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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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Now displaying: June, 2017
Jun 29, 2017

It's easy to dismiss any insights while gained in an altered state as "crazy". But there might be more going on.

Drugs seem to make people naturally more philosophic; they shake you from your regular framework, which might be what people need in order to grasp the truth from a new direction.

But of course, drug use comes with its own risks. I've seen too many people whose wires have crossed after taking a few too many magic mushrooms. Use at your own risk.

Jun 25, 2017

Are there exceptions to the so-called "non-aggression principle," which says that it is never justified to initiate force against a peaceful person?

In some circumstances, could it be justified to use physical force on somebody that doesn't consent? What qualifies as "consent" in the first place?

This is part 1 of my breakdown of Episode 50 - my conversation with Stephan Kinsella. In the future, I'll release a second breakdown of our conversation about argumentation ethics.

Jun 22, 2017

Ambiguity is part of language. Words do not have objective definitions; they mean whatever you want them to mean.

You don't hear or see words - you hear sounds and see blobs of color that qualify as "words" by your own conceptual criteria.

Jun 17, 2017

What if a technology existed that allowed anybody in the world to trade with anybody else in the world - whatever they want, whenever they want, and without permission from anybody else.

What would the world look like? What would the political and economic implications be?

That technology is currently being created, and my very own brother has co-founded a company to develop it.

Jun 15, 2017

100% of the space that we experience is space within our representation of the world. Does that imply space is only in our heads?

Jun 11, 2017

Should Ayn Rand be taken seriously? She created a philosophy called "Objectivism", but until recent years, it hasn't been gotten much attention from professional philosophers.

How does Objectivism answer basic questions in epistemology and metaphysics?

To help me learn, I've invited Dr. David Kelley to come on the show. He's the founder of the Atlas Society and has been promoting Objectivism for more than 25 years.

Jun 8, 2017

Do you see the world, or do you see your representation of the world?

Jun 4, 2017

What's the purpose of meditation? What is the nature of the mind? What is the nature of the self? I got to ask these questions to a Buddhist monk while in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

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