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With skyrocketing rates of depression, increasing rates of poverty, hostile political radicalism, and so much more, it’s obvious that our modern society is failing us. Unfortunately, we’re struggling to navigate these many personal and social challenges because of a culture that promotes binary thinking (us vs them, black vs white, etc) & influences us to undermine our own well-being. Through controversial freethought, philosophical inquiry, and intellectual rigor, we seek to empower individ ...
 
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Today my guest is Vaush, a self-described left-wing Youtuber known for his advocacy for libertarian market socialism and debates with other YouTubers. Our discussion centers heavily around 3 keys topics: the culture wars, our current political discourse, and capitalism--its failures, its strengths, and its alternatives (eg: anarcho-syndicalism). Va…
 
This week I sit down once again with my dear friends Jay Mutzafi and Donovan James, and then we have one of our favorite conversations: Does Free Will Exist? While I think we're each empiricist who realize the science currently supports the notion that free will DOES NOT exist, we each have separate ways we respond to that. Jay reinforces this posi…
 
I recently wrote an essay exploring "How Ideological Extremists Are Undermining Their Own Goals" and I thought for this episode I would try something a little different, exploring this essay as a solo podcast. The main focus of that essay (and therefore this episode) is dedicated to showcasing how the hostility of the "us" vs "them" dynamic that is…
 
In this episode we sit down with Eric Kuafmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London who commonly writes on the dynamics of demographic change. In this episode we discuss these ideas as they relate to his 2018 book White Shift, which explores how immigration and populism will play out as we navigate a future where white…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Colin Wright, who is an evolutionary biologist and the managing editor at Quillette--the online magazine dedicated to free thought. We discuss the sex and gender debate currently dominating much of social justice zeitgeist, which includes exploring the legal and cultural ramifications of those who seek to step outside…
 
In this episode, my good friend Donovan returns to answer questions randomly selected from a list of philosophical questions we found online. This takes us on a meandering tour through topics such as self-deception, self-actualization, immortality, suffering vs meaning, religion's place in the world, the downfall of human civilization, binary think…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by one of my favorite contemporary thinkers, John Vervaeke, a professor at the University of Toronto where he lectures on psychology, cognitive science, and Buddhism. John has a phenomenal series on Youtube called 'Awakening From the Meaning Crisis,' where he explores how science and spirituality have lessons of ancient …
 
(Originally recorded in the Spring of 2020) In this episode we sit down with social scientist and political theorist, Justin Murphy, who spent five years as a lecturer at the University of Southampton before realizing that academia was ironically stifling his ability to be a truly creative and productive freethinker. Upon this realization, he set h…
 
(Originally recorded in the Spring of 2020) On this episode, we're joined by Aella, previously one of the world's top-paid cam girls who is now a prominent figure in the online intellectual community. We enjoy an incredibly playful conversation surrounding her background, social dynamics, authenticity, and enlightenment. Follow Aellas work via her …
 
(Originally recorded in the Spring of 2020) On this episode I'm joined by the ever-articulate scholar, Erik Davis, who wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books of all time: Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (seriously, it's remarkable). Erik also recently released a new book, High Weirdness, that explores the psyche…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Donovan James and Jay Mutzafi, two friends who I meet with several times a month for challenging and thought-provoking conversations. You can expect to see them as frequent guests on the show discussing myriad topics, but this time around we focus on climate change, basic income, and longevity. This takes us through m…
 
In this episode, I sit down with my dear friend, Donovan James, who kicks off the conversation by asking me why I decided to start this podcast. This takes us on a massive tour through many of the current controversies and challenges facing our society, but ultimately focuses on one key idea: we absolutely need to embrace the discomfort of nuance a…
 
Welcome to Society In Question (SiQ). In this episode, I provide a brief (5min) overview of the motivation behind SiQ, the topics we'll commonly be discussing, and why such conversations are crucial to our well-being as individuals and as a society. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/society-in-question/message…
 
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