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Learning to Die Episode 17: The Philosophy of Existentialism with Professor Gordon Marino

Learning to Die Episode 17: The Philosophy of Existentialism with Professor Gordon Marino

October 21, 2021

Gordon Marino earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from Columbia University. His areas of specialization include History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Kierkegaard. He teaches philosophy and related courses as a professor at St. Olaf College and holds a position as the curator of the Kierkegaard Library. In 2018, Marino published his most recent book, The Existentialist’s Survival Guide. He has authored and co-authored numerous works, including Kierkegaard in the Present Age. His articles have appeared in internationally acclaimed news sources and periodicals such as The Atlantic MonthlyNew York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and the American Poetry Review. Follow Gordon here https://www.existentialistscorner.com/

 Links from discussions in the episode

Jake La Mottahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_LaMotta

Gay Talese https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Talese

Who is Soren? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B8ren_Kierkegaard

What is Terror Management Theory https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199828340/obo-9780199828340-0058.xml

The sickness unto death https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-sickness-unto-death-9780140445336

Leo Tolstoy "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" http://www.classicallibrary.org/tolstoy/ivan/index.htm

The Philosophy of William James

Order Gordon's book here “The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age”https://www.amazon.com.au/Existentialists-Survival-Guide-Authentically-Inauthentic/dp/0062435981

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Learning to Die Episode 16: More Nuclear Near Misses and the man who saved us all (Stanislav Petrov)

Learning to Die Episode 16: More Nuclear Near Misses and the man who saved us all (Stanislav Petrov)

October 13, 2021

In this episode, we discuss a few crazy events in the world before we delve into more nuclear near misses and the man who is responsible for us still alive today.

Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - I Saved the World Today (Official Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf052uxFF58

Future of Life https://futureoflife.org/

Stanislav Petrov https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

The man who saved the world https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-24280831

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Learning to Die Episode 15: Compassion for Pricks

Learning to Die Episode 15: Compassion for Pricks

October 7, 2021
In this episode, we discuss many things related to behaviour and assholes at sporting events. Here are several links that we discuss. This was a far-reaching discussion about many topics. We hope you enjoy
 
Andrew Newberg, Professor and Director of Research Marcus Institute of Integrative Health | Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital http://www.andrewnewberg.com/
 

Hanlon's Razor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor 

8 'Stages of death' Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azo95eWqw8k 
 
Maranasati (mindfulness of death, death awareness) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara%E1%B9%87asati 
 
Who is Baruch Spinoza? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVEeXjPiw54 more on Spinoza here 
 
The Axiom of the Infinite Unknown https://sigmanutrition.com/science-part-two/ 
 
 
George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism
 

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Tao Te Ching (Download free copy here https://sourceoflightmonastery.tripod.com/webonmediacontents/1935012.pdf

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Learning to Die Episode 14: The Water Scroll from the Book of Five Rings (Part 1)

Learning to Die Episode 14: The Water Scroll from the Book of Five Rings (Part 1)

September 30, 2021

In this episode, we continue our journey through the book of five rings. The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts `Miyamoto Mushashi around 1645 read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings 

Battle Drills https://www.mkbartlett.co.uk/

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Learning to Die Episode 13: Nuclear Near Misses and Vice Admiral Vasili Arkhipov

Learning to Die Episode 13: Nuclear Near Misses and Vice Admiral Vasili Arkhipov

September 22, 2021

In this episode of the Learning to Die podcast we discuss the man that may be responsible for our lives today (Vasili Arkhipov) and how we have side stepped a nuclear war.

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Learning to Die Episode 12: The Earth Scroll from the Book of Five Rings

Learning to Die Episode 12: The Earth Scroll from the Book of Five Rings

September 15, 2021

In this episode, we continue our journey through the book of five rings. The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts `Miyamoto Mushashi around 1645 read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings 

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Learning to Die Podcast Episode 11: Dr. Stephen Blackwood-On the Love of Wisdom

Learning to Die Podcast Episode 11: Dr. Stephen Blackwood-On the Love of Wisdom

September 8, 2021

In this episode of the Learning to Die Podcast, Ciaran and Dr Stephen Blackwood discuss a broad range of topics including the lessons to be learned from the Roman poet Boethius, confusions around what science is and isn’t, what reason and rationality can mean in their fullest sense compared to what they are often seen as in a more narrow one, what beauty is and the role it can play in the human experience, and the possible causes and remedies for the meaning crisis in which we are living through.   

Stephen Blackwood is the founding President of Ralston College. He was born in Alberta and grew up in beautiful Prince Edward Island in a big family on a small family farm. He studied classics as an undergraduate, and received an MA (Classics) from Dalhousie and a PhD (Religion) from Emory University. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Cambridge.

His intellectual interests include philosophy, religion, psychology, theology, ethics, politics, nature, and art. His primary academic focus has been on the nature of the human person, specifically as it comes to be understood in ancient and medieval times, and on the evolution of the ideals, institutions, and cultural forms that enable human beings to flourish. His book on the Roman poet-philosopher-statesman, Boethius, was published by Oxford University Press.

He has co-founded or helped to direct several non-profit organizations, including in inner-city education and cancer research. He has lived and worked in many European countries and is a naturalized citizen of the United States,
 

Dr Blackwood’s website: https://www.stephenjblackwood.com/  

Ralston College's website: https://www.ralston.ac/  

Dr Blackwood is the host of the Ralston College Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVbAjoLkDnj5f6JkCVM-agw

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Learning to Die Episode 10: An Introduction to the Book of Five Rings

Learning to Die Episode 10: An Introduction to the Book of Five Rings

September 1, 2021

In this episode, we start our journey through the book of five rings. 

The Book of Five Rings (五輪書Go Rin no Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts`Miyamoto Mushashi around 1645 read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings 

The "Dokkōdō" is a short work written by Mushashi a week before he died in 1645. It consists of 21 precepts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dokk%C5%8Dd%C5%8D

Documentary: Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172047/

Book: Sam Sheridan, The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game https://www.amazon.com.au/Fighters-Mind-Sam-Sheridan/dp/0802145019

 

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Learning to Die Episode 9: The Book of Five Rings with Sonny Brown from the Sonny Brown Breakdown

Learning to Die Episode 9: The Book of Five Rings with Sonny Brown from the Sonny Brown Breakdown

August 25, 2021

In this episode, we chat with Sonny Brown, a former MMA fighter, and BJJ black belt.

Sonny was victorious in 3 MMA title bouts becoming a 3 time Australian Mixed Martial Arts Champion in the lightweight division beating standouts Dan Hooker and Damien Brown. He is the only person to secure an MMA victory via Gogoplata choke in Australia. He is successful in No-Gi Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions winning roughly 18 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals in state and national competitions. These days Sonny teaches kids as a PE teacher and hosts and runs the world-famous Sonny Brown Breakdown podcast and YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out at https://www.sonnybrown.net for links to the podcast and the breakdown videos. 

Sonny has also written an excellent article on the Book of Five Rings that you can access here 

https://www.sonnybrown.net/notes-book-of-five-rings-miyamoto-musashi/ 

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Learning to Die Episode 8: Hiroshima and the development of nuclear weapons

Learning to Die Episode 8: Hiroshima and the development of nuclear weapons

August 17, 2021

In this episode, Ciaran and Ian sit down to discuss the horrific events of World War II, in particular the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities on the 6th and 9th August 1945, respectively. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict. 

Oppenheimer Bhagavad-Gita Quote https://youtu.be/pqZqfTOxFhY

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