#39: God’s Hot Burrito

Danielle and José circle back to their conversation about the existence of God that they first had in episode #12: Is it Morally Wrong to Believe in God? This time, they debate not only the morality of the belief, but get right to the heart of the question: Does God exist? José is a theist and Danielle an atheist, so the conversation is rather lively!

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#12: Is it Morally Wrong to Believe in God?

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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#33: Boredom’s Cure(iosity)

José claims boredom sucks because it shows us how meaningless the world is. This realization leads us to either make something meaningful or to wallow in the emptiness. Danielle explores how we can cultivate our attention to things we might otherwise dismiss, thus finding a cure for boredom.

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#31: Hitler’s Flowers

Do morally bad artists always make bad art? Should knowing that an artist drugged and raped women (Cosby), married his semi-teenage step-daughter (Allen), or killed several million Jews (Hitler) change how judge their art? José claims that the artist can never be separated from the art, while Danielle wonders if the art and artist should be judged independently.

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#18: You, Me, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

In this first episode of 2018, Danielle and José take this opportunity to look back at the first year of Think Hard. We reflect on the process of podcasting, give some updates on our favorite episodes, and imagine what we’d like to achieve in the year ahead. As always, we end by talking about What We’ve Been Thinking About and give some recommendations.

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#17: From Happy Cow to Hopeful Child

This episode, Danielle claims that we should be teaching hopeful thinking as an integral part of teaching critical thinking. If ignorance is bliss, critical thinking often can lead to depression, cynicism, and apathy, as students lose faith in old values, beliefs, and structures of meaning. Danielle argues that we must also teach our students to create new values and beliefs and to take action, even in the face of meaningless absurdity. José wonders how to best teach this. We end by giving recommendations in our What We’ve Been Thinking About segment.

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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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#8: Where is the Pain?

Danielle and José talk about perception and meditation. Danielle claims that meditation is the key to seeing, feeling, and perceiving the world in a radically new way. Can meditation change the brain so much that we can cease to feel pain? Where is sensation: in the nerves or in the mind’s response? And what happens if, indeed, we do have responsibility for how we interpret sense data?


#6: White Girl Sings the Blues

Danielle and José talk about cultural appropriation. What’s wrong with a white person wearing a Native American headdress for Halloween? Where is the line between cultural exchange and appropriation? To what extent is it legitimate for an artist to draw from other cultures in order to make something new? We end, as always, with what we’ve been thinking about and give some recommendations.

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