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The Big Life Questions Show
Episode 9: Should You Judge a Person’s Character Based On Their Political Beliefs?

Episode 9: Should You Judge a Person’s Character Based On Their Political Beliefs?

June 24, 2019

By all measures the American public is more polarized politically than anytime in recent history, and for many reasons -- including social media, the fragmentation of news outlets, and the lack of bi-partisanship in Congress. Does this mean it's okay to judge a person's character based on their political beliefs? (Something that certainly is happening with more frequency.) When might it be appropriate, as opposed to unfair, to make such judgments?

4.25 Expecting people to think

6.30 All politicians lie

8.48 Would it be okay if your child married someone from the opposite political party?

11.30 All the ways we judge people

15.57 One thing the government is really bad at

19.23 All the news that's NOT fit to print

Episode 8: Is It a Good Idea To Let Other People Know About Your Weaknesses?

Episode 8: Is It a Good Idea To Let Other People Know About Your Weaknesses?

June 17, 2019

In this episode, Doug and Chris discuss whether it's wise to let other people know about your weaknesses. While they agree it would have benefits, they also recognize the potential dangers of self-disclosure. Perhaps there are limits to complete transparency. Then again, transparency can make for some pretty good stories.

1.00 Are there benefits to revealing weaknesses?

2.26 Is vulnerability a sign of strength?

7.10 Showing weaknesses as a way to get out of work

11.18 Getting burned by exposing your weaknesses

14.10 Acknowledging your weaknesses to yourself

Episode 7: Why Are Humans So Afraid Of ‘The Other’?

Episode 7: Why Are Humans So Afraid Of ‘The Other’?

June 10, 2019

Fear of "the other" is a human trait rooted in our need for survival. Uncontrolled, however, fear of the other can undermine mankind's ability to achieve a higher consciousness -- or even live peacefully. In this episode, Chris and Doug discuss the reasons behind and the ramifications of our fear of "the other."

0:41 The essence of mankind's nature

4:15 How fear of "the other" is weaponized

5:48 The benefits of tribalism

7:17 A story of hope

9:55 Dehumanizing "the other"

13:00 Social media rewards extremism

14:20 Chris plugs "The 100"

18:00 Serving in the military teaches tolerance

 

Episode 6: Is Capitalism Evil?

Episode 6: Is Capitalism Evil?

June 3, 2019

In the U.S., especially among younger generations, polling shows diminished enthusiasm for capitalism and lower confidence that capitalism can deliver fair outcomes. Meanwhile, many who believe in capitalism recognize the need to confront its weaknesses. In this episode, we explore how capitalism can generate economic growth and opportunity, as well as how it can reinforce and accentuate disparities in wealth and political power.  

0:55     The benefits of capitalism

3:18     Adam Smith, David Hume, and The Scottish Enlightenment

5:43     Growing Income Inequality and The Rigged System

11:08   Declining life expectancy for white working class in the U.S.

15:00   The urban versus rural divide

17:37   Ideas for addressing capitalism’s challenges

 

Links:

The Infidel and The Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and The Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought, Dennis C. Rasmussen

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and The Fall of American Business, by Rana Foroohar

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