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Dispatched from Mars
56 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Remotely working in today's digital economy without seeing anyone all day. What does it take to succeed?
52 minutes | May 14, 2019
Why Learning Doesn’t Work
We read and discussed an interesting article titled ”Why Books Don’t Work” by Andy Matuschak. We felt the problem isn't so much the medium or how to write the book. It’s something else...
78 minutes | Apr 11, 2019
We discussed the realities of retirement, how different people think about it and deal with it, how we think about it, what it means philosophically as well as scientifically.
63 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
What do we mean by the word "love" in English? It means so many different things that it seems meaningless. In Japanese and Spanish, love means something much more specific.
58 minutes | Feb 9, 2019
What is the optimal number of people to have a conversation with? What happens when we keep adding more people? Why do some people, particularly autistic people, have a hard time engaging in a group conversation? What do we mean by "social skills"? We theorize on these issues.
65 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
Feelings vs Reason
To get along with others, we often have to tell people what they want to hear, not what you are actually thinking. We talked about the implications of doing this, and what happens if you never told the truth. The conversation then shifted to talking about our education system.
65 minutes | Dec 19, 2018
René Girard — Scapegoating
We discuss René Girard's theory of scapegoating.
68 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
René Girard — Mimetic Desire
Discussed René Girard’s theory of mimetic desire.
55 minutes | Dec 8, 2018
Documenting Life—Photography of Evan Fairbanks
Evan is not sure if he is an artist or photographer—he knows only that he can’t stop seeing the world through his cameras. That is how he seems to process what happens in life—a camera as a phenomenological mediator. As long as I have known him (almost two decades), he has always been recording his life on his cameras. It’s as if his impetus is to give himself more time to understand what is happening. It wasn’t a coincidence that he captured the moment the second plane hit the World Trade Center. Amid the mob of people trying to get away from the building, Evan aimed his video camera up at the towers and kept it rolling.
64 minutes | Oct 12, 2018
What does it mean to follow your passion in today’s "gig economy"?
60 minutes | Sep 25, 2018
When any idea or act is normalized within a group of people, it's easy and safe to criticize anything outside of that group that contradicts it. Normalization works so hypnotically that those under the influence begin to assume these ideas and actions to be universal. This makes people arrogant and even fascistic. What is more important than criticizing others who contradict your normalized values is to ask yourself what sort of hypnosis you yourself are under.
74 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
Although every school teacher and parent touts the value of "critical thinking," there is no critical thinking about critical thinking. Everyone seems to accept it as a virtue but when their own fundamental assumptions are questioned by critical thinking, they are appalled by that act of critical thinking.
74 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
We have our own narratives to explain why we did what we did. Not having any narratives makes us uncomfortable. Ultimately we have our narratives for why we exist and who we are.
66 minutes | Aug 27, 2018
What does authenticity mean today? Everyone from artists, musicians to marketers talk about "authenticity" but what exactly are we looking for? How do we define it?
70 minutes | Aug 17, 2018
We talk about the ethnic food in the US, particularly in New York City, and the cross-cultural functions food plays.
48 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Being rich or poor is a state of mind. Some people feel poor even if they have money, and others feel rich even if they don't have money. Likewise, some people are time-poor even if they have time, while others are time-rich even if they don't have time.
61 minutes | Jul 13, 2018
On racial segregation and integration. We talked about Anthony Bourdain’s criticism of “Northeastern Liberals,” exploitation of immigrants, slavery, Hasidic Jewish community, public vs. private schools.
56 minutes | Jun 16, 2018
Who We Are
In the West, we tend to assume that who we are is an unchanging essence of ourselves but when our lives change dramatically, we realize that it's impossible to define our identity without the context in which we live.
68 minutes | Jun 13, 2018
We tend to use the words "wise" and "smart" in different ways. We postulate that smartness can be taught, shared, and passed on, but wisdom cannot be. We all have to become wiser on our own from scratch.
54 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
We discuss how the perception of being street smart and book smart impact politicians' careers.
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