The Great Everything

The Great Everything

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What is good? What gives our lives meaning? What connects us all? Who should we be? Lawyer-turned-philosophist Patrick Daniel searches for answers to life’s great questions by exploring connections between art, culture and everything else.
[Culture Bite] My First Love
Aug 29 • 11 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I ramble about my first true love: Michael Jackson. Do the thing on: Instagram:…
[Culture Bite] Hegel and the Spirit of History
Aug 27 • 15 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I talk about the patterns hidden within and that govern history. “[…]We are all one consciousness…
[Culture Bite] Galileo’s Dad and the “Secret Sanskrit of Nature”
Aug 24 • 39 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. Did you know that Galileo’s father, Vincenzo Galilei, was an instrumental figure in the invention of opera? In…
Origin Story: Where Do We Come From?
Aug 16 • 66 min
Where does the world come from? The Bible, Greek myths, to cosmological accounts of the Big Bang, we’ve been grappling with the question of our origin since the dawn of civilisation. But when did our approach to this question transition from the religious…
[Culture Bite] Hitchcock and the Terror of Anticipation
Aug 13 • 12 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I discuss Hitchcock’s quote: “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it”.…
[Culture Bite] Defence of a Scumbag
Aug 9 • 25 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I discuss the ban from major media platforms of fake news purveyor extraordinaire, Infowars’ Alex…
[Culture Bite] Changin’ Status
Aug 8 • 9 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I ramble about Ricky Gervais, the philosophical problem of change and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.…
[Culture Bite] Who Is America?
Aug 7 • 17 min
Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I ramble about what works and what doesn’t in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show - Who Is America? Do…
[TGE Season 4!] Farewell Joël Robuchon - Is Food Culture?
Aug 6 • 34 min
TGE is back with season 4! Introducing “Culture Bites”, ad-libbed, unresearched bonus episodes, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I discuss the genius of chef Joël Robuchon and…
How Does Moral Judgment Work?
Jul 17 • 38 min
In this ‘Transformation’ episode, a listener’s question on moral relativism (“when is racism a moral failure?”) prompts a philosophical musing on ethics - how do we assess the moral worth of people from different times and cultures? What moral standard…
John Coltrane: Jazz Mystic
Jul 6 • 32 min
To many, John Coltrane is more than just one of the Greatest musicians who ever lived - he’s a religious figure. Worshipped as a Saint, what stands out most about him is the spiritual intensity of his music. In celebration of last week’s release of the…
Dracula: Monster to Sex Symbol
Jun 26 • 40 min
In this episode of The Great Everything, I take a look at the evolution of one of pop culture’s greatest and most terrifying icons - Count Dracula. From his monstrous, hairy-palmed origins to his current status as dark, romantic heartthrob, Dracula’s main…
Was Einstein A Racist?
Jun 14 • 18 min
Yesterday, a newly published travel diary by Albert Einstein shocked the world, revealing his “racist and xenophobic” thoughts on the Chinese, Levantine and uhhhh… well, mainly just the Chinese. Was Einstein a racist? Is that even the right question? In…
Happy 100 TGE!
Jun 2 • 19 min
On the 100th episode of TGE, I brought in Marc, with whom I founded TheGreatEverything.com long ago during the Peloponnesian War. We talked about career change, pursuing your dreams, and the challenges of marketing a blog and podcast about, well,…
The Riot of Spring and Controversial Art
May 29 • 14 min
Today’s Art episode is a culture bite about a musical piece so radical, so erotic, so goddam crazy, it’s premiere provoked a riot! Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du printemps”, The Rite of Spring. In today’s culture, would any piece of art provoke a similar…
The N Word (and Kendrick)
May 27 • 25 min
Kendrick Lamar’s recent debacle, when a white girl he had invited onstage sung the ‘N word’ has highlighted a worrying tribalism surrounding uses of that word. Here are some reflections on what happened, on the ‘N word’ and the power of language. Video:…
‘Uhh’ to ‘Ayy’: Weird Rap Ad-Libs
May 26 • 19 min
If you’ve ever listened to hip hop, you’ve heard rappers spit out grunts and various other strange noises. From Biggie’s “Uhh!”, to Kanye’s “hahn?” to “ayy” to “skrt skrt” to farm sounds, in this episode we take a look at some of the weirdest hip hop…
Wagner, Blue Balls & Isolde’s Orgasm
May 23 • 21 min
Richard Wagner is one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century, and is widely considered a pioneer of modern music. In this ART episode, I take a look at his revolutionary opera, Tristan und Isolde, and how his use of recurring themes…
J.S. Mill on the Tyranny of Public Opinion
May 21 • 17 min
In his essay “On Liberty” (1859), the philosopher John Stuart Mill formulated a cogent, and some would say definitive, statement on the importance of free speech. Rather than the interference of the State in private affairs, Mill was concerned with a type…
Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero
May 17 • 15 min
Marvel has been killing it at the movies, with Avengers: Infinity War now officially the highest-grossing summer blockbuster of all time. But one department they haven’t been doing too well in is female representation. Where are Marvel’s badass…
Sidney Bechet ❤️ Paris
May 14 • 6 min
Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from New Orleans. His larger than life personality, violent temper and booming sound all contributed to making him one of early jazz’s legendary characters. Music: - ’ Si…
Happy Mothers’ Day!
