#42: I’m Not Sure What I Think

It’s our annual Year in Review show, and we welcome our audio editor and engineer, Dan Short, as our special guest. José, Danielle, and Dan reflect on how Think Hard has grown in the last year, what we’ve learned, and what our favorite episodes are. We also discuss some goals for the future of Think Hard in the year to come. (Spoiler: We want to connect more with you, our listeners!)

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#41: Re-cognizing Gratitude

During this holiday season, Danielle and José explore why cultivating gratitude may lead to increased well being, happiness, and richness of meaning. They suggest that gratitude is an achieved mental state that involves a re-cognition of our lives into a narrative of growth and positivity.

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#40: The Handmaid’s Fail?

José thinks all television shows are bad because they share in two fatal flaws: the problem of overlapping narrative arcs and the limitation of outsider influence. After going back-and-forth, Danielle argues that newer television shows successfully manage these limitations, and José agrees to watch suggested shows and report back in a future episode.

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#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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#38: Does the truth matter? Did it ever?

Danielle and José wonder if the truth matters. Why do we (including your hosts!) often believe things in the face of contrary evidence? What separates us from those who endanger themselves (and the world) by refusing to acknowledge the truth, and acting out of what they want to be true. After considering how enmeshed our beliefs, desires, and wills are, they turn to some practical solutions for saving ourselves (and the world) from this danger.

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#37: Vision Bored

Danielle and José assess whether or not the Law of Attraction is total bullshit. After careful consideration, we’ve determined that although there are lots of ways in which the Law of Attraction might be helpful, it also can be politically dangerous and, at times, utter nonsense.

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#36: What is Philosophical Coaching?

In this episode, Danielle argues that philosophy makes an excellent foundation for counseling and coaching. Not only is history of philosophy foundational for psychology, but philosophers have skills of critical inquiry and analysis, which they bring to a whole host of human experiences and aspects of the human condition.

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#9: In Defense of Snobs

We are away from the studio this week while Danielle moves and José does random things on the stoop of his building. So we’ve opened opened up the Think Hard vault to bring you this classic. Stay tuned for our new episode coming out in two weeks.

Are snobs just obnoxious, self-righteous jerks, or do they contribute something of value to society? José argues that snobs are the protectors of culture and ought to be defended. Snobs save us from the faceless demands of a watered down marketplace and set a standard for the human experience. Danielle is skeptical, and wonders if snobbery is an expression of classist myopia, confusing personal preferences for objective standards.

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#35: Freeloaders & Fascists

In this episode, special guest Charlie Gilkey—philosopher and founder of Productive Flourishing and author of the forthcoming Start Finishing and The Small Business Life Cycleargues that all American citizens should serve three years in the military. He claims that such an experience engenders courage and fulfills a moral obligation of all citizens to meaningfully participate in the national defense. Although José seems persuaded by this idea, Danielle is not so sure.

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