By Diana Hsieh
Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.
Upcoming Radio Shows
Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.
Sunday morning, 5 October 2014: Q&A on Psychics in a Free Society, Fear of a Worthless Life, and More
I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 5 October 2014.
- Question 1: Psychics in a Free Society: In a free society, would psychics be prosecuted for fraud? How would the government in a rational, free-market system handle people and businesses, such as the Psychic Friends Network, which claim to have psychic powers (such as being able to talk to the dead) and charge the gullible hundreds of dollars in fees for "spiritual consultations"? Would the government prosecute such people for fraud? Or would the government have a "caveat emptor" attitude and say, "If people want to waste their money on that nonsense, that's their rightful prerogative"?
- Question 2: Fear of Leading a Worthless Life: How can I overcome my fear of leading a value-less life? Ever since I was young, I've had an overwhelming fear of leading a valueless life. I saw my parent and other adult role models live this way. There was nothing in their life: they never strived for anything, never had dreams, and tended to discourage dreams from others. I always thought that I would be different. I always thought that I could live in a fulfilled way. But slowly I noticed that I was falling into their path. I didn't start college till 23 because of student aid issues. Until then I worked minimum wage, and I went without food some days. Now at 26, I have a 2 year degree. Even with my new job I still live in a drug and prostitution infested ghetto in Philadelphia because this is the only place I can afford. After calculating how long it will take me to get my career off the ground, I could graduate with a MS by thirty or thirty two. But noticing the patterns that I see in other people, I have this overwhelming fear that all attempts at achieving a value will slowly slip my grasp. I constantly needed to push values off till tomorrow until I get today straightened out. I am scared that tomorrow will never come. I have so many goals and dreams and values but I might never get to achieve them. I see it so clearly sometimes: 45, divorced, alone, with nothing to show for my hard work, debt, a giant mortgage or even worse perpetual renting, and my only outlet going to the pub with other Philly white trash middle-agers. How can rational philosophy help me gain perspective on this fear that I have had since a kid?
The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.
28 September 2014: Q&A on Atheistic Afterlife, Tip Jar, Concealing a Pet, and More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
Is it wrong for an atheist to believe in some kind of afterlife? What's the deal with the tip jar? It is wrong to keep my pet a secret from my landlord?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:17:25
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (27.8 MB) or Standard MP3 File (26.6 MB)
- Tags: Afterlife, Business, Christianity, Contracts, Death, Emotions, Ethics, Honesty, Marketing, Metaphysics, Philosophy in Action, Relationships, Religion, Values
Recent Blog Posts
Here are last week's posts to Philosophy in Action's blog NoodleFood, ordered from oldest to newest. Don't miss a post: subscribe to NoodleFood's RSS Feed.
- September 29: Activism Recap
- September 29: NoodleCast #310: Atheistic Afterlife, Tip Jar, Concealing a Pet, and More
- October 1: Preview: Sunday Radio: Psychics in a Free Society, Fear of a Worthless Life, and More
- October 2: Campaign Finance Trial on Friday
- October 3: Paul Hsieh Forbes Column: Who Decides What Medical Care You Receive At End of Life?