May 13 • 10 min
A few months ago, my mother was diagnoses with an inoperable glioblastoma, one of the deadliest brain tumours known to us. On Mothers’ Day, I reflect on the bond between mothers and their children, my decision to give up my goals to become her carer, and…
New Orleans: A Cultural Gumbo
May 12 • 17 min
New Orleans is a city that understands pleasure. Pleasure of the ear, pleasure of the loins, pleasure of the gut. In other words, New Orleans is the urban representation of Donuts. But the Big Easy is so much more than visceral pleasure. At its best, New…
Tchaikovsky: Thorns and Roses
May 11 • 18 min
The music of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) is virtually synonymous with the term “bittersweet” - it lives at the intersection of beauty and tragedy. In today’s ART episode, I share some anecdotes about Tchaikovsky’s tragicomical…
Racist Prom Dresses
May 6 • 14 min
Thinking through the recent controversy that arose when Keziah Daum decided to wear a traditional Chinese dress to her prom. Is this racism? Is it cultural appropriation? Is cultural appropriation even a thing? The most sensitive issues are precisely the…
(Not Understanding) Star Wars
May 4 • 13 min
May the Fourth Be With You, nerds! It’s Star Wars day, so in this Donuts episode, I take a little tour through all three seasons of this baffling series, trying and failing to understand what all the fuss is about. What’s going on? Wasn’t there supposed…
Duke Ellington, Gentleman of Jazz
May 3 • 13 min
Duke Ellington was a legendary composer who contributed more standards to the jazz repertoire than any other musician before or since. He is also singularly responsible for bridging the divide between jazz as popular dance music and jazz as art, giving…
Art, Donuts, Transformation - Self-Improvement Edition
Apr 30 • 17 min
A recipe for good living that isn’t total bullshit - every day, a little ADT: Art, Donuts, and Transformation. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEblog Instagram:…
Culture Bite - Evolve / Devolve!
Apr 27 • 9 min
It’s the birthday of British philosopher, biologist, sociologist and all-round thinky person Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903), who took Darwin’s theories and applied them across almost *every* other discipline, formulating a fascinating worldview based on…
What Should We Learn?
Apr 25 • 39 min
Our current education system is based on a conception of the job market that was developed during the industrial age. Schools are set up to instil skills, knowledge and attitudes that best position us to fit in within that system. But innovations in…
The Legacy of Rome
Apr 21 • 46 min
Happy birthday Roma! It’s the anniversary of the founding in 753 B.C. of Rome, perhaps the single city that has most influenced way we live and think about the world today in the West. TGE celebrates the occasion by exploring various perspectives on Rome,…
Leonardo: A Universal Genius
Apr 15 • 36 min
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was a scientist and inventor whose extraordinary ideas and breadth of imagination were centuries ahead of their time. In his spare time, he did some pretty good paintings too. The quintessential Renaissance Man, Leonardo’s…
TGE Diary 13.04.18 - #WeRemember, Trust and more Fake News
Apr 13 • 37 min
In this diary edition of TGE, I discuss the importance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and a couple of Aeon articles on how the notion of trust plays into our post-truth landscape. Also, please be a legend and leave a review on iTunes! It really helps. TGE…
Holocaust Remembrace Day
Apr 10 • 22 min
Some reflections on the Holocaust, Hannah Arendt and the banality of evil.
