Thinking Out Loud Podcasts

Understanding Others

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This is the seventh in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is how can we truly understand another person. Join citizen philosophers Carole Abel, David Rood, Dee Bezoier, John Tytus, Karen Lawmen, Mike Grosso, Scott and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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Finding Your True Self

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This is the sixth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is how can we find our true self. Do we have multiple selves? How is our public self different from our private self? When are we most ourselves? How does our self change with time and circumstance? Are we the same person we were 10 years ago? Join citizen philosophers Ariel MacLean, Carole Abel, John Tytus, Scott , Steve Semienick, Uriah J. Fields and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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Why Marriage?

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This is the fifth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is the changing attitudes toward marriage. What is the purpose of marriage? How has the role of marriage changed over time? What is its function today? What are the religious, political, and personal implications of marriage? Join citizen philosophers Alma Cunningham, Adele Abrahamse, Ken Thompson, Ray Smith, Scott , Zeke Hanchak and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. Music provided by David Rood.

 

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How Has Technology Changed Us?

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This is the fourth in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is technology and its impact on humanity. How has technology changed us? Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Has technology made us stronger or has it created dependency and enabled individual weakness? How has it affected our self identities and our values? Join 10 citizen philosophers and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. My guests this week are: Alma Cunningham, Ariel MacLean, Carole Abel, Jeff Johnson, Jerry Huml, John Tytus, Ken Thompson, Matt Komoroski, Scott , Zeke Hanchak. Music provided by David Rood. The topic of our next podcast will be, "Why Marriage?". Stay tuned.

 

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Is Free Will an Illusion?

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This is the third in our on-going series of philosophical podcasts. The topic is free will. Is it real? How free are we? How do we decide what we decide? Join 11 citizen philosophers and myself in this stimulating and insightful discussion. My guests this time were: Alma Cunningham, Bob Miller, Carole Abel, David Rood, Jeff Johnson, Jerry Huml, John Tytus, Ken Thompson, Mike Grosso, Steve Semienick, Zeke Hanchak. Music provided by David Rood. The topic of our next podcast will be, "How Has Technology Changed Us?". Stay tuned.

 

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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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