Episode #25: Greg Stoutenburg, PhD (Epistemology)

Episode #25: Greg Stoutenburg, PhD (Epistemol...

Episode #29: Jamal Lyksett, M.A., J.D. (Nietzschean Epistemology)

JAMAL IS BACK! Jamal Lyksett is a professor of philosophy at the University of Idaho, and he returns to ITA to explode unto the world his thoughts on Nietzsche VS Descartes and Nietzsche VS the Buddha. Enjoy!  Intro and outro were generously provided by Nick Beck and Terron Tvrdy ...   Show more

Episode #28: Royce Johnson (Buddhism, Education, and Dystopias)

Royce Johnson is an English teacher at Coeur d'Alene High School. I had the blessing of being in his class my senior year, where I was introduced to Siddhartha, The Stranger, 1984, Brave New World, The Canterbury Tales, Candide, and various other enlightening, interesting, and be ...   Show more

Episode #27: K. Brad Wray, PhD (Epistemology of Science)

Dr. Brad Wray is a philosophy professor at Aarhus University in Denmark! His main areas of expertise lie in the epistemological implications of scientific discoveries and social epistemology. He has also written a vast array of essays and even books including Resisting Scientific ...   Show more

Episode #26: Philip J. Walsh, PhD (Phenomenology, Eastern Thought, and Phil. of Tech)

Dr. Philip J. Walsh is a philosophy professor at Fordham University. His main philosophical interests are eastern philosophy, phenomenology, and the philosophy of technology. His blog: thinkingtech.co Intro and outro provided by Nick Beck and Terron Tvrdy, respectively.   

Episode #24: Casey R. Johnson, PhD (Social Epistemology)

Dr. Casey Johnson is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Idaho. We discussed MANSPLAINING, the illocutionary force, and a few other brain busters. Enjoy!  Intro and outro was provided by Brock Tanya and Terron Tvrdy, respectively.    

Episode #23 Steven Umbrello, MA, MSc (Philosophy of Technology)

Steven Umbrello is the managing director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy studying the ethics and design of AI at the University of Turn, Italy. The west is a victory, but at what cost? Learn of the perils of soci ...   Show more

Episode #22: Nkrumah Grant, PhD (Ethics of Biology)

Dr. Nkrumah Grant is a post-doctoral researcher of evolutionary biology at the University of Idaho. We discussed bacterial evolution, geo-forming the Martian atmosphere, and the ethical implications of CRISPR technology.  The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terro ...   Show more

Episode #21: Jamie Derrick, PhD (Mindfulness and Jungian Dreamwork)

Dr. Jamie Derrick is an associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of Idaho. Her main focuses are mindfulness, emotional well-being, and developmental psychology. We discussed the benefits of deep, inner work such as mindfulness and Jungian dreamwork. Enjoy! Dr. ...   Show more

Episode #20: Bert Baumgaertner, PhD (Symbolic Logic and Social Epistemology)

Dr. Bert Baumgaertner is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Idaho. We discussed the importance of symbolic philosophy in law, mathematics, and computer science, as well as some social epistemological questions such as vaccine hesitancy, political polarizati ...   Show more

Episode #19: Vincent Trombatore, JD (Philosophy of Government)

Juris doctor and attorney at law, Vincent Trombatore, discusses, in depth, the various problems with democracy today, which include unchecked corporations, social media manipulation, and political polarity. Enjoy!  The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy ...   Show more

Episode #18: Gerald Fluhrer (Anthroposophy)

Gerald Fluhrer was a teacher at Waldorf school, which is a revolutionary type of schooling based on Rudolf Steiner's teachings of anthroposophy. We discussed Waldorf school, anthroposophy, and the various practical applications of anthroposophical thought. You can find some of Ge ...   Show more

Episode #17: Mike Silvio (Philosophy of Life)

Mike Silvio is a marathon runner, traveler, university instructor, auto-industry consultant, Lululemon brand ambassador and much more. In fact, Mike is one of the few people in the world that can say they've ran a marathon in all 7 continents...yes, that includes Antarctica. Enjo ...   Show more

Episode #16: Audrey Fu, PhD (Ethics of Technology and Data)

Dr. Audrey Fu is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences at the University of Idaho. We discussed the various implications of biased data and solutions to fix it.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.po ...   Show more

Episode #15: The Boy, the Rebel, and the Creator (Nietzsche's 3 Metamorphoses)

An explanation of Friedrich Nietzsche's "On the Three Metamorphoses" from Thus Spoke Zarathustra.   Written by Gregory Gravelle and narrated by Luchia Pike, the creator of the Two Takes Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0fnAOd3cy6B2DtH06z2Qt5?si=RtxIaqfzRzKuV0Jzfu8sdw https://open.spotify.com/show/0fnAOd3cy6B2DtH06z2Qt5?si=RtxIaqfzRzKuV0Jzfu8sdw   Sourc ...   Show more

