June 4th, 2020 | 33 mins 25 secs
character, duty, friendship, gender, morality, social media
Kathryn Norlock (Trent) argues that complaining can be good and is sometimes a thing that we ought to do, even when we can’t fix the thing that makes us sad. Exposing our vulnerabilities creates a space to commiserate, validate, and feel less alone.
April 28th, 2020 | 40 mins 47 secs
bias, epistemology, evidence, feminism, justification, knowledge, science, theory choice, values
Natalie Ashton (Stirling) and Robin McKenna (Liverpool) argue that feminist epistemologies can help us understand how some knowledge is socially constructed...and that this idea isn't a very radical one at all.
April 15th, 2020 | 32 mins 37 secs
aesthetics, agency, art, games, rules
C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley/University of Utah) argues that games are a unique form of art and a valuable tool for human self-development. By creating rules and abilities, they specify new modes of agency for their players to temporarily adopt, which both reveals what’s beautiful about them--and kind of like yoga--forces us to try out unfamiliar ways of being.
April 8th, 2020 | 30 mins 36 secs
descartes, emotion, introspection, pain, vision
Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California, Riverside) argues that introspection is highly untrustworthy and that most people are poor introspectors of their own ongoing conscious experience.
April 4th, 2020 | 51 mins 38 secs
bayes, false positives, replication crisis, statistics
Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh) talks about his paper with Benjamin et al. in Nature Human Behavior arguing that we should change the default threshold for “statistical significance" by an order of magnitude.
April 4th, 2020 | 34 mins 50 secs
concepts, linguistics, meaning, ordinary language, propaganda
Joshua Habgood-Coote (University of Bristol) argues that we should abandon the terms "fake news" and "post-truth" because they are defective, redundant, and harmful to democracy.
April 4th, 2020 | 28 mins 52 secs
bad people, cancel culture, character, friendship, intuition, morality
Jessica Isserow (University of Leeds) talks about her paper "On Having Bad Persons as Friends" arguing that doing so reflects disordered moral priorities.
April 4th, 2020 | 39 mins 22 secs
absences, causation, common sense, david lewis, explanation, intuition, metaphysics
Helen Beebee (Univerity of Manchester) talks about her paper "Causing and Nothingness" arguing that the absence of something can never be a cause.