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70 minutes | May 9, 2022
#57 - Elden Ring Rocks
Matt and Derek take a breather and discuss something fun: Elden Ring.
63 minutes | Apr 23, 2022
#56 - Equity in Euthanasia?
Matt and Derek discuss the implications and potential outcomes associated with the introduction of equity into euthanasia by virtue of Canada's Bill C-7.
65 minutes | Apr 9, 2022
#55 - Stakeholder Theory is Communism
Matt and Derek examine the flagship approach of the World Economic Forum: Stakeholder Theory. The theory is covered using information from the Stakeholder Theory website, and a TEDx presentation by the originator of the theory, R. Edward Freeman, is dissected in order to draw some conclusions about the intentions, trustworthiness, plausibility, coherence, and legitimacy of the theory. Spoiler: It's Communism.
41 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Serpent Special: Conspiracies & Resets - Part 2 of 2
In part two, Matt continues with his dissection of conspiracy theories and resets by focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution a.k.a. the Great Reset. Topics include the WEF, Davos, Young Global Leaders, the unethical nature of this approach, the values of ownership, privacy, and happiness, the social contract and leverage, individual autonomy, the erosion of value and worthiness, determining your degree of concern with respect to the Great Reset, and the troubling landscape in Canada and the representatives that are well-positioned to carry out the edicts of an unelected and unaccountable organization.
24 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Serpent Special: Conspiracies & Resets - Part 1 of 2
Matt breakdowns conspiracies and resets as concepts, and elaborates on their value in human existence. Topics include defining conspiracy theories and resets, the parsing of the paranormal, Western complacency with respect to them, the human interest in conspiracy theories, the legitimacy of resets, and examples of resets in human history.
27 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Has Canada Lost Its Integrity?
Matt discusses his experience with the Office of the Public Service Integrity Commissioner.
72 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
#54 - The Nature of Truth
What is truth, if it's anything? Matt and Derek barely scratch the surface of this incredibly difficult and somewhat pedantic topic.Examinations include the precision of truth, contextualization of truth, what cannot be truth, why knowing the truth be valuable, the incentive to prevent access to truth, and what may be concluded if truth no longer seems to matter on a broader social scale?
79 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
#53 - Toby
Matt welcomes Toby to the podcast! Tobi composed the intro and outro themes for the podcast, and they discuss a litany of topics including the value of philosophy, national identities, cynicism and positivity, helping others, fear, beer, and human vulnerability.
59 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
#52 - Geoff Taylor
Matt welcomes childhood friend Geoff to this Pantstastic Podcast Episode! Geoff shares important aspects of his life including his upbringing, schooling, struggles with addiction, cardiovascular health, parenting and family, and the adoption of responsibility as an orienting force.
53 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
Canada: Courtesans & Confusion
Matt shares why he became a public servant and what it means to him to serve the public interest, government values, courtesan public servants, and the demoralization of public servants. Additionally, he shares his thoughts on this past week with respect to the Emergencies Act invocation, the confusion of the citizenry and their role in democracy, how this history will be remembered, post-truth politics and the difference between lying and bullshit.
90 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
#51 - The Myth of Representation
Matt and Derek discuss the precarious topic of equity through representation. Matt attempts to outline the features of this approach, and he characterizes it as a myth, and Derek shares his frustrations with the effects of representative models on art and entertainment. Topics include the deceitful pitch of such models, the confusing anti-progressive nature of them, the concerns with social engineering, and the thrust of egotism that lays beneath most projects of similar ilk.
89 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
#50 - Hazar Alsabagh
Matt welcomes linguist Hazar Alsabagh to the podcast where they discuss linguistics, the individualistic nature and value of education, her experience running for political office, and some insights into the Canadian political landscape.
28 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Philosophical Breakdown: COVID & Human Nature
In this breakdown, Matt shares his thoughts on the clash of pandemic life and our natures as human beings. Topics include immorality and amorality, cynicism about others, justifications for our conduct, the prioritization of convenience, the fear of death and risk, and the human condition.
23 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Philosophical Breakdown: COVID Democracy & Government
In this breakdown, Matt shares his thoughts on the state of democracy during the pandemic, and the role of government in daily life. Topics include modern expectations of medicine, representative modelling, the Freedom Convoy, the right to protest, the social contract, and he challenges the extent to which free citizens actually enjoy democracy.
25 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Philosophical Breakdown: COVID Information & Truth
In this breakdown, Matt shares his thoughts on classifications of information during the pandemic, and whether truth can be extrapolated from them. Topics include misinformation and disinformation, weaponizing rhetoric, the nature of truth and evidence, the purpose of science, free speech and persuasion, and the fuss about Joe Rogan.
70 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
#49 Covid - Canada vs USA
Derek returns home! He and Matt discuss their respective experiences visiting both Canada and the United States, and the cultural similarities and differences that both unite and divide these countries with respect to politics, identity, and the handling of the current pandemic.
120 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
#48 - Jon D'Orazio
Artist and Tattooer Jon D'Orazio joins Matt to discuss his personal life, escapism, drug abuse, ranking the Deftones albums, and his obsession with Hot Wheels.
14 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
#47 - Glenn Loury Aria
Matt shares an excerpt on predeterminism and demoralization from the Glenn Show on Bloggingheads.tv featuring Glenn Loury and John McWhorter. John refers to Glenn's analogy as an aria; Matt agrees.Excerpt taken from the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_xc9fyt8ms&t=9sYou can also listen to this conversation on the Bloggingheads channel on podcast apps.
67 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
#46 - The 2nd Most Dangerous Conversation About Mental Health
On the one year anniversary of their first episode, Matt and Derek re-visit the subject of mental health. They both share how their mental health has been doing this past year, including what helped and what aggravated their mental states.Take care of yourself and one another, and if you need help, please speak with someone who can help.
59 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
#45 - Redeemer Representative Archetype
Matt and Derek introduce the Redeemer Representative archetype a.k.a. the Political Saviour, an original framing they devised to characterize some leaders.They define it as "a gnostic figurehead that promises to guide adherents towards an aspirational future provided they comply with challenging and suspect tenants, who seeks a covenant with you." They can be characterized as seeking and enjoying power, use of aspirational claims, possessing fundamentally gnostic elements, use of grandiose rhetoric, high quality performativity, proclivity for propaganda, requests that faith be placed in them, they are a con artist that never delivers, and they are born typically out of a cultural or social crisis that they capitalize on, and they characterize it as an existential crisis.Examples are provided in the episode, as well as their more honest and wise counterparts, and they discuss why we are susceptible to their lies as humans.
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