Thinking Out Loud Podcasts

What is Evil?

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Nine thoughtful and caring individuals from various walks of life join moderator, Steve Donaldson, in an intellectually stimulating and philosophically insightful discussion on the nature of evil. This weeks guests were: Ariel MacLean, Carole Abel, Jeff Johnson, Jen Benedict, Jerry Huml, Mike Grosso, Scott , Tony Potter, Uriah J. Fields. Music by David Rood.

 

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What is Love?

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Ten thoughtful and caring individuals from various walks of life join moderator, Steve Donaldson, in an intellectually stimulating and philosophically insightful discussion on the nature of love. Steve's guests in this discussion were: Adele Abrahamse, Carole Abel, David Rood, Jeff Johnson, Jerry Huml, John Tytus, Ken Thompson, Mike Grosso, Scott , Steve Semienick. Music 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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