Episode 6 - Human Beings as Value-Laden Spirits

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We are spiritual beings, but what is a spirit? Nothing ethereal, but rather, embodied - at least for now, and in the form of a human being. Beliefs, opinions, perceptions: these are all modes of conscious experience, but what about moods? They are, too. Allen Ginsberg recommends that you, “notice what you’re thinking.” MoFo did this while looking at a spout at age 10, and again while running back in 1998. What’s it like to regard yourself as “a spiritual being having a human experience”? For a dose of existential angst, check out Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery.”

Episode 5 - Logos, Logocentrism, and 'Marriage'

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‘Logos’ can mean: story, explanation, narrative, account, argument, reason, word (or, Word) . . . and the list goes on. Heraclitus said we breathe the Logos in and out, but fail to recognize its significance. The concept of Logos is deeply entrenched in at least Western thought, and from it we get logic, logo, biology, psychology, geology, sociology . . . and that list continues as well. MoFo thinks we have an uneasy relationship with the distinct roles played by the mind and the language we used to express it: we are logocentric. What’s happened in recent decades around the word ‘marriage’ illustrates that this blind spot in our thinking is not neatly divided along political lines - which is good - but due instead to the vestiges of magical thinking - which ain’t so good.

Episode 4 - Opinions, Beliefs, and Knowledge: A Nested Hierarchy

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“Is that just your opinion, or is it a fact?” Such confusion! Let’s try to clear this mess up once and for all, even if it takes twenty nuanced episodes. Join MoFo for the second in a series of reflections that have as their end the social goods of cooperation, coordination, human understanding and eventual flourishing!

Episode 3 - What the Fact, MoFo?!

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Facts, facts, facts . . . Is there any end to them? What is a fact? Are there alternative facts? What does that even mean? Why do people like facts, and what role do they play in civil society? Does it matter? Is all this as complicated as we make it sound sometimes, or is there a shortcut that can enable us to see facts as wonderful, and representative of a concept that is easily understood?

Hear “Seeing Double” sung and produced by Larry May, as sampled in this episode. See Justin McBrayer’s article, as alluded to in this episode. Read MoFo’s article, “Seattle is North of Portland” in Fike’s blog! Finally, check out the current world population (human-wise).

Sorry for the popping noises, Boo - I’m still learning.

Episode 2 - Human Flourishing, Aristotelian-Style

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“How are you? I’m good.” Why do we begin conversations this way? Are we all, as a species, striving to be good? Are we cooperative well-wishers, and is this a part of our biology? Aristotle thought he knew, and therapists seem to think that they do, too. Maybe it “takes an internet” to maximize human flourishing. So join the conversation!

[‘Casuistry’ was misspelled during the broadcast, and it means: the resolving of moral problems by application of theoretical rules to particular instances.]

Episode 1 - What the heck am I, or are we, doing here?

Fike introduces his new podcast: Is this even a good idea? What’s its purpose? What is “MoFo”? Should we live in our vehicles and stop paying rent? Everybody loves to talk about the importance of critical thinking, but what is it?

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