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Episode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
Guest: Tom Beck
Booze: Lagunitas Aunt Sally
Main topics: Sigmund Freud, religion, morality, and civilization
Part 1 - Freud (~23 mins)
0:00:00 - Intro - Tom Beck
0:03:27 - Why Freud?
0:07:29 - This episode’s booze: Lagunitas Aunt Sally
0:09:09 - What did Freud get right and what did he get wrong?
0:11:40 - Sigmunda Freud’s Vagina Envy
0:13:56 - Id, Ego, Superego
0:18:58 - Psycho sexual stages of development
Part 2 - Religion and God (~38 mins)
0:22:48 - Religion, childhood, magic mushrooms, self-awareness, and breasts
0:29:36 - Why is religion so much more popular than atheism?
The promised link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2017/aug/08/in-god-we-trust-why-americans-wont-vote-in-an-atheist-president
0:34:25 - Does the fear of death drive religion?
0:35:37 - Extending the concept of religion to politics, philanthropy, and other causes.
0:37:58 - Politics filling the “meaning vacuum” left by the decline of religion, and the difficulty of having good-faith debates online.
0:41:54 - The importance of religion in worldview formation
0:46:59 - How John lost his faith
0:56:21 - Wishing religion was actually true
0:56:55 - Tom’s openness towards a God and John’s openness to an unknown “force” that lit the fuse on the Big Bang
Part 3 - Meaning and Morality (~33 mins)
1:01:28 - Does it matter is there’s a God? Can there meaning in life without a God/afterlife?
1:05:50 - Objective morality vs subjective morality
1:14:30 - Moral luck, free will, religious judgement, and politics
1:25:13 - Freedom, omnibenevolence, and fish bowls
Part 4 - Civilization (48 mins)
1:33:05 - Modernity and Its Discontents
1:40:45 - Tribe
1:46:24 - Happiness Part 1
1:51:20 - Great expectations and WWII
2:01:36 - Happiness Part 2
2:07:50 - Power, leadership, and social pressure
More episodes at: booksandboozepodcast.com
More from John at: johnleven.com
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