The Great Everything

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By Patrick D.
Mind-expanding talks about culture, philosophy, donuts, and other interesting things.

I'm Patrick, a former finance lawyer who quit my career for love. Specifically, love of knowledge. I share that love by exploring topics like the meaning of life and death, history and future, art, pop culture and ethics, and finding the big picture connections between...well, Everything.

It's been described as everything from "mind-blowing", "life-enriching" and "dope", to "edgy", "offensive" and "boring and privileged".

[Culture Bite] Hitchcock and the Terror of Anticipation
In this Culture Bite, I discuss Hitchcock's quote: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it". What does this truth tell us about our psyche and how we approach our own suffering? Do the thing on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
August 13, 2018
[Culture Bite] Defence of a Scumbag
In this Culture Bite, I discuss the ban from major media platforms of fake news purveyor extraordinaire, Infowars' Alex Jones. Do social media companies have a duty to preserve free speech? Is this a free speech issue? What are the perils of censorship? Do the thing on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
August 9, 2018
[Culture Bite] Changin' Status
In this Culture Bite, I ramble about Ricky Gervais, the philosophical problem of change and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Yes, it's one of those ones. Do the thing on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
August 8, 2018
[Culture Bite!] Who Is America?
In this Culture Bite, I ramble about what works and what doesn't in Sacha Baron Cohen's new show - Who Is America? Do the thing on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
August 8, 2018
[TGE Season 4!] Farewell Joël Robuchon - Is Food Culture?
In this first "Culture Bite" of Season 4, I discuss the genius of chef Joël Robuchon and explore the notion of food as culture. Also, what the hell is a "culture bite"?! Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
August 6, 2018
How Does Moral Judgment Work?
In this 'Transformation' episode, a listener's question on moral relativism ("when is racism a moral failure?") prompts a philosophical musing on ethics - how do we assess the moral worth of people from different times and cultures? What moral standard should they be measured against? Does morality necessarily involve choice? What's really going on when we express a moral judgment? Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
July 17, 2018
John Coltrane: Jazz Mystic
To many, John Coltrane is more than just one of the Greatest musicians who ever lived - he's a religious figure. Worshipped as a Saint, what stands out most about him is the spiritual intensity of his music. In celebration of last week's release of the newly-discovered album "Both Directions At Once", we take a close look at the man, the music and the myth of John Coltrane. Music: * "India - Live at the Village Vanguard 1961", John Coltrane * "Freedom Now Suite", Max Roach * "Alabama", John Coltrane * "My Favourite Things - Live in Stockholm 1963", John Coltrane * "I Could Write A Book", Miles Davis Quintet * "Spiritual - Live at the Village Vanguard 1961", John Coltrane * "A Love Supreme, Part 1 - Acknowledgement", John Coltrane Spotify Playlist:
July 6, 2018
Dracula: Monster to Sex Symbol
In this episode of The Great Everything, I take a look at the evolution of one of pop culture's greatest and most terrifying icons - Count Dracula. From his monstrous, hairy-palmed origins to his current status as dark, romantic heartthrob, Dracula's main power has always been the ability to adapt with the times, and embody the desires and fears of current society. What do the various versions of Dracula through the ages tell us about ourselves? Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
June 26, 2018
Was Einstein A Racist?
Yesterday, a newly published travel diary by Albert Einstein shocked the world, revealing his "racist and xenophobic" thoughts on the Chinese, Levantine and uhhhh... well, mainly just the Chinese. Was Einstein a racist? Is that even the right question? In this episode, I ramble about what's going through our minds when we use, and hear, generalisations. BBC Article: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: Instagram:  Facebook: 
June 14, 2018
Happy 100 TGE!
