Episode #23 Steven Umbrello, MA, MSc (Philosophy of Technology)

Summary

Steven Umbrello is the managing director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy studying the ethics and design of AI at the University of Turn, Italy. The west is a victory, but at what cost? Learn of the perils of social media manipulation, murderous world leaders, and KILLER ROBOTS with Steven Umbrello!

The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.

Enjoy! 

Episode #22: Nkrumah Grant, PhD (Ethics of Biology)

Summary

Dr. Nkrumah Grant is a post-doctoral researcher of evolutionary biology at the University of Idaho. We discussed bacterial evolution, geo-forming the Martian atmosphere, and the ethical implications of CRISPR technology. 

The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.

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Episode #21: Jamie Derrick, PhD (Mindfulness and Jungian Dreamwork)

Summary

Dr. Jamie Derrick is an associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of Idaho. Her main focuses are mindfulness, emotional well-being, and developmental psychology. We discussed the benefits of deep, inner work such as mindfulness and Jungian dreamwork. Enjoy!

Dr. Derrick’s website: https://www.zen-sunflower.com/ 

The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.

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Episode #20: Bert Baumgaertner, PhD (Symbolic Logic and Social Epistemology)

Summary

Dr. Bert Baumgaertner is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Idaho. We discussed the importance of symbolic philosophy in law, mathematics, and computer science, as well as some social epistemological questions such as vaccine hesitancy, political polarization, and echo chambers. Enjoy!

The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music.

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Episode #19: Vincent Trombatore, JD (Philosophy of Government)

Summary

Juris doctor and attorney at law, Vincent Trombatore, discusses, in depth, the various problems with democracy today, which include unchecked corporations, social media manipulation, and political polarity. Enjoy! 

The intro and outro were both generously provided by Terron Tvrdy; he is the sole owner and distributor of this music. 

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Episode #18: Gerald Fluhrer (Anthroposophy)

Summary

Gerald Fluhrer was a teacher at Waldorf school, which is a revolutionary type of schooling based on Rudolf Steiner’s teachings of anthroposophy. We discussed Waldorf school, anthroposophy, and the various practical applications of anthroposophical thought. You can find some of Gerald’s writings regarding anthroposophy here: https://www.rsarchive.org/ 

Also check out https://archive.org/details/@glfluhrer 

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Episode #17: Mike Silvio (Philosophy of Life)

Summary

Mike Silvio is a marathon runner, traveler, university instructor, auto-industry consultant, Lululemon brand ambassador and much more. In fact, Mike is one of the few people in the world that can say they’ve ran a marathon in all 7 continents…yes, that includes Antarctica. Enjoy! 

Episode #16: Audrey Fu, PhD (Ethics of Technology and Data)

Summary

Dr. Audrey Fu is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences at the University of Idaho. We discussed the various implications of biased data and solutions to fix it. 

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For more information on what we discussed, check out these articles: 1, 2, 3 

Episode #15: The Boy, the Rebel, and the Creator (Nietzsche’s 3 Metamorphoses)

Summary

An explanation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “On the Three Metamorphoses” from Thus Spoke Zarathustra.  

Written by Gregory Gravelle and narrated by Luchia Pike, the creator of the Two Takes Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0fnAOd3cy6B2DtH06z2Qt5?si=RtxIaqfzRzKuV0Jzfu8sdw 

Sources: Friedrich Nietzsche, The Portable Nietzsche. Translated by Walter Kaufman. Published by the Penguin Group in 1954. Copyright 1982. Image: Gerhard Lipold from this site: https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=375606&picture=silhouette-man-watching-stars

Episode #14: Mark Nielsen, PhD (Philosophy of Mathematics)

Summary

Dr. Mark Nielsen is the Associate Dean of the College of Science and a professor of mathematics at the University of Idaho. We discussed the complex nature of mathematics as it pertains to the natural world and the way we think. To that regard, Dr. Nielsen explained the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics, “the mathiverse”, and the fundamental limitations of the human intellect in regard to the structure of mathematical systems. 

The College of Science at the University of Idaho has a podcast which Dr. Nielsen is a part of; it is called The Vandal Science Experience. Check it out!

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