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Into the Absurd

By Gregory Gravelle
This is the official Into the Absurd podcast: A philosophy podcast dedicated to expanding the minds, hearts, and souls of humanity through the love of wisdom.

"To question reality and existence. To be stuck between meaning and non-meaning. To exist as both a unique human consciousness and a conglomerate of identical atoms. This is what it means to live within the absurd. To that regard, I say this: Question everything and dive deeper into the absurd."
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#51: "Industrial Society and its Future" by Ted Kaczynski, an Analysis and Summary (Part 2)
For every solution, there is but another problem. Ted Kaczynski was a philosopher, psychologist, mathematician, and unfortunately, domestic terrorist of the late 1900's, who destroyed the lives of multiple people in an attempt to start a revolution against techno-industrial society. His essay, "Industrial Society and its Future", though quite radical, contains amazing insights as to why our society is so broken, why mental health disorders are the norm, and why technological progress will continuously strip away our freedoms as individuals so long as it exists. Though I do not advocate for violence, I do advocate for the understanding of problems and the ability to open one's mind to their potential causes and solutions. With that said, I hope--for a moment--you can open your mind and consider Crazy Uncle Ted's description of industrial society and its future! Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: I do not promote the use of violence, nor justify Ted's violent acts in any way, shape, or form. Additionally, I do not believe, what so ever that leftism is wrong, but rather seek to give people a better understanding of some reasons why leftism, in its extreme form, can lead to grave consequences for humanity--at least in Ted's view. Outro provided by Brock Tanya. Information on Ted's life: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/unabomber "Industrial Society and its Future" by Ted Kaczynski
01:36:06
November 28, 2021
#50: "Industrial Society and its Future" by Ted Kaczynski, an Analysis and Summary (Part 1)
For every solution, there is but another problem.  Ted Kaczynski was a philosopher, psychologist, mathematician, and unfortunately, domestic terrorist of the late 1900's, who destroyed the lives of multiple people in an attempt to start a revolution against techno-industrial society. His essay, "Industrial Society and its Future", though quite radical, contains amazing insights as to why our society is so broken, why mental health disorders are the norm, and why technological progress will continuously strip away our freedoms as individuals so long as it exists. Though I do not advocate violence, I do advocate for the understanding of problems and the ability to open your mind to their potential causes and solutions. With that said, I hope--for a moment--you can open your mind and consider Crazy Uncle Ted's description of industrial society and its future! Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: I do not promote the use of violence, nor justify Ted's violent acts in any way, shape, or form. Additionally, I do not believe, what so ever that leftism is wrong, but rather I seek to give people a better understanding of some reasons why leftism, in its extreme form, can lead to grave consequences for humanity--at least in Ted's view.  Outro provided by Brock Tanya. Information on Ted's life: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/unabomber   "Industrial Society and its Future" by Ted Kaczynski
01:26:10
November 21, 2021
#49: On Being You with Mynaa Miesnowan
They tell you to "be yourself", "listen to yourself", "express yourself"...yet, what happens when you do? Do they scorn you? Do they attack you? Do they tell you that you're acting strange or rude? Indeed, how can one be themselves in a world that wants you to lie--that wants you to be an actor? In this episode, Mynaa Miesnowan and I dive deep into the art of "absolving unto yourself", where we revisit the central themes of Emerson's "Self Reliance" in order to recap on our 8-part series on the essay all about "being yourself" in the most radical way possible.  Outro provided by Brock Tanya  Emerson's "Self-Reliance": https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf  Express Yourself: https://youtu.be/u31FO_4d9TY 
02:12:31
November 7, 2021
#48: Self Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Finale)
The series finale of Self Reliance! Dissolve unto thyself! Trust thyself! BE YOURSELF! Cliché, I know, but all cliché's emerge into this dimension of reality by their utility. With that said, stop the act, get the lies out of your ass, and pour out unto this world your full, unfiltered, and honest SELF, for it is sincere, brutal honesty that holds the torch which can guide you out of the labrynth of slavery, decadence, and weakness and INTO THE ABSURD! With that...enjoy!  Outro provided by Brock Tanya.  Self Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf
02:09:26
October 29, 2021
#47: Self Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 7)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"!  Behind? Each episode stands on its own, so fear not! We discussed the warm and cozy blanket of repression and self-deception/herd-reliance as well as the power in being yourself. Enjoy.  Self Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf  Background music provided by Brock Tanya.