On the 100th episode of TGE, I brought in Marc, with whom I founded long ago during the Peloponnesian War. We talked about career change, pursuing your dreams, and the challenges of marketing a blog and podcast about, well, everything! Thank you all for helping me get TGE to 100! Here's to 100 more... Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
June 2, 2018
The Riot of Spring and Controversial Art
Today's Art episode is a culture bite about a musical piece so radical, so erotic, so goddam crazy, it's premiere provoked a riot! Igor Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du printemps", The Rite of Spring. In today's culture, would any piece of art provoke a similar reaction? Might Lars Von Trier's controversial new movie "The House That Jack Built", which provoked mass walkouts at the Cannes Film Festival, become a future classic? Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 29, 2018
The N Word (and Kendrick)
Kendrick Lamar's recent debacle, when a white girl he had invited onstage sung the 'N word' has highlighted a worrying tribalism surrounding uses of that word. Here are some reflections on what happened, on the 'N word' and the power of language. Video: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 27, 2018
'Uhh' to 'Ayy': Weird Rap Ad-Libs
If you’ve ever listened to hip hop, you’ve heard rappers spit out grunts and various other strange noises. From Biggie’s “Uhh!”, to Kanye’s “hahn?” to “ayy” to “skrt skrt” to farm sounds, in this episode we take a look at some of the weirdest hip hop ad-libs. Music: - Notorious B.I.G - ’Hypnotize’ - Ol’ Dirty Bastard - ’N***a Please’’ - Fetty Wap - ‘Aye’ - Drake - ‘Free Smoke’ - Chance the Rapper - ‘Mixtape’, ’14,400 Minutes’ - Run the Jewels - ’Hey Kids (Bumaye)’ - Rick Ross - ‘Devil in a New Dress’, ‘Sanctified’ - Jay Z - ‘Ain’t No Nigga’, ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Who You Wit’, ‘Sunshine’ - Kanye West - ‘Goldigger’ - DMX - ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’, ‘Get At Me Dog’ - Baby - ‘What Happened To That Boy’ - Busta Rhymes - ‘Everybody Rise’ - Juvenile - ‘Ha’ - Migos - ‘Slippery’ - Lil Yachty - ‘King Boat’, - Chief Keef - ‘Bang’ - Interview Playboi Carti w/ Lil’ Uzi Vert: - Kanye West “hahn?” supercut:
May 26, 2018
Wagner, Blue Balls & Isolde's Orgasm
Richard Wagner is one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century, and is widely considered a pioneer of modern music. In this ART episode, I take a look at his revolutionary opera, Tristan und Isolde, and how his use of recurring themes (leitmotifs) and delayed gratification, lead to one of the great musical orgasms of all time. Yes, I’m talking literal orgasms. The opera ends with a lady singing, dying and climaxing, all at the same time. Yuck. But also hey, pretty sounds! Music: - ‘Vorspiel’, from Das Rheingold, cond. Georg Solti, Vienna Philharmonic - ‘Prelude to I Act’, from Tristan und Isolde, cond. Willhelm Furtwrangler, Philarmionia Orchestra - ‘Begehrt, Herrin, was Ihr wunsch’, from Tristan und Isolde, cond. Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philarmonic - ‘Liebestod’, from Tristan und Isolde, cond. Karl Böhme, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on !
May 23, 2018
J.S. Mill on the Tyranny of Public Opinion
In his essay "On Liberty" (1859), the philosopher John Stuart Mill formulated a cogent, and some would say definitive, statement on the importance of free speech. Rather than the interference of the State in private affairs, Mill was concerned with a type of social opprobrium he called "the tyranny of public opinion", and its ability to enforce conformity and stifle individuality. Unpopular opinions need the most protecting, not just because they encounter the most resistance, but because even bad opinions help us refine our own views, so that good ideas may be held not as dead dogmas, but as living truths. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 21, 2018
Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero
Marvel has been killing it at the movies, with Avengers: Infinity War now officially the highest-grossing summer blockbuster of all time. But one department they haven’t been doing too well in is female representation. Where are Marvel’s badass superheroines? Luckily, Infinity War’s post-credits scene hinted at the debut of one such hero in the next Avengers movie - Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 17, 2018
Sidney Bechet ❤️ Paris
Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from New Orleans. His larger than life personality, violent temper and booming sound all contributed to making him one of early jazz's legendary characters. Music: - ' Si Tu Vois Ma Mère', Sidney Bechet - 'Texas Moaner Blues', Clarence Williams' Blue Five - 'Petite Fleure', Sidney Bechet Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 14, 2018
Happy Mothers' Day!
