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Programmer's Notes is a podcast where programming tools, languages, and the like are thoroughly explained. By the end of each episode listeners should have a solid base on the episode topic and have the required knowledge to start using the discussed tool, language, or the like. Please feel free to contact us with questions or episode requests at ProgrammersNotesPodcast@gmail.com, requests will help us get more content out there.
 
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Ok, so we have updates on our saga to get to Egypt as well as a discussion on Racism in the USA as well as around the globe? Can only “White Folks” be racist? Let us know what you think. Shout out to our Newest Patron – Dawn Mangham ! If you want to be a Patron too – https://www.patreon.com/TheTravelingFarrs Also you can support us, our moves and g…
 
The final episode of the Vim Podcast.Ask the Vim Anything with Justin C., Dylan, Gabe, Zach, and Justin D. Questions include:- What political issue doesn't get enough attention? - If you could meet with Trump for 15 minutes, would you? And if so, what would you tell him?- Is democracy overrated or underrated? - If you could snap your fingers and pa…
 
In the penultimate Vim Podcast episode, Justin and Zach do a book report. They read Kwame Anthony Appiah's 2006 book 'Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers'. Appiah is a British-Ghanaian political and moral philosopher at NYU and regularly writes for the NY Times. Justin and Zach attempt to unpack the philosophical content of the book. Th…
 
Part 3 of the discussion of the new guide for talking to Trump supporters (and the antepenultimate Vim Podcast episode ever!). Dylan and Zach consider how to divide Trump supporters into different types. Then they discuss three types, the “true believer,” the partisan,” and the “fence-sitter.” How should you engage with them?Read the article: https…
 
Zach and Gabe speak ‘moistly’ to each other about the state of the coronavirus pandemic. They start with some regional issues. Why is the USA such a horror show and what should Americans learn from that fact? Then they discuss mask wearing. Where and when should you wear one? What should we make of the anti-maskers? They end with some discussion of…
 
Dylan and Zach discuss ethics and technology. How should we think about the ethics of creation? They discuss the term ‘creative responsibility’ and what Zach has in mind with it. Humans are developing more and more sophisticated technologies that influence the world in deeper ways. Surely we don’t want technologies to harm humans, but does it make …
 
Gabe, Zach, and Kevin discuss the ideas and arguments of Malcolm X. What does he have to teach us? What philosophical contributions does he make to ethics, politics, and race? Themes of the discussion include nationalism, violence and nonviolence, and voting. The primary speeches they discuss:“The Ballot or the Bullet”: https://www.youtube.com/watc…
 
Zach, Justin, and Gabe discuss the concept of white ignorance. Is a feature of white supremacy that white people are by default unable to perceive the world accurately? The concept is discussed by Charles Mills, a contemporary political philosopher, perhaps best known for the racial contract. In this episode the vimmers explain the idea and discuss…
 
Part 2 of the discussion of the new guide for talking to Trump supporters. Gabe, Kevin, Zach, and Dylan discuss some general principles. Is it acceptable to enter a conversation hoping to change someone’s mind? Should you call Trump supporters racist? And Kevin wonders whether there should be a guide at all! Read the article: https://thevimblog.com…
 
Zach, Gabe, and real life scientist Aron discuss the article, “How to Listen to Scientific Experts.” They discuss how scientists translate their technical understanding into terms that the rest of us can understand. How does the translation process work? What values guide it? And the group discusses the broader issue of the relationship between sci…
 
Some fresher thoughts on the pandemic (though we are still stumbling through the topic). Gabe and Zach discuss news consumption in the era of coronavirus and why philosophizing right now is especially difficult. It is a good time to reflect on all the influences that determine our political views. Be sure to look back in the feed for Pandemicast I.…
 
We give some initial, unformed thoughts on the pandemic. It is what we are all thinking about. So what philosophy can we see in it? Gabe, Charlie, and Zach discuss government authoritarianism and personal, bottom up authoritarians, how much thinking is happening right now, and the vagueness of government legislation. Read Gabe’s article: https://th…
 
Thus begins a series on the Guide for Talking to Trump Supporters 2.0, found on thevimblog.com. In part 1, Zach, Gabe, Kevin, and Dylan assess the question of whether it is even worth talking to Trump Supporters in the first place. Kevin voices some skepticism. The episode starts with acknowledging the coronavirus and its possible impacts on politi…
 
The podcast returns with a discussion on the distinction between ideology and political pragmatism. Some politicians are called ideologues, like Bernie. Some are pragmatists, like Pelosi. What do they disagree on? What are the arguments for their differing approaches? Zach wrote an article on the topic. In this episode he attempts to lay out some o…
 
Justin and Zach reunite to consider the question of whether there an be a left-wing authoritarianism. In the previous episode, they discussed what it means to have an authoritarian personality, to be someone inclined to support authoritarian candidates. And it is a fact of the research that authoritarians are sorting themselves into the Republican …
 
A special re-release of an early Vim podcast episode that was initially in two parts but has here been fused into one. No need to break the flow!Justin, Dylan, Justin Clardy, and Zach unite to discuss politicians' lies and what makes them so bad. Dylan has some insights about it. The discussion happens to be just as relevant as it was when it was f…
 
When is a machine deserving of moral consideration? When does it have rights? Zach and Dylan discuss these questions and more in this episode. It mainly focuses on Zach’s article, “Stop Talking about the Moral Status of Machines.” He has an argument that philosophical discussion of these topics is missing the more important issues. For instance, a …
 
Zach and Dylan get reflective and autobiographical in this special episode. They discuss whether the Vim podcast is too dense or too difficult for non-philosopher listeners. Then they turn to talk about how they got into philosophy and give some recommendations for how you can get into philosophy too. They end with some thoughts about the choice to…
 
Finally! 2 years later, we deliver on the promise to record another Arendt episode. Gabe, Kevin, Zach, and Yohana discuss the concept of the banality of evil, the subject of Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem. They start with some background information on Arendt and Eichmann and then explore some implications and possible interpretati…
 
An unofficial sequel to the discussion on the Mueller Report, Dylan, Gabe, Ishan, and Zach reconvene to figure out what a “constitutional crisis” is. Like good philosophers, they distinguish a variety of types. Then they try to determine whether America is actually in one. Don’t miss the concluding segment. The participants play America’s fastest g…
 
An epilogue to the episode titled, “Why Isn’t the Internet the ‘Real’ World?” Dylan and Zach consider a phenomena that might be in tension with Zach’s idea that we, in some vague and unarticulated way, take the internet to occupy a lower level of reality. It isn’t the “real world.” The episode is about the sentiment behind the phrase, “pics or it d…
 
The Mueller report—along with Attorney General William’s Barr’s accompanying antics—have come. They have also largely gone from the news cycle. But that is a shame. There is a lot to digest and think about. Like good philosophers, Dylan, Zach, Ishan, and Gabe gather to discuss many of the issues that the massive Mueller Report poses. - What should …
 
We often talk about a distinction between the online world and the “real” world? We say text or email conversations aren’t real conversations. We say we want to meet people IRL—’in real life’. What does this distinction mean? And is there such a distinction?In this episode, Dylan and Zach attempt to answer these questions. Zach puts forward two cla…
 
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