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Dr. Stephen R.C. Hicks is a Canadian-American philosopher who teaches at Rockford University, Illinois. He has had visiting positions at Oxford University (England), Kasimir the Great University (Poland), and has lectured at universities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He specializes in modern European philosophy and politics, and has written extensively on Kant, Marx, including his two books, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault ...
 
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Where do we find the meaning of life?In answering that question, we look to Professor Jordan Peterson a man with a foot in two worlds. He is a man of science, proficient in the biological bases of psychology and the developments of psychology as an applied science.Website: http://www.opencollegepodcast.com http://www.StepheHicks.orgSupport Open Col…
 
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In this episode Dr. Stephen Hicks addressed the philosophical question, does morality require the existence of the gods or a God, or is morality part of our human nature?Sponsored By CleanMyMac: http://www.possiblycorrect.com/cleanmymacstephenhicks NordVPN: http://www.possiblycorrect.com/opencollegenordvpnLedger Secure Crypto Hard Wallet: http://sh…
 
Will Knowland was removed from his role at the prestigious Eton College after posting a lecture on Youtube challenging the third wave modern feminist concept 'toxic masculinity'. Knowland was sacked after he repeatedly refused requests from the college's head master Simon Henderson to take the video down. The video, called the Patriarchy paradox, h…
 
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Even though we humans have lots of knowledge, we do not necessarily have a good and full theory of knowledge. Yet we should not let the lack of a good theory, deny the existence of what the theory should be explaining.Humans have cognitive faculties with limitations. One can form snap judgments, but one can also recognize and pursue the objective p…
 
Michael Rectenwald and Stephen Hicks on postmodernism, postmodern politics, the contemporary Left, and the state of education, culture, society, the media, and politics. For the video of this conversation please visit Michael Rectenwald’s YouTube Channel.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2V9HKAlUm8 Website: http://www.opencollegepodcast.com http://w…
 
We say we want children to grow to be self-reliant, creative problem-solving adults. But in schooling kids, do we follow through on that? Do schools teach independence of mind and action or do students learn compliance? Do students learn that life is about solving new problems or are they instructed that authorities have the answers? Do students le…
 
The impact from the development of automation and artificial intelligence technologies will be significant and perhaps more significant than any previous technological revolutions. What are the business and economic impacts of these evolving technologies? What will be their impact on our work lives? Will they free humanity, enslave us all or perhap…
 
Let me tell you a little bed time story. A story that involves humans and gods and present a human philosophical question dating back a few thousand of years ago. The story or Arachne and Athena.Sponsored By CleanMyMac: http://www.possiblycorrect.com/cleanmymacstephenhicks NordVPN: http://www.possiblycorrect.com/opencollegenordvpnWebsite: http://ww…
 
One the great moral achievements of history is the near-elimination of slavery. In contrast to popular narratives, west and east African kingdoms practiced slavery extensively, both for internal purposes and for external sale to Arabs, who for centuries had transported African slaves to Asia and Europe. East and south Asians had also practiced slav…
 
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Where does morality come from? Are moral codes conscious formulations of one’s needs and interests? Nietzsche is one of the great critics of human psychology asserting that we have a widespread weakness and asks what are the origins of this widespread weakness? Should we all in contrast "Live dangerously?" How does Nietzsche’s scorn for Plato, Chri…
 
John Anderson served as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia for 6 years between 1999 and 2005 under John Howard and a respected intellectual voice engaged in the discussions and debates on on the changing culture and political landscape for a uniquely Australian perspective. For the original video link please visit John Anderson’s youTube Channel. h…
 
The Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) is a 2020 government program available to businesses and organizations, primarily in response to the economic damage done by Covid-19 slowdowns, shut-downs, and lock-downs. What are the moral arguments and principles one should consider when assessing the consequences of PPP and what is the context of decision-maki…
 
Two intelligent, non-professional responses to my book explaining postmodernism. A study in contrast. Content, method, and civility.Special thanks to The Multiversity Project. Please check out The Multiversity Project debate on Explaining Postmodernism.YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEf8qojnopESpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0SlADN…
 
The standard conception of God that is offered to us by theists suggest there are three major features of interest: God is said to be omnipotent or all-powerful, omnis­cient or all-knowing, and omnibenevolent or all-good. However, if the God who created the world is supposed to be all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good, why did he create a world i…
 
