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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: July, 2017
Jul 30, 2017

The Silk Road case is filled to the brim with corruption, and the media has done a terrible job getting the facts out. Ross Ulbricht has been painted as a vicious kingpin, when in fact, he has no violence in his background, nor has he been charged with any violent crimes.

New evidence keeps emerging that demonstrate Ross has been abused by the American legal system. My guest, Lyn Ulbricht, is the mother of Ross, and she shares some of this new evidence in our conversation.

If you want to learn more about the case, or if you want to donate to their fund, visit freeross.org.

Jul 23, 2017

My conversation with Oscar Martin, a Catholic priest in Panama City, Panama. We cover many topics - the church, the sacraments, faith, love, hierarchy, and community. I don't know much about Catholicism, so this is my attempt to try to discover some of the basics.

Jul 16, 2017

Patrick Byrne is known as the founder and CEO of Overstock.com. However, few people know that he also has a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford.

In this interview, we talk about ethics - both business and personal. He shares some of his most fundamental values in life.

We also cover his analysis of the "social justice" phenomenon.

Jul 10, 2017

JP Sears is known for his "ultra-spiritual" satirical videos. However, he's not just a satirist. Turns out, he's actually a serious life-coach with interesting ideas who actually believes many of the things he satirizes.

In this interview, we talk about his worldview and ideas about spirituality and religion, and I share some of my thoughts on the subject.

If you can sort through the dirt and dogma, there is truth to be found in the spiritual side of life.

Jul 2, 2017

Science has flaws. We must discover and acknowledge them if we want to avoid dogmatic thinking. Too many people dismiss skepticism about the rigor of modern science as “anti-intellectual.” They overlook serious problems with the scientific method in practice.

I am joined this week by Brian Earp, the author of the excellent article "The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit"

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