Putting Numbers on Things w/ Jacob Falkovich

In this episode, we speak with Jacob Falkovich, the author of the blog Put A Num On It. We speak with Jacob about how he goes about analyzing problems and using numbers to make decisions. We get his thoughts on various issues, including anti-natalism, dating, and more.

As always, the episode will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and wherever else you listen to podcasts!

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

Jacob’s Blog: https://putanumonit.com/

Jacob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yashkaf

The Hero's Journey w/ Bob Walter

Bob Walter is the President and a co-founder at the Joseph Campbell Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and expanding on the works of Joseph Campbell. In this episode, we talk about Bob’s journey, Joseph Campbell, and Campbell’s works. Specifically, we touch heavily on the mythical schema Campbell laid out in The Hero With a Thousand Faces - The Hero’s Journey - and how it applies to myths, stories, and our lives.

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

Joseph Campbell Foundation: https://www.jcf.org/

Stoic Practice w/ Massimo Pigliucci and Greg Lopez

In this episode, we speak with Massimo Pigliucci and Greg Lopez, co-authors of the new book A Handbook for New Stoics. We’ve covered stoicism before, but in this conversation we explore new territory by talking about stoic foundations and practice, especially in regards to the practical exercises laid out in A Handbook for New Stoics.

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

A Handbook for New Stoics: https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-New-Stoics-Week-Week/dp/1615195335

Effective Altruism (Off-Topic): https://www.effectivealtruism.org/

International Rescue Committee (Off-Topic): https://www.rescue.org/

Massimo: https://massimopigliucci.wordpress.com/

Greg’s Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Stoics/

The Stoic Fellowship: https://stoicfellowship.com/

Philosophy w/ JR

In our Season 2 opener, we talk with Chase’s high school philosophy teacher, James Robert (better known as JR to his students). Our conversation touches JR’s introduction to the study of philosophy and how he started teaching it to his students. We talk extensively about his class, and in particular the “Council of Philosophical Inquiry” or just “Council” for short. The Council became a famous feature of his class and for good reason - as you’ll hear in the episode, it was a way of helping students examine their lives as they hadn’t before, and in a critical time of development for young people. We also touch on meditation and the meaning of life.

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

JR’s Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/teVOsxdoPt4

Hafiz (Off-Topic): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafez

Epictetus Article Mentioned: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/10/10/the-art-of-living-sharon-lebell/

Systems of Illusion w/ TheraminTrees

Episode Notes:

For this episode, our conversation with Link a.k.a. TheraminTrees - a YouTuber who makes videos tackling systems of illusion, manipulation, and abuse, especially in religious communities. We discuss some common manipulation tactics used by abusers, as well as how to deal with them. We also touch on discourse around religion, ideas, and normalization of non-belief.

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

TheraminTrees (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/TheraminTrees

Flying Safe w/ Scott Manley

Episode Notes:

In this episode, we speak with YouTuber, Science Nerd, and DJ Scott Manley. In this conversation, we talk about Scott’s YouTube channel, the connection between science and video games, public perception of space programs, and the role of science in fiction, among other things. We had a great time chatting with Scott, and encourage you to go check out his YouTube channel!

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

Scott Manley (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/szyzyg

Scott Manley (Twitter): https://twitter.com/djsnm

Mentioned in Episode:

“Facts I Learned At School Which Aren't True Any More” https://youtu.be/1wIZ2sp39Cc

Kerbal Space Program: https://www.kerbalspaceprogram.com/

Zachtronics Games: http://www.zachtronics.com/

The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffrey: https://www.amazon.com/Skies-Pern-Anne-McCaffrey/dp/0345434692

Star Citizen: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/

Jack Your Body: https://youtu.be/ZaHUK5GnDgE

Devin Townshend: https://www.hevydevy.com/

Apology w/ Jon Lindinger

Episode Notes:

In this episode, we welcome back our first returning guest, Jon Lindinger, to review Plato’s Apology. In the Apology, Plato recounts the trial of Socrates - his defenses against accusers, his response to being found guilty, and his final words to the court after being sentenced to death. This is a classic work, and has a lot to teach us about how to conduct ourselves virtuously in the face of persecution and death. Jon was a great person to have for this discussion, and we’re glad to be able to share it with you!

The Switch on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/switch_podcast

Jon’s Website: https://www.xenotheory.org/

Episode Photo Credit: Jeanette Palmer