A few months ago, my mother was diagnoses with an inoperable glioblastoma, one of the deadliest brain tumours known to us. On Mothers' Day, I reflect on the bond between mothers and their children, my decision to give up my goals to become her carer, and the canyon between our expectations for our lives, and what our lives actually are. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 13, 2018
New Orleans: A Cultural Gumbo
New Orleans is a city that understands pleasure. Pleasure of the ear, pleasure of the loins, pleasure of the gut. In other words, New Orleans is the urban representation of Donuts. But the Big Easy is so much more than visceral pleasure. At its best, New Orleans embodies the highest ideals that America should aspire to. Music: "Ring Shout (Peace of Mind)", by Wynton Marsalis (with JLCO, Yacub Addy and Odadaa!) Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 12, 2018
Tchaikovsky: Thorns and Roses
The music of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) is virtually synonymous with the term "bittersweet" - it lives at the intersection of beauty and tragedy. In today's ART episode, I share some anecdotes about Tchaikovsky's tragicomical life, and the contrasts that so effectively made their way into his music. Spotify playlist: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 11, 2018
Racist Prom Dresses
Thinking through the recent controversy that arose when Keziah Daum decided to wear a traditional Chinese dress to her prom. Is this racism? Is it cultural appropriation? Is cultural appropriation even a thing? The most sensitive issues are precisely the ones where we should avoid relying on our outrage to make our minds up. We must instead apply rigour in our thinking, so that we make a positive, thoughtful contribution instead of just adding to the pointless noise. As ever, the moral of the story is "don't be an asshole". Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 6, 2018
(Not Understanding) Star Wars
May the Fourth Be With You, nerds! It's Star Wars day, so in this Donuts episode, I take a little tour through all three seasons of this baffling series, trying and failing to understand what all the fuss is about. What's going on? Wasn't there supposed to be a pointy-eared fellow called Spock here? I like that Jar-Jar Binks guy though. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
May 4, 2018
Duke Ellington, Gentleman of Jazz
Duke Ellington was a legendary composer who contributed more standards to the jazz repertoire than any other musician before or since. He is also singularly responsible for bridging the divide between jazz as popular dance music and jazz as art, giving the genre the respectability it still holds as "America's classical music". I briefly discuss the style, elegance and leadership skills that make Duke Ellington the Greatest American composer. Spotify playlist: Music: James P. Johnson - "Carolina Shout" Duke Ellington - "Black Beauty" Duke Ellington and his Kentucky Club Orchestra - "East St. Louis Toodle-oo" Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra - "Caravan" Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook:
May 3, 2018
Art, Donuts, Transformation - Self-Improvement Edition
A recipe for good living that isn't total bullshit - every day, a little ADT: Art, Donuts, and Transformation. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
April 30, 2018
Culture Bite - Evolve / Devolve!
It's the birthday of British philosopher, biologist, sociologist and all-round thinky person Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903), who took Darwin's theories and applied them across almost *every* other discipline, formulating a fascinating worldview based on the notions of evolution and dissolution. Oh, and coining the phrase "survival of the fittest". Here's a few words about the guy. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
April 27, 2018
What Should We Learn?
Our current education system is based on a conception of the job market that was developed during the industrial age. Schools are set up to instil skills, knowledge and attitudes that best position us to fit in within that system. But innovations in technology and culture mean that the world new graduates step into may be very different from the one they have been trained to perform in. Should we rethink our whole approach to education? I discuss this with philosopher Maarten van Doorn, whose recent article on Medium inspired this episode. Links: Medium article: Maarten van Doorn: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook:
April 25, 2018
The Legacy of Rome
Happy birthday Roma! It's the anniversary of the founding in 753 B.C. of Rome, perhaps the single city that has most influenced way we live and think about the world today in the West. TGE celebrates the occasion by exploring various perspectives on Rome, its history, national character and most famous dish - Carbonara! Today I am joined by Brian Marshall and Timothy Brady, two experts in Roman history to discuss aspects of Roman culture that have worked their way into our own way of life. Links: Tom Holland, "Rubicon" - Where The Gods Live - Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
April 21, 2018
Leonardo: A Universal Genius
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was a scientist and inventor whose extraordinary ideas and breadth of imagination were centuries ahead of their time. In his spare time, he did some pretty good paintings too. The quintessential Renaissance Man, Leonardo's approach to life and learning is only extraordinary for the heights he reached. But his tendency to branch out and apply himself to new disciplines was profoundly human. In our age of ultra-specialisation, there's a lot we can learn from Leonardo, to unleash the polymath within us. Polymath Lifestyle: Simone Luccichenti: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook:
April 15, 2018
TGE Diary 13.04.18 - #WeRemember, Trust and more Fake News
In this diary edition of TGE, I discuss the importance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and a couple of Aeon articles on how the notion of trust plays into our post-truth landscape. Also, please be a legend and leave a review on iTunes! It really helps. TGE #51 - Holocaust Remembrance Day: TGE #59 - Fake News, Descartes and the Power of Narrative: Aeon Articles: Diana Popescu - C Thi Nguyen - Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
April 13, 2018
Holocaust Remembrace Day
Some reflections on the Holocaust, Hannah Arendt and the banality of evil.
