Top Discussions This Week 2/5

A lot of interesting conversations happened in the digital sphere, and I wanted to share a few with you that I found intriguing. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, but a curation of some things that caught my attention on a range of topics. You can share any great conversations with me here.

Here are this week’s Top Discussions:

Rational Optimism on The Jordan Peterson Podcast

Jordan Peterson and Matt Ridley talked about Rational Optimism in this great podcast. It was an uplifting discussion about how innovation is improving lives of people across the world.

The History of the Pantheon and St. Peter’s

And, I was able to talk to Frank Cunha III about Traditional Architecture. In this discussion, we went over the history of the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica, and why those are important architectural monuments. You can watch the YouTube video here.

Artist & Icons

Matt Fradd of Pints with Aquinas talked to an artist and iconographer, Jonathan Pageau about how art affects us and can draw us in. Plus, he does a great job at juxtaposing pornography from iconography, and why they’re different.

Top Discussions on Social

What is Progress?

My Twitter thread sparked some interesting conversations on progress. I had trouble following the whole thing, but there were some interesting arguments being made. You just have to sift through some trolling and snide remarks to get there.

8 Facts, 8 Friends

8 Facts, 8 Friends got a lot of great discussions happening as well. This one is mine, but there were many other great ones as well. The Vital Masculinity Podcast got me involved in this thread, and Boston the Podcast Guy takes the prize for funniest iteration of this trend.

Let me know if you see conversations out there that I should include! You can let me know here. Or, just hit me up on Twitter.

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219. Why a Political Philosophy Is Important | Natural Law by Lysander Spooner - Conversation of Our Generation

Our society has a problem discussing politics and political ideas, and I think I know the issue. Our country has divided itself on many issues, but that's nothing new. However, nowadays few people have a political philosophy underpinning their beliefs. I think that is at the root of the issue. If we had firm foundations, it would be easier to hear opposing viewpoints. But, when we build our ideas on foundations of sand, we have to stop them from washing away. Read more here: https://conversationofourgeneration.com/2021/05/07/why-a-political-philosophy-is-important--natural-law-by-lysander-spooner/ What is Political Philosophy? Political philosophy is a grounding in how you view the world. Basically, it acts as a framework to which you can attach your ideas. From there, you can build an understanding of the world by attaching new information to the framework. It also gives you a set of first principles for discussing politics. Buy your copy of Natural Law by Lysander Spooner here>> What is Natural Law? Natural law is Aristotle's political philosophy, Locke's political philosophy, and the basis for many other great thinkers. Lysander Spooner's work, Natural Law, is a great way to learn more about how Natural Law operates in a political context. It's a short book, and I think anyone would benefit from reading it. People who do not understand Natural Law, would learn a lot about it, even if they don't believe it from this work. What is My Political Philosophy? I adhere to an understanding of Natural Law that the moral truths and political truths are discoverable like science. I also believe in a broad basis of liberty for all men, and think it should be a top priority in political discussions. Also, I have faith in the common people in many ways, as long as they aren't led to believe falsities by the powerful elites. I fall in line with thinkers like Aristotle, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Roger Scruton, and others. Whose political philosophy is reflected in the Declaration of Independence? The ideas reflected in the Declaration of Independence are the ideas I discussed above. The Declaration of Independence includes ideas from Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, Thomas Paine, and others. It is a call to liberty and justice for all, and laid the groundwork for American self-governance. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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