Fake News, Descartes and the Power of Narrative
Apr 9 • 66 min
Our age is frequently referred to as “the fake news era” or “post-truth”. However we want to call it, we all sense this uncertainty as to which sources of knowledge to trust and what truth even means. The philosopher René Descartes lived during a similar…
Culture Bite - Raphael: the Mozart of Painters
Mar 28 • 17 min
It’s the anniversary of the birth in 1483 of one of the greatest painters of all time - Raffaello Sanzio, “the Prince of the Arts”. Here’s my brief reflections on his extraordinary genius and his place within the context of the other Renaissance greats.…
TGE Diary 27.03.18 - “Snowflakes”, Quentin Tarantino & Jazz!
Mar 27 • 36 min
A call from Michael Conway on free speech “triggers” me into a reflection on what our attitudes should be towards those who believe that others’ right not to be offended should take precedence over our right to freely express. Also, it’s the birthday of…
TGE Diary 25.03.17 - Revenge of the Nazi pug
Mar 25 • 22 min
This week in the inexorable decline of free speech, a Scottish court of law sentenced comedian “Count Dankula” over a joke involving a pug called Buddha doing a Nazi salute. The video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro2aKSUIezY Be the glue in the cracks…
Culture Bite - The Brandenburg Concerti
Mar 24 • 5 min
This Bach guy, he’s gonna be a big deal someday. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Show love on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEblog Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/…
What is Fascism?
Mar 23 • 41 min
Today in 1919, Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Movement. In this diary rambling, I unpack the meaning and history of Fascism, partly to clear up the appalling misuse of the term “fascist” in today’s political discourse, and partly because it’s just…
Culture Bite - Metamorphoses
Mar 20 • 15 min
Is our life constant change? The great Roman poet Ovid, author of the Metamorphoses, seems to think so. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego by adding me on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEblog Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/…
TGE Diary 14.03.18 - A Scary Day: Rex Tillerson, Putin, Cancer
Mar 15 • 17 min
Thinking aloud about the firing of Rex Tillerson, Putin’s rising influence in Western affairs, and what might be my mother’s last birthday. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego by adding me on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEblog Instagram:…
George Berkeley: In Your Mind and Nowhere Else
Mar 12 • 25 min
It’s the anniversary of the birth of the philosopher George Berkeley (1685 – 1753), whose central thesis is that there is no such thing as matter and that all we interact with are ‘ideas’ in the mind of perceivers. This notion is best expressed in his…
Culture Bite - The Punic Wars
Mar 11 • 4 min
Thinking aloud about one of the Great crossroads in our history, the Punic Wars.
Culture Bite - Vivaldi!
Mar 10 • 5 min
It’s Vivaldi’s birthday! Here’s a brief intro to his most beloved masterpiece, a violin concerto most reminiscent of spring.
Do The Right Thing: Cancer and big decisions
Mar 10 • 30 min
Our lives are made up of decisions, both small, and at times life-altering. In all of these situations, we should be striving to “do the right thing”. In this episode, I share some big decisions I’ve had to make since I found out my mother has brain…
Phones are evil (?)
Mar 10 • 16 min
I share a segment from Alain de Botton’s School of Life about the problem with smartphones. Not everyone likes it 😬
Trump & the ad hominem fallacy
Mar 10 • 14 min
Patrick and caller Jack discuss the ad hominem fallacy and whether Trump’s comments regarding Charlottesville were the right message but from the wrong messenger.
More on diversity
Mar 10 • 13 min
Today’s show - more ruminations on diversity, thoughts on Henry Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ and ‘What would it be like to be in a nuclear explosion’?
Is Diversity Inherently Good?
Mar 10 • 18 min
Today we discuss diversity and whether it is inherently good, or if by focussing on diversity we are ignoring something fundamental that may be more important. Are we missing the forest for the trees?
Culture Bite - Julius Caesar n stuff
Mar 10 • 24 min
Today I discuss my all-time favourite human: Julius Caesar. Ok, maybe he was a bloodthirsty tyrant. But maybe he wasn’t! And he had a bunch of other good qualities, so let’s focus on those shall we?
Romanticism
Mar 10 • 12 min
Are you Romantic or Classical? No not ‘romantic’ as inbringing your girlfriend flowers, I mean Romantic. Capital ‘R’. You know. Romanticism. Goethe? Byron? Schumann? Actually yeah, Schumann, let’s talk about him too.
On Tyranny
Mar 10 • 30 min
Some thinking aloud on Tim Snyder’s new book: On Tyranny - 20 Lessons from the 20th Century. What are the tell-tale signs of an approaching tyranny, and do we see those signs today?
What Is Leadership?
Mar 10 • 22 min
What is leadership? What are the origins of hierarchy? How does it tie into history and culture? Do we need leaders today? So many questions!
