This is the official podcast of Southwestern College, located in Chula Vista, CA. The podcast is a production of The Philosophy and Humanities Department. Discussion topics are broad and might include local or national news, current issues in philosophy and cognitive science, popular culture, and more. Music is written and produced by Luke Cuddy.
In this episode, my friend and colleague Peter Bolland and I discuss nondualism. To get at nondualism, we first discuss the more familiar view of the Western world: dualism. Nondualism is central to many Buddhist philosophies as well as to the Indian philosophy Advaita Vedanta, in which both experience and intellectual understanding of the self are emphasized. Why do we feel that we are separate, dualistic beings/selves? There are many reasons, we note, but a common method for shattering this illusion is meditation. After discussing some of the benefits of meditation, we touch on the difference between the true and false selves. Peter also reminds us of Shankara, an important founding figure in nondual Indian philosophy.
Episode 2 Description
In this episode of the podcast I speak with Nada Dibas about the implications of some of Donald Trump's policies. Nada is a political science major and the ASO Vice President of Public Relations at SWC (and also a former student). This podcast is not focused on Trump bashing, but on how his policies (whether enacted or not) have affected our campus community and beyond. Some specific topics we cover are professor bias in the classroom, political bias, the refugee ban, the border wall, potential counterarguments from Trump supporters, the similarities between Trump and Obama, the best way to protest, and more.
Episode 1 Description
In the first episode of the podcast, I speak with student of economics and cognitive science (and former student of mine) Alvin Cook. To kick off the first episode, we each discuss a philosophical idea that influenced us. Alvin chooses economic determinism and I choose... God! (Sort of.)