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Show introduction.
Summary of show's topics, along with an interrupted discussion between Teh Dŭk!tər and FrEd-rEkw' on calculating the reach of the electromagnetic broadcast show and light podcast, in which is estimated to reach throughout the Local Interstellar Cloud and most of the G-Cloud.

Being there.
Mood and empathy.
The existential-phenomenological concept of mood and its relation to our worldview are described, in order to introduce a way to use empathic mood-sharing to increase interpersonal understanding. Along the way, other-evaluative and see-conscious emotions are discussed, with focus on how or self-conscious emotions (like guilt and shame) reveal the pervasiveness of mood in our attitudes, perspectives, and life outcomes.

What's happening?
Perspective sharing and being present-at-hand.
To complete the discussion on interpersonal understanding started in the Being there segment of this episode, the cognitive component of empathy is discussed. The experience of this component, often known as perspective taking or perspective sharing, may however often at first be experienced as aversive, or problematic. Heideggarian notions of ready-to-hand and present-at-hand are used to understand this, and relatively innocuous worldviews are presented as potential sources for practicing the imaginative skills required in perspective sharing. These include guided imaginative exercises on the potential worldviews of non-human sentient beings. Anthropomorphism and Frans de Waal's anthropodenialism are discussed while doing so.

Being here.
Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State.
This episode's segment continues from the 19-10-13 show episode the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York. Along the way, it is explained how mood is identified in a quantitative phenomenology. The segment concludes with a list of artificially generated model statements phrased according to the popularity, relationships, style, and vocabulary of the participants themselves. Along the way, it is pointed out that most quantitative approaches to natural language leave out mood-identifying information, apparently due to researcher assumptions as to what words will be important or not to the participants. The difference between phenomenology and other qualitative methods is also explained during this segment.

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