Quest for The Great Everything (feat. MRX)
Mar 8 • 16 min
What defines Greatness? It’s a day of existential questions, including a request for The Great Everything’s origin story, courtesy of the illest medical MCs around - Dee and Reesh of Medicine Remixed! https://anchor.fm/medicineremixed
On Cultural Appropriation
Mar 8 • 29 min
Do we all agree that the notion of cultural appropriation is abysmal bullshit? Oh we don’t? Ok then listen to this episode. Now. Now we all agree.
The Leftovers
Mar 8 • 18 min
What would it be like if 2% of the world vanished? Peak TV means we really have got a tonne of Great shows these days. The Greatest is HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’.
On Free Will
Mar 8 • 24 min
We’ve got no choice! Today, I reflect on free will and the notion of moral responsibility in a deterministic world.
A Plan for Changing Minds
Mar 8 • 19 min
How do we change people’s minds? What’s so wrong about being wrong? In this episode I discuss the psychological “backfire effect” that stops us from changing our minds when presented with facts contradicting our cherished beliefs. But fret not! I have a…
What Makes You You?
Mar 8 • 10 min
A short episode on the question of identity over time. What Are You? Is future you you? And what is it that makes you you?
On Language
Mar 8 • 30 min
A pastiche of various segments on the philosophy of language, produced on Anchor in the early days of TGE: Problems in communication • Does language shape our reality? • In the cage (interlude) • More language. Ahem. • Dammit Patrick! • No word for blue?…
Be Astonished, Tell About It: A Chat with Abby Norman
Mar 8 • 58 min
For International Women’s Day, I had a chat with science writer and podcaster Abby Norman, author of ‘Ask Me About My Uterus’ (released 6 March 2018) and host of the delightful audio-Wikihole ‘Let Me Google That’. We discussed women’s health, living with…
Culture Bite - The Divine Michelangelo
Mar 6 • 14 min
It’s the birthday of Michelangelo - the greatest artist who ever lived.
About These Guns…
Feb 28 • 65 min
In the wake of the school shooting at Parkland, Florida, we discuss gun violence, gun control and the polarising manner in which these conversations take place. A discussion with ‘Big Pat’, a Sanders supporting progressive activist and gun rights advocate…
Karl Marx
Feb 22 • 18 min
Today, a critique of Marxism, some thought on Shared vs. Private Property and some back-and-forth on that dude, what’s his name? Oh yeah - Karl Marx. Also, is profit exploitation?
Culture Bite - Arthur Schopenhauer
Feb 22 • 13 min
On the anniversary of his birth, I briefly discuss the ideas of one of history’s great pessimists: the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
Ezra Pound and Black Panther
Feb 19 • 19 min
Hey, this is probably a very bad thing to say, but I did not like the new Marvel movie Black Panther. Also, cultural stuff including Ezra Pound, some other stuff, but mainly, just me hating on Black Panther. But hey, glad you guys all loved it!
Torture and the Self (!)
Feb 18 • 49 min
What am I? In this episode, we discuss the nature of self, as explored in Bernard Williams’ “torture experiment”.
Terrorism (Anthology-Ep!)
Feb 18 • 69 min
In the wake of the Machester Arena bombing, here’s a collation of various segments and audience call-ins on a crucial topic of our age: terrorism. What makes somebody decide to commit such an act? What impulses can compel us to murder innocent kids? Is…
What is Art?
Feb 15 • 50 min
In this episode we explore the question of art, its definition and boundaries. Must it involve the concept of beauty? Must it be visual? And should we be able to pee on it? No, seriously - can we? Please?
The Artist vs the Art
Feb 1 • 19 min
Should we judge the art based on the artist?
The Perils of Social Media
Jan 23 • 25 min
In this episode, social media has connected the world, bringing us an unparalleled speed of communication and exposure to new people, places and ideas. But what is the cost of this unprecedented access? Social anthropology suggests that we may not be…
Ethics and Evolution
Jan 18 • 57 min
What moral values can help us survive and build a better society for future generations? Overpopulation, climate change, A.I, egomaniacs with their fingers on red buttons… in a global world, the threats we face are no longer to on group of humans or…
On Matt Damon’s “Bad Opinions”
Dec 19, 2017 • 49 min
The online backlash against Matt Damon’s seemingly uncontroversial remarks on the sexual harassment scandal reveal the emergence of an Orwellian “goodthink” vs “crimethink” approach to social issues, where any attempt at nuance is seen as a threat to…
Better Never To Have Been?
