Thinking Out Loud Podcasts

Inconvenient Truths

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This is the twelfth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is "How can we overcome obstacles to seeing inconvenient truths?" What are the obstacles to seeing a truth that might cause us distress? How can we guard against deception and denial? What is objectivity? What role does our culture play in what we take to be true? What is the government's role? What effect do other major institution have on our perception - the institutions of science, education, religion, news organizations, and entertainment media? Where can we turn for objectivity? What internal resources do we have to test for truthfulness? Join citizen philosophers Billie Lagerwerff, Carole Abel, Jerry Huml, Jill Hacker, John Tytus, Ken Thompson, U.J. Fields, Tim Grubbs and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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Human Conflict

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This is the eleventh in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is "What is the nature of human conflict?" Where does conflict come from? Is conflict inevitable? Is conflict always bad? How can conflicts be resolved? Is there any connection between internal conflicts and external conflicts? Join citizen philosophers Carole Abel, David Rood, Galen Chadwick, Jnanam MacIsaac, John Tytus, Ophelia and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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Children of Our Culture

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This is the tenth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is "How has the cultural experiment of the last three generations affected the children of today?" The grownups of today seem to be still trying to find themselves. Where has that left our children? Are they to find their own way? Have we made a Faustian bargain turning parenting over to TV-baby-sitting, mainstream education, and behavior management by prescription drugs, so grownups can have more time to pursue their careers, their pleasures, and propel the economy? Will the outcome be a brave new cultural paradigm born out of the rebellious subculture of resilient young souls or have we set the course for our own social destruction? Join citizen philosophers John Tytus, Ophelia and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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What is Legitimate Authority?

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This is the ninth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is legitimate authority. What is authority? Is there such a thing as legitimate authority? Where does authority come from? How is it empowered? Does legitimate authority require consent? What constitutes abuse of authority? Join citizen philosophers Carole Abel, David Rood, John Tytus, Scott and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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Political Self-Determination

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This is the eighth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is political self-determination. What are the rights and limitations of groups seeking political independence? Should any group be granted the right to form their own state? When is it appropriate for a nation to break up into smaller nations? When is it desirable for smaller nations to join into a greater union of states? How can conflicting ambitions of larger and smaller group identities be reconciled? Join citizen philosophers David Rood, Karen Lawmen, Steve Semienick and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. The guest moderator for this podcast was Ken Thompson. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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TOL Mission Statement

 

We engage together in, and record for broadcast, our earnest philosophical dialogues, so that we may:

 

  1. Enhance our understanding of life and the world in which we live.
  2. Stimulate intellectual curiosity and philosophical exploration in ourselves and others.
  3. Strengthen our intellectual skills of critical thinking and sound reasoning.
  4. Provide a forum for a diversity of thought from a broad spectrum of independent thinkers.
  5. Connect with and form a network among thoughtful and caring individuals, everywhere.
  6. Enjoy the pleasures of intellectually stimulating and philosophically insightful company.
  7. Promote the pursuit of wisdom in everyone.

 

TOL Guiding Principles

 

Civility - Treat everyone with respect. Use helpful, not hurtful language. Listen carefully and patiently when someone else is speaking.

Sincerity - Honest opinions and innocent questions are more valuable than "scoring points" or "looking smart". Strive for intellectual honesty.

Soundness - Favor sound reasoning over emotional rhetoric or sophomoric obfuscation.

Succinctness - Strive to be brief and to the point using understandable language. Speak loud and clear so others can hear.

 

TOL Rules of Discourse

 

Wait to be called on before speaking: Please don't just jump in. Restrain your enthusiasm. Hold that thought. Wait your turn.

One speaker at a time: No side conversations, comments, or noises please. They will be picked up by the recorder.

Address ideas, not individuals: Refrain from one-on-one debates, exchanges, or cross-examination. Focus on the message not the messenger.

Limit your time: Avoid the temptation to preach, teach, or lecture. Remember, others are waiting for their turn as well.

Yield to the moderator: - Always gracefully return the microphone back to moderator. Let the moderator determine who speaks next.

 

TOL Tips & Techniques

 

Listen carefully to what is being said and look for:

 

Assumptions that need to be examined.

Terms that need to be defined.

Inconsistencies that need to be resolved.

Distinctions that need to be made.

Patterns and relationships that emerge.

 

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