April 10, 2018
Fake News, Descartes and the Power of Narrative
Our age is frequently referred to as "the fake news era" or "post-truth". However we want to call it, we all sense this uncertainty as to which sources of knowledge to trust and what truth even means. The philosopher René Descartes lived during a similar time of doubt and fragmentation of traditional narratives. What was his approach to finding certainty in an age of uncertainty? Find out how to update your mental toolkit to deal with the fake news era, in this epic (and rambling) journey through 1,000 years of history, weird metaphors, racist dogs and casual Batman references! Hello. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
April 9, 2018
Culture Bite - Raphael: the Mozart of Painters
It's the anniversary of the birth in 1483 of one of the greatest painters of all time - Raffaello Sanzio, "the Prince of the Arts". Here's my brief reflections on his extraordinary genius and his place within the context of the other Renaissance greats. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
March 28, 2018
TGE Diary 27.03.18 - "Snowflakes", Quentin Tarantino & Jazz!
A call from Michael Conway on free speech "triggers" me into a reflection on what our attitudes should be towards those who believe that others' right not to be offended should take precedence over our right to freely express. Also, it's the birthday of two pop culture Greats - director Quentin Tarantino, and Duke Ellington's legendary saxophonist Ben "The Brute" Webster. For this episode I edited music I don't own - some for purposes of parody (Safed Musli by MF Doom), some for education (the Ben Webster stuff) and I hate to say it, some just because (Rumble, by Link Wray). I have no money, please don't sue me :( Ben Webster at work: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
March 27, 2018
TGE Diary 25.03.17 - Revenge of the Nazi pug
This week in the inexorable decline of free speech, a Scottish court of law sentenced comedian "Count Dankula" over a joke involving a pug called Buddha doing a Nazi salute. The video: Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
March 25, 2018
Culture Bite - The Brandenburg Concerti
This Bach guy, he's gonna be a big deal someday. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Show love on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
March 24, 2018
What is Fascism?
Today in 1919, Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Movement. In this diary rambling, I unpack the meaning and history of Fascism, partly to clear up the appalling misuse of the term "fascist" in today's political discourse, and partly because it's just bloody interesting! Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego by adding me on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook:
March 23, 2018
Culture Bite - Metamorphoses
Is our life constant change? The great Roman poet Ovid, author of the Metamorphoses, seems to think so. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego by adding me on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
March 20, 2018
TGE Diary 14.03.18 - A Scary Day: Rex Tillerson, Putin, Cancer
Thinking aloud about the firing of Rex Tillerson, Putin's rising influence in Western affairs, and what might be my mother's last birthday. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego by adding me on: Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook: 
March 15, 2018
George Berkeley: In Your Mind and Nowhere Else
It's the anniversary of the birth of the philosopher George Berkeley (1685 – 1753), whose central thesis is that there is no such thing as matter and that all we interact with are 'ideas' in the mind of perceivers. This notion is best expressed in his famous maxim "esse est percepi" ("to be is to be perceived"). The conversation was made possible by the Anchor voicemail function - if you want to be a part of the show, call in to using the Anchor app. You can support this podcast by doing the thing on: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:
March 12, 2018
Culture Bite - The Punic Wars
Thinking aloud about one of the Great crossroads in our history, the Punic Wars.
March 11, 2018
Culture Bite - Vivaldi!
