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The Philosophy of Crime
23 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
406: Killer Art, Or How to Love Thriller While Still Hating Michael Jackson
What happens to the art when an artist becomes a criminal? Can we still enjoy a good song written by a maniac? Or does that make us enablers? Covered Topics: Michael Jackson, John Landis, Thriller, David Foster Wallace, Roland Barthes, Death of the Author, Hitler, John Wayne Gacy Further Reading: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/21/michael-jackson-thriller-changed-music-videos https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/10/11/17933686/me-too-separating-artist-art-johnny-depp-woody-allen-michael-jackson-louis-ck https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/05/the-world-still-spins-around-male-genius/559925/ https://www.grunge.com/115638/respected-writers-actually-terrible-people/ https://www.grunge.com/115638/respected-writers-actually-terrible-people/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeF6O6E9RQ8 https://observer.com/2018/10/serial-killer-art-lucrative-charles-manson-richard-ramirez/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/apr/29/hitler-painting-art https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/art-hitler/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
26 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
405: Renner's 2nd Law of True Crime Dynamics
For every tragedy, there exists an equal an opposite moment of grace. What is going on here? And what does it say about humanity? Covered Topics: Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, Ronan Farrow, Karma, Ka Like a Wheel, Amber Hagerman, Rae-Leigh Bradbury, Amber Alert, Karen Perez, Tim Miller, Texas EquuSearch, Adam Walsh, America’s Most Wanted, Otis Toole, Werhner von Braun, Martin Bryant, DJ Grandmaster Caz, Mr. Rogers Further Reading: https://www.insider.com/good-things-because-of-bad-things-2018-3#the-outcome-amber-alerts-were-born-14 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/my-father-woody-allen-danger-892572 https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2021/01/13/25-years-after-amber-hagermans-kidnapping-heres-why-detectives-stay-hopeful-for-a-breakthrough-in-her-case/ https://amber-ic.org/news/amber-alerts-1000th-successful-recovery/ https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/college-game-plan/first-child-rescued-amber-alert-heading-college-n759736 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber_alert#Namesake https://www.missingkids.org/content/dam/missingkids/pdfs/amber/2019%20Annual%20AMBER%20Report%20and%20Map%20Final.pdf https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/03/i-dont-want-to-die-cellphone-audio-captures-teens-sexual-assault-and-murder-prosecutors-say/ https://texasequusearch.org/category/cases/located/found-by-txeq/ https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/seeking-information-in-unsolved-killing-fields-murders-091819 https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/07/08/space-race-inventions-we-use-every-day-were-created-for-space-exploration/39580591/ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-environment-has-changed-since-the-first-earth-day-50-years-ago/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
31 minutes | May 25, 2021
404: Should We Defund the Police?
What do we mean when we say we want to defund the police? Also, who came up with the idea of police originally, and how are they supposed to act? Covered topics: George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Robert Peel, Peelian Principles, Rover’s Morning Glory, Steven Kinas, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract, Mariame Kaba Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnxlq5XQMkg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peelian_principles https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2014/04/23/anger-managed-the-copy-who-arrested-rover-has-a-history-of-violence-and-plenty-to-say-about-that-july-fourth-night https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_contract https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/police-abolitionist-lessons-for-america.html https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/defund-the-police-1007254/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/opinion/sunday/floyd-abolish-defund-police.html http://aworldwithoutpolice.org/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/opinion/defund-police-floyd-protests.html --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
22 minutes | May 18, 2021
403: Tried As an Adult, Still a Kid
The United States is one of only a few countries that has executed children in modern times. In some states, teens are still regularly tried as adults for serious crimes. But should we actually be raising the age of culpability? Covered Topics: Sean Sellers, Age of Culpability, Lionel Tate, Christopher Pittman, Juvenile Court, Aristotle, Gideon Yaffe, Raise the Age, Mark Wahlberg Further Reading: http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/sellers512.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Sellers#cite_note-Devil-4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_for_juveniles_in_the_United_States https://eji.org/news/13-states-lack-minimum-age-for-trying-kids-as-adults/ https://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/juvenile-age-of-jurisdiction-and-transfer-to-adult-court-laws.aspx https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/child_law/resources/child_law_practiceonline/child_law_practice/vol-34/august-2015/understanding-the-adolescent-brain-and-legal-culpability/ https://humanimpact.org/hipprojects/juvenile-injustice-charging-youth-as-adults-is-ineffective-biased-and-harmful/ http://www.faqs.org/childhood/Ar-Bo/Aristotle-384-322-B-C-E.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5kBQb-QftQ https://newrepublic.com/article/138133/25-year-olds-tried-juveniles --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
28 minutes | May 11, 2021
402: What Are Grand Juries and Why Do They Need To Go?
