• Can Universal Basic Income End Our Cultural Obsession With Work? | Philosopher Andrew Taggart
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    Can Universal Basic Income End Our Cultural Obsession With Work? | Philosopher Andrew Taggart

    ‘Total work’ was a term coined by Josef Pieper, a lesser known German philosopher from the 20th century, and he was concerned that after World War II there would be a time of total work. By that I take him to mean that work comes to be the center around which the world turns. Human beings start to see themselves chiefly as workers, and the entirety of life becomes more and more work, or work like. To see this we can begin to examine a number of what I might call tightening conditions. So the first condition would be the centrality of work. We’ve come to think that work is…

  • Ben Shapiro: Telos, Responsibility and Cultivation
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    Ben Shapiro: Telos, Responsibility and Cultivation

    I’m here today with Ben Shapiro. Ben and I met about eight months ago, eh? He came up to Toronto and gave a rousing talk and… Talk about political correctness at that point, quite a politically appointed political talk, and I got a couple of questions for you. One is what are you planning to do in 2018? What do you want to see happen in 2018, personally? And what are you aiming at, and why? So I’m aiming at broadening the reach of the the political messages that I espouse and the messages of, I think, personal responsibility and virtue that I try to espouse. I’m also working on…

  • Epica – Universal Death Squad lyrics explained
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    Epica – Universal Death Squad lyrics explained

    I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so excited. I always wanted to make a video about Epica because it’s one of my favourite bands but I just couldn’t choose the right song. In the end I decided to pick a song from their recent album. The reason why I chose this song is its video. No, it doesn’t have a particular plot like some other videos do. I love it because it includes both, the band and the lyrics so everyone can sing along while watching. And it’s especially useful for non-native speakers of English: they can read the lyrics right on the video. Their though-provoking lyrics often touch…

  • Some Universal Truths
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    Some Universal Truths

    Life will never be fair. You can do the right thing for your entire life and still get shit on around every corner. Anything terrible could happen on any random day. There are people in this world who are going to live ruined, miserable lives they don’t deserve, and there is really nothing you can do about it. Sometimes trying your best isn’t good enough. Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. Oh, also, many of us aren’t even above average. The corrupt people are often the most successful ones. Expecting life to treat you well because you’re a good…

  • How to Argue – Induction & Abduction: Crash Course Philosophy #3
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    How to Argue – Induction & Abduction: Crash Course Philosophy #3

    Crash Course Philosophy is brought to you by Squarespace. Squarespace: Share your passion with the world. How do you know that aspirin will take care of your headache? Why do you really want to see the new Marvel movie, even though you haven’t heard anything about it, good or bad? Your ability to do things like predict how a medication will affect you, or what movie you might like, or even things like what the perfect gift might be for your best friend, or what’s the fastest way to get to campus –- all of this stuff, you know through induction. Deductive arguments are great because they give us certain…

  • Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty
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    Libertarianism Explained: What Are Rights? – Learn Liberty

    What are natural rights? Well what are rights in the first place? Most generally, rights are moral concepts that establish the conditions within which we interact. When we say you can’t do that, we might mean that it’s literally impossible to do it, but we might also mean simply that to do it would be wrong. When we invoke rights, we’re insisting on a certain kind of interaction not because another kind is impossible but because another kind would be wrong. That’s why we can speak of violating someone’s rights. You can’t make a round square means it can’t be done. You can’t kill Fred means it would be wrong…

  • Former Australian Deputy PM John Anderson and I speak again
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    Former Australian Deputy PM John Anderson and I speak again

    Jordan thank you so much for giving us some time again. I’m in Sydney. You’re in Kentucky. Yes, I am I’m there as part of my 12 rules for life tour Which is I think expanding to hit about maybe 80 cities something like that Goodness. Well, that was very keen to have a follow-up chat after the conversation that you and I had together when you’re in Sydney And in particular to frame that for people who might be listening this conversation at that time I had not seen you in front of a live audience The evening of that conversation after that conversation. I had that opportunity at…

  • EDC Conference // Douglas NeJaime, “The Constitution of Parenthood”
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    EDC Conference // Douglas NeJaime, “The Constitution of Parenthood”

    David Velleman: Our next speaker is Douglas NeJaime. Did I get that right? Douglas NeJaime: Perfect. Velleman: Wonderful. He is the Anne Urowsky Professor of Law at Yale Law School where he teaches in the areas of family law, legal ethics, law and sexuality, and constitutional law. He was formerly at UCLA where he was the faculty leader of the… NeJaime: Williams. Velleman: Williams Institute on LGBT law. Yes? And his title is [pause]. NeJaime: The Constitution of Parenthood. Velleman: The Constitution of Parenthood! Sorry, making you do your own introduction. [Audience Applause] Thanks, so thanks to David for inviting me and thanks to Amy for organizing my participation. So…

  • ZOMBIELAND: Is It Deep or Dumb? – Wisecrack Edition
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    ZOMBIELAND: Is It Deep or Dumb? – Wisecrack Edition

    Hey Wisecrack, Helen here. When you spend as much time thinking about movies as we do, sometimes you wonder if you’re just plain overthinking. Is You Got Mail a fun-loving rom-com or an Orwellian masterpiece? Is Hairspray a metaphor for the Cold War? And what’s the super secret meaning at the heart of The Sandlot? This is all to say — sometimes when you read a text too deeply, you go a bit cross-eyed. Which brings us to Zombieland, which we’ve probably watched dozens of times at this point. On the surface, the film seems like a pretty typical mainstream horror-comedy, leaning more on quippy one-liners than on plot or…