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Rational Realm Podcasts

Rational Realm podcasts on a range of interesting topics

Below is a range of podcasts created by us and friends on a variety of subjects from moral and political philosophy to metaphysics, epistemology and religion. Podcasts are grouped by subject area.

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Moral and Political Philosophy

Is Morality Subjective or Objective? – Part 1

Address to Philosophy Matters 24 Feb 2020
First part of two-part series in which Leslie Allan considers a way to reconcile the opposing objectivist and subjectivist viewpoints in moral philosophy.

Is Morality Subjective or Objective? – Part 2

Address to Philosophy Matters 24 Mar 2020
Final part of two-part series in which Leslie Allan considers a way to reconcile the opposing objectivist and subjectivist viewpoints in moral philosophy.

Do Moral Consequences Justify Human Rights?

Dialogue on Philosophy Matters 27 Jan 2021
Leslie Allan and Akiva Quinn engage in dialogue in an exploration of the nature and grounding of human rights.

What Does Neuroscience Tell Us About Ethics?

Address to Philosophy Matters 22 Feb 2021
Usha Sista explores what neuroscience tells us about ethics and how that informs our understanding of ourselves.

The Good Life: A Humanist View

Address to Philosophy Matters 30 Mar 2021
What makes for a good life? Leslie Allan explores what it means to live a life of meaning and purpose from a non-theistic humanist world view.

The Moral Arc Bends Towards Justice

Address to Philosophy Matters 31 Aug 2021
Akiva Quinn presents the case for moral progress and the advance of social justice through reflections on historical and contemporary issues.

Democracy in Our Time: Useful Idea or Not? — Part 1

Address to Philosophy Matters 16 Jun 2020
In first part of two-part series, Dr Vince Giuca teases out the nature of democracy as 'rule of the people', where it is today in the era of Trump and whether it should be abandoned.

Democracy in Our Time: Worth Defending? — Part 2

Address to Philosophy Matters 22 Jul 2020
Final part of two-part series in which Dr Vince Giuca examine threats to democracy from populist anti-pluralism and digital technology's pervasiveness.

Are There Limits on the Right to Free Speech?

Debate on Philosophy Matters 7 Dec 2021
Martin Coleman and Akiva Quinn debate the extent to which the law ought to limit free speech and free expression in order to prevent significant harms.

What's Wrong with Democracy?

The rise of Donald Trump and the outcome of the Brexit vote indicate that our democratic systems of government are under stress. Leslie Allan outlines the key principles underpinning democracy and ideas on how to buttress them.

Meaning in Life: Existentialism

Address to Philosophy Matters 29 Sep 2020
Akiva Quinn explores how meaning in life may be achieved through personal choices about "what truly matters" and the role of shared moral values in creating a life filled with purpose.

The Good Life: Different Perspectives

Address to Philosophy Matters 9 Nov 2020
Akiva Quinn and Usha Sista examine the notion of "The Good Life" from various viewpoints. Is the good life about experiencing lasting pleasure or is it about doing "the most good" we can?

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Philosophy of Knowledge

Filmosophy: The Matrix and Philosophy — Part 1

Address to Philosophy Matters 25 May 2021
Usha Sista examines the philosophical underpinnings of The Matrix trilogy through the lens of classical philosophers such as Descartes, Plato, Socrates and others.

Filmosophy: The Matrix and Philosophy — Part 2

Address to Philosophy Matters 22 Jun 2021
Usha Sista examines the philosophical underpinnings of The Matrix trilogy through the lens of contemporary cognitive science and philosophy of mind.

Wittgenstein: Two Philosophers in One

Address to Philosophy Matters 28 Sep 2021
Mark Newbrook presents a linguist's 'take' on Wittgenstein's career and consider questions about language, thought and reality from the two phases in his philosophical development.

Skepticism — Philosophical or Scientific?

Address to Philosophy Matters 25 Oct 2021
Tim Harding examines the commonalities and differences between the various meanings of skepticism as used in common parlance, philosophy and science.

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Religion, Mind and Matter

Can We Be Free-Willing Robots?

Address to Philosophy Matters 16 Nov 2021
Leslie Allan explores whether human beings can really have free will in a universe in which every thought and action is governed by universal physical laws of nature.

The "Evil God Challenge"

Philosopher Stephen Law tips the Problem of Evil on its head. He asks: Why is belief in a good God much more reasonable than belief in an evil God? If belief in an evil God is absurd, then why isn't belief in a good God?

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Ex-Religious Support

The Hidden Toll of Religious Trauma

Address to Humanists Australia Ex-Religious Support Network 30 Jun 2021
Caroline Winzenried outlines how to identify 'Religious Trauma Syndrome' and the hidden toll that it takes even years after leaving a religion.

Religious Trauma: The Persistence of Purity Culture

Address to Humanists Australia Ex-Religious Support Network 22 Sep 2021
Caroline Winzenried discusses the impact of 'purity culture' on intimacy, sexual identity and self-esteem.

Religious Trauma: Identity and Relationships

Address to Humanists Australia Ex-Religious Support Network 3 Nov 2021
Caroline Winzenried explores the impact of religious trauma on identity and the ability to create and foster meaningful relationships.

Ask Me Any Question: Pantheist

Interview with Karyn Robinson by Ex-Religious Support Network 18 Nov 2021
Q&A session with Karyn Robinson (Pantheist) exploring an alternative to a religious life based on reverence for the natural world.

Ask Me Any Question: Rationalist

Interview with Leo Brewin by Ex-Religious Support Network 25 Aug 2021
Q&A session with Leo Brewin (Rationalist) who explores with participants an alternative to a religious life based on reason and evidence.

Ask Me Any Question: Sentientist

Interview with Michael Dello-Iacovo by Ex-Religious Support Network 4 Oct 2021
Q&A session with Michael Dello-Iacovo (Sentientist) exploring an alternative to a religious life based on compassion for all sentient beings.

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Other

Henrietta Dugdale — Freethinker and Suffragist

Leslie Allan tracks the story of this leading light of the women's liberation movement in pre-Federation Australia. With her fellow suffragists, she changed irrevocably how women were treated within the family and the broader society.

Why I Am a Humanist

Leslie Allan shares how his early experiences shape his humanist outlook and what he sees as the three core principles underlying the humanist world view. He then draws upon these principles to tease out what it means to live a good life.

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