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The Art of Curiosity w/ Larry Swetman
"In times of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -George Orwell
Category: Society & Culture
Location: Philadelphia
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March 05, 2019 02:14 PM PST

Is there a difference between bullshitting and lying to someone? What if you own a media company? What if you're just posting online? IS all fair in love and war? Is this description just another example of bullshit online?

We very much need to talk about this one...

February 27, 2019 05:08 PM PST

What is meaning? Is it necessary for happiness and fulfillment? How does the world handle the apparent lack of meaning in our 21st century media-saturated culture?

Commenting on lectures by Dr. John Vervaeke of the University of Toronto and expounding upon the theme, Nils and Larry take a stab and exploring this most crucial question of our postmodern post-truth world.

Dr. Vervaeke, "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54l8_ewcOlY&t=370s

February 20, 2019 05:48 PM PST

What do you get when you take a group of people committed to a higher power who gather around a symbol to form a group with a tribal identity, cultural norms, a vision for the future, and a reward/punishment system of values? A religion or a political ideology? Both? Neither? Seems like an important question in today's hyper-political and increasingly connected world. Let's explore in the hopes of learning from the mistakes of our elders.

January 21, 2019 06:24 PM PST

What is faith? Are religious people the only ones who have it? Are the New Atheists right? Is the end of faith nigh? Or does the zeitgeist misunderstand faith to its detriment?

In the latest episode of Prodigal, Larry explores the psychological components of faith and what it means for ALL our lives.

November 11, 2018 09:09 PM PST

It's "Us Vs. Them" in 2018 America. From public discourse to University campuses all the way to the political process, if you're not on the winning team you are an immoral enemy. But what if "the other side" isn't evil. What if psychology and spirituality have something to teach us about humility and morality? Let's find out...

November 04, 2018 10:08 AM PST

Returning from a brief hiatus, Larry returns to the pod talking objectivism, Ayn Rand, libertarianism, liberal values, and ROADS with the very well read and articulate Jay Adragna. Very informative, precise, and timely, this pod is a great introduction to classical liberal, libertarian, ideals.

October 24, 2018 02:31 PM PDT

After a short absence, Larry returns with a surprising turn of events in his spiritual journey. What is the relationship between the "ego" and the Universe? How does it relate to the Spirit Larry has been trying so hard to find? Where is the golden palace with the jade and diamond words? Join us... namaste.

August 01, 2018 04:53 AM PDT

It's not a trick question. Are you living a purpose-filled journey or settling for consuming a steady diet of manufactured meaning? How does our culture encourage us (or not) to find our purpose? How did we get here? How can we find our meaning as individuals and human beings? In the first hour long Prodigal, Larry traces the loss of meaning in American culture and what it means for us in our own pursuits. Definitely worth a listen.

July 27, 2018 07:28 PM PDT
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Finally, Nicole and Larry come to their white whale. Like Garak, Dukat is a complex Cardassian full of rich history and questionable character traits. But in the final analysis is he worthy of the veneration he ascribes himself in his own mind or is he a broken down sociopath who deserves to be relegated to the firey chasm to which the Pah-Wraiths submerged him?

Live from the promenade we discuss. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a kanar, and enjoy the latest installment of Deep Space Vibes.

July 24, 2018 01:31 PM PDT

What's the deal with religion and the Spirit? Is the fact that there are falsifiable facts in religious tradition a deterrent from participation or is there a deeper neurological meaning at work?

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