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Philosophy? WTF??

Danny O'Donnell & Dr. Michael Alsford

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Philosophy? WTF??

Philosophy? WTF??

Danny O'Donnell & Dr. Michael Alsford

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Ep.27. History of Philosophy: Plato and the Republic Part One

Blinking and stumbling from the very back of Plato’s cave and struggling all the way Danny and Mike are back groping towards the light. As Danny refuses to acknowledge the eternal forms, preferring the comfortable shadowy life he is more familiar with, Dr Mike seeks to establish himself as a Philosopher King ruling over the cast with benevolent yet iron fisted authority. Witness the growth of the podcast into a well ordered and satisfying utopia (with the threat of swift retribution ever in the air for those that do not comply) and delight in Danny’s recognition of his predetermined role in the order of things. See all this and the trains running on time. Move along citizen or prepare for a visit from the Auxiliaries

32 min2019 JAN 16
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Ep.27. History of Philosophy: Plato and the Republic Part One

The 12 Days of WTF??

As Danny and Dr. Mike retreat to their country estates for the festive season, they leave for you, our dear listener, a Special Christmas Gift. They will be back in the New Year to continue our journey through the History of Philosophy! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

9 min2018 DEC 21
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The 12 Days of WTF??

Episode 26. History of Philosophy: Socrates Part 2

In this final cast of the year we invite Socrates to the party and he promptly brings us all down by asking “is this really the good life?”. While we are all getting rather excited over the prospect of the Christmas festivities Socrates wanders up and asks us whether our new Playstation and those humerous socks that our mum gave us will actually satisfy us in any meaningful way. As we pour another refreshing glass of our favourite tipple Socrates pops up and challenges us as to whether this will truly fulfil our desires and whether we will eventually need twice as much next time to remain equally satisfied. In an act of petty revenge we counter by bringing up that time Socrates hung out with the so called “30 Tyrants”. Yeah, not so smug now are we Socrates? Never invite philosophers to a party…

20 min2018 DEC 19
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Episode 26. History of Philosophy: Socrates Part 2

Ep. 25 History of Philosophy: Socrates

This week we return to Greece to say lots and lots about someone we know very little about. Enjoy, once more, Dr Mike and Danny mispronouncing the name of a revered philosophical figure for comedy effect and through a mouthful of mince pie. Consider, for a moment, why is Socrates considered so significant? Why is he such an attractive philosophical figure? Were the robes a contributing factor? Did he really know nothing? Why did he ask so many questions? What were the 30 Tyrants to him? Why was he locked up? Why did he not simply say “sorry, I didn’t mean it” and get out of jail free? Why did he accept that last drink? Is the Socrates that we know simply Plato in a Socrates mask? If you miss this weeks cast you may never even ask these questions

24 min2018 DEC 12
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Ep. 25 History of Philosophy: Socrates

Stan Lee Tribute Part Three

In this 3rd and final - yes we promise, really, the very last part, honest to goodness no matter how much Mike begs and rolls around on the floor making a scene - part of our Stan Lee tribute we explore artificial life and identity in comics. We ask whether a hero has to transcend authority or be accountable to it, is the true hero the one who exercises the will to power and operates according to their own conscience or the one who is answerable to a higher power? Could you marry a machine? Would you transfer your conscious mind into the body of an android? If you did it twice would there be two of you? All this plus our solemn promise to return to the history of philosophy next episode… and possibly a Christmas treat the week after that. How can you possibly stay away??

33 min2018 DEC 5
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Stan Lee Tribute Part Three

Stan Lee Tribute Part Two

In this second part of our tribute to Stan Lee and the comic genre We consider how important philosophical and ethical issues have been smuggled into comics over the years as the genre flew under the radar of popular culture. Watch Dr Mike meddle with force beyond human control and reap the terrible consequences. Stare in amazement as Danny tries in vain to find an opportunity to slip Wittgenstein into the discussion. It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s our next episode leaping complex ideas in a single bound and coming to the rescue of the philosophically befuddled. We expect no thanks, this is our mission and our destiny…

23 min2018 NOV 28
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Stan Lee Tribute Part Two