Dec 8, 2017 • 33 min
Life is full of suffering. Even the most comfortable lives will feature some pain and anxiety. And in general, the intensity of suffering seems to be more acute than any pleasure or enjoyment. So would we have been better off never being born? This is the…
Celebrity Sex Monsters!
Nov 30, 2017 • 14 min
Hey, have you heard about the #MeToo movement? Yeah, Me Too. So let’s talk a little about Celebrity Sex Monsters! Is there a spectrum of sexual misconduct? And is this moment a Great Awakening or a Moral Panic?
The Space Between Things
Nov 22, 2017 • 33 min
We see the world as atomised, composed of objects, things, with clear extensions, shapes and boundaries. But as Zeno showed us, this intuition leads us to all sorts of paradoxes which defy our common intuitions about the world. Is it perhaps more helpful…
Defining Knowledge
Nov 17, 2017 • 48 min
In our post-facts world, it’s become increasingly urgent to distinguish between belief and knowledge. On philosopher Robert Nozick’s birthday we ask the question: what is knowledge? How do we define it? Music by Anderson Paak
How To Do You
Nov 7, 2017 • 33 min
A classic existentialist theme is that we are paralyzed by te enormity of our freedom of action, so we avoid the angst of choosing by narrowing our options to the point of self-entrapment: “I don’t change because I’m stuck”. In this episode we discuss…
Art, Donuts, Transformation
Nov 3, 2017 • 25 min
Why do we consider highbrow pursuits (or “Art”) to be inherently superior to baser, more visceral lowbrow pleasures (or “Donuts”)? Is there a way to maximize the sources of pleasure available to us so as to be able to deeply engage with and enjoy Art and…
Dear Artificial Intelligence
Oct 24, 2017 • 10 min
Random thoughts on metaphysics, Artificial Intelligence and frankly, little else. Only on Anchor.
Beauty and Meaning
Oct 9, 2017 • 13 min
Reflections on two Great questions: How do we live a meaningful life? And does beauty matter?
Hic et Nunc - The Path towards Better
Oct 9, 2017 • 14 min
We are makers, not victims, of our choices. With Patrick surrounded by tragedy, The Great Everything abides!
(More on) Lying
Oct 7, 2017 • 23 min
Would you lie to to save Anne Frank? Are lies just lies? And is there a difference between lies and fiction? That’s just some of the things I discuss in this episode. Actually no, that’s everything I discuss in this episode.
How do we deal with suffering?
Sep 22, 2017 • 10 min
Patrick gets personal talking about death, grief, loss and suffering.
TGE Diary 10.09.17 - First Days in Budapest!
Sep 10, 2017 • 19 min
Lawyer-turned-philosophist Patrick Daniel discusses the biggest (and scariest) change in his life: abandoning corporate law to pursue life as a penniless philosopher in Budapest! Also, the Holocaust.
Culture Bite - Debussy Ain’t Nothing to Fuck With
Aug 22, 2017 • 20 min
Today we celebrate the birthday of French composer Claude Debussy, and wonder: what does a painting sound like? Also, it’s the birthday of my favourite rapper - GZA, the Genius, of the Wu Tang Clan! 🙌
TGE Diary 15.08.17 - Ferragosto!
Aug 16, 2017 • 33 min
In today’s Ferragosto (15 August) special: Woodstock! Napoleon! Racism! And more.
Glenn Gould on the beach
Aug 2, 2017 • 20 min
Lawyer slash classical musician Stephan discusses finding new dimensions in Mozart through the innovative approach to music of legendary pianist Glenn Gould.
TGE Diary 19.07.18 - Mein Kampf, Fichte
Jul 18, 2017 • 24 min
Today’s show: mininterpreting Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’; German idealism and Immanuel Fichte. Music by: Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Method Man and Redman, Gravediggaz.
TGE Diary 17.07.17 - Weekend Special
Jul 16, 2017 • 31 min
In this weekend special, arguments about Christ. Was he a historical figure? Also, some listener questions on how media impacts our lives.
Culture Bite - Henry Thoreau
Jul 12, 2017 • 21 min
In today’s episode: Henry Thoreau on nature and the distractions of modernity; on civil disobedience; Modigliani; Identity and Integration. Music by Cameron Graves.
Culture Bite - Atticus Finch and the Simplicity of Heroism
Jul 11, 2017 • 16 min
In today’s show: a story without a punchline by Douglas Adams. Also, remember that guy Atticus Finch? He’s my moral hero. Well, one of them. Let’s discuss why.
