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Epistemology: 9 - Heuristics, or the Surprising Virtue of Fallacies

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An exploration of epistemology, philosophy, warranted(?) Christian belief, and various other topics. If you like the dialogue between faith and skepticism, you found the right place.

Check out my website at www.robertlwhite.net
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An exploration of epistemology, philosophy, warranted(?) Christian belief, and various other topics. If you like the dialogue between faith and skepticism, you found the right place.

Check out my website at www.robertlwhite.net
www.robertlwhite.net

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Epistemology: 9 - Heuristics, or the Surprising Virtue of Fallacies
What is a heuristic? How do they function within our epistemology? Are they irrelevant once you find a deductive argument for your position (spoiler: No!). Listen to find out!  Also, use the link further below to leave me a voice message. I'll try to respond to any questions in the next episode. Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks!
29:10
November 7, 2019
LIVE DEBATE! Theories of Justice: Is Retribution Necessary?
I had the distinct pleasure of debating my friend, Brandon Bartlett, about philosophical theories of justice this past Saturday night. Brandon has a degree in philosophy and was a debate champion in high school, so he was definitely up to the task. Does a person have to be punished for justice to be served? What is forgiveness then? What exactly happened on the cross during the atoning death of Christ? These were the sorts of questions we were trying to answer during the debate. I think we had a pretty substantial exchange and generated lots of things to think about, and it seem at least the audience present enjoyed it. Let me know your own thoughts on the place (or lack thereof) of retribution in justice and in general what you thought of the debate! I'd definitely like to do something like this again in the future. Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks!
1:52:01
October 7, 2019
Miracles: A Robert (Christian) and Ryan (Atheist) Discussion
Ready for some R&R? Robert and atheist friend Ryan discuss miracles in this episode. Before watching, I highly recommend watching at least 10 minutes of this talk (it should automatically start at the 35 minute mark), since I reference it at multiple points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y57VUN2TO5M&feature=youtu.be&t=2077 In particular, it includes an interview with Barbara Snyder, who was instantaneously healed from advanced multiple sclerosis, as also attested by her two physicians. If you have the time, watching everything from the 35 minute mark to the 60 minute mark is very much worth it. If for nothing else, it gives great fodder for discussion on miracles.  Also, you can find the peer reviewed study showing dramatic hearing and eyesight improvements after prayer here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9c68/aaab0d5902cef43d1fcc015eb59305f1dd1f.pdf Finally, you can check out Ryan's YouTube channel with his music here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4hCPGR_D8O_JJ8WpjuZgQ You can use the link further below to leave me a voice message. I'll try to respond to any questions in the next episode. Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks! 
1:19:00
August 6, 2019
Epistemology: 8 - Software Engineering and Black Swans
What does software engineering have to do with epistemology? Listen to find out!  Also, use the link further below to leave me a voice message. I'll try to respond to any questions in the next episode. Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks! 
15:22
June 12, 2019
Epistemology: 7 - Applying the Black Swan to Christian Faith
Can the Christian faith survive the much more austere epistemology of The Black Swan? Listen to this episode to find out! Or at least to hear about an approach to apologetics that is much more conducive to Black Swan epistemology. Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks! 
23:33
June 4, 2019
Epistemology: 6 - The Black Swan
In this edition of Epistemology with Robert, I discuss Nassim Taleb's book The Black Swan. I also touch on WWII, The Big Short, whole milk vs skim, global warming, and pictures of fire hydrants. Don't try to make that make sense. Just listen to the episode.   Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks! 
20:08
May 19, 2019
Chattin' with N. T. Wright about theories of justice
I chatted with one of my favorite authors tonight, so I rode my high straight into recording a podcast about theories of justice, the Atonement, books by an ex-Evangelical pastor turned atheist, and more! I referenced some Greg Boyd videos about the Atonement -- the links are below. They are each quite short. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAlPPz1_4Bw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtk5a66EfFc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOE3hWRWrqc Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net and please rate me in your podcast app of choice if you enjoy! Thanks!
23:33
May 9, 2019
Robert Interviews An Atheist: Ryan Price
In this first edition of RIAA, I have the pleasure of chatting with Ryan Price, a thoughtful skeptic I encountered through comments on my blog posts. We had a substantive, friendly discussion ranging from what we value in the other "side," free will, consciousness, and we even discussed our thoughts on the prominent Christian apologist William Lane Craig. Thanks for chatting, Ryan!  The book I get all excited about during the podcast is Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. I realized that we don't actually say the name of the book during the episode. If you are interested in checking out William Lane Craig, his debates with Christopher Hitchens (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tYm41hb48o) and Bart Ehrman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2NEiW69G-0) are great ones to start with. Ryan is also a musician / soundscape artist. Check out his work here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4hCPGR_D8O_JJ8WpjuZgQ Note: the audio is a bit uneven at times in this episode; I'll watch out for that in future episodes. You can check out the video of our discussion on my website (link below). Check out my website for posts on belief, doubt, and other philosophical topics at https://www.robertlwhite.net 
1:24:39
January 10, 2019
Epistemology: 5 - From Engineer To Intuitionist
This will probably be the most important episode in my series on epistemology. This is the one where I lay out in depth the core of my own personal epistemology. Also, if you happen to struggle with decision making, this episode might help you with that too (or at least gain some clarity on how you process decisions). Check out my website at https://www.robertlwhite.net
26:47
November 6, 2018
Epistemology: 4 - Logic Always Wins
A further exploration into the idea that there are no true contradictions. If you've ever been frustrated with how religious people tend to embrace the irrational or illogical, you'll sympathize with this episode. Check out my website at https://www.robertl33t.com
14:49
October 17, 2018
Epistemology: 3 - A baseline epistemology (Part II)
In this episode, I continue building out a baseline epistemology (i.e. one we probably can all agree on) by discussing Critical vs Naive Realism and why I think there are no true contradictions.
07:08
October 5, 2018
Epistemology: 2 - A baseline epistemology (Part I)
In this episode, I give an outline of the entire series on epistemology as well as start building a baseline epistemology we can (probably) all agree on using concepts such as "I think therefore I am," Realism, and Occam's Razor. Check out my website at https://www.robertl33t.com
06:24
October 5, 2018
Epistemology: 1 - What it is and why it matters
In this episode, I dig into what epistemology is, why it matters, and even tell a joke along the way. Who knew I had such talents. Check out my website at https://www.robertl33t.com
09:54
October 5, 2018
Welcome to The RLW Show
A quick overview of what to expect from The RLW Show. Check out my website at https://www.robertl33t.com
01:57
October 5, 2018
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