Philosophy Fools

Philosophy Fools

A bi-weekly podcast where a young father and old bachelor talk about life, philosophy and staying curious. We try to relate our own experiences in life to the philosophies of old and new in order to figure out actionable tools to improve our daily lives.

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December 20, 2021 92 min

This week we jump into the holiday spirit by conducting a Christmas movie death match between “A Christmas Story” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. But first Josh talks about his Elf on a Shelf journey, a photo shoot, and being stoked about the Matrix revival. Then Uncle Greg discusses his new goals and we state the episode’s goal of finding out “What makes a GREAT Christmas movie?” (00:38). We discuss what separates a “great” Christmas...

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A new miniseries where Uncle Greg commits to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks! In this episode, I explain the idea for the series, as well as my 6-step process for tackling any goal.

If you've been thinking about a personal goal, or if the idea of setting goals just sets your teeth on edge, I hope that by sharing my own process you'll see it's always a good idea 

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December 6, 2021 99 min

We all get bored, but what we do with it determines whether we grow or just get stuck!  But first we start off with what’s been going on since our last podcast and the importance of protecting your emotional ecosystem (1:05). Then we talk about the show’s goal of “How to Use Boredom” and take a moment to define the word boredom to avoid any confusion (21:26). The meat of the show are the topics “How is Boredom a Curse?” (36:41), “H...

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November 21, 2021 75 min

This week the Fools are all about Thanksgiving! We start off with a grab bag of Thanksgiving thoughts, internal locus of control vs. external locus of control, gratitude, childhood memories to favorite stuffing’s, to how our families celebrate. (1:15) Then we discuss "what is Thanksgiving anyway?", are traditions prisons or revelations? And what “family” means to us (22:30). Then we tackle “Allness Framing”, not living in a...

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November 9, 2021 98 min

In a super-sized episode Josh and Uncle Greg get outside the box and use the 1981 classic “My Dinner with Andre” as our inspiration for the show. First, we catch up on what’s been happening since our last podcast and have a lively chat (1:00) about getting your fitness goals started NOW, before all the feasting starts.  We recap what the movie’s about and what brought us to it (14:43). We kick off our film discussion deciding wheth...

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October 27, 2021 83 min

The Secret of Happiness

Josh and Uncle Greg kick off season 2 of Philosophy Fools with a deep dive into happiness. But first we catch up on what’s been happening since our last podcast with Uncle Greg going under the knife (1:00), Josh hitting the pumpkin patch (3:20) and we discuss what we’re doing in Season 2.  In our main segment we discuss the goal of today’s show (7:26), and dig into “What is Happiness?” and how to define it (2...

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October 12, 2021 65 min

Josh and Uncle Greg discuss what’s been sparking curiosity in their lives (1:05). That’s horror movies for Josh (2:02), and taking pictures in the dark for Uncle Greg (11:25). Our main topic is Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” (17:06), we talk about winning first THEN going to war, and the importance of knowing yourself and your enemy. After the break, we tackle strategic deception and the importance of keeping your “sword” sharp. (38:18...

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September 27, 2021 76 min

Josh and Uncle Greg catch up after a rough break that saw Josh caring for his sick baby (0:45). Josh recounts how his wife’s new business and family hikes spark his curiosity (2:02), then Uncle Greg ponders if Fall is a season or a social construct (8:51). Our main topic is our first venture into eastern philosophy with Laozi’s “Tao Te Ching”, exploring questions of right action, serenity, what’s a master and a lot more (16:29). Af...

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Triggered by Epictetus’ “Manual for Living”

Josh turns 35 and ponders the difference between aging and maturing (1:00), Uncle Greg’s return to work has him thinking about habits vs. ruts (7:30). Our main segments address topics from Epictetus’ “Manual for Life” – Control what you can control (14:00), Implant yourself with ideas you cherish (29:46), Avoid other people's negative views (44:00), and Define the person you want to be...

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We start off with Josh vowing to never cancel plans due to rain and Uncle Greg hunting for a haircut (0:52). Our main segments deal with what we think are the top 4 ideas from Seneca’s “On the Shortness of Life” – we discuss leisure and why it’s important (09:56), how we value time (23:54), creating your life’s purpose (35:16) and becoming your own parent (52:17). We’ll wrap up with Josh’s Dad corner where he gets an unexpected two...

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Philosophy Fool Josh ponders healthy vs. unhealthy competition (1:00) and Uncle Greg meditates on returning to employment (6:30). Then we start our exit survey of Seneca’s “On the Shortness of Life” (20:35), we’ll tell you if it’s worth your time (23:00), and count-down our top 5 personal reactions (27:51). We end with Josh’s Dads Corner wrestling with managing expectations for himself and his kids (1:13:10), and Uncle Greg’s “Ques...

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July 27, 2021 50 min

The Philosophy Fools discuss who we are and why we’re doing the podcast (0:36). Then we hash out what we mean by “Philosophy” and what we’ll be doing with the podcast (20:48). We end with Josh’s Father’s Corner and Uncle Greg’s “Big Idea” for the week (35:00).

How do you get in touch with us?
Instagram: @PhilosophyFoolsPodcast
Email: PhilosophyFoolsPodcast@gmail.com

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