In this episode, I talked to John Timaeus of Modernity Has Fallen about epistemology, rationality, and the failures of modernity. John writes about these issues on his blog. As a software developer and mathematician, John understands problem solving, and is able to show how we've gone wrong. So, we discussed how in our modern world we don't know how we come to truth. Then, we looked back at how we came to know what is true in the past. Last, we discussed how our extreme problem solving can never run out of problems to solve - and might even create more.
I wrote this poem a while back. And, with the pursuit of truth being so important, I thought I would share it. I believe
Lewis' Screwtape Letters is a great read for people of all ages, at least from middle school on. It is the tale of two demons, an older and a younger trying to tempt a man to bring him to Hell. And, the older demon is advising his nephew on how to do this successfully. You'll see all the subtle ways that demons can tempt you and pull your attention away from where it should be.
We recently looked at how much faster lies spread than the truth. But, I want to dive deeper to see how we're being lied to and help you identify lies in headlines, articles, and assertions being put forward regularly.
I think all of these little lies add up and make it difficult to trust any authority. But, if we sharpen our minds and are aware of the deception being presented, we can see the lies. This tangled web is artfully articulated in Empire of Lies, which I reviewed last episode.
Action thrillers are some of my favorite movies, and this book really has that feel to it. A newspaper reporter with a checkered past stumbles on a story that he can't believe, and tries not to, but the evidence is something he has to follow up on. When he looks into it, he ends up on an adventure that is hard to believe.
Wonder how the Church has addressed issues as they arise? If you want to learn more about the early heretics and persecutors the early Christians faced, this is an easy book to read.
Is there a Moral Truth or is morality simply relative? How we look at the world in other fields might enlighten us on this question.
This conversation with the Vital Masculinity Project dives into a range of topics, and was a really productive conversation in search of truth. If you're interested in great philosophical, political, and cultural conversations, check this one out.
Our world has turned its back on truth, and instead looks to the comforting story. In this episode we'll talk about how the narrative has taken the lead over truth, and how to right the ship.
Looking to understand where so much of our understanding of #politics comes from in the West? Aristotle’s Politics is a foundational work. Check out this #bookreview, and grab your copy here:
There are three ways to understand the human experience. 1. Subject encased in an object 2. Subject emanating from an object 3. Subject and object intertwined inextricably Which describes your experience?
Many ideas today do not seem to me to seek truth, but to have truth submit to it. We'll talk about why that's backwards- and even dangerous.
Looking to understand statistics and how they can be used to lie? Thomas Sowell breaks down the stats and shows you how to understand the story they really tell. Check out my review, and hopefully the book too-->
It's been great collaborating with Stephen and Bryan at @TheVMPod. Here's a great post, originally from their site (linked in comment below) for you to learn more about Courage and its modern portrayals. Read more --> The True Image of Courage