TGE Diary 07.07.17 - Mahler, Trump in Poland
Jul 7, 2017 • 28 min
In today’s episode, it’s the birthday of legendary composer Gustav Mahler! Listen to some music that will rattle your heart, soul and bones. Also, a few words on Trump’s speech in Poland on defending our civilisation.
TGE Diary 06.07.17 - Newton, RZA and awkwardness
Jul 6, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode: Isaac Newton’s Principia; the awesome style of the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA; awkwardness. Music by Wu Tang Clan; The Gravediggaz.
4th of July Special!
Jul 4, 2017 • 22 min
Today it’s the 4th of July! So let’s talk about 4 things I love about America: Superman; Hollywood; Jazz; and BBQ.
10 Books Everyone Should Read
Jul 1, 2017 • 18 min
The title says it all. Not “my favourite” books, not “the most important” books, but 10 books everyone *can* and *should* read. Trust me. I’m smart.
TGE Diary 30.06.17 - Time, Creativity and Hindus
Jun 30, 2017 • 32 min
Talk about The Great “Everything”! A diary episode on Einstein, the theory of relativity, how to teach creativity and… Indian classical music?
Postmodernism, part 2
Jun 28, 2017 • 24 min
Part 2 of our epic talk about Postmodernism. Does it make dialogue impossible?
Postmodernism, part 1
Jun 27, 2017 • 19 min
Postmodernism. Great idea. Terrible implications. Let’s talk about it! For further (and more cogent) argumentation on the topic, check out Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s thoughts, as set out in various Youtube videos and the Joe Rogan podcast.
‘Get Out’, Race and Stereotypes
May 14, 2017 • 15 min
‘Get Out’ is a fantastic movie. In this episode, I discuss my reaction to Jordan Peele’s film debut, and what it taught me about casual racism, microagressions and dehumanisation.
On Consistency
May 12, 2017 • 13 min
Nobody wants to be called predictable. But consistency may constitute the basic infrastructure of our society. Also, how does outrage culture fit into this?
Immanuel Kant
May 12, 2017 • 15 min
Some people say he’s the Greatest philosopher who ever lived. Everyone else hasn’t even heard his name. Today I explore Kant’s ideas and two Great questions: how do we experience? And what does a world without time and space look like?
Morality: Is Anything Inherently Wrong?
May 12, 2017 • 25 min
Is anything inherently wrong? How do we judge the morality of past ages? How do we evaluate moral choices? This and more (including stuff about old Civil War statues) are discussed with astonishing insight and warmth, courtesy of me.
On Lying
May 12, 2017 • 23 min
Lying. Is it ever ok? I discuss.
Søren Kierkegaard: A Very Anxious Man
May 12, 2017 • 14 min
Is life just endless regret? Søren Kierkegaard was a very depressing guy. But hey, he still has some sound advice on how to face life with laughter!
Past and Future with Yuval Harari
May 12, 2017 • 22 min
Everyone needs to read Yuval Harari’s classic book “Sapiens”. Here, I talk about the author’s theories regarging Artificial Intelligence, the rise of a “useless class”, and ask (and answer) the question - are we really better off than our ancestors?
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
May 12, 2017 • 32 min
For your listening pleasure, a beginners’ guide and walkthru to one of the Greatest pieces of music ever composed - Beethoven’s 9th Symphony!
The Pew-Die-Pie Affair!
May 12, 2017 • 11 min
Have you heard about the Pew-Die-Pie affair? Well, you have now. Let’s talk about it. And also free speech, hypocrisy and intellectual (dis)honesty.
Hannah Arendt: “We Refugees”
May 12, 2017 • 11 min
Some thoughts on the great philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt’s landmark essay “We Refugees”. Also, where does totalitarianism come from?
The Atomic Age
May 12, 2017 • 13 min
Nuclear proliferation means we have the ability to annihilate the entirety of our, and every other species in the blink of an eye. The podcaster Dan Carlin compared this situation to our kneeling “with a gun at our heads”. What are the issues and ethics…
On Childlike Wonder
May 12, 2017 • 12 min
The children’s books Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) and Sophie’s World serve as an excellent introduction to some of the great philosophical questions of all time. More importantly, they are a perfect illustration of how looking at the world with a…
The dangers of A.I.
May 12, 2017 • 12 min
Back from when this podcast used to be called “Pop Philosophy”, a series of ponderings on A.I. Should we fear A.I.? What is “General Intelligence” Could you be more useful as a paper clip? You can support this podcast by doing the thing on:…