends" to singlehandedly unearth the ancient wisdom and lost secrets of world mythologies. Now in Season 3, they are reading Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth," a text that combines philosophy and mythology in looking at how myths are still relevant to our lives today. There will also be more than the average amount of references to linguistics, 60s music, and J.R.R. Tolkien. If any of that sounds vaguely interesting, then this is the podcast for you! Episodes are uploaded every Monday at 9:00 p.m. CST. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

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English


Episodes

S3 E4: The First Storytellers

7/11/2022
What began humanity's mythological stories? Death or something else? In this episode, we break down the third chapter of The Power of Myth, discussing Joseph Campbell's theories on how myths began, amongst other concepts, including whether or not humans make beautiful things instinctually and how the self relates to society. As may be expected, we disagree with Campbell in some aspects but admire his insights in others! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:40:40

S3 E3: The Journey Inward

7/4/2022
Is this the first chapter that Adam does not particularly like? In this episode, we look at much of Joseph Campbell's personal philosophies and largely disagree with them. We discuss how humans now are the same as 30,000 years ago, how dreams and myths relate, transcendence, the use of allegory, and much more. We also return to our season-spanning debate over whether or not God is omniscient about the future! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:57:40

S3 E2: Myth and the Modern World

6/28/2022
"I'm fed up! I'm about to start caring!" - Mark Bishop, 2022. What issues prompted this radical turn to caring? Find out in this episode as we discuss the first chapter of The Power of Myth: "Myth and the Modern World." We discuss the importance to studying mythology, the experience of being alive, generalists vs. specialists, whether or not we should return to old beliefs, and much more. Throughout this episode, we connect the beliefs of Joseph Campbell to the various social issues in the...

Duration:01:24:45

S3 E1: Introduction to Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth"

6/20/2022
Welcome to Season 3 of Unlimited Opinions! In this episode, we look at journalist Bill Moyers' introduction to The Power of Myth, a text edition of the conversations held between Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell. We look at many of the big topics that are to come in the rest of the book, including why mythology is relevant today, the use of rituals in our daily lives, the Hero's Journey, the universality of mythology, and much, much more! We delve into the political side of things as...

Duration:00:58:40

S2 E36: Season Finale! Tales of the Great Fèinn and Legends for Children

6/6/2022
In this finale for Season 2 of Unlimited Opinions, we look at Scottish legends for children and stories of Fionn mac Cumhaill. We discuss the Ainsel, the story of Ossian and the Crow, the legend of how Fionn got his sword Mac an Luinne, and much more! We also talk about the importance of mythology overall and why it's important today, and how this relates to the book that we will be covering for Season 3! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:54:57

S2 E35: Ghost, Origin, and Didactic Legends

5/30/2022
Porridge: the cure-all food of Scotland, apparently! In this episode, we look at Scottish stories about ghosts, tales of how things came to be, and fables instructing you how to live your life. We discuss the Fiddler of Gord, Dubh u'Giubhais, Luran, the Three Questions of King James, and much more! We also somehow end up on many tangents, including one comparing the complexities of World War II and the American Civil War! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:42:36

S2 E34: Legends of Fairies and Sea-Folk

5/23/2022
In this episode, Mark begins his descent into becoming a cartoon supervillain! Amidst many tangents and asides, we discuss the rather cheerful stories of Scottish fairies and sea-folk. We look at the legend of the Selkie, several stories about Changelings (including the story of Wee Johnnie in the Cradle), and the tale of how you should always accept mysterious buttermilk! We look at many of the morals and underlying symbolisms of these Scottish tales, and how they relate to us today. Follow...

Duration:01:06:16

S2 E33: Legends of Witchcraft

5/17/2022
The beginning of Scottish mythology! In this episode, we cover various tales of witchcraft, including the legend of the brownie, the three knots, the daughter of Duart, and the cauldron. We also discuss what distinguishes Scottish mythology from other Celtic traditions in its role in primarily oral storytelling. As is par for the course, we ramble in various tangents, some of which aren't connected to the stories at all, including discussions on H.P. Lovecraft and Harry Potter! Follow us on...

Duration:00:41:27

S2 E32: Ragnarok, the End of the World

5/9/2022
In this epic conclusion to Norse mythology, we cover the entire story of Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world. We tell the whole story, from Balder's death to Loki's punishment, and the battle itself on the field of Vigrid, and the renewed world. We also discuss the dichotomies represented by each of the gods and their enemies, and discuss our thoughts on Norse mythology as a whole. As always, there are many tangents, including a discussion on cynicism, a comparison of the punishments of...