It's 2021 and we still have secret courts in the United States. What are Grand Juries anyway? How do they work? What are they for? And why are they the worst? Covered Topics: Breonna Taylor, Grand Juries, Sol Wachtler, Karl Popper, Plato, George Schwartz, Social Contract, George Soros, Tamir Rice Further Reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/us/breonna-taylor-grand-jury.html https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/us/breonna-taylor-grand-jurors/index.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDaNU7yDnsc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7thxae0AFM https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/breonna-taylor-police-killing.html http://www.ephemerajournal.org/contribution/open-source-open-government-critique-open-politics-0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDrTkvFB6Zk https://www.businessinsider.com/ohio-prosecutor-tamir-rice-said-to-be-trying-to-lose-2015-12 https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-30220700 https://abcnews.go.com/US/tamir-rice-case-prosecutor-abused-manipulated-grand-jury/story?id=35979452 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/breonna-taylor-grand-juror-homicide-charges-police-mistakes/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
27 minutes | May 4, 2021
401: Do Serial Killers Ever Really Have Mulitple Personalities?
We see it in thrillers like SPLIT, but does it ever happen in real life? Are there people in this world with multiple personalities? And if so, what does it take to fracture a mind? Covered Topics: Dissociative Identity Disorder, Multiple Personalities, Alters, Billy Milligan, Zoo Man of Knoxville, David Chalmers, Hard Problem of Consciousness, Douglas Hofstadter, Panpsychism, Thales of Miletus, Joseph DeAngelo Further Reading: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/could-multiple-personality-disorder-explain-life-the-universe-and-everything/ https://www.thecut.com/2015/11/blind-woman-had-10-personalities-some-could-see.html https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/91244/5-criminals-who-claimed-have-multiple-personalities. https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/crazy-not-insane-did-ted-bundy-have-multiple-personality https://www.dispatch.com/article/20071028/NEWS/310289729 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAPPzmRb4r0 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/202005/the-zoo-man-murders https://murderpedia.org/male.H/h/huskey-thomas.htm https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/philosophy-of-personal-identity-and-multiple-personality/ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-07/david-chalmers-and-the-puzzle-of-consciousness/8679884 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
26 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
306: What Really Happened at Kent State?
50 years ago this week, 4 students were killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State. But nobody can agree on who fired first. And the only man who knows the truth is a car salesmen who lives on a mountain. Covered Topics: Kent State, Terry Norman, National Guard, Kent State Shootings, My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, Pontius Pilate, Objective Truth, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eugene Wigner, Massimiliano Proietti, Perspectivism, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, William Schroeder Further Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y5cftds7-8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN7PUy8ZrQE https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-how-repetition-creates-an-illusion-of-truth https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth/ https://www.spurstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40129 https://web.archive.org/web/20080516080032/http://www.tbo.com/life/kentstate.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Norman https://dks.library.kent.edu/cgi-bin/kentstate?a=d&d=dks20101116-01.2.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R9QROhm1Sk --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
33 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
305: How to Interview a Victim After They’re Dead
When I was a reporter, I got the chance to talk to a man after he died. If you're close enough to someone, perhaps you're carrying a little piece of them inside you. Jump in and let's get weird. Covered Topics: Joe Kupchik, Optography, Wilhelm Kuhne, Erhard Reif, Elva Heaster, Douglas Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach, Recursion, Edgar Allan Poe, Maura Murray Further Reading: https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/oh-joseph-kupchik-19-cleveland-12-feb-2006.113513/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/30608/elva-zona-heaster-ghost-who-helped-solve-her-own-murder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jReX7qKU2yc https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-consciousness/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Hofstadter https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mind-in-the-machine/201912/how-our-loved-ones-live-after-death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWZ2Bz0tS-s --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
31 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
304: Is Reasonable Doubt Reasonable?
What is reasonable doubt? Can it be defined? Who does it really help? Covered topics: Caylee Anthony, Reasonable Doubt, Standard of Proof, William Blackstone, Victor V. Nebraska, Rene Descartes, Cartesian Doubt Further Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvIdgW74LCk https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crime-anthony-reaction/anthony-verdict-a-victory-for-reasonable-doubt-experts-say-idUSTRE7646U820110705 http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2011/07/nancy_grace_explains_what_the.html https://abcnews.go.com/US/casey_anthony_trial/casey-anthony-juror-jury-sick-stomach-guilty-verdict/story?id=14005609 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD3rqRwPPck https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/supreme-court-nonunanimous-juries-oral-argument.html https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/15/magazine/split-jurors.html --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
36 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
303: Is It Still Possible to Disappear Without A Trace And Start A New Life?