01:50:03
October 20, 2021
#46: Matthew Hazelwood (Democracy vs Anarchism, US Politics, and Consciousness)
Matthew Hazelwood is the cohost of the Beyond Talking Points podcast and the host of The Philosopher's Guide to the Apocalypse podcast. We discussed the problems with democracy, overpopulation ("I am inevitable!") vs love in respect to the COVID-19 epidemic, American politics, and the debate on "cleaning your own room" featuring Jordan Peterson. Enjoy! Outro provided by Brock Tanya. Beyond Talking Points: https://open.spotify.com/show/5Hag3O3dJr64F6VNs7rF3w?si=18cYp-yeQHKyIpd4gYpc_Q&dl_branch=1 The Philosopher's Guide to the Apocalypse: https://open.spotify.com/show/0022dxux6LS7t0NDJpQu6Q?si=KNR1gX4hRd-g3CV-1qlAag&dl_branch=1 
01:30:40
October 13, 2021
#45: Self Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 6)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"! Behind? Each episode stands on its own, so fear not! We discuss culture, corruption of the mind, slavery with extra steps, and much more. Enjoy. Self Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf Create Your Own Religion: https://www.amazon.com/Create-Your-Own-Religion-How/dp/1938875028 The Nietzsche Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ZARzVCRfJZDCyeKjvIEfE?si=CX2y7gZOQ2yOFG6jMAm3Nw&dl_branch=1 Background music provided by Brock Tanya
02:00:59
October 5, 2021
#44: Self Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 5)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"!  Behind? Each episode stands on its own, so fear not! Enjoy.  Self Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf Background music provided by Brock Tanya. 
01:55:14
September 29, 2021
#43: Self Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 4)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"! We continue our series on page 10 from the essay link below:  Self-Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf
01:59:17
September 22, 2021
#42: Len McCoy, Psy.D. (Mental Health, Flow States, and Selflessness)
Dr. Len McCoy is a psychologist and private-practice therapist. We discussed the relationship between therapists and their clients, the flow state vs instructions, and selflessness. Enjoy!  Outro provided by Brock Tanya.
54:44
September 15, 2021
#41: Keegan Kjeldsen (Art and Religion)
Keegan Kjeldsen is the host of The Nietzsche Podcast, a philosophy podcast featuring explanatory narratives and interviews centered around the philosophical works and ideas of German philosopher, psychologist, and philologist, Friedrich Nietzsche. We reviewed passages from Nietzsche's Human All Too Human which explored the relationship between art and religion. Enjoy! The Nietzsche Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ZARzVCRfJZDCyeKjvIEfE?si=gj-x7GqlQeyS8A_oGMWeag&dl_branch=1
01:20:39
September 8, 2021
#40: Daniele Bolelli (How Civilizations Collapse)
Daniele Bolelli is a historian, philosopher, MMA fighter, and a professor. Go check out his podcasts, The Drunken Taoist and History on Fire for fresh looks on both society and history; he has episodes pertaining to some of the most interesting people who ever lived including Bruce Lee, Marcus Aurelius, etc. He is also the author of Create Your Own Religion, On the Warrior's Path, Not Afraid, and 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion.  We went deep into the absurd on the ways in which civilizations collapse, the dangers of dogmatic thought, and why building a decent government is so incredibly challenging.  Bolelli's website: http://www.danielebolelli.com/ The Drunken Taoist: https://thedrunkentaoist.com/ History on Fire: https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/daniele-bolelli/history-on-fire/10c7f0c4-18a7-44e8-ab47-0ba1a54a4c09?gclid=CjwKCAjwybyJBhBwEiwAvz4G7y8zSAvKjMQe4CFEKZtCjXGiAgVFMb_JdUgv-VqZvr-7e9sWj9BfrBoCUSwQAvD_BwE&country=US His books are on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daniele-Bolelli/e/B001K896MO%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Outro provided by Brock Tanya.