Duration:00:56:59

S2 E31: Freyja and Other Stories

5/2/2022
Tangents, many connections to other writings, and rants! The quintessential Unlimited Opinions episode! We look at Freyja and Odur's love story, the tale of how Tyr lost his hand, the passing of the dwarfs, and much more! In this episode, Tolkien references abound and off-topic conversations run rampant. We're also looking for suggestions for a book to follow along with in the next season, so make sure to tweet any suggestions to us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:30:22

S2 E30: Legends of Thor

4/25/2022
Thor: hero of Norse mythology or kinda just a jerk? In this episode, we look at various legends of Thor's exploits in the Norse myths, including how Thor's hammer was made and later stolen, his fishing adventure, and the page-turner that is the story of Thor's journey to the hall of Utgard-loki. As always, this episode is full of tangents and other discussions, including our thoughts on if the giants are really just misunderstood. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:31:24

S2 E29: Legends of Odin and Asgard

4/18/2022
In this episode packed full of information about the Norse myths, we cover some of the most famous stories of Norse mythology! We look at the halls of Asgard, Heimdall's visits to Midgard, several of Loki's trickster stories, the tales of the Norns, Idunn's apples of immortality, and a very abridged version of the Sigurd Saga. We also narrowly avoid several rants, talk extensively about J.R.R. Tolkien, and share the important themes behind many of these stories. Follow us on Twitter!...

Duration:00:54:35

S2 E28: The Norse Creation Myths

4/11/2022
Mark's Manifesto, an undocumented Berber language, and the plot of John Wick: our favorite trinity in Norse mythology! In this episode, we break down the Norse creation myths, including the creation of Ymir in Ginnungagap, the shaping of the earth by Odin, Vili, and Ve, the chariots of Nott and Dag, the first humans, and the founding of Asgard in Yggdrasil. We also talk about the phases that Norse mythology has gone through, J.R.R. Tolkien's inspiration from these tales, and our major...

Duration:00:50:26

S2 E27: The Sun Ensnared And Other Legends

4/4/2022
Don't we all just wish that we had a Cone of Buffalo Protection? It would definitely make my trips to Yellowstone a lot less hazardous. In this episode, we discuss legends from various Native American peoples, including how the sun was ensnared, how the Pawnee are able to hunt buffalo, and the Seminole account of the origin of the three races. We also look at the legend of Osseo, the Son of Evening Star, the escapades of White Feather and the Six Giants, the tale of the broken promise, and...

Duration:01:03:37

S2 E26: Myths of the Algonquian People

3/28/2022
If someone rejects you, it might just be a little overboard to make a sentient snowman to lead them to their doom. But what do I know, I'm no judge! On this episode, we look at Algonquian myths and legends, including the tale of Michabo and his role in the creation of the world, the journey to the Land of Souls, Moowis the Snow-husband, and the legend of Scar-face. We discuss comparative mythology, the various morals found in these stories, the agricultural revolution and much more! Follow...

Duration:00:58:18

S2 E25: Myths of the Iroquois People

3/21/2022
Rants, rants, and more Mark Bishop rants! In this episode, we begin looking at Native American mythology, starting with the Iroquois people. We talk about the creation myth of how Atahensic created the Good Mind and the Bad Mind, the origin of medicine, the legend of Hiawatha, the story of the stone giant Ganusquah, the mysterious tale of Great Head and the 10 Brothers, and Sayadio's sad attempt to bring his little sister back to life. We also talk about 60s music and give perhaps the worst...

Duration:00:51:12

S2 E24: Miscellaneous Indian Myths

3/14/2022
What does your mind jump to when learning about various important tales from India? If your answer is the soundtrack to the 1978 movie Convoy, you might be Mark Bishop! In this last episode focusing on Indian mythology, we look at various important tales from India, such as the Birth of Ganga, in which King Sagara's 60,000 sons are turned to ash and his great-grandson Bhagirath prays for Ganga to come down from heaven and create the seven sacred streams of India. We also discuss the...

Duration:00:30:44

S2 E23: Legends of Shiva

3/7/2022
Back in person and with more rambling than ever! On this episode, we look at some legends about the Hindu god Shiva, and his role as destroyer in the triumvirate of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. We look at Shiva's birth, his wedding to Sati, and his dance of change. We also talk about the nature of destruction and preservation, the importance of a spouse, and a whole lot of off-topic nonsense! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:29:22

S2 E22:Tales of the Mahabharata

2/28/2022
Was the Empire in Star Wars on the right side? - and other topics that can be vaguely related to the Mahabharata, the longest epic poem ever written! On this episode, we break down some summaries of the stories of the origin of Arjuna, the warrior prince of the Pandavas. We look at how the Pandavas met their mentor Drona, how Arjuna and his rival Karna came to fight, and how Arjuna won the hand of Draupadi in marriage. We also discuss Jungian archetypes, the role of the caste system, and the...

Duration:00:35:16

S2 E21: Legends of Buddha

2/21/2022
Reincarnation: a wise philosophy or nonsense? We attempt to answer that question and more as we look at some legends about Buddha. We look at Guatama Buddha's conversion, life, and death, the story of how Sumedha became a disciple of Buddha, and the tale of the six-tusked elephant. We also look at the nature of desire as the root of all evil, the popularity of Buddhism, and how Buddhism relates to other religions! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions

Duration:00:36:01