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The Great Connections
81 minutes | Dec 3, 2017
Neuroessentialism or How You Are Your Brain
Neuroessentiaism is the theory that our conscious experience is nothing more than our brain activity. In this view, the definitive way of explaining psychological experience is by reference to the brain. Marsha interviews doctoral candidate in clinical...
44 minutes | Nov 19, 2017
Interview with Jake Ilson
Jake Ilson is a tech advocate and ambitious 22 year old. He was a young 16 year-old when he first attended The Great Connections Seminar. Hear him describe how it changed his life in a far more profound way than his deep experience at Outward Bound,
77 minutes | Nov 19, 2017
The Concept of Self
How much of who you are is really under your control? What are your limits? How much of you is determined by biology, by the world around you? What makes you you? These questions have been debated for millennia. And the popularity of personality tests show that we still enjoy and have difficulty gaining insight to ourselves.
54 minutes | Nov 19, 2017
Violence on Campus
You’ve seen the violence on campuses: the shouting down of speakers, the physical attack on people of opposing ideologies. You’ve also probably heard that words are considered violence. Where did all of this come from? From the ideas of Postmodernism. Understanding this philosophy is key to understanding our culture at large today. We discuss this tricky term and the powerful influence its ideas have had in how we define truth, objectivity, ethics, and tolerance, and its impact on free speech. We demonstrate how the postmodernist theory of knowledge inevitably leads to violence.
36 minutes | Nov 19, 2017
Thinking in Principle
Another aspect of taking control of your own mind is learning to think in principle. Co-hosts Marsha Familaro Enright and Liz Parker examine the ways in which this practice enables you to efficiently and effectively analyze and identify ideas,
38 minutes | Nov 19, 2017
The Art of Self-Construction: Rule Yourself
Each person constructs his or her own mind -- whether they know it or not! If you want to live independently as a free person, you need to be aware of what ideas you hold. Every human mind works by using ideas, with broad philosophical ideas at their base. But not every person realizes exactly with what philosophical and psychological ideas they are operating. The more consciously aware you are of the ideas and values you are holding and using to make decisions, evaluations, and take action, the more you can evaluate the truth of those ideas and decide whether the ideas accurately represent what you think is true. Co-hosts Marsha Familaro Enright and Liz Parker discuss ideas and catchphrases which people commonly hold, what basic philosophical principles they depend on, and how these ideas impact your life --f or good or ill. Resources for listeners: The essays “Philosophy: Who Needs It” and “Philosophical Detection” in the book Philosophy: Who Needs It.
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