The Philosophers Stoned

Philosophy of War

In this episode, we discuss the philosophy of war. Is war ever justified, and if so, under what conditions?

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War and Beauty

In this episode, we take some time to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Then, we look at Beauty, a controversial subject in philosophy. Is Beauty subjective or objective? Is “Edge of Tommorow” a better film than “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon?” Find out! Email all queries/comments to TPSpod420@gmail.com.

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A Discussion About Social Justice…Part 1?

In this episode, we are joined by our second guest ever. He wishes to remain anonymous. We discuss the dilemma of social media and freedom of speech within the context of democracy and social justice. As always, please send your feedback to TPSpod420@gmail.com

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Philosophy and Protests

In this epsiode, we revisit the philosophy of protests and how it applies to the recent “Freedom Convoy” protests in Canada, as well as historical “occupation” style protests.

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Episode 9: Imagination ft Joel Strauss

In this episode we are joined by our first guest. Joel Strauss is a musician based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick (and happens to be Jordan’s older brother). We discuss the recent Neil Young/Joe Rogan drama, the protest in Ottawa, and take a philosophical view of Imagination. source: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/imagination/, by Shen-yi Liao and Tamar Gendler

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Mental Imagery

In this episode, we discuss how modern fMRI technology has revealed startling facts about mental imagery. We discuss how the visual cortex activates in response to mental images, the differences between aphantastics and hyperphantastics, and how involuntary mental imagery plays a role in racial biases. Please send your emails to TPSpod420@gmail.com source: Source: Stanford Encyclopedia…

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The Apocalypse Draft

Scenario: Earth is faced with a crisis: the planet will soon be destroyed, and the only survivors will be those who can board the Ark ships to journey to Alpha Centauri to settle a brave new world.. The Ark ships can hold 10 million people, but the Earth’s population is 8 billion. Many will be…

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The Molyneux Problem

Suppose someone is born blind, and they are taught to distinguish a sphere and a cube by touch. Then, suppose this person’s sight is restored, and they are shown a sphere and a cube. Could the person, using sight alone, distinguish the sphere from the cube? That is Molyneux’s Problem.

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Walden 2

Utopia. Not Fruitopia. BF Skinner imagined a Utopian community called “Walden 2,” where people are raised in carefully controlled environments. Walden 2’s Planners and Managers would use “behavioural engineering” to eliminate human flaws like greed and violence, allowing human nature to flourish. We discuss his brilliant but flawed Utopian project.

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The Imitation Game

Can computers think or are they just unintelligent mechanisms that do whatever we tell them to? British mathematician Alan Turing, writing in the 1950s, proposed a game, or test, that he claimed would determine whether or not a computer could be considered intelligent. We discuss the Imitation Game and the many objections against it.

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