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Top Discussions This Week 2/12

I hate to admit that Tom Brady is the GOAT. As a Colts fan, it really pains me, but he proved it this week, even if some may not agree. But, the Super Bowl isn’t the only thing that happened this week. Lots of great conversations happened on Twitter, podcasts, and here at the Conversation of Our Generation. Keep reading to see what caught my attention this week.

Top Podcasts This Week

This week’s Pints with Jack episode was great. David talked to Jason Lepojärvi about love, sex, and marriage, and I walked away with some tremendous insights. The richness that Jason brought to the conversation was great. If you haven’t been following Matt and David as they go through the Screwtape Letters, you should.

There was also a great conversation on religiosity and secularism on the Rubin Report. His roundtable with Peter Boghossian, Eric Metaxas, Rabbi Wolpe confronted problems facing our culture from different perspectives.

Social Chatter

My Conversations:

Stephen and Brian from The Vital Masculinity Podcast joined me again for a great conversation about how to build a virtuous society. As always, it was a great conversation with the guys, as we discussed friendship, virtue, and much more confronting our society.

Also, I was a guest on The Survival Podcast. Jack and I discussed how to have productive conversations ordered toward truth. Instead of trying to win an argument, we talked about how to dialogue with someone in a way that you grow together.

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236. Materialism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - Conversation of Our Generation

According to Wikepedia, "Materialism is a form of philosophical monism that holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes (such as the biochemistry of the human brain and nervous system), without which they cannot exist. This concept directly contrasts with idealism, where mind and consciousness are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary." Valid Concerns and Good Points At first, it seems to make sense. Much of what we encounter is material. Our food, light, furniture, etc. is all material. It would be easy at first glance to think everything boils down to what is material. But, does that really comport with what we experience and know? Errors of Materialism Materialism leaves out a large chunk of the human experience. First, it fails, like naturalism, to fully account for the supernatural and the spiritual. And, in doing so, it denies free will and many other parts of our experience that are products of the spirit. Also, materialism doesn't allow for the abstract truths we know to be. Moral truths, natural laws, beauty, and even some mathematical truths can't exist if everything is material. So, materialism fails to explain all that we know about the world. Corrections There is more to the world than just the material. It doesn't fit with our understanding of the world. We experience more than just the material in art and music, as well as abstract concepts. We also experience the phenomenon of free will, which is impossible in a materialist world. In order to fully comport with reality, we need to take into account more than material things. In order to fully experience the world, we have to take account for the non-material parts of our lives. Related Episodes in this Series What is Objective Reality? What is Subjective Reality? Unity of Subject and Object The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
  1. 236. Materialism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
  2. 235. Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
  3. 234. The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality
  4. 233. Is Patriotism Good? | Reflections on the 4th of July
  5. 232. Unity of Subject and Object

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