#14: I’m Not a Masturbation Couch

José is troubled by his sexual fantasies of women because it objectifies them. Danielle and José consider: Does sexual desire always or necessarily involve the dehumanizing objectification of others? Is it morally acceptable to objectify someone in the privacy of your own mind or will that objectification always spill out into the way you interact with others? Is it possible to keep sexual fantasies completely separate from workplace relationships? Are there solutions to the social problems in which people are forced to navigate their sexual desires along with their desires to see others in their full humanity?

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  • Our outro music was graciously provided by Carsie Blanton, see her video for Vim & Vigor.
  • Our intro music was graciously provided by BenSound.
  • Audio engineering and editing services were benevolently provided by Dan Short.

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#13: Emotional Work for White People

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? Danielle and José talk about white fragility—the idea that white folks are emotionally fragile, and blow up or shut down, when it comes to talking about race. Danielle offers some ideas about why she and so many of her fellow white people have such a tough time, (they’re terrified of being called a racist, for example), and what they should do about it.

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#12: Is Belief in God Morally Wrong?

Danielle is an atheist and José is a theist, but he feels bad about believing in something for which he does not have evidence. Given all of the warfare and destruction in the name of God, is it morally wrong to hold this belief without sufficient evidence? José outlines an argument by William James, which attempts to justify belief in God as a special and specific kind of belief that one can hold by pure will. Is it enough to convince Danielle?

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– Text of William James, The Will to Believe

Quick notes on “The Will to Believe.” Trust me, skim this first!

The Ontological Argument

This argument, most famously stated by St. Anselm in the 11th century, defines God as the greatest thing that can be conceived. Anselm reasons that, because existing is “greater” than not existing, God must, by definition, exist.

The Cosmological Argument

This argument, most famously put forward by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century, states that there must be some cause of the existence of the universe. God, is this first cause.

The Teleological Argument

This argument, famously stated by William Paley in the 18th century, states that the universe is so complex, and works so harmoniously, that is must have had an intelligent designer: God.

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