It’s Vivaldi’s birthday! Here’s a brief intro to his most beloved masterpiece, a violin concerto most reminiscent of spring.
March 10, 2018
Do The Right Thing: Cancer and big decisions
Our lives are made up of decisions, both small, and at times life-altering. In all of these situations, we should be striving to “do the right thing”. In this episode, I share some big decisions I’ve had to make since I found out my mother has brain cancer, and how I managed to work my way through each of these to (hopefully) do the right thing.
March 10, 2018
Phones are evil (?)
I share a segment from Alain de Botton's School of Life about the problem with smartphones. Not everyone likes it 😬
March 10, 2018
Trump & the ad hominem fallacy
Patrick and caller Jack discuss the ad hominem fallacy and whether Trump's comments regarding Charlottesville were the right message but from the wrong messenger.
March 10, 2018
More on diversity
Today's show - more ruminations on diversity, thoughts on Henry Thoreau's 'Walden' and 'What would it be like to be in a nuclear explosion'?
March 10, 2018
Is Diversity Inherently Good?
Today we discuss diversity and whether it is inherently good, or if by focussing on diversity we are ignoring something fundamental that may be more important. Are we missing the forest for the trees?
March 10, 2018
Culture Bite - Julius Caesar n stuff
Today I discuss my all-time favourite human: Julius Caesar. Ok, maybe he was a bloodthirsty tyrant. But maybe he wasn't! And he had a bunch of other good qualities, so let's focus on those shall we?
March 10, 2018
Are you Romantic or Classical? No not 'romantic' as inbringing your girlfriend flowers, I mean Romantic. Capital 'R'. You know. Romanticism. Goethe? Byron? Schumann? Actually yeah, Schumann, let's talk about him too.
March 10, 2018
On Tyranny
Some thinking aloud on Tim Snyder's new book: On Tyranny - 20 Lessons from the 20th Century. What are the tell-tale signs of an approaching tyranny, and do we see those signs today?
March 10, 2018
What Is Leadership?
What is leadership? What are the origins of hierarchy? How does it tie into history and culture? Do we need leaders today? So many questions!
March 10, 2018
Quest for The Great Everything (feat. MRX)
What defines Greatness? It's a day of existential questions, including a request for The Great Everything's origin story, courtesy of the illest medical MCs around - Dee and Reesh of Medicine Remixed!
March 8, 2018
On Cultural Appropriation
Do we all agree that the notion of cultural appropriation is abysmal bullshit? Oh we don't? Ok then listen to this episode. Now. Now we all agree.
March 8, 2018
The Leftovers
What would it be like if 2% of the world vanished? Peak TV means we really have got a tonne of Great shows these days. The Greatest is HBO's 'The Leftovers'.
March 8, 2018
On Free Will
We've got no choice! Today, I reflect on free will and the notion of moral responsibility in a deterministic world.
March 8, 2018
A Plan for Changing Minds
How do we change people's minds? What's so wrong about being wrong? In this episode I discuss the psychological "backfire effect" that stops us from changing our minds when presented with facts contradicting our cherished beliefs. But fret not! I have a plan. Also, a story about my chat with a KKK sympathiser. • The man who convinces Klansmen to defect
March 8, 2018
What Makes You You?
A short episode on the question of identity over time. What Are You? Is future you you? And what is it that makes you you?
March 8, 2018
On Language
A pastiche of various segments on the philosophy of language, produced on Anchor in the early days of TGE: Problems in communication • Does language shape our reality? • In the cage (interlude) • More language. Ahem. • Dammit Patrick! • No word for blue? • Words affect perception • No language no religion • Marc @ TGE on language • Response to Marc - multilingualism and Wittgenstein takeaways | Make your own podcast:
March 8, 2018
Be Astonished, Tell About It: A Chat with Abby Norman
For International Women's Day, I had a chat with science writer and podcaster Abby Norman, author of 'Ask Me About My Uterus' (released 6 March 2018) and host of the delightful audio-Wikihole 'Let Me Google That'. We discussed women's health, living with endometriosis and Abby's struggle with the medical professions to get recognition for a condition which affects far more women than we think. We also discussed feminism and the invisible structures that can determine a woman's place in society. Finally, the conversation turned to Abby's podcast and the boundless curiosity that drives it, and Abby's life generally. We found that to Abby, the meaning of life is best encapsulated in Mary Oliver's quote "Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell About It." Links: Let Me Google That: Ask Me About My Uterus:
March 8, 2018
Culture Bite - The Divine Michelangelo
It’s the birthday of Michelangelo - the greatest artist who ever lived.