49:07
September 1, 2021
#39: Self-Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 3)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"...enjoy! Self-Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf The Genius of the Crowd: https://genius.com/Charles-bukowski-the-genius-of-the-crowd-annotated 
01:58:01
August 24, 2021
#38: Self-Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 2)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"...enjoy! Self-Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf Tender by Blur: https://open.spotify.com/track/42cxPm9jgbaxIVN77XA1m6?si=b71ca1fd86e34538
01:41:36
August 12, 2021
#37: Self-Reliance, an Analysis with Mynaa Miesnowan (Part 1)
It's time to dive deep into the absurd with a thoroughly precise and absurdly tangential analysis and dissection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Self-Reliance. Almost as if the GODS of eternal recurrence have commanded it, Mynaa Miesnowan returns to dive deep into the nature of "trusting thyself"...enjoy! Self-Reliance: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/self/self.pdf Sturgill Simpson's, "You Can Have the Crown": https://youtu.be/jMkhsamX-2I NWA's, "Express Yourself": https://youtu.be/u31FO_4d9TY  Cover art: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ralph-Waldo-Emerson
01:39:51
August 4, 2021
Episode #36: Ruel Mannette (Following the Path of Least Resistance and the Myth of Progress)
Ruel Mannette returns to ITA to discuss the Taoist idea of "following the path of least resistance", how phenomenology can be used to make sense out of Skinwalker Ranch and other paranormal activity, and why it is so difficult to create a peaceful, functioning, and "progressing" society. Enjoy! Tao Te Ching quote was read from Wayne Dyer's translation. 
01:01:13
July 6, 2021
Episode #35: Mynaa Miesnowan (On Wearing Masks)
Mynaa Miesnowan returns to discuss authenticity, the will to power, and disguising one's true self behind masks. Enjoy!  Check out Mynaa's amazing website, bezabezar.com, where you can read his original philosophical writings which cover everything from politics to finding meaning in the universe.  Enjoy!  Outro provided by the BROCK TANYA.  Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man Audiobook:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HduNUU3B8g0&list=PL0n6M8V_lHIua_QuXbbYfIIi-3-N4535m Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man PDF:  https://bpi.edu/ourpages/auto/2010/5/11/36901472/Ralph%20Ellison%20-%20Invisible%20Man%20v3_0.pdf Slayer's song Disciple:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN8HgHoCuzI Sturgil Simpson's song Turtles All the Way Down:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XzDDRZo7CY Tyler Childers' song All Your'n:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrHd3nkCIz4 NWA's Express Yourself:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u31FO_4d9TY Rand Paul rips wasteful government spending:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCCLOXzQrWY
01:36:16
June 22, 2021
Episode #34: Thomas Hatsis, M.A. (Entheogenic Spiritual/Healing Practices of Early Europeans)
Thomas Hatsis, aka the psychedelic historian, is a modern historian whose research mainly lies in the usage of psychedelics throughout European history for medicinal, spiritual, and "magical" purposes. We discussed the common misperceptions of "witches", the speculation behind Christ's healing practices, and all the gruesome ways the Romans executed people. Enjoy!  Outro provided by Brock Tanya.  Tom's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PsychedelicHistorian/about Some of Tom's books: https://www.audible.com/author/Thomas-Hatsis/B011J4YCP4?source_code=GO1DH13310082090P1&ds_rl=1262685&ds_rl=1263561&ds_rl=1260658&gclid=CjwKCAjw47eFBhA9EiwAy8kzNA8PBjbpJfkkrdufJycAtZT0k0Q4xsi4OJ2niJBy1c6Xrk8tJs-FfBoCkmUQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds  Other links: https://linktr.ee/psychedelichistorian 
01:11:02
June 15, 2021
Episode #33: Mynaa Miesnowan (WILL TO POWER)
Mynaa Miesnowan is a modern philosopher whose main focus areas lie in Nietzsche's works--especially Thus Spoke Zarathustra--and various branches of existential philosophy. He has also written extensively in regards to various philosophical ideas; you can view some of his incredible works at https://www.bezabezar.com/post/liberated-ruminations-timely-meditations-i  Link for the The Epic of Mwindo: http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/057.html Link for the video of Steven Sandison confessing to murdering a child molester in prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YawI85U7QtA  Outro provided by Brock Tanya.  Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: There are times where we briefly lost internet connection. 
