Think Hard

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Latest Episodes

#Ep53: Both Sides Now
July 24, 2019

Why is feeling two or more conflicting things at the same time so hard? Danielle and José talk about the experience of ambivalence and dive into how our feelings are connected to our beliefs about the world. They explore some ways to understand, work thro

#14: I'm Not a Masturbation Couch
July 17, 2019

José is troubled by his sexual fantasies of women because it objectifies them. Danielle and José consider: Does sexual desire always or necessarily involve the dehumanizing objectification of others? Is it morally acceptable to objectify someone in the

#41: Re-cognizing Gratitude
June 27, 2019

During this (past) holiday season, Danielle and José explored why cultivating gratitude may lead to increased well being, happiness, and richness of meaning. They suggest that gratitude is an achieved mental state that involves a re-cognition of our lives

#52: Flip Flop
June 12, 2019

José hates casual clothes: jeans, cargo shorts, sweat pants, and the dreaded flip flops. He argues that the excuse many people give that these clothes are “comfortable” is really just a band-aid, and will never get to the real underlying source of disc

#51: Buying Happiness
May 29, 2019

Danielle is wondering how to make decisions about how to spend her money, which leads to the larger question of what constitutes the good life. What purchases will make us happy, and how do we know what to choose? José offers some budgeting wisdom.

#50: Of Heroes and (Epistemological) Hostages
May 15, 2019

José and Danielle discuss conspiracy theories. Why is it that some, otherwise rational, people get hooked into crazy conspiracy theories like the anti-vax or flat earth movements? José suggests that perhaps it’s because they’re tired of feeling like al

#49: Shut Up and Punch Your Ticket
May 01, 2019

Danielle and José discuss whether philosophy can help save the crappy high school public education system. They talk about the real goals of high school public education, whether and how schools can actually teach critical thinking,

#49: Shut Up, and Punch Your Ticket
May 01, 2019

Danielle and José discuss whether philosophy can help save the crappy high school public education system. They talk about the real goals of high school public education, whether and how schools can actually teach critical thinking, and what kind of ed

#48: Why Shouldn’t I Punch A Chimpanzee?
April 17, 2019

We welcome special guest Paul Waldau, author of Animal Rights and recently retired Professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and Director of the graduate program in Anthrozoology at Canisius College,

#48: Why Shouldn't I Punch a Chimpanzee?
April 17, 2019

We welcome special guest Paul Waldau, recently retired Professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Department and Director of the graduate program in Anthrozoology at Canisius College and author of Animal Rights, to talk about the relati