The Bad Philosopher Podcast

The Bad Philosopher Podcast

The Bad Philosopher Podcast is exploring what it means to be human in this rapidly changing world of ours. We're building the #1 philosophy podcast, blog, and community on the internet. Being a bad philosopher means having the courage to dive into the rabbit hole, being able to boldly follow a new idea or perspective wherever it leads, and being willing to say “I don’t know” when the truth is elusive.

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April 13, 2022

On this episode, we talk about a controversial idea: anti-natalism.

Anti-natalism is the ethical view that the act of having children is morally impermissible, largely because of the consent issue: nobody who's born is capable of consenting to being born.

In a sense, we're all just thrust into this world, which is full of suffering. We inherit a life that may or may not be worth living, and yet we didn't get a choice in ...

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On this episode, we talk about the ideas behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

This is not financial advice, and I'm not trying to hype crypto or anything. My goal here is simply to give a balanced overview of the ideology (or the philosophy) at work behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency protocols, as this is a space I've been following for a few years now.

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On this episode, we discuss the Myth of Atlantis that comes down to us from one of Plato's dialogues, the Timaeus. Here, we attempt to separate fact from fiction, exploring whether the Atlantis myth may be a fictionalized tale of a real natural disaster—such as the devastation of the Minoan civilization on Crete by a tsunami more than 3,500 years ago.

We also explore whether the myth of Atlantis could be recounting some ancient ...

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On this episode of the podcast, we discuss survival stories and the philosophy of mountains and mountaineering. I talk about a few close calls I've had while out in the mountains, and then we ask what draws humans to these mountains in the first place.

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    On this episode, we continue our discussion of Confucianism and how it relates to modern-day Chinese culture and politics. Today, we're starting with Confucian ideals of Virtue and governance by wu-wei (effortless action). Then we jump straight into the politics of modern China, how Confucian principles are being mi-used, and contemplate how things might develop over the coming decades.

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    On today's episode, we seek to understand modern China by examining its philosophy: in particular, the Confucian emphasis on social harmony. This concept is fundamental to understanding how the cultural identity of China has persisted over the past several thousand years and into the modern age.

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    On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the philosophical implications of settling humans on Mars. We also go into Elon Musk's idea that we humanity needs to become a multi-planetary civilization in order to avoid extinction, and the ideology behind this growing wave of Earth escapism (aka, space enthusiasm).

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    On this episode of the podcast, we talk about the ideology of veganism, the ethical problem of factory farming, and explore how different cultures view the consumption of animals differently.

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  • 5:13 - The three pillars of veganism
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    On this episode, we discuss how we can create meaning in life and love. To accomplish this task, we explore Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard, and What Love Is by Carrie Jenkins.

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    On this episode, we finish up our three-part series on Existential Risks. We discuss hypothetical and exotic existential risks that we could possibly encounter (ie. aliens!). From there, we go on to discuss the Fermi Paradox, the rare-Earth hypothesis, and ponder on the possibility that we're alone in the universe.

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    In this episode we pick up our discussion of Existential Risks. After a brief recap of what was discussed in the last episode, we jump into a discussion about seven human-caused existential risks: what philosopher Toby Ord says are 1,000 times more likely to cause human extinction over the next century than any naturally occurring risks.

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    In this episode of the podcast we talk about Existential Risks and the future of humanity. But first, we start off with an analysis of the recent film "Don't Look Up" and what it says about our present moment and our ability to come together to mitigate existential catastrophes.

    In Part 1, we'll be looking mostly at naturally occurring existential risks. In Part 2, being released next week, we'll look more in-dep...

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    In this episode, we go into "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus, formulate an alternative modern punishment to Sisyphus' boulder-rolling that I think is even worse, and examine how we can attempt to find meaning in an inherently meaningless world.

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    This is the first-ever episode of the Bad Philosopher Podcast. In this episode, I start off with some background about Bad Philosopher, discuss how I got into philosophy, and then we jump into some metaphysics via Friedrich Nietzsche, Mary Wollstonecraft, and finally the great text of the Bhagavad Gita.

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