02:17:11
June 8, 2021
Episode #32: Bryce Blankenship, M.A. (The Absurdity of Existence)
The man, the myth, the legend...BRYCE BLANKENSHIP has returned to the ITA podcast to give forth his wisdom unto me and you. WHAT IS THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE? What does it mean to live? How do we face the fact that death is but inches away--that our lives hang with utmost fragility over the abyss of inexistence? I'm not sure...it seems, however, that Bryce has a couple ideas up his sleeves. Enjoy!  Outro provided by Brock Tanya.  Bryce's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYukClZsrW6IUW_NrOAIBIA/featured 
01:02:59
June 1, 2021
Episode #31: Nihle Alexander (Nihilism and Existentialism)
Nihle is the host/creator of the Nihilist Enigma YouTube channel, where he explores nihilism, absurdism, and existentialism through the lens of beautifully written philosophical narratives. We discussed the common misperceptions of nihilism, coming to terms with death, and finding meaning and truth in an objectively meaningless and truth-less world. Enjoy!  Outro kindly provided by Brock Tanya.  NihilistEnigma: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE0TUXIUkoptAEXH4V4hUcA/featured 
01:05:07
May 25, 2021
Episode #30: Martin Goodson (Buddhism and Overcoming Death)
Martin Goodson is the host of The Zen Gateway YouTube channel, and he has been teaching Buddhism for over 20 years. We discussed Buddhism, overcoming death, and regaining connectivity to the universe. Enjoy!  Outro provided by Brock Tanya.  Martin's website: https://www.thezengateway.com/
01:01:05
May 18, 2021
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, respectively. 
51:03
May 11, 2021
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 beautifully written novels. We discussed Buddhism, Royce's travels in the East, the subtle accuracies in Huxley's predictions of the future, and how kids have changed. Enjoy!  Intro and outro provided by Nick Beck and Terron Tvrdy, respectively. 
01:28:04
May 2, 2021
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 Realism and Kuhn's Evolutionary Social Epistemology. We discussed the anti-realism/realism debate, the limits of human knowledge, "collective intentionality", and the limits of unobservable phenomena in science.  Intro and outro provided by Nick Beck and Terron Tvrdy, respectively. 
01:03:28
April 28, 2021
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. 
01:10:34
April 25, 2021
Episode #25: Greg Stoutenburg, PhD (Epistemology)
Dr. Greg Stoutenburg is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the York College of Pennsylvania. We discussed luck, an epistemological explanation of luck, and epistemological internalism. Enjoy!    The intro and outro were provided by Brock Tanya and Terron Tvrdy, respectively.
01:02:23
April 18, 2021
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.  
54:24
April 11, 2021
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 social media manipulation, murderous world leaders, and KILLER ROBOTS with Steven Umbrello! The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. Enjoy! 
01:12:44
April 4, 2021
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 Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
40:35
March 28, 2021
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. Derrick's website: https://www.zen-sunflower.com/  The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
01:00:47
March 24, 2021
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 polarization, and echo chambers. Enjoy! The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
50:14
March 21, 2021
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; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
01:14:21
March 17, 2021
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 Gerald's writings regarding anthroposophy here: https://www.rsarchive.org/  Also check out https://archive.org/details/@glfluhrer  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
01:06:47
March 14, 2021
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. Enjoy! 
