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The Art of Self-Construction: Rule Yourself
Everyone uses philosophical ideas whether they know it or not. They are often hidden in catchphrases we accept and haven’t fully thought about. Find out how to identify ideas that affect you so you can decide whether you want to keep them or not. Learning how to trace ideas back to their original premises takes some philosophical detective work. Deciphering the basic premises of everyday catchphrases becomes easier the more you train your mind to find them.
Thinking in Principle
Ideas are all around—some helpful and some destructive to self-improvement. The first step towards taking control of your mind is identifying first-hand where your ideas come from. To do this, you need to learn how to “think in principle.”
Just as a mathematical or scientific theory can provide a foundational truth that you can apply to a wide range of things, finding the principles that rule your thinking will empower and guide you to make better decisions, especially in unclear or difficult situations. In this episode, Marsha and Liz discuss the way the human mind works through a hierarchy of ideas and principles, and provide concrete examples of how you can develop the habit of “thinking in principle,” and put principles into action.
Identify where your ideas come from
Everyone uses philosophical ideas, whether they know it or not. They are often hidden in catchphrases we accept and haven’t fully thought about. Find out how to identify ideas that affect you so you can decide whether you want to keep them or not. Learning how to trace ideas back to their original premises takes some philosophical detective work. Deciphering the basic premises of everyday catchphrases becomes easier the more you train your mind to find them.
Violence on campus
You’ve seen the violence on campuses: the shouting down of speakers, the physical attack on people of opposing ideologies, the quick accusations of racism and special privilege. You’ve also probably heard that words are considered violence. These are new reactions to debate and disagreement! Where did all of this come from?
From the ideas of Postmodernism. Understanding this philosophy is key to understanding our culture at large today. We discuss this tricky term and the powerful influence its ideas have had, including the way many intellectuals and young people define truth, objectivity, ethics, and tolerance—and the impact of these ideas on free speech. Marsha and Liz demonstrate how the postmodernist theory of knowledge inevitably leads to violence.
The Concept of Self
How much of who you are is really under your control? What are your limits? How much of you is determined by biology, by the world around you? What makes you YOU?
These questions have been debated for millennia. And the popularity of personality tests show that we still enjoy and have difficulty gaining insight to ourselves. Marsha and Liz range over wide number of ideas and philosophies about the self to find out what it is.
Interview with Jake Ilson
Jake Ilson is a tech advocate and ambitious 22-year-old from Matthews, North Carolina. He was a young 16-year-old when he first attended The Great Connections Seminar. Hear him describe how it changed his life in a far more profound way than his deep experience at Outward Bound, why he has returned to the experience four times, and how he brought back its powerful lessons to use over and over again in his daily life.
Neuroessentialism or How You Are Your Brain
Neuroessentialism is the theory that our conscious experience is nothing more than our brain activity. In this view, the definitive way of explaining psychological experience is by reference to the brain. Marsha interviews doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, William Schultz, about the research behind his paper “Neuroessentialism: Theoretical and Clinical Considerations” for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.
He and Marsha discuss the theory and related issues, such as the existence of free will and how that fits into a scientific way of thinking about human experience. William argues in his article that a brain-centered model of mental disorders can have negative psychological effects on individuals receiving mental health treatment showing that ideas are extremely powerful.