Stan Lee Tribute Special

Face front true believers! In this Stan Lee tribute special Danny gets caught up in a philosophical experiment which transforms him into “Captain Tractatus” guardian of truth, justice and precise propositions! Meanwhile and elsewhere Dr Mike is bitten by a radioactive copy of the complete works of Hegel and becomes Dialectic-Man with the power to talk almost non-stop without taking a single breath. Join them in their adventures as they confront the philosophical issues lurking within the secret lair of Dr Mikes sinister past. Remember people, with a great podcast there must also come great responsibility

32 min2018 NOV 21
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Stan Lee Tribute Special

Halloween Special 2

This week as Danny and Dr Mike pull the duvet further up around themselves for protection they continue to insist that there is something out there watching them. Danny thinks he hears a funny noise but Dr Mike is sure it is only the wind or possible Danny’s imagination. The shadows start to move, is it the ghost of Plato trying to make a point? Is it a piece of undigested beef or the ghost of Christmas yet to come? Is Dr Mike merely trying to plug the inevitable Christmas special? Settle down by the light of the fire and the torches under the covers and listen to stories of beasts within and without and try to convince yourselves that there is more of gravy than of grave in this weeks cast. Whatever you do, DON'T split up and definitely DON’T go outside for a quick look around ...

34 min2018 NOV 14
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Halloween Special 2

Halloween Special 1

In this belated Halloween version of the podcast, Danny and Dr Mike muse on the question 'What is a Monster?' Do they have to be other worldly, have sharp teeth and claws or are they something much closer to home? Thrill to the suggestion that monsters may look like us but aren’t one of us. Shiver at the thought that monsters really don’t give a rats about us. Marvel at the beast within, the cold monster and the relentless creatures from the dark side. Also, snigger at Danny whimpering like a 5 year old as he warns Mike ‘ZOMBIES!!! THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!’ - ok, well perhaps not the whimpering part but the rest is pretty damn scary I can tell you. Listen with the lights on folks.

28 min2018 NOV 7
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Halloween Special 1

The Harvard Sound Education Conference Special.

Danny and I were approached by the conference organisers to participate in this event and to chat about the podcast. Sadly we were not able to attend but we made every effort! This cast is a special contribution to the conference by way of a post-event resource. Enjoy while we paddle back home... https://www.soundeducation.fm/

31 min2018 NOV 5
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The Harvard Sound Education Conference Special.

Latest Episodes

Ep.27. History of Philosophy: Plato and the Republic Part One

Blinking and stumbling from the very back of Plato’s cave and struggling all the way Danny and Mike are back groping towards the light. As Danny refuses to acknowledge the eternal forms, preferring the comfortable shadowy life he is more familiar with, Dr Mike seeks to establish himself as a Philosopher King ruling over the cast with benevolent yet iron fisted authority. Witness the growth of the podcast into a well ordered and satisfying utopia (with the threat of swift retribution ever in the air for those that do not comply) and delight in Danny’s recognition of his predetermined role in the order of things. See all this and the trains running on time. Move along citizen or prepare for a visit from the Auxiliaries

32 min2019 JAN 16
Comments
Ep.27. History of Philosophy: Plato and the Republic Part One

The 12 Days of WTF??

As Danny and Dr. Mike retreat to their country estates for the festive season, they leave for you, our dear listener, a Special Christmas Gift. They will be back in the New Year to continue our journey through the History of Philosophy! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

9 min2018 DEC 21
Comments
The 12 Days of WTF??

Episode 26. History of Philosophy: Socrates Part 2

In this final cast of the year we invite Socrates to the party and he promptly brings us all down by asking “is this really the good life?”. While we are all getting rather excited over the prospect of the Christmas festivities Socrates wanders up and asks us whether our new Playstation and those humerous socks that our mum gave us will actually satisfy us in any meaningful way. As we pour another refreshing glass of our favourite tipple Socrates pops up and challenges us as to whether this will truly fulfil our desires and whether we will eventually need twice as much next time to remain equally satisfied. In an act of petty revenge we counter by bringing up that time Socrates hung out with the so called “30 Tyrants”. Yeah, not so smug now are we Socrates? Never invite philosophers to a party…