March 6, 2018
About These Guns...
In the wake of the school shooting at Parkland, Florida, we discuss gun violence, gun control and the polarising manner in which these conversations take place. A discussion with 'Big Pat', a Sanders supporting progressive activist and gun rights advocate sheds light on an uncomfortable truth - that those on the other side of this debate might not all be the caricatures we think.
March 1, 2018
Karl Marx
Today, a critique of Marxism, some thought on Shared vs. Private Property and some back-and-forth on that dude, what's his name? Oh yeah - Karl Marx. Also, is profit exploitation?
February 22, 2018
Culture Bite - Arthur Schopenhauer
On the anniversary of his birth, I briefly discuss the ideas of one of history's great pessimists: the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
February 22, 2018
Ezra Pound and Black Panther
Hey, this is probably a very bad thing to say, but I did not like the new Marvel movie Black Panther. Also, cultural stuff including Ezra Pound, some other stuff, but mainly, just me hating on Black Panther. But hey, glad you guys all loved it!
February 19, 2018
Torture and the Self (!)
What am I? In this episode, we discuss the nature of self, as explored in Bernard Williams' "torture experiment".
February 18, 2018
Terrorism (Anthology-Ep!)
In the wake of the Machester Arena bombing, here's a collation of various segments and audience call-ins on a crucial topic of our age: terrorism. What makes somebody decide to commit such an act? What impulses can compel us to murder innocent kids? Is this all about Islam? Or are these instances mere manifestations of broader trends of violence and nihilism in our society?
February 18, 2018
What is Art?
In this episode we explore the question of art, its definition and boundaries. Must it involve the concept of beauty? Must it be visual? And should we be able to pee on it? No, seriously - can we? Please?
February 15, 2018
The Artist vs the Art
Should we judge the art based on the artist?
February 1, 2018
The Perils of Social Media
In this episode, social media has connected the world, bringing us an unparalleled speed of communication and exposure to new people, places and ideas. But what is the cost of this unprecedented access? Social anthropology suggests that we may not be cognitively structured to build social relationships with the number of people we routinely interact with, and studies conducted by Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein indicate that worrying groupthink mechanisms emerge when like-minded people interact. Finally, Tristan Harris, “Silicon Valley’s conscience”, tells us that tech companies are deliberately designed to take advantage of our basic human flaws. Could something intended to bring us together, actually be tearing us apart?
January 23, 2018
Ethics and Evolution
What moral values can help us survive and build a better society for future generations? Overpopulation, climate change, A.I, egomaniacs with their fingers on red buttons... in a global world, the threats we face are no longer to on group of humans or another, but to our entire species. Which ethical principles can bind us together and better equip us to survive this crucial checkpoint in human evolution?
January 18, 2018
On Matt Damon’s “Bad Opinions”
The online backlash against Matt Damon’s seemingly uncontroversial remarks on the sexual harassment scandal reveal the emergence of an Orwellian “goodthink” vs “crimethink” approach to social issues, where any attempt at nuance is seen as a threat to orthodoxy, that must be shamed or silenced.
December 19, 2017
Better Never To Have Been?
Life is full of suffering. Even the most comfortable lives will feature some pain and anxiety. And in general, the intensity of suffering seems to be more acute than any pleasure or enjoyment. So would we have been better off never being born? This is the uncomfortable question asked by anti-natalist philosophers, who believe that it is immoral to bring new beings into the world. In this episode, we explore anti-natalism, it’s suicidal counterpart pro-mortalism and the general question of whether life is worth living.
December 8, 2017
Celebrity Sex Monsters!
Hey, have you heard about the #MeToo movement? Yeah, Me Too. So let's talk a little about Celebrity Sex Monsters! Is there a spectrum of sexual misconduct? And is this moment a Great Awakening or a Moral Panic?
