Hosted by John Lobell, we talk with visionaries – people in the arts, technology, science, culture, and spirituality

Visionaries - 04.17.17

Visionaries - 04.17.17   April 17, 2017

“What Happened to the Enlightenment?” The late 1700s was the most momentous period in human history—the first time that there was an attempt to create people and a society based on knowledge and reason rather than on tradition. Why is that attempt under such vicious attack, particularly on college campuses?

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Visionaries - 04.10.17

“John David Ebert and French Post Modern Thought.” Today we again visit with Ebert to discuss Jacques Lacan (the unconscious is structured like a language and the ego is a fiction), Michel Foucault (the cross sectional analysis of Western society with its four ages), Gilles Deleuze (the rhizome vs. the arborescent; the virtuality of the Idea that incarnates in matter; assemblages, flows), and Jacques Derrida (the end of the logocentric age). Find out what “deconstruction” is and about new notions of the “self.” Find Ebert’s 20 books on Amazon, his essays on CulturalDiscourse.com, and his lectures on YouTube and Google+.

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Visionaries - 03.27.17

What do you believe that almost no one else believes?” This is Peter Thiel’s favorite question when he is interviewing. It helps him find people who think for themselves, something that seems to become more rare every day. For example, look at what Bjorn Lomborg‏, Matt Ridley, and Michael Crichton have to say about global warming, and then see who else dares say such things. Today we explore the unexplorable.

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Visionaries - 03.20.17

“More on How to Experience an Archetypal Movie.” In which we continue our discussion of how we experience movies. Look at what Ebert and I have to say on CinemaDiscourse.com.

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Visionaries - 03.06.17

Visionaries - 03.06.17   March 6, 2017

“Do We Need College, Part 2.” Today we continue our discussion from last week: Suppose an 18-year-old came to you and asked, “I have $100,000+ and 4 years. What should I do with them?” Obviously college is great for some people, but is it the right choice for everyone? More thoughts today.

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Visionaries - 02.13.17

“Do We Need College?” Suppose an 18-year-old came to you and asked, “I have $100,000+ and 4 years. What should I do with them?” Would you advice them to go to college? Obviously college is great for some people, but is it the right choice for everyone? And if not, what would you advise them to do instead? Today we process thoughts about education.

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Visionaries - 02.06.17

“How to Experience an Archetypal Movie.” In which we discuss “Archetypes,” “Essentialism,” and revisit some super popular movies, including “Groundhog Day,” “The Truman Show,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

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Visionaries - 01.30.17

“How are we Individuals?” We start with the movie “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood about how Chesley Sullenberge landed an airplane in New York’s Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 people. We then look at how the Percival myth is alive in us today through “Sully” and other movies, including “Stagecoach,,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Roddick,” “Bourne,” etc.

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Visionaries - 01.23.17

“How are We People?” In our materialist age we tend to see ourselves as material being who arrived to who we are through the accidents of evolution, functioning through the firing of neurons. But we can also see ourselves as embedded in our cultures, as we do on today’s show.

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Visionaries - 01.16.17

“Joy.” There are entire industries built around happiness. Happiness is usually defined as a feeling of contentment, satisfaction, wellbeing, pleasure; a positive emotional state. But is that what we really want? Or do we we want to be engaged in the world, feel energies coursing through us. In this show we call on both van Gogh and Dr. Who to understand Joy.

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