Podcast: The Amateur Society – The Bed Of Procrustes – The Sacred And The Profane – 03.26.2020

03.26.2020 AS

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonstrates how any amateur can begin to access more challenging materials. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

The Bed Of Procrustes: https://www.amazon.com/Bed-Procrustes-Philosophical-Practical-Aphorisms/dp/0812982401
Taleb’s Incerto: https://www.amazon.com/Incerto-Deluxe-Randomness-Procrustes-Antifragile/dp/198481981X

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – A Note To Yourself In 10 Years – 09.23.2019

2019.09.23

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another stimulating conversation! What would you write in a note to yourself that would be opened in ten years. Over that time frame plenty of uncertainty can come into play. Our first instinct is usually to hope that some goal has been completed or some experience taken place, but what about the broader questions? I would hope that I had discovered many things that I was wrong about and corrected them, that I would have a more solid worldview foundation, and that I would have improved at making decisions. Let’s be encouraged to think more about these critical attitudes and beliefs that underpin our approach to our lives. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Do We Even Exist? – 07.29.2019

2019.07.29

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another interesting philosophical conversation! We begin with the definition of solipsism before venturing into the territory of immediately difficult questions by considering whether or not we even exist. How would we think about a question like that? How do our worldviews come into play when examining these ideas? What levels of certainty can we attain in looking into various questions? This is a more technical episode, and it contains some valuable insight about our thought processes. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Socratic Thought Experiments – 06.10.2019

2019.06.11

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about an important component of practical philosophy: thought experiments. While sitting down and running through systematic metaphysics and other complex topics is not going to be feasible for everyday amateurs like us, we can still garner a lot of insight out of performing thought experiments. Why did a decision get made or why did a situation play out the way it did? Asking these questions about ourselves and others allows us to gain insight into more general principles that we can use to better understand our own worldviews and the world around us. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society! 

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Free Will – 06.05.2019

2019.06.05

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about a critical topic in philosophy and life: free will. The idea of the extent of our freedom is a worldview-driven concept that has been pondered for millennia. However, despite its significance it isn’t a part of common inquiry except in unique circumstances. Are we actually free as it seems? How would we know? What would the consequences be of either conclusion? We hope that you enjoy this stimulating discussion. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society! 

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Evidence And Explanation In The Fake News Era – 08.21.2018

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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about evidence. We have a tendency to believe that we are rational, that our beliefs are well-supported by evidence, and that we make decisions according to sound principles. However, more often than not we end up taking action based on whit, whim, instinct, and gut feeling. There isn’t enough time in the day to rigorously evaluate every decision, so we use heuristics and hopefully stumble into a result that isn’t completely disastrous. On this episode we talk about standards of evidence and how we evaluate the best explanations for said evidence. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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