November 30, 2017
The Space Between Things
We see the world as atomised, composed of objects, things, with clear extensions, shapes and boundaries. But as Zeno showed us, this intuition leads us to all sorts of paradoxes which defy our common intuitions about the world. Is it perhaps more helpful to think of the world as instead being composed of processes, with no boundaries but only continua in a flux of constant change? And if so, what can that tell us about the human condition? Could Becoming be the whole point of Being? Feat. “Cherub Rock” by the Smashing Pumpkins, “Where” by Ennio Morricone and call-ins by multitudes.
November 22, 2017
Defining Knowledge
In our post-facts world, it’s become increasingly urgent to distinguish between belief and knowledge. On philosopher Robert Nozick’s birthday we ask the question: what is knowledge? How do we define it? Music by Anderson Paak
November 17, 2017
How To Do You
A classic existentialist theme is that we are paralyzed by te enormity of our freedom of action, so we avoid the angst of choosing by narrowing our options to the point of self-entrapment: “I don’t change because I’m stuck”. In this episode we discuss ways to evade the paralysis of choice, and the opportunities that become possible when we make authentic life decisions. Intro tune- Sumac Berries by MF Doom.
November 7, 2017
Art, Donuts, Transformation
Why do we consider highbrow pursuits (or “Art”) to be inherently superior to baser, more visceral lowbrow pleasures (or “Donuts”)? Is there a way to maximize the sources of pleasure available to us so as to be able to deeply engage with and enjoy Art and Donuts equally? (Spoiler - the answer is “yes”)
November 3, 2017
Dear Artificial Intelligence
Random thoughts on metaphysics, Artificial Intelligence and frankly, little else. Only on Anchor.
October 24, 2017
Beauty and Meaning
Reflections on two Great questions: How do we live a meaningful life? And does beauty matter?
October 9, 2017
Hic et Nunc - The Path towards Better
We are makers, not victims, of our choices. With Patrick surrounded by tragedy, The Great Everything abides!
October 9, 2017
(More on) Lying
Would you lie to to save Anne Frank? Are lies just lies? And is there a difference between lies and fiction? That's just some of the things I discuss in this episode. Actually no, that's everything I discuss in this episode.
October 7, 2017
How do we deal with suffering?
Patrick gets personal talking about death, grief, loss and suffering.
September 22, 2017
TGE Diary 10.09.17 - First Days in Budapest!
Lawyer-turned-philosophist Patrick Daniel discusses the biggest (and scariest) change in his life: abandoning corporate law to pursue life as a penniless philosopher in Budapest! Also, the Holocaust.
September 10, 2017
Culture Bite - Debussy and GZA
Today we celebrate the birthday of French composer Claude Debussy, and wonder: what does a painting sound like? Also, it's the birthday of my favourite rapper - the Genius, of the Wu Tang Clan! 🙌
August 22, 2017
TGE Diary 15.08.17 - Ferragosto!
In today's Ferragosto (15 August) special: Woodstock! Napoleon! Racism! And more.
August 16, 2017
Glenn Gould on the beach
Lawyer slash classical musician Stephan discusses finding new dimensions in Mozart through the innovative approach to music of legendary pianist Glenn Gould.
August 2, 2017
TGE Diary 19.07.18 - Mein Kampf, Fichte
Today's show: mininterpreting Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'; German idealism and Immanuel Fichte. Music by: Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Method Man and Redman, Gravediggaz.
July 18, 2017
TGE Diary 17.07.17 - Weekend Special
In this weekend special, arguments about Christ. Was he a historical figure? Also, some listener questions on how media impacts our lives.
July 16, 2017
Culture Bite - Henry Thoreau
In today's episode: Henry Thoreau on nature and the distractions of modernity; on civil disobedience; Modigliani; Identity and Integration. Music by Cameron Graves.
July 12, 2017
Culture Bite - Atticus Finch and the Simplicity of Heroism
In today's show: a story without a punchline by Douglas Adams. Also, remember that guy Atticus Finch? He's my moral hero. Well, one of them. Let's discuss why.
July 11, 2017
TGE Diary 07.07.17 - Mahler, Trump in Poland
In today's episode, it's the birthday of legendary composer Gustav Mahler! Listen to some music that will rattle your heart, soul and bones. Also, a few words on Trump's speech in Poland on defending our civilisation.
