September 21, 2020

Are Aliens Real?

There are so many stories floating around about UFO and extraterrestrial sightings. But, do any of them stand up to scrutiny?

We discuss the Fermi Paradox, which states that even if there is non-human intelligent life out there, it is incredible unlikely that we would ever encounter them. And yet, the vastness of the cosmos suggests that aliens are probably real!

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September 14, 2020

Are You Taking Enough Chances?

We take risks all day every day. But, what bigger risks are you taking? What do you stand to gain from those risks?

We use the acclaimed documentary, Free Solo, featuring rock climber Alex Honnold as a launching point. Alex free soloed El Capitan - no ropes, no nets, just him and the rock face. How do we think about such risk-taking? And on the flip-side, what are the consequences of being risk-averse? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Have you ever felt like someone tried to tell you the truth in love, but emphasized the truth part rather than the love part? Jared Byas, co-host of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People and author of Love Matters More, shares how we can learn to love like Jesus instead of just fighting to be right.  We discuss the importance of truth, how it relates to loving well, the intellectual virtues, and personal anecdotes of victory and failure in this area.

You can learn more about Jared's new book at lovemattersmorebook.com and discover ways to support Jared's work at patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople.

 

Have you ever wondered what exactly philosophy is? Did you know you probably do philosophy all the time? We talk about how the word "philosophy" is used and what regular folks like us can do to spark our passion for engaging it more intentionally.

Violence has always been with us.  It is a part of our history.  It is a part of our today.  But how violent are we, really, compared to our ancient ancestors?  What even is violence and how do you measure it?

March 24, 2019

Men at Work

What's the difference between work and recreation? Our guidance counselors told us to find what we love to do and we'll never work a day in our lives.  How true is this? Is "work" merely a mindset? 

If you've spent any time on social media, you'll immediately be struck by the lack of charity, poise, and humility in many discussion threads.  In this episode, we offer a primer on the intellectual virtues and what it looks like to embody these in conversations, particularly online.

Don't worry be happy, right? But, what if you don't have enough money to be happy? What is enough? What does it mean to be happy?  In this episode, we have an impromptu back and forth on the merits of how we answer these questions.

February 24, 2019

Why Do This Podcast?

Thank you for all of your support! We have been enormously blessed to be able to do this podcast and we wanted to take some time to let you know why we do what we do.  Enjoy and please send us any questions/topics you'd like to see discussed!

You're biased.  You are wired to think in certain ways that can sometimes lead to irrational conclusions.  We might call these ways "cognitive biases".  In this episode, we explore several cognitive biases and put Tony through some tests!

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