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Patterson in Pursuit

Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Exploring philosophy, politics, religion, and rationalism. Steve Patterson is an independent philosopher currently traveling the world to interview people in the pursuit of truth. Topics include logic and epistemology, skepticism, metaphysics, ethics, science and religion, truth, Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, culture, economics, the philosophy of mathematics, and every other topic that's important to humans.
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Oct 30, 2016

Is the Trump phenomenon reactionary? Is it a cultural movement? What do conservatives think about Trump?

I'm joined by the distinguished Dr. Harvey Mansfield, who has been teaching political philosophy at Harvard for more than 50 years. He has a distinctive conservative voice, and he shares his analysis of the 2016 election.

Oct 23, 2016

I have basic questions about Christian theology - What is God? Who is Jesus? What's the connection between humans and God? What does it mean to be "saved"? Does Christianity imply dualism?

To find answers, I spoke with the theologian Dr. Ian McFarland at the University of Cambridge in England.

Oct 20, 2016

Where are the meaningful boundaries in reality? If there are none - if boundaries are a construction of the mind - then there is no difference between "self" and "not-self", or between "the perceiver" and "the perceived".

In this way, mystics claim that "all is one".

It's a beautiful idea, though I don't think it's quite accurate. Regardless, it needs to be rationally defended and grappled with.

Oct 16, 2016

It's no secret that I'm a curmudgeon. My rule of thumb is that "everybody is wrong about everything all the time." However, this extreme skepticism might be a methodological mistake. To challenge me, I'm joined by T.K. Coleman, who is one of the most positive thinkers around.

Oct 13, 2016

 

Slavery was an injustice. Nobody disputes that. However, it's not clear that reparations will correct the injustice.

In my view, reparations have rhetorical power, but they will not fix the problem. In fact, they will cause additional injustice. Reparations are theft in the present to pay for theft in the past. 

Oct 9, 2016

The world of ideas is moving past academia. We're in the midst of it. More and more people are realizing that the "experts" aren't as knowledgeable as they've been told - and that formal credentialing doesn't guarantee you a job upon graduation.

The community of dissatisfied intellectuals is growing, and I want to be part of it. Let's build the community that we'd like to see.

Oct 6, 2016

Not all certainly true propositions are logically necessary. I discovered this several years ago while laying in bed, thinking about steak. 

Who said philosophy should be confined to a classroom?

Oct 2, 2016

Is the brain a computer? Do machines calculate the same way humans do? Can artificial intelligence ever be conscious?

What does it even mean to be "intelligent"?

To help me answer these questions, I spoke with Dr. Bram van Heuveln of RPI.

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