20 min2018 DEC 19
Comments
Episode 26. History of Philosophy: Socrates Part 2

Ep. 25 History of Philosophy: Socrates

This week we return to Greece to say lots and lots about someone we know very little about. Enjoy, once more, Dr Mike and Danny mispronouncing the name of a revered philosophical figure for comedy effect and through a mouthful of mince pie. Consider, for a moment, why is Socrates considered so significant? Why is he such an attractive philosophical figure? Were the robes a contributing factor? Did he really know nothing? Why did he ask so many questions? What were the 30 Tyrants to him? Why was he locked up? Why did he not simply say “sorry, I didn’t mean it” and get out of jail free? Why did he accept that last drink? Is the Socrates that we know simply Plato in a Socrates mask? If you miss this weeks cast you may never even ask these questions

24 min2018 DEC 12
Comments
Ep. 25 History of Philosophy: Socrates

Stan Lee Tribute Part Three

In this 3rd and final - yes we promise, really, the very last part, honest to goodness no matter how much Mike begs and rolls around on the floor making a scene - part of our Stan Lee tribute we explore artificial life and identity in comics. We ask whether a hero has to transcend authority or be accountable to it, is the true hero the one who exercises the will to power and operates according to their own conscience or the one who is answerable to a higher power? Could you marry a machine? Would you transfer your conscious mind into the body of an android? If you did it twice would there be two of you? All this plus our solemn promise to return to the history of philosophy next episode… and possibly a Christmas treat the week after that. How can you possibly stay away??

33 min2018 DEC 5
Comments
Stan Lee Tribute Part Three

Stan Lee Tribute Part Two

In this second part of our tribute to Stan Lee and the comic genre We consider how important philosophical and ethical issues have been smuggled into comics over the years as the genre flew under the radar of popular culture. Watch Dr Mike meddle with force beyond human control and reap the terrible consequences. Stare in amazement as Danny tries in vain to find an opportunity to slip Wittgenstein into the discussion. It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s our next episode leaping complex ideas in a single bound and coming to the rescue of the philosophically befuddled. We expect no thanks, this is our mission and our destiny…

23 min2018 NOV 28
Comments
Stan Lee Tribute Part Two

Stan Lee Tribute Special

Face front true believers! In this Stan Lee tribute special Danny gets caught up in a philosophical experiment which transforms him into “Captain Tractatus” guardian of truth, justice and precise propositions! Meanwhile and elsewhere Dr Mike is bitten by a radioactive copy of the complete works of Hegel and becomes Dialectic-Man with the power to talk almost non-stop without taking a single breath. Join them in their adventures as they confront the philosophical issues lurking within the secret lair of Dr Mikes sinister past. Remember people, with a great podcast there must also come great responsibility

32 min2018 NOV 21
Comments
Stan Lee Tribute Special

Halloween Special 2

This week as Danny and Dr Mike pull the duvet further up around themselves for protection they continue to insist that there is something out there watching them. Danny thinks he hears a funny noise but Dr Mike is sure it is only the wind or possible Danny’s imagination. The shadows start to move, is it the ghost of Plato trying to make a point? Is it a piece of undigested beef or the ghost of Christmas yet to come? Is Dr Mike merely trying to plug the inevitable Christmas special? Settle down by the light of the fire and the torches under the covers and listen to stories of beasts within and without and try to convince yourselves that there is more of gravy than of grave in this weeks cast. Whatever you do, DON'T split up and definitely DON’T go outside for a quick look around ...

34 min2018 NOV 14
Comments
Halloween Special 2

Halloween Special 1

In this belated Halloween version of the podcast, Danny and Dr Mike muse on the question 'What is a Monster?' Do they have to be other worldly, have sharp teeth and claws or are they something much closer to home? Thrill to the suggestion that monsters may look like us but aren’t one of us. Shiver at the thought that monsters really don’t give a rats about us. Marvel at the beast within, the cold monster and the relentless creatures from the dark side. Also, snigger at Danny whimpering like a 5 year old as he warns Mike ‘ZOMBIES!!! THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!’ - ok, well perhaps not the whimpering part but the rest is pretty damn scary I can tell you. Listen with the lights on folks.

28 min2018 NOV 7
Comments
Halloween Special 1

The Harvard Sound Education Conference Special.

Danny and I were approached by the conference organisers to participate in this event and to chat about the podcast. Sadly we were not able to attend but we made every effort! This cast is a special contribution to the conference by way of a post-event resource. Enjoy while we paddle back home... https://www.soundeducation.fm/

31 min2018 NOV 5
Comments
The Harvard Sound Education Conference Special.
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