Is there any real difference between 'objective' and 'subjective' reality? If an individual will not take charge of projecting his own meaning onto the world, then who will do it for him? Some people claim to be in communication with a higher power or greater intelligence -- are they all crazy? And why are so many people in the ACT realm certain that tap water is toxic?Read more
In a world gone mad, what does it mean to be 'sane'? Is the ACT realm merely a place for lost souls to get together and blame external forces for their own emptiness? What do we imagine 'death' to entail and who put those ideas in our heads? Does the practicing skeptic have to live a life without faith?
Joining me to discuss these questions and more was an all-star cast of MSC regulars, as well as yet another debutante: DNA from Holland.Read more
This is the Warmup thread for Member Skype Call #32, which is focused on existentialism and death.Read more
Is it sometimes the case that ignorance really is bliss? What -- if anything -- separates the typical human being from a programmed robot? How can a person live a normal life after they have discovered certain esoteric information? Why might it be helpful to understand the (purported) difference between 'subjective' and 'objective' reality? And what is with the 9/11 references in the promotional trailer for this film?Read more
How do we as individuals navigate this thing we call 'reality'? Is there value in building up a narrative in our own minds about who we are and/or why we're here? Who is Joseph Campbell, and what is the 'Hero's Journey' a.k.a. 'monomyth'? Where can a well-meaning person search for inspiration or motivation, when it seems like most of the humans around us are sleepwalking through life?Read more
Is 1984 really set in the future/past, or is it a story about the eternal present? Is there an objective truth, an immutable reality outside of the mind? To what was Orwell referring when he spoke about fake bombs and fake wars? Do we have any reason to fear Big Brother?Read more
Introducing Gino for his first appearance on Impromptu Chats. Topics include the now-defunct ‘hoaxbusting community’; the Flat Earth scene; whatRead more