Marsha Familaro Enright and Liz Parker are your hosts for the Great Connections Podcast.

Marsha Familaro Enright and Liz Parker are your hosts for the Great Connections Podcast.

Great Connections Podcasts

Episode 1: 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.
 



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Here are some links to topics we reference in this episode:

  1. Learning how to trace ideas back to their original premises. Use the essay “Philosophical Detection” in this book, Philosophy: Who Needs It, by Ayn Rand. 
     

  2. How the adolescent brain works: "The adolescent brain: beyond raging hormones." (Harvard Health Blog.) 
     

  3. More on the development of the prefrontal cortex: "Are teenage brains really different from adult brains?" (Molly Edmonds, HowStuffWorks.com) 
     

  4. An example of taking ideas to their logical end: The Organization for Voluntary Human Extinction.
     

  5. Controversy over DDT and deaths by malaria: "The Regulation of DDT: A Choice Between Evils" by ( Ashley K. Martin, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law).
     

  6. The nutritional benefit of organic food, and the use of organic pesticides: "Is organic food actually better? Here’s what the science says" (Mihai Andrei, ZMEScience.com) and "The Biggest Myth About Organic Farming" (Ross Pomeroy, RealClearPolitics.com)