Do the gods exist? As mature and more sophisticated reasoned arguments for and against the idea of god have evolved, we can evaluate eighteen possible arguments, about seven are interesting. Argumentation about the natural world: time, causation, morality, beauty, logic, mathematical precision, and so on. Can they be explained in self-sufficient na…
 
Thomas Kuhn was professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, a classic in the history and philosophy of science. Still relevant to our philosophical and cultural debates over science, for Kuhn challenges claims that science is or can be an objective process based upon observational facts …
 
EP #36 | Democratic Socialism for BeginnersIn contemporary times, most socialists have shifted away from overtly dictatorial socialism. Among the younger, there is some level of awareness of its terrible history but they still think of it as an ideal to be striven for despite obvious concerns. What are the aims of democratic socialist, what do they…
 
We have all heard that in polite company we should not discuss sex, politics, business, or religion. Those topics are too troublesome, so we should stick to safer topics? To be human is to grapple with the big questions and the crucial values of life. We must decide and we all need to make up our minds what our lives will be about.YouTubehttps://ww…
 
Who are the most important socialist intellectuals and politicians in history? We here offer quotations from eight prominent socialists, representing a wide geographical and temporal range. The quotations illustrate the author’s motivation for advocating socialism, the actions necessary to bring about socialism, and/or the expected results of socia…
 
Where are young socialists in their thinking? What expressions of socialism are meeting their mark rhetorically? What does socialism mean to them and what values do they think socialism is advocating? Come see Stephen Hicks live in Australia.Culture Wars 2.0https://www.truearrowevents.com/dr-stephen-r-c-hicksYouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/c/opencol…
 
A generation ago the slogan of campus activist was, speak truth to power. Why has there been such a dramatic change in just one generation? Postmodern Monsters | Benjamin Boyce interviews Dr. Stephen Hickshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEGMoQkgXf8YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/c/opencollegepodcastBitchute http://www.bitchute.com/opencollegepodcast…
 
On December 30th 2019, the YouTube channel Prager University released a video narrated by bible scholar and political theorist Yoram Hazony discussing the Enlightenment. Hazony makes eight major claims about the Enlightenment and while there are some thoughtful arguments against the Enlightenment, Hazony has not made them. In this episode of Open C…
 
We all know the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Or do we? At least 20 movie versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol have been produced, along with innumerable stage plays and live reading. Who was Ebenezer Scrooge? Was his character the Villain according to Socialism, the Homo Economicus and Savvy Investor, the hero of the Anti-Over-Commercialized…
 
William James was a leading American philosopher who lived at the turn of the 20th century. In his essay the Moral Equivalent of War, James describes himself as a socialist and pacifist and is very disgusted with the human history of war and is looking for a solution. This essay, while thoughtful and well argued is to my mind, highly objectionable.…
 
Is Keynes to blame for everything? John Maynard Keynes was the most influential economist of the 20th century. In the 21st century his theories are institutionalized. But how close is current Keyesnian practice to original Keynesian theory?Join our email list - http://eepurl.com/dEEsTjContact Dr. Hicks, on twitter @SRChicks or visit http://www.Step…
 
Money is one of the greatest inventions ever, just as books are one of the greatest inventions ever and for the same reasons. Books are collections of abstract symbols that represent abstract ideas. Writing enhances our thinking through portability, storage, precision and universality. Books enable everyone to communicate with one another. All of t…
 
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The standard claim is that philosophy begins with Thales. Why did philosophy come into being in a clusters of cities on the coasts of Asia minor? Ascribed to Thales by Aristotle: “The first principle and basic nature of all things is water, ”and “All things are full of gods.” Why do historians of philosophy get worked up over these lines? To see th…
 
Lord Acton said, “absolute power corrupts absolutely” but is this accurate? Abuses of social and political power are the ones we worry about the most. Social science data does seem too, on the surface, bare out Lord Acton’s claims. However, if you correlate the degrees of corruption with degrees of centralization the data suggests things are not qu…
 
Professor Jordan B. Peterson is perhaps most famous for the neo-Marxist label “Postmodern Neo-Marxism.” Although Dr. Peterson recommends Explaining Postmodernism by Dr. Hicks, their analysis on this issue differs in some important ways.Apple Podcastshttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-college-podcast/id1438324613?mt=2SoundCloud https://soundcl…
 
As a contributing factor, coffee (and tea) certainly gets credit on physiological grounds. Also contributing was the development of European coffee house culture, the coffee houses bringing businessmen, artists, and scientists together for drinking and socializing.Apple Podcastshttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-college-podcast/id1438324613?m…
 