Not all those who wander are lost. Most of us fantasize about started a new life somewhere. Few of us succeed. Covered Topics: Maura Murray, John List, Patrick McDermott, John J. Nazarian, Evan Ratliff, Alan Watts, Ken Lay, Plato, David Hume Further Reading: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-personal/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trqDnLNRuSc&t=312s https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-06-18-mn-3671-story.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_List https://murderpedia.org/male.L/l/list-john-emil.htm http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2009445_2009447_2009502,00.html https://medium.com/@ephromjosine/after-the-death-of-jeffery-epstein-its-time-we-revisit-ken-lay-69ea22f41545 https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2006/07/07/225351/-Ken-Lay-escapes-life-conviction-by-faking-his-death https://www.wired.com/2009/11/ff-vanish2/ https://www.wired.com/2009/08/gone-forever-what-does-it-take-to-really-disappear/ https://www.alanwatts.org/life-of-alan-watts/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/08/24/alan-watts-this-is-it/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7ufX3VaTJc --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
28 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
302: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Or Is It?
Learn about the "Mean World Syndrome" and how the world is actually safer than you think. Topics: Mean World Syndrome, George Gerbner, Logical Fallacies, Aristotle, Serial Killer's Apprentice Further reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_world_syndrome https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gerbner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-0E4qHqZ5o https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/the-rise-of-mean-world-syndrome-in-social-media/article21481089/ https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/oscars-la-la-land-moonlight-arab-muslim-actor-audition-terrorist-i-am-done-a7595261.html https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2010/01/gun_bullets_knives_pulled_from.html https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/05/the-man-who-counts-the-killings/376850/ https://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/03/obituaries/george-gerbner-86-researcher-who-studied-violence-on-tv-is-dead.html https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-citys-murder-rate-hit-new-low-in-2018-11546559793 https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/10/17/facts-about-crime-in-the-u-s/ https://www.txstate.edu/philosophy/resources/fallacy-definitions/Equivocation.html https://www2.palomar.edu/users/bthompson/Secundum%20Quid.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qb-h0sXkH4 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
41 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
301: Why Do Some Crimes Have a Statute of Limitations?
When a crime is committed, a clock begins to tick. If you're not charged before time runs out, you can never be prosecuted. But why? Topics Covered: Ted Conrad, Demosthenes, Statute of Limitations, Phormion, Bill Cosby, Andrea Constand, John Demjanjuk, Amnesty, Thirty Tyrants, Critias, Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, Charles Griswold, Amy Mihaljevic Further Reading: https://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1107&context=facpubs https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2008/01/theodore_john_conrad_the_fbi_h.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlT5Ez_Hfao https://people.com/crime/who-is-andrea-constand-bill-cosby-accuser/ https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/forgiveness/ https://www.cleveland.com/crime/2019/10/east-cleveland-event-gives-job-seeking-residents-convicted-of-non-violent-crimes-chance-to-apply-for-amnesty-or-expungement.html --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
55 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
206: The Ethics of Familial DNA
The world has changed. A new tool has been created to solve the coldest cases. And if we're not careful, it'll be taken away from us in a heartbeat. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
32 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
205: Psychics and Crime
On the record, police rarely admit to using psychics to solve crimes. But a surprising number of detectives often consult with soothsayers to discover new leads. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
40 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
204: Why Do We Still Have the Death Penalty?
In the United States, we still execute prisoners for a variety of crimes. We are one of the last civilized societies to do so. Why is capital punishment so popular, here? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
35 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
203: Does Psychological Profiling Really Work?
FBI profilers are the mystical heroes of law enforcement, with the ability to look at a crime and imagine the suspect. But is it science or just wishful thinking? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
38 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
202: How Do Psychopaths Convince Others to Kill?
Charles Manson never killed anybody. He tricked his friends into doing it for him. But how? And could any one of us be tricked into doing evil deeds? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
33 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
201: Are Lie Detectors Reliable?
We've all heard the saying, "Lie detectors can't be used in a court of law." But is that really true? And can a machine ever really know the mind of a man? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
21 minutes | May 1, 2018
106: Effect & Cause
We want so desperately to go back in time and stop a crime from happening. But we can't change the past. Or can we? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
24 minutes | May 1, 2018
105: Does Everyone Have the Capacity to Kill?
You're not a murderer, right? You wouldn't even hurt a fly, would you? Don't be so sure. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/philosophyofcrime/support
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