Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren

Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren

Do Explain is a conversational podcast that explores different aspects of science and philosophy, in search of better explanations of the world. Inspired by the work of Karl Popper and David Deutsch, and hosted by the irrevocably curious dickhead, Christofer Lövgren.

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July 11, 2021 73 min

Christofer and podcaster Ben Chugg speak about evolutionary psychology in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss listening to podcasts at faster speed, information addiction, the role of neurobiology, impatience, the fun criterion, universal explainers, the salience of memory/speed in intelligence, and other related topics.

Ben Chugg is a research fellow at Stanford law school. He has a background in math and computer science and,...

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Christofer and CEO Mathias Sundin speak about how the world is getting better in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss bitcoin, anti-dancing laws, Starcraft, why Mathias got into politics, bad criticism, human potential, law of Jante, echo chambers, social media, AI, the importance of progress, extreme poverty, colonizing space, idea sex, moral relativism, liberal democracy, fact-based optimism, the Warp Institute, and other rel...

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Christofer and writer Sarah Fitz-Claridge speak about romantic relationships in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss problems with open relationships, why the standard take on monogamy is mistaken, the importance of commitment, relationship as a knowledge-creating institution, depth vs. breadth of knowledge, sexual connection, cheating, genetic impulses, love and acceptence, non-coercion, boundaries, and other related topics.

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Christofer and writer Jake Orthwein speak about the mind and introspection in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss meditation, empiricism, suffering, the self, dzogchen vs. vipassana, non-duality, free will, perception, computation, logic, correspondence theory of truth, and other related topics.

Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern...

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Christofer and communicator Brett Hall speak about epistemological misconceptions in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the nature of knowledge, morality, bayesianism, objectivism, free will and the self, meditation and empiricism, the fun criterion, probability, people being equally creative, autism, evolutionary psychology, incrementalism, and other related topics.

Brett Hall is the host of 'ToKCast', a podcast large...

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Christofer and writer Jake Orthwein speak about David Chapman's critiques of rationality and potential problems with Deutschian critical rationalism in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss their common adoration for Sam Harris, meaning, nebulosity and pattern, representational view of mind, concrete activity vs. abstract reasoning, realism, ontology and the world, affordances, and other related topics.

Jake Orthwein is a wri...

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Christofer and communicator Brett Hall speak about the explanatory power of people in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Brett's history, the double-slit experiment, wave-particle duality, quantum theory, fungibility and multiverses, computational and explanatory universality, why the brain must be a computer, optimism vs. pessimism, common epistemological mistakes, and other related topics.

Brett Hall is the host of '...

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Christofer and psychiatrist Michael Golding speak about psychiatry in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss psychiatric diagnosis, physiology and psychology, capitalist vs. buddhist antidepressants, faulty error-correction in a mind, if psychiatry is explanationless, misconceptions about the field, effectiveness of different therapies and drugs, panic attacks, fear of dying, the importance of sleep, vagal nerve stimulation, and ...

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Christofer and researcher Carlos De la Guardia speak about a knowledge-based view of the world and have a silly goose time in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss separating the art from the artist, morality, accents, humor, music, writing, how to think about making plans, memes, machine learning, AGI, and other related topics.

Carlos De la Guardia is a researcher and musician, looking to make minds and make music. He’s also wor...

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Christofer and motivational coach Matt Goldenberg speak about heaven vs. enlightenment-oriented motivation and demonstrate some emotional processing centered around memory reconsolidation theory in this episode of Do Explain. They also discuss the difference between unconditional and conditional love, and other related topics.

Matt Goldenberg is a coach and teacher at http://ProcrastinationPlaybook.net, where he teaches people how t...

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February 19, 2021 124 min

Christofer and motivational coach Matt Goldenberg speak about how to overcome procrastination and build non-coercive motivation systems in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the mechanism of procrastination, coercive vs. non-coercive motivation, why most productivity systems fail, why self-love matters, practical tips and exercises, Memory Reconsolidation Theory, shadowwork, how to stay motivated during Covid-19, and other re...

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January 10, 2021 125 min

Christofer and psychologist Filip Bromberg speak about all things psychedelics in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the history of psychedelics, psychedelic therapy, psychedelic research, ACT and the importance of integration, potential dangers and risk management, set and setting, low vs. high dose, metaphysical pitfalls, the hypothesized mechanism of psychedelics, twitter-questions, and other related topics.

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Christofer, Matt Guttman and Sam Kuypers speak about whether it makes sense to talk about free will in a fully deterministic universe in this episode of Do Explain. Matt argues 'no', Sam argues 'yes'.

Matt Guttman is a software engineer and analyst in Chicago, Illinois. He holds degrees in philosophy, business management, English literature, and education, and have an active and intriguing online presence on Twitter...

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November 27, 2020 114 min

Christofer and software engineer Matt Guttman answer questions from Twitter in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss animal consciousness, the substrate independence of epistemology, morality and sentience, suffering, Panpsychism, Taoism, Buddhism, the illusion of self, how rich is too rich, death, and other related topics. 

Matt Guttman is a software engineer and analyst in Chicago, Illinois. He holds degrees in philosophy, busi...

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Christofer and software engineer Matt Guttman speak about philosophy of mind and different levels of explanations, in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the hard problem of consciousness, objective morality, determinism and prediction, reductionism, the reality of abstractions, epiphenomenalism, free will, the predictability of the growth knowledge, meaning, and other related topics.

Matt Guttman is a software engineer and ana...

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Christofer and physicist Sam Kuypers speak about the importance of understanding the problem situation when explaining any knowledge creating system in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss determinism and evolution, reductionism, eastern philosophy and enlightenment, phenomenological self-representation, if dinosaurs were people, Pickle Rick, knowledge in the multiverse, Thomas Szasz and mental illness, the paradox of discussio...

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Christofer and psychiatrist Michael Golding speak about the interaction between creativity and physiology, and mental illness, in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the evolutionary process of the mind, psychiatry, IQ, the analogy between cancer and schizophrenia, the dangers of cannabis, LSD and MDMA, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and other related topics.

Michael Golding is a Board Certified psychiatric physician with more ...

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Christofer and writer Sarah Fitz-Claridge speak about Taking Children Seriously, a non-coercive educational philosophy, in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss creativity and fallibility, why Taking Children Seriously is not passive parenting, psychological coercion, parental authority, Popper's bucket theory of mind, keeping your child safe, problems with school, common objections to Taking Children Seriously, Internal Fam...

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Christofer and his buddy Charlie Jungheim answer questions from Twitter in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss issues with school and traditional education, explanationless science, human violence, self-driving cars, how physiology interacts with creativity, Covid-19, and other related topics.

Charlie Jungheim is a philosophy YouTuber, impressionist, and musician from Laguna Beach, currently residing in Palm Springs, California...

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Christofer and teacher Michael Ashcroft speak about Alexander Technique (AT) and expanded awareness in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the theory and purpose of AT, similarities and differences from other meditative frameworks, non-doing, bodymind, posture, mindfulness, contracted vs. expanded awareness, flow, and other related topics. They also answer questions from Twitter.

Michael Ashcroft is a teacher of the Alexander ...

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