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Welcome friends, to a podcast for a darker timeline. Maybe the darkest of all timelines. Definitely not one of the good timelines. Maybe it’s always been a dark timeline, maybe the Hadron collider screwed us over. Science may never know. What we do know is that we live in the void. The void, a place where a chittering mass of void crabs can infest a person suit and win the presidency. The void, a place where we're just clever enough to know that climate change is happening, but not quite cle ...
 
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My returning guest this week is Toby Buckle, host of the Political Philosophy Podcast (@PolPhilPod) and Editor of the New Book What is Freedom? We discuss the concept of freedom and America's troubled relationship with that concept. What is Freedom?: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/what-is-freedom-9780197572221?cc=us&lang=en& Convocation: G…
 
My guest this week is Krista Thomason (@kkthomason), an associate professor of philosophy at Swarthmore college and Philip Quinn fellow at national humanities center, author of Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life and a chapter on online shaming in the Oxford handbook of Digital Ethics. We discuss the potential harms of online shaming and h…
 
My guest this week is Chris boutté (@TheRewiredSoul), host of The Rewired Soul and author book Canceled: Inside YouTube Cancel Culture. We discuss his experiences with addiction and cancelation and where he's at on the culture war journey. Convocation: Poe Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals! http://www.filmedliv…
 
My guest this week is George Hemington (@MullaGjorki), graduate of philosophy of science from the university of Edinburg. We discuss neo-rationalism, also called the modern rationalist movement, and the intersections between it and toxic communities like the IDW. Convocation: Deleuze Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Mu…
 
My guest this week is Jesse Singal (@jessesingal), cohost of the Blocked and Reported podcast and a contributor New York mag and a range of other places, primarily Substack. We compare two recently published articles on detransition, Turban (2021) and Littman (2021). Article citing Turban (2021): https://fenwayhealth.org/new-study-shows-discriminat…
 
My guest this week is Adam Gurri, founder and editor in chief of liberal currents. We discuss why we still identify as liberals, his recent article on cancel culture narratives, and whether those narratives are an unavoidable part of liberal society. The Case Not Made: https://www.liberalcurrents.com/the-case-not-made-a-response-to-anne-applebaums-…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Michael Grenke, a tutor at St John’s College and author of the introduction to the recently released Warspeak: Nietzsche’s victory over nihilism. We discuss Nietzsche's worldview, the risks and insights in that view, and how we wrestle with nihilism and meaning in the modern world. Warspeak: https://www.amazon.com/Warspeak…
 
My guest this week is John Cook (@johnfocook), a research fellow at Monash Climate Change Committee Research Hub, author of the book Cranky Uncle Vs. Climate Change and coauthor of The conspiracy Handbook. We discuss the common features of conspiracies and the challenges of applying this analysis in the modern world. Conspiracy handbook: https://ww…
 
My guest this week is Alex Arnett, a longtime friend of the show who recently did some serious applied effective altruism. We discuss his experience. Live Kidney Donations: https://www.kidneyregistry.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwwNWKBhDAARIsAJ8Hkhd-35ozChkW5Wcq_ybNfyO63FsaExgbta4OoiFSrNonLwettyE011kaAgg4EALw_wcB Convocation: William McCaskill Editing by Lu L…
 
My guest this week is Alan Levinovitz (@AlanLevinovitz), a professor of religion and science at James Madison University and the author of Natural: How Faith in Nature’s goodness leads to harmful fads, unjust laws, and flawed science. We discuss the role of naturalness in our political debates. Alan's Website: https://www.alanlevinovitz.com/ Convoc…
 
My guest this week is Alan Levinovitz (@AlanLevinovitz), a professor of religion and science at James Madison University and the author of Natural: How Faith in Nature’s goodness leads to harmful fads, unjust laws, and flawed science. We discuss the concept of "natural", when it might be useful and how it can cause harm. Alan's Website: https://www…
 
My guest this week is Philip Gorski (@GorskiPhilip), a professor of sociology at Yale and co-author of the forthcoming book The Flag and the Cross. We discuss white christian nationalism, why the white part really matters, and what this growing problem means in American Politics? Philip's website: https://www.philipgorski.com/ Convocation: The Empt…
 
My guest this week is Travis View (@travis_view), co-host of the Qanon Anonymous Podcast. We discuss conspiracism tracking, epistemic poverty tourism, and what comes next for Qanon Anonymous now that Q has gone silent. Qanon Anonymous: https://www.qanonanonymous.com/ Convocation: Luke 8.17 Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed L…
 
A short promo episode for my first book- 'What is Freedom? conversations with Historians, Philosophers, & Activists' published with OUP, out November, and available to pre-order now. Featuring a foreword by Cecile Fabre and an introduction by me, the book includes contributions from Elizabeth Anderson, Mary Frances Berry, Ian Dunt, Michael Freeden,…
 
Is J S Mill's liberty principle bad political philosophy because he fails to define harm? I try to give this 'conventional' read a fair shake while also giving you my own view that the principle is . . . good, actually.On Liberty by Aquarusa - https://aquarusa.wordpress.com/2021/08/02/on-liberty-1859/Website - https://www.politicalphilosophypodcast…
 
My guest this week is Tyler John (@tyler_m_john), head of research at Longview Philanthropy. We discuss Effective Altruism and in particular Longtermism as an approach to ethics. Tyler's Website: https://tmjohn.wixsite.com/tylermjohn Convocation: Fight Club Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals! http://www.filmedli…
 
My guest this week is Melanie Trecek-King (@Thinkingpowers), a teacher at a community college who teaches a course on distinguishing between science, non-science, bad science, and pseudoscience. She also developed a website devoted to same issues called Thinking is Power. We discuss the challenges of pedagogy in the post truth world and how to help…
 
My guest this week is Will Gervais, (@wgervais), an assistant professor of social psychology and senior lecturer at the center for culture and evolution at Brunel University London. We discuss his work studying the persistent stereotype that non-believers are less morally reliable and how this stereotype plays a role in the continued marginalizatio…
 
My guest this week is Mark Hoofnagel, (@MarkHoofnagle), a surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Wash U, as well as a skeptic activist. We discuss his work on the problem of denialism and how we're seeing that problem run rampant in our political and media landscapes. Mark's Website: https://surgery.wustl.edu/people/mark-hoofnagle/ Convocati…
 
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