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, 14 December 2014: Q&A on Differences with Family, Sales to Minors, Worthy Charities, and More
I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 14 December 2014.
- Question 1: Managing Differences with Family: How should a young adult manage persistent differences with his family? As I grew up, I turned out radically different from my family expected. They think college is necessary for success in life. I didn't, and I dropped out. They eat the Standard American Diet and hate fat. I eat Paleo, and I glorify fat. And so on. Basically, we diverge on many points. I've never committed the mistake of attempting to preach to my family in order to persuade them, but many of them grew unduly concerned with these differences between us. They would argue with me on the subject for months, if not years, no matter what good results I had to show them. Assuming that the relationship is otherwise worth maintaining, how should an older child or young adult handle such contentious differences with his family? How can he best communicate his point of view to them – for example, on the question of college, after they've saved for two decades for his college education?
- Question 2: Forbidding the Sale of Dangerous Goods to Minors: Should minors be forbidden from buying dangerous goods? Under current law, minors are often restricted from buying goods regarded as dangerous, such as cigarettes, alcohol, fireworks, or firearms. In a free society, should those restrictions be abolished or upheld? Should parents be allowed to permit their children to buy such goods?
- Question 3: Worthy Charities: What kinds of charities are worthy of support? Many people laud donating to charities, but they don't seem particularly concerned with which charities they support. However, I'd like my charitable dollars to do some good in the world – and do me good in return. So when is it proper to donate to charity? What kinds of charities are worthy of support or not? How can I judge the effectiveness of a charity? Are local charities better than national or international charities?
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.
7 December 2014: Q&A on Karma, Responsibility for Pets, Gift Exchanges, and More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
Is karma real? Should I put my cat down rather than leave him in a shelter? How can I stop exchanging meaningless holiday presents with my siblings?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:02:05
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (22.3 MB) or Standard MP3 File (21.3 MB)
- Tags: Animals, Benevolence, Communication, Epistemology, Ethics, Family, Holidays, Justice, Luck, Metaphysics, Pets, Relationships, Religion, Responsibility, Siblings, Values
11 December 2014: Chat about "Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4"
I discussed "Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4" with listeners on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
"I discuss various Design Arguments for the existence of God, particularly objections to William Paley's Analogical Argument for Design."
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.
- Duration: 57:15
- Download: Standard MP3 File (19.7 MB)
- Tags: Biology, Christianity, Creationism, Evolution, Evolution, God, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Physics, Religion, Science, Theology
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.
- December 6: Video from Eric Horgan Clinic
- December 6: An Exciting Hack
- December 8: Activism Recap
- December 8: NoodleCast #321: Karma, Responsibility for Pets, Gift Exchanges, and More
- December 8: Dog Agility Done Right… and Slow
- December 9: Preview: Thursday Radio: Chat on Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4
- December 9: Resuming My Podcasts on Philosophy of Religion
- December 10: New Questions in the Queue
- December 11: Preview: Sunday Radio: Differences with Family, Sales to Minors, Worthy Charities, and More
- December 11: Adios, Premise Checkers!
- December 12: NoodleCast #322: Chat on Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4
- December 12: Link-O-Rama