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EF29 Show Notes

EF29 peeks behind the curtain of Episode EF9 to dissect the following submitted questions: Does it really just venting all our emotions to get control of them? Why this question (Can rationality and emotions coexist)? What would have happened if Elliot did take the Mule? Did Edward know about the Mule, or was he only in the dark about the governor’s involvement with the anti-immigrant groups? What does Edward do at the end? Does he send the letter? Should he? What does Elliot choose at the fork? Should Elliot kill himself considering he now has learned to face his emotions? Did Elliot call the cops on himself? Why? And more…

EF28 Show Notes

EF28 peeks behind the curtain of Episode EF8 to dissect the following submitted questions: Are there any identity-changing drugs planned? Could a drug really change your identity? The metaphor seems to be that if you have a compass (a plan for your life) then you can navigate the rough emotional waters of life, is what the episode is implying? Who originally posed the Theseus Ship thought experiment? Hasn’t the Theseus paradox been “solved” and/or re-posed as a more important paradox? How does the insanity defense work in the context of Locke’s theory? Characters talk about research that says the more intelligent a being is, the more choices it has, but that also comes with more problems. So does this imply that being intelligent is worse or just hard? If I’m swayed by my emotions, how can I get some control? And more…
What defines our identity? John Locke thought it is our consciousness and the daily actions that shape who we are. Similarly, Erik and Joan Erickson created an entire step-by-step description of the phases each individual goes through. Finally, recent neuroscientific research manages to make a hard connection between various emotions we experience and our brain. Is there anything we can actually do to navigate the rough emotional waters of life any more effectively?

EF27 Show Notes

EF27 peeks behind the curtain of Episode EF8 to dissect the following submitted questions: Why this question (who are you)? Are Lisa and Isaac modeled after anyone? Lisa changes an awful lot between this and the next episode… is this level of transformation really possible? Why did you decide to have CBT be a part of the drug test? Is the Mule a reference to Asimov’s Foundation? In a previous question you say she was in the placebo group … so the drug did work, but she didn’t take it? And more…

EF26 Show Notes

EF26 peeks behind the curtain of Episode EF7 to dissect the following submitted questions: Is this really what happens in politics? Are there any honest politicians anymore? Does just knowing about conformism help you to not allow it to happen? What do we do about the problem of fake news? Was there fake news before the Internet? If rhetoric was once honorable, what happened? Is this really what happens in politics? Are elections really won more on misdirection and fallacy than on a platform of truth, say, in the USA? Who can I trust? Who is most at risk and how can I help keep my kids away from shit like this? And more…
But what are the real cornerstones of these dark arts of mental wordplay? And it possible to recognize—or even to fight back—when someone tries to sway you using mental magic tricks filled with lies?

EF25 Show Notes

In an online world now overcome with fake news, reason and rational thinking would seem to be an obvious bet for an antidote. But how many times did you find yourself in a situation where your reasoning was unreasonable to somebody else?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode EF7, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions: Why the question “Can we trust reason?” Did you write this episode before or after Trump’s election? Are these mental black arts really this much like black magic? What are some direct parallels? Is rhetoric the same as propaganda? Is Edward written around anyone real? Is Arding supposed to be like a Trump? What did Elliot do? And more…

EF24 Show Notes

Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early 30s, is facing a personal dilemma that is making him miserable—the realization that he might be woefully deficient in the one thing he most reveres. Although filled with endless knowledge, he isn’t wise. But how? Isn’t harnessing more and more information the key to becoming wise? In his attempt to figure it out, Paul might realize the obstacle he’s facing isn’t even close to being the final one. And can he feel like a complete person without it?

EF23 Show Notes

Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early 30s, is facing a personal dilemma that is making him miserable—the realization that he might be woefully deficient in the one thing he most reveres. Although filled with endless knowledge, he isn’t wise. But how? Isn’t harnessing more and more information the key to becoming wise? In his attempt to figure it out, Paul might realize the obstacle he’s facing isn’t even close to being the final one. And can he feel like a complete person without it?
The idea of wisdom goes back to Ancient Greece, from Socrates and Plato, to modern day reinterpretations and research by sociologists like Monika Ardelt. In this episode’s exploration of wisdom and how it manifests, the real questions come forth. Even if we can define wisdom, is that enough to come by it? Can anyone become truly wise in this world of rapidly changing information? And what will happen to the world if wisdom is actually declining in reverse proportion to the volumes of information available every day?

EF22 Show Notes

Truman, an ordinary man with a regular job, is caught lying in a country where lying is illegal. Thanks to his actions, he ends up facing a mandatory Truth Course to get him back on the track. Terrified, Truman slowly realizes the truth is not what we all grew accustomed to believe. Is it possible that truth is nothing more than a piece of clay molded by someone’s interests? Time is running out for Truman, and the sculptor of truth might just hold the power to mold his future.
To try and understand the truth about truth itself, we’ll look at correspondence theory, coherence theory, pragmatism and truth-seeking components of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Each argument will give us a unique approach to just what the truth might be. But if there can only be one truth, which one is correct? The one molded by your hands, or someone else’s hands? And if forced to face an absolute truth, would you be able to accept all its consequences?

EF21 Show Notes

Truman, an ordinary man with a regular job, is caught lying in a country where lying is illegal. Thanks to his actions, he ends up facing a mandatory Truth Course to get him back on the track. Terrified, Truman slowly realizes the truth is not what we all grew accustomed to believe. Is it possible that truth is nothing more than a piece of clay molded by someone’s interests? Time is running out for Truman, and the sculptor of truth might just hold the power to mold his future.
To try and understand the truth about truth itself, we’ll look at correspondence theory, coherence theory, pragmatism and truth-seeking components of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Each argument will give us a unique approach to just what the truth might be. But if there can only be one truth, which one is correct? The one molded by your hands, or someone else’s hands? And if forced to face an absolute truth, would you be able to accept all its consequences?

EF20 Show Notes

At the height of his success, a controversial philosopher named Ian Ament reveals a dangerous plan to do a head transplant swap with his brother. Nobody knows why and both the scientific and medical communities at large are very concerned. In a tense live interview being viewed around the world with a potential surgeon, Ross Hunter, Ament methodically explains his reasoning. Yet his reasons only bring more questions. Is there something more behind Ament’s plan?

EF19 Show Notes

At the height of his success, a controversial philosopher named Ian Ament reveals a dangerous plan to do a head transplant swap with his brother. Nobody knows why and both the scientific and medical communities at large are very concerned. In a tense live interview being viewed around the world with a potential surgeon, Ross Hunter, Ament methodically explains his reasoning. Yet his reasons only bring more questions. Is there something more behind Ament’s plan?

EF18 Show Notes

The first episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question What Am I Supposed To Do. We as human beings are known for making bad decisions in the moments of desperation. And what crisis than the existential crisis? Possibilities are limitless, correct answers next to none and there is no how-to manual. Ready to start?