Exploring Minds

Exploring Minds

By Bobby Mack
The object of this philosophy podcast will be to invite on other deep thinkers as we tackle questions of economics, ethics, epistemology, and life experience.
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Episode #006- Joseph Nelson: "Hedonism"

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Episode #022 - Nadir Ahmed: Science and Islam
Nadir is an Islamic apologist who argues that the Qur'an makes numerous accurate scientific predictions, and these "scientific miracles" support the credibility of the Qur'an in areas that cannot be verified. He further argues that there are no scientific errors in the Qur'an, and he believes this distinguishes it from other religious texts. Here is a link to Nadir's youtube channel for a more in depth look on his perspective: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm8ah67Ank7CD42CUF51hRw/featured
1:12:51
May 31, 2020
Episode #021- Glen Cotten: "What Is the Baha'i Faith? (Part 2)"
Glen Cotten and his wife Isik have been prominent members of the Baha'i Faith and community for over three decades. With a lifetime of pursuing the mission of justice and unity of humanity, Glen lives and breathes the principles of the Faith every day. We discuss Glen's upbringing, how it affected his look on the world, his time serving in Haifa at the Baha'i World Center, and how he met and married his wife.
1:09:40
May 24, 2020
Episode #020 - Ian Scheffler: Speedcubing
Ian shares his experiences delving into the hypercompetitive (but surprisingly wholesome) world of speedsolving Rubik's cubes whilst writing book on the topic. Currently an English teacher, he also shares his perspectives on ways that teaching and testing can be improved. His book is called Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving.
1:15:31
May 17, 2020
Episode #019- Caroline Mack
Caroline is a 32-year veteran nurse. In this episode, Bobby and Caroline talk about some of the highlights and lowlights of being a medical professional for over three decades, and what Caroline has learned from her experiences in the hospital.
1:14:39
May 10, 2020
Episode #018 - Angela Bischof: Animal cognition and moral agency
Angela is a Duke philosophy grad student who argues that some species of animals  (and theoretically even plants and bacteria) can be considered moral agents. We also explore methods for studying animal cognition, personhood, and the nature of our ethical obligations towards other animals. 
59:46
May 3, 2020
Episode #017 - John McGlone
Formerly a Sanders-supporting San Francisco liberal, John's views have shifted in favor of conservatism, Donald Trump, and traditional values. He shares his perspectives on gender roles, gay marriage, adoption, and abortion. He is a programmer and the leader of the local Jordan Peterson meetup group. 
2:40:41
April 26, 2020
Episode #016 - Bobby Bingle: Buddhism, Anger, and Blame
Bobby is a Duke Philosophy PhD student.  He argues that Buddhist perspectives on "no-self" and anger are not mutually exclusive with blame and moral responsibility. 
1:20:47
April 19, 2020
Episode #015 - Songyao Ren: Zhuangist Perspectives on Emotions
Songyao is a Duke Philosophy PhD student. She advocates for a Zhuangist perspective on a good life, which is characterized openness to different paths (daos) and the absence of strong emotional responses such as anger, sadness, and even certain forms of happiness. 
58:21
April 12, 2020
Episode #014- Amanda "Oldphan" Sukenick: "Antinatalism"
Amanda is the host of the "Exploring Antinatalism" Podcast. She subscribes to the philosophy of Antinatalism as well as EFILism (Life backwards), both of which advocate for the end of all sentient life in the universe by ceasing to procreate.
1:07:13
April 5, 2020
Episode #013- Andy Smith
Math prodigy. 2013 US National Rubik's Cube Champion. Algorithmic trader.
1:19:57
March 29, 2020
Episode #012- Sarah Mack
Our host Bobby Mack's sister, Sarah.
1:10:16
March 24, 2020
Episode #011- Will Fullwood: "Black Lives Matter and Police Brutality"
Will is a lawyer and teacher at Wake Tech. Will, Katelyn and Bobby discuss education, as well as the problem of racism in America, and potential solutions.
1:36:15
March 17, 2020
Episode #010- Vicki Tompkins
Vicki is a veteran of the US Navy and New York Police Department. She was head of the Hate Crimes Division and was a dedicated worker at Ground Zero post-9/11. 
1:36:14
March 8, 2020
Episode #009- Tim Burkhardt: "Epicureanism and the Wrongness of Killing"
Tim is a Duke Philosophy Ph.D Student. He is currently writing his dissertation on "Epicureanism and the Wrongness of Killing." He argues that killing may still be morally wrong, even if death may not be bad for you.
1:43:28
February 27, 2020
Episode #008- Carson Claud
Carson is a Christian evangelist studying Christian Apologetics.
1:14:09
February 21, 2020
Episode #007- Matthew Brulhardt
Statistician. Mathematician. Data scientist.
1:10:21
February 14, 2020
Episode #006- Joseph Nelson: "Hedonism"
Duke Philosophy Ph.D student. Hedonist utilitarian.
1:15:22
February 8, 2020
Episode #005- Thomas Sheedy: "The Death of the Atheist Movement"
Former President of Long Island Atheists, and political activist.
1:16:40
February 1, 2020
Episode #004- Solomon Gibson: "How to Be A Successful Parent"
Solomon is an actor, public speaker, daycare worker, and parent.
1:18:00
January 25, 2020
Episode #003- Isik Cotten: "What is the Baha'i Faith?"
Isik is a Turkish-American Baha'i and community organizer who uses the principles of her faith to foster worldwide unity.
1:06:41
January 18, 2020
Episode #001- Katelyn Bryant
1:04:21
January 15, 2020