Patterson In Pursuit: Philosophy | Politics | Religion

Sinopse

Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Topics include philosophy, religion, science, politics, economics, and everything else that's important to humans. Steve Patterson is a philosopher working outside of academia, and he is currently traveling the world to interview people in the pursuit of truth.

Episódios

  • Ep. 102 - Scientific Progress and Intellectual Schelling Points | Dr. Geoff Anders

    Ep. 102 - Scientific Progress and Intellectual Schelling Points | Dr. Geoff Anders

    19/04/2020 Duração: 01h50min

    What does scientific progress look like? Is it steady progress, getting ever closer to the truth? Or does it go through waves?   What about cases where we seem to have lost knowledge or the foundations of a theory we’ve been building on turned out to be wrong? Can that still be useful? Is that still progress?   These are some of the questions I explore with Dr. Geoff Anders.

  • Critical Thinking | Zooming In and Zooming Out

    Critical Thinking | Zooming In and Zooming Out

    31/03/2020 Duração: 08min

    A critical thinker must have the ability to zoom in and zoom out - to hyper-focus on cause and effect and to see how things interconnect in the big picture. It's a common and critical error to be too-zoomed-in or too-zoomed-out. The over-focused mind is like the mathematician who doesn't realize the assumptions of his model are non-mathematical and likely wrong. The under-focused mind is like the mushroom-enthusiast that's content concluding "All is one", with no finer-resolution of analysis. The careful thinker must be constantly zooming in and zooming out, gathering ideas from all levels of resolution.

  • Ep. 101- Is a Ruling Class Inevitable? | Samo Burja

    Ep. 101- Is a Ruling Class Inevitable? | Samo Burja

    08/03/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    Libertarians like myself tend to focus on the abuse of power hierarchies. The existence of a "ruling class" makes most of us uneasy. However, might these sociological structures serve a valuable purpose? Are they inevitable parts of human society? Samo Burja joins me to discuss.

  • Coming Around to Platonism

    Coming Around to Platonism

    10/01/2020 Duração: 26min

    For years, I've been making anti-Platonist arguments. Now, I think I was wrong. The universe seems to be composed of both concrete and abstract stuff.

  • Ep. 100 - Trying to Solve Philosophy | Patterson in Pursuit

    Ep. 100 - Trying to Solve Philosophy | Patterson in Pursuit

    19/11/2019 Duração: 45min

    Episode 100 of Patterson in Pursuit! Wow, what a milestone. Thanks to everybody who has listened to and supported the show. I hope it's created value for you. In this episode, I share my personal thoughts about the show, some of my motivations, the conversations that were impactful to my own philosophy, and some funny experiences along the way. And of course, more heretical thoughts about the philosophy of mathematics.

  • Ep. 99 - Non-Rationality and Psychedelics | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

    Ep. 99 - Non-Rationality and Psychedelics | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

    08/09/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    Do logic and rationality have limits? Are there ways to "get outside" of rational thinking? Do altered states caused by psychedelics provide true insight about the world, or are they illusory? These are the questions I discuss with Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, who shares some of his personal experiments and insights gained psychedelic drugs.

  • Ep. 98 - A Consciousness-Only Ontology | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

    Ep. 98 - "A Consciousness-Only Ontology" | Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

    01/09/2019 Duração: 01h39min

    Is everything ultimately mental? Do we need a theory of a physical world at all? Dr. Bernardo Kastrup joins me again to talk about idealism. This time, we go into great detail, both put our ideas to the test, and the result was one of my favorite interviews ever. I end up asking Bernardo some of the most difficult questions in philosophy.     

  • Understanding God as Nature or the Universe

    Understanding God as Nature or the Universe

    22/08/2019 Duração: 26min

    Finally, after investigating for more than 20 years, I have a concept of God I can rationally grasp. The idea is one of the oldest in existence, and it turns baroque theological claims into true and important insights.

  • Solving the Interaction Problem

    Solving the Interaction Problem

    02/08/2019 Duração: 25min

    Dualism is an attractive philosophy with an Achilles' heel. Dualists since Descartes have never given a good answer to the problem of interaction. Finally, I think I've got one. I have a working resolution to the problem of interaction that I call a theory of indirect interaction, which allows effective interaction between objects in different ontological categories. Original article here: http://steve-patterson.com/mind-body-dualism-solving-problem-interaction/

  • There Are No Objective Definitions

    There Are No Objective Definitions

    19/05/2019 Duração: 15min

    Lots of confusion is caused by the nature of language. This is a narration of the article "There Are No Objective Definitions", which you can read here: http://steve-patterson.com/there-are-no-objective-definitions/

  • Ep. 97 - Math Heresy: Ultrafinitism | Dr. Doron Zeilberger

    Ep. 97 - Math Heresy: Ultrafinitism | Dr. Doron Zeilberger

    21/04/2019 Duração: 57min

    Dr. Doron Zeilberger is the Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University. He's also a math heretic who thoroughly rejects the orthodox conceptions of infinity in modern mathematics. So we got along quite well. We had a fantastic conversation covering a wide range of topics, including set theory, calculus and limits, pi, irrational numbers like the square root of two, real analysis, and Godel's Incompleteness Theorems. If you're interested in the philosophy of mathematics, this is a must-listen.

  • Ep. 96 - Truth and Postmodernism | Breakdown of Thaddeus Russell Interview

    Ep. 96 - Truth and Postmodernism | Breakdown of Thaddeus Russell Interview

    07/04/2019 Duração: 01h45min

    The most requested interview breakdown ever - my conversation with Thaddeus Russell about the postmodern theory of truth. Fun episode! Can we know that experience is happening? If somebody denies that they know, is it possible to convince them?