01:03:30
March 7, 2021
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.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening! For more information on what we discussed, check out these articles: 1, 2, 3 
54:52
February 28, 2021
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  Sources: Friedrich Nietzsche, The Portable Nietzsche. Translated by Walter Kaufman. Published by the Penguin Group in 1954. Copyright 1982. Image: Gerhard Lipold from this site: https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=375606&picture=silhouette-man-watching-stars
10:59
February 24, 2021
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 unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics, "the mathiverse", and the fundamental limitations of the human intellect in regard to the structure of mathematical systems.  The College of Science at the University of Idaho has a podcast which Dr. Nielsen is a part of; it is called The Vandal Science Experience. Check it out! For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (@into.the.absurd), Twitter (@AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
49:07
February 21, 2021
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 authenticity and alienation, and we analyzed the many ways that language affects the way we see and interact with the world.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
01:06:46
February 18, 2021
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 the episode was a courtesy of Brock Tanya; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. Thank you for listening!   Sources: 1. Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling  2. The Book of Genesis from the Bible  3. General absurdism information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism   4. Don’t Try-The Philosophy of Charles Bukowski: https://youtu.be/eMTDAHK-tkE5. Fredreich Nietzsche – Becoming who you are: https://pursuitofwonder.com/posts/becoming-who-you-really-are-the-philosophy-of-friedrich-nietzsche   6. The Pursuit of Happiness true story: https://www.voanews.com/archive/pursuit-happyness-tells-real-life-rags-riches-story-successful-businessman-chris-gardner#:~:text=%D0%A0%D1%83%D1%81%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9%20golosameriki.com-,'The%20Pursuit%20of%20Happyness'%20Tells%20Real%2DLife%20Rags%20to,of%20Successful%20Businessman%20Chris%20Gardner&text=Will%20Smith%20stars%20in%20an,from%20homeless%20to%20successful%20businessman.   7. Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Abraham.jpg )
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February 14, 2021
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.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening! ***CORRECTION*** Shakespeare invented/introduced 1700 words, not 10,000. Here's the source.  Cover art source. 
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February 10, 2021
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 music.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
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February 7, 2021
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. The background music from 4:13-6:04 was provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. The background music from 6:05 to the end was provided by Brock Tanya; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.   For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!  Sources:  1. The 8-Fold Path: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Eightfold-Path  2. John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana, The Dhammapada, Oxford University Press, 2008.
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February 3, 2021
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 distributor of this music. For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!
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February 1, 2021
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 good friend; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. Additionally, if you are interested in taking a gap year or want to learn more about gap years, go to Tyler's website at: gaptheyear.com.  For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening!  ***CORRECTION: A Man’s Search for Meaning is by Viktor Frankl.
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January 27, 2021
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 between Buddhism and western existential thought. The outro background music was a courtesy of Brock Tanya--a music producer and good friend--he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. For any questions, comments, or suggestions, email us at into.the.absurd.podcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook (@podcast.into.the.absurd), Instagram (into.the.absurd), Twitter (AbsurdInto), or Reddit (r/Into_the_Absurd). Thank you for listening. 
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January 24, 2021
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 environmental philosophy, authenticity in regards to Sartre, and the philosophy of alcohol. Bryce’s Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/mTa9mSXDM9o
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December 10, 2020
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  Lao Tzu: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/laozi/  Taoism: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/daoism/#toc  The Tao Te Ching, as read and translated by Wayne Dyer: https://youtu.be/73_Voet2fnc. You can find the transcript and audio file in the comments of the video.
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December 6, 2020
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 link will be posted in the description. 
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November 21, 2020
Episode #2: The Eternal Recurrence
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An introduction to Nietzsche’s idea of the Eternal Recurrence.
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November 12, 2020
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 of Sisyphus).
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October 12, 2020
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September 29, 2020