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Podcasts and More for February 17

Weekly podcastsThis week’s podcasts covered topics from egoism vs altruism to fossil fuels to whether spouses should always share activities, and more!

Don’t Let it Go…Unheard – This week hosts Amy Peikoff interviews Center for Industrial Progress’ founder Alex Epstein about his new, excellent I might add, book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.  They discussed:

  • Alex being threatened if he were to appear at a Divestment Day event
  • The story about temperature records being “adjusted”. Alex had an interesting take on this issue, seeing it as non-essential. The essential fact is that fossil fuels are moral in that they enhance the human environment.
  • Keystone pipeline
  • Fracking and earthquakes

After the 30 minute interview with Alex, Bosch Fawstin joined Amy and they discussed a plethora of stories, including:

  • Chapel Hill shootings
  • France can know block suspected terrorism websites without a court order – so much for the free speech everyone was marching for after the Charlie Hebdo attack.
  • The government announces that they have been wrong on their cholesterol recommendations for 40 years. I should note that the man, Ancel Keys, who first proposed the hypothesis about cholesterol was correlated with heart disease knew that dietary cholesterol had little or no effect on blood cholesterol.
  • And a lot more.

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Podcasts and More for January 26

Weekly podcastsThree weeks in a row being able to find time to listen to these podcasts. I find them very helpful in thinking about how the principles of Objectivism can be applied to everyday situations ranging, as seen this week, between sex and office parties.

Peikoff.com Episode 357 – This week Dr. Peikoff posted a 30 minute segment from a talk he gave about 30 years ago in which he answered questions dealing with sex and relationships. In this segment he answers questions about:

  • the difference between “faking it” and fantasy
  • friendship vs. love
  • being in love with multiple people
  • and more

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Podcasts (and more) for January 12

Weekly podcastsWell, two weeks in a row that I have been able to listen to what had been my regular podcasts. That is a good start for the new year that hopefully I can maintain. Lots of great things to listen to this week covering topics from historical novels, free speech, how we think to plays as great literature and more.

Peikoff.com Episode 355

Dr. Leonard Peikoff answers questions on:

  • historical novels
  • dealing with a friend who has been validly accused of pre-meditated murder
  • which is most important, work or sex?
  • confusion about love
  • if rights are based on reason, if animals are shown to have reason, would they also have rights?

Philosophy in Action

Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins answer questions applying rational principles to problems of everyday life. While they have not posted the read more

Podcasts for December 29

It has been quite some time since I have had the time listen to and blog about the podcasts I find interesting and useful, but I am getting things back in focus these days, so now is a good time to start up again.

Philosophy in Action – In this week’s podcast Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins discuss in depth, about 30 minutes per topic, the difference between extremism read more

Podcasts for June 30 and July 7

Last week was pretty busy at work and I did not have time to listen to all the podcasts I try to follow, so here is a two week list of them.

Philosophy in Action Rapid Fire Extravaganza – Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins answer some 20 questions on topics ranging from Buddhism, Kant, negative income tax and superpowers.

Peikoff.com: Episode 327 – Leonard Peikoff in a special half hour edition of his podcast read more

Podcasts for June 16th

Here are the podcasts that I have been able to listen to this week. They give examples of applying objectivist, rational principles to issues of every day life.

Philosophy in Action – Each week Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins spend an hour going in depth on applying rational principles to 2 or 3 (rarely 4) questions from every day life. This week the questions were:

  • Stand your ground laws
  • Advice for new objectivists – this is one was really interesting for me today and I wish I had been able to listen to a couple years ago when I was first learning. The take home that stood out for me was, “The purpose of the philosophy is to make your life better, to make you the best version of yourself you can be, not to use it as a weapon to beat other people with.”
  • Rapid fire questions – some weeks Diana is able to give more or less off the cuff answers to questions without the usual in depth preparation she does for the main questions.

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4 Podcasts for June 9: Apply Rational Principles to Your Life

Here are the podcast I try, and mostly succeed, to listen to each week. Most discuss applying rational principles, not always strictly objectivist, to issues of everyday life.

Philosophy in Action: Responsibility and Luck, Chapter Two

– Dr. Diana Hsieh continues the discussion of her book Responsibility and Luck. This session covers chapter two which deals with some of the common proposed solutions for the problem of moral luck.

Philosophy in Action

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Podcast Roundup: May 19

Each week I try to listen to a couple of podcasts which apply rational principles to issues of everyday life.

Philosophy in Action – This week Diana Hsieh and co-host Greg Perkins answer questions in-depth on whether an egoist should be willing to torture others to benefit himself, whether juries should be present during trials (as opposed to say receiving transcripts of all the accepted testimony), and read more

Podcast Roundup – May 5 (Double Edition)

There was a major project that came due last week which left me no time to do my regular post on the week’s podcasts, so this week is a double edition of the podcasts I try to listen to each week.

From last week:

Philosophy in Action – Dr. Diana Hsieh, along with Greg Perkins, answer questions on ambition as a virtue, being happy without having close friends, refusing involvement with your biological child’s life and more.

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Podcast Roundup – October 14

Here are this week’s episodes from the Objectivism related podcasts I try to listen to.  They are all great sources of information and insight on applying objectivist principles to everyday life.

The Objectivism Seminar

  • Free Market Revolution: The Immoral Entitlement State

Philosophy in Action with Dr. Diana Hsieh – A Rapid Fire Q&A Extravaganza

  • Psychological egoism and determinism
  • Current situation in Washington, D.C.
  • Having online-only friends
  • Favorite character from an Ayn Rand novel
  • Standing up to a snide remark from your boss
  • Preppers
  • When would you (Diana) immigrate to another country?
  • Are parents overprotective today?
  • Should children be forced to socialize with others if they don’t want to?
  • Reality TV show between libertarians and socialists
  • Is the force in fraud the withholding another’s property?
  • and more!

Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s Podcast – Episode 291

  • Part 2 of a debate between Dr. Peikoff and Yaron Brook on immigration.  You can find the first episode here.

I have also been listening to recorded lectures available from the Ayn Rand estore.  This week I have been listening to:

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