Extreme cases always test our commitment to a free society. A free society depends on our general confidence in the power of reason, that people have intelligence and good judgment enough to handle the cognitive demands of living freely. Yet now our current concerns with social unrest, triggers, and inflammatory language and images has led some soc…
 
Sex Dolls, Artificial Intelligence, and the Real Thing. Newly-engineered materials and robotics have made the physical experiences closer to the real thing. Artificial intelligence has enabled robots to respond verbally and non-verbally more realistically. let's set aside the politics and focus on the ethics: Is sex with robots a good thing? a bad …
 
In this episode of the Open College podcast, Professor Stephen Hicks talks about the issue of slavery: its history and current implications.Even though slavery has been prohibited in Western countries, its stains such as racism and discrimination still can be seen in our society. During the last decades, people of the civilized world have been refl…
 
This is an excerpt from a conversation between Dr. Hicks and Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, recorded on March 27, 2019 on the Jordan B. Peterson podcast. Dr. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. In this episod…
 
Should Christians be socialist and was C.S. Lewis a socialist? What are the basic themes and commitments that are common to all forms of christianity? Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University He is best known for his works of fiction,…
 
Open College with Dr. Stephen R.C. Hicks | #15 Training, Not Educating Activists Are reason and analysis under attack by scepticism? Why do post modernists focus on training and indoctrinating activist while ignoring some of the fundamental principals of education? If racial gender ethnic group conflict are the new principal of education what is th…
 
Did Steve Jobs fail to adapt himself to the system, or did the school system fail to fit Steve Jobs?A Japanese team of investigators recently came to the United States to study its school system. Japan is a successful nation, prosperous and dynamic in many areas. But the team had a question: Why does our country have so few innovators?Apple Podcast…
 
It can seem like entrepreneurs are a breed apart. But they’re not. All of us are born with the ability to take risks, think creatively and challenge the everyday way of doing things. That is to say, we’re all born with the entrepreneurial capacity.Apple Podcastshttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-college-podcast/id1438324613?mt=2SoundCloud htt…
 
The argument claims, Socialism is motivated by anti-rich, anti-success envy, and that’s simply an illegitimate motivation. The envy-charge against socialism is that it institutionalizes envy. How does this compare with liberal capitalist countries? Is there more or less potential for envy to flourish in a liberal capitalist society?Apple Podcastsht…
 
Open College with Dr. Stephen R.C. Hicks | Episode #10 - Bhopal: Government Subsidized Environmental ApocalypseBhopal is a city in central India, and late in 1984 chemicals in large quantities spilled out of an industrial plant there, killing, maiming, and damaging tens of thousands of people.The long-term estimated death toll from the 1984 Bhopal …
 
The puzzle of envy and how it impacts our lives. Why does envy cause some of us to do destructive things? How do envy differ from jealousy? Apple Podcastshttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-college-podcast/id1438324613?mt=2SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/opencollegepodcastStitcherhttps://www.stitcher.com/podcast/possibly-correct/open-college…
 
Did government contribute to one of America’s greatest environmental disasters? What is eminent domain? Were any politicians or government officials prosecuted for criminal neglect? Apple Podcastshttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-college-podcast/id1438324613?mt=2SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/opencollegepodcastStitcherhttps://www.stitcher…
 
The means of production or the means of reproduction. Where does socialism draw the line?Apple Podcastshttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-college-podcast/id1438324613?mt=2SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/opencollegepodcastStitcherhttps://www.stitcher.com/podcast/possibly-correct/open-college-podcast-with-dr-stephen-rc-hicksGoogle Play https:…
 
The story of the The Will to Power has the makings of a dramatic documentary film. It has a tormented genius, Friedrich Nietzsche, already recognized as one of the great minds of his generation, but forced to retire early for health problems. Living an itinerant life wandering Europe on a meager pension, he nonetheless working vigorously on his ico…
 
Open College with Dr. Stephen R.C. Hicks #5 - Conservatives Get Out of The Dark AgesIt's a faux pas in some intellectual circles -- mostly conservative ones -- to say that there was a Dark Ages in European history.But the mainstream view has been that the Middle Ages were a dark period in Western history. What were the "Middle Ages" in the middle o…
 
The post modernist British thinker John Gray wrote in his book, Enlightenment's Wake: “We live today amid the dim ruins of the Enlightenment project, which was the ruling project of the modern period.”Our culture as a failure, ruins, nadir.Did the enlightenment not live up to its promises? What is the standard for this claim? What does the data sho…
 
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