July 7, 2017
TGE Diary 06.07.17 - Newton, RZA and awkwardness
In this episode: Isaac Newton's Principia; the awesome style of the Wu Tang Clan's RZA; awkwardness. Music by Wu Tang Clan; The Gravediggaz.
July 6, 2017
4th of July Special!
Today it's the 4th of July! So let's talk about 4 things I love about America: Superman; Hollywood; Jazz; and BBQ.
July 4, 2017
10 Books Everyone Should Read
The title says it all. Not "my favourite" books, not "the most important" books, but 10 books everyone *can* and *should* read. Trust me. I'm smart.
July 2, 2017
TGE Diary 30.06.17 - Time, Creativity and Hindus
Talk about The Great "Everything"! A diary episode on Einstein, the theory of relativity, how to teach creativity and... Indian classical music?
June 30, 2017
Postmodernism, part 2
Part 2 of our epic talk about Postmodernism. Does it make dialogue impossible?
June 28, 2017
Postmodernism, part 1
Postmodernism. Great idea. Terrible implications. Let's talk about it! For further (and more cogent) argumentation on the topic, check out Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's thoughts, as set out in various Youtube videos and the Joe Rogan podcast.
June 27, 2017
'Get Out', Race and Stereotypes
'Get Out' is a fantastic movie. In this episode, I discuss my reaction to Jordan Peele's film debut, and what it taught me about casual racism, microagressions and dehumanisation.
May 14, 2017
On Consistency
Nobody wants to be called predictable. But consistency may constitute the basic infrastructure of our society. Also, how does outrage culture fit into this?
May 12, 2017
Immanuel Kant
Some people say he's the Greatest philosopher who ever lived. Everyone else hasn't even heard his name. Today I explore Kant's ideas and two Great questions: how do we experience? And what does a world without time and space look like?
May 12, 2017
Morality: Is Anything Inherently Wrong?
Is anything inherently wrong? How do we judge the morality of past ages? How do we evaluate moral choices? This and more (including stuff about old Civil War statues) are discussed with astonishing insight and warmth, courtesy of me.
May 12, 2017
On Lying
Lying. Is it ever ok? I discuss.
May 12, 2017
Søren Kierkegaard: A Very Anxious Man
Is life just endless regret? Søren Kierkegaard was a very depressing guy. But hey, he still has some sound advice on how to face life with laughter!
May 12, 2017
Past and Future with Yuval Harari
Everyone needs to read Yuval Harari's classic book "Sapiens". Here, I talk about the author's theories regarging Artificial Intelligence, the rise of a "useless class", and ask (and answer) the question - are we really better off than our ancestors?
May 12, 2017
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
For your listening pleasure, a beginners' guide and walkthru to one of the Greatest pieces of music ever composed - Beethoven's 9th Symphony!
May 12, 2017
The Pew-Die-Pie Affair!
Have you heard about the Pew-Die-Pie affair? Well, you have now. Let's talk about it. And also free speech, hypocrisy and intellectual (dis)honesty.
May 12, 2017
Hannah Arendt: "We Refugees"
Some thoughts on the great philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt's landmark essay "We Refugees". Also, where does totalitarianism come from?
May 12, 2017
The Atomic Age
Nuclear proliferation means we have the ability to annihilate the entirety of our, and every other species in the blink of an eye. The podcaster Dan Carlin compared this situation to our kneeling "with a gun at our heads". What are the issues and ethics surrounding atomic warfare? And what would it be like to be in an atomic explosion?
May 12, 2017
On Childlike Wonder
The children's books Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) and Sophie's World serve as an excellent introduction to some of the great philosophical questions of all time. More importantly, they are a perfect illustration of how looking at the world with a sense of childhood wonder is the key to awakening the philosopher in each of us.
May 12, 2017
The dangers of A.I.
Back from when this podcast used to be called "Pop Philosophy", a series of ponderings on A.I. Should we fear A.I.? What is "General Intelligence" Could you be more useful as a paper clip? You can support this podcast by doing the thing on:  Twitter:  Instagram:  Facebook:
May 12, 2017
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