  • Ep. 95 - The Highest IQ in America | Christopher Langan

    Ep. 95 - The Highest IQ in America | Christopher Langan

    24/03/2019 Duração: 01h11min

    Christopher Langan is an independent intellectual known for having the highest IQ in America - somewhere around 200, which is six standard deviations above the norm. His story is fascinating. Chris is not working within the academy. Instead, he's splitting his time between ranching and philosophizing. We spoke about a wide range of topics, including the problems of modern academia, the concept of IQ, and his attempt at a Theory of Everything entitled "The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe" - or the "CTMU". You can find more information about the CTMU at: http://hology.org/ You can also find Chris's work and support him on Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/CTMU

  • Ep. 94 - A Satoshi Nakamoto Story | Phil Scronty Wilson

    Ep. 94 - A Satoshi Nakamoto Story | Phil "Scronty" Wilson

    02/09/2018 Duração: 07h14min

    Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? If you've been in the Bitcoin world for a while, you know that's the last question you should try to answer. However, I've recently come across a story that I find quite plausible, written by Phil Wilson (aka Scronty). Phil documents the thinking-process behind the Bitcoin invention, in addition to providing many historical details around the creation of Bitcoin. His story also explains the perplexing existence of Craig Wright. It's the only narrative that implies Craig is both a) Part of the Satoshi team, and b) largely fraudulent, at the same time. It explains how Craig was able to convince notable people like Gavin Andreson of being Satoshi, while also explaining his extremely poor writing and communication skills. It also fits the facts of Satoshi's extremely careful Op Sec - though not in the way you might think. The story isn't perfect - and Phil admits as much - but taken together, his story is the best I've heard, and worthy of 7 hours of interviewing.

  • Ep. 93 - Abortion, Natural Rights, and Evictionism | Dr. Walter Block

    Ep. 93 - Abortion, Natural Rights, and Evictionism | Dr. Walter Block

    28/06/2018 Duração: 58min

    My conversation with Dr. Walter Block about abortion and natural rights, which is one of the trickiest issues in any political philosophy, libertarianism included. He's the creator of a theory called "evictionism," which tries to take a middle ground between pro-life and pro-choice positions. In my analysis, it's a reasonable compromise. I cannot think of any principled objections from the pro-choice side, and though a pro-lifer might have objections, the core of Block's argument is pro-life at heart and in the long run could result in the universal protection of pre-birth humans.

  • Ep. 92 - 6 Years of Mystery Illness: When Western Medicine Fails

    Ep. 92 - 6 Years of Mystery Illness: When Western Medicine Fails

    17/06/2018 Duração: 01h57min

    Julia and I have been dealing with a mystery illness for more than six years. It's progressively gotten worse, but finally, after seeing more than 50 doctors in multiple states and countries, we're finding answers. Our story is not unique. There are millions of people suffering with unknown illness who get misdiagnosed or dismissed by their doctors. Too often, when a conventional doctor does not understand your sickness, they conclude one of two things: it's either in your head, or you're making up the symptoms outright. This is an arrogant and irrational method of thinking. The medical world could use more philosophy and critical reasoning. If you're struggling with medical problems, hopefully you'll find our story helpful. We waited too long to step outside the conventional medical system, due to my own dogmatic thinking surrounding "alternative medicine." I had strong opinions about things I didn't understand, and now that my mind has opened, I see lots of high-quality work being done, and alternative trea

  • Ep. 91 - Tom Woods on Catholicism, Papal Authority, and Intellectual Entrepreneurship | Dr. Thomas Woods

    Ep. 91 - Tom Woods on Catholicism, Papal Authority, and Intellectual Entrepreneurship | Dr. Thomas Woods

    10/06/2018 Duração: 01h08min

    Tom Woods joins me for a great discussion about Catholicism, papal authority, and his story of becoming an independent intellectual entrepreneur.    Was the Catholic Church really an anti-intellectual, anti-science organization throughout history, or is that simply a myth?   Does the truth stand apart from what the Pope declares? Can the Pope be wrong?   These questions and lots more.

  • The Abuse of Apriorism in Economics

    The Abuse of Apriorism in Economics

    31/05/2018 Duração: 21min

    The purpose of this article is to point out where my fellow rationalists are being dogmatic, in particular, with regard to Austrian Economics. Philosophers like Hans-Hermann Hoppe tend to drop the "ceteris paribus" condition, turning true-but-neutered claims into false-and-dogmatic ones.

  • Ep. 90 - The Overwhelming Beauty of Free Markets | Jeffrey Tucker

    Ep. 90 - The Overwhelming Beauty of Free Markets | Jeffrey Tucker

    27/05/2018 Duração: 52min

    This week's interview is with Jeff Tucker. We're talking about how capitalism fits into the bigger picture. Libertarians tend to assume that everybody values the creation of wealth, and therefore free markets are important. But why make this assumption? Perhaps free markets create wealth at the cost of personal or spiritual impoverishment. What to think about this objection? We also address the staggering beauty and complexity of free markets, illustrated in proper Jeff Tucker style: by telling the romantic story of tuna fish in a vending machine.  

  • Does Free Will Even Make Sense?

    Does Free Will Even Make Sense?

    24/05/2018 Duração: 18min

    Few things are as intuitively obvious, yet philosophically challenging, as the existence of free will. There’s a fashionable critique of free will that says, “The very concept of free will is incoherent; therefore, it obviously doesn’t exist.” This article does not make the case for or against the existence of free will. Instead, it defends its conceptual coherence. Free will is not a nonsensical idea, and it might exist.

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