Episode #14: Mark Nielsen, PhD (Philosophy of Mathematics)

Dr. Mark Nielsen is the Associate Dean of the College of Science and a professor of mathematics at the University of Idaho. We discussed the complex nature of mathematics as it pertains to the natural world and the way we think. To that regard, Dr. Nielsen explained the unreasona ...   Show more

Episode #13: Ruel Mannette (Eastern and French Philosophy)

Ruel Mannette is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, pursuing a doctorate in philosophy. His philosophical interests range from Structuralism and French philosophy to religious studies, bioethics, and eastern philosophy. We discussed memory and how it relates to authe ...   Show more

Episode #12: The Knight of Faith (Fear and Trembling Explanation)

A simple analysis of Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, as well as a subtle praise for the power of belief.   Written by Gregory Gravelle. Narrated by Strutity, the host of the Simply Life podcast; find him on Twitter @strutity. The background music in the middle portion of ...   Show more

Episode #11: Andy Johnson (Intellectual Discussion of Physics and Mathematics)

Andy Johnson is an intelligent individual to say the least. We discussed some epistemological implications of physics and mathematics, as well as some other brain busters.  The background music was a courtesy of Brock Tanya; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.  Fo ...   Show more

Episode #10: Tristan Morehouse (Being a stoic)

Tristan Morehouse is an experienced traveler, student, and a master of going with the flow. We discussed travelling, stoicism, having faith in yourself, and farming.  Background music in the beginning was a courtesy of Brock Tanya; he is the sole owner and distributor of this mus ...   Show more

Episode #9: The Dragon (Introduction to Buddhism)

A simple introduction to Buddhism. If you would like to learn more about Buddhism, I recommend reading Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and The Dhammapada.   This episode was written by Gregory Gravelle. The narration was a courtesy of Luchia Pike, the creator of the Two Takes Podcast. ...   Show more

Episode #8: David Goodwin (Felony Disenfranchisement)

David Goodwin is a philosophy student at the University of Idaho, who will be attending law school this upcoming Fall. We discussed felony disenfranchisement.  The outro background music was a courtesy of Terron Tvrdy, a musician and good friend; he is the sole owner and distribu ...   Show more

Episode #7: Tyler Moye (Self-discipline, struggle, and travel)

Tyler Moye is an entrepreneur and avid traveler. We discussed the philosophy of self-discipline, the benefits of a gap year, social media, environmental philosophy, and the meaning enveloped in struggle.  The outro background music was a courtesy of Terron Tvrdy, a musician and g ...   Show more

Episode #6: Jamal Lyksett (Buddhism, Taoism, and Nietzsche)

Jamal Lyksett, M.A., J.D, is a philosophy professor at the University of Idaho. He teaches Buddhism, Critical Thinking, Ethics, and Historical Figures of Philosophy. We discussed the ties between early Buddhism and Hinduism, Buddhist philosophy, Nietzsche, and the similarities be ...   Show more

Episode #5: Bryce Blankenship (Authenticity, Identity, and Environmental Philosophy)

Bryce Blankenship is a senior instructor in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at the University of Idaho. He is experienced in regards to existentialism, the philosophy of alcohol, personal identity, environmental ethics, and feminism. During this talk, we discuss environ ...   Show more

Episode #4: The Yin and the Yang (Taoism Explanation)

A brief introduction to Taoism.  Background music: Terron Tvrdy.  Information about the Yin Yang: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/27/comfort-reading-tao-te-ching-laozi#:~:text=Little%20can%20be%20said%20with,has%20been%20lost%20for%20ever https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/27/comfort-reading-tao-te-ching-laozi#:~:text=Little%20can%20be%20said%20with,has%20been%20lost%20for%20ever   Lao Tzu: https://plato.stanfo https://plato.stanfo ...   Show more

Episode #3: Kevin Donahue (Mysticism and Lucid Dreaming)

Kevin Donahue is an avid lucid dreamer and mystic enthusiast. If you are interested in learning how to lucid dream, feel free to contact Kevin at kevindon9119@gmail.com. His ebook should come out within the next three months, at which point we will have a follow-up episode; the l ...   Show more

Episode #1: An Absurd Introduction

We give a brief description of absurdism, and give a surface-level analysis of two works of Nietzsche and Camus.  Sources: brilliant.org, scienceline.ucsb.edu, merriam-webster.com, The Portable Nietzsche (book, translated by Walter Kaufmann), and www2.hawaii.edu (Camus: The Myth ...   Show more

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