Jun 222009
 

If you’re new to the podcast/blog or just wanted to know a bit more about who we are and why we’re doing this, check out the expanded “about the podcast” and the new “about the podcasters” pages. (Wes took a while to get his biography text to me, so I had exerpts from Hitler’s biography up there as a placeholder for a bit, but it should be mostly accurate now, except for the part about Seth being an intelligence spontaneously emerged from the Internet itself existing simultaneously in all of the Earth’s computers.  (…this is not quite true because, of course, not all computers are connected to the Internet.)

Jun 222009
 
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Discussing Camus’s “An Absurd Reasoning” and ”The Myth of Sisyphus” (1942).

Does our eventual death mean that life has no meaning and we might as well end it all?  Camus starts to address this question, then gets distracted and talks about a bunch of phenomenologists until he dies unreconciled.  Also, let’s all push a rock up a hill and like it, okay?  Plus, the fellas dwell on genius and throw down re. the Beatles, the beloved Robert C. Solomon and Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers.

An abridged version of the reading covered with most of the good stuff in it is here. An unabridged version of “An Absurd Reasoning” is here.

Also, Wes said something wrong on the episode.

End song: “My Friends” by Mark Lint and the Simulacra (2000).

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Jun 072009
 
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Discussing Hobbes’s Leviathan, Chapters 13-15.

Have we implicitly signed a social contract whereby our native right to punch other people in the face is given to the President? Hobbes does things that eventually result in the U.S. Constitution and makes Wes nauseous. Plus: Star Trek and the Bible!

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End song: “The Villa” by Mark Lint and the Fake Johnson Trio (1998).

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