55. Polarized Times (with Eduardo Lins)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Eduardo Lins about the 2020 election, Donald Trump, and the pros and cons of social media. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Eduardo_Lins_Podcast_Final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

54. Mindfulness and the Attention Economy (with Benji Buchanan)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Benji Buchanan. Benji is an entrepreneur and currently a computer science student at the University of Connecticut. We talk about a range topics, including Benji’s experience in the military and what it was like for him to undergo buds navy seal training, mindfulness, theContinue reading “54. Mindfulness and the Attention Economy (with Benji Buchanan)”

53. The Young Democratic Centrists of America (with Gundy)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Gundy about contemporary US politics and the 2020 election. Gundy has worked as a campaign staffer for the Pete Buttigieg campaign the past 8 months or so. He explains to me what his experience as a staffer was like and why he is aContinue reading “53. The Young Democratic Centrists of America (with Gundy)”

52. Is the Universe Conscious? (with Professor Philip Goff)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Philip Goff, who is a professor of philosophy at Durham University.  Professor Goff’s research focuses on the philosophy of consciousness and the question of how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview.  In recent years, Professor Goff has become one of the leading proponents ofContinue reading “52. Is the Universe Conscious? (with Professor Philip Goff)”

51. The Young Democratic Socialists of America (with Tori Zane and Gino De Angelis)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Zori Lane and Gino De Angelis, who are the leaders of the University of Connecticut chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America.  We discuss many topics, including socialism versus capitalism, the concept of ‘fully automated luxury communism’, healthcare, the 2020 presidential election, and cancel culture.Continue reading “51. The Young Democratic Socialists of America (with Tori Zane and Gino De Angelis)”

50. Terrorism (with Professor Evan Perkoski)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Professor Evan Perkoski. Dr. Perkoski is a professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut whose research focuses on terrorism and insurgency. Topics discussed include: terrorist technological innovations (e.g. suicide bombings, sarin gas attacks, aerial hijackings, cyberattacks), domestic terrorism, the logic of strategic nonviolence, theContinue reading “50. Terrorism (with Professor Evan Perkoski)”

49. Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (with Professor Charles Lansing)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Professor Charles Lansing about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.  Dr. Lansing is an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut.  His research focuses on Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the Third Reich and the postwar German states, the Holocaust, European intellectualContinue reading “49. Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (with Professor Charles Lansing)”

48. Party in the Storm #5 (with Jacob Coverdale and RJ Silverio)

In this Party in the Storm episode, I speak my friends Jacob Coverdale and RJ Silverio about everything under the sun: philosophy, culture, politics, and beyond. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Party_5_New_Plugin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

47. The Intellectual Apocalypse (with Professor C Thi Nguyen)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. C Thi Nguyen, who is an associate Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. Dr. Nguyen and I discuss work that he has conducted in social epistemology. Topics covered include the hyper specialization problem, the concept of a cognitive island, the distinction between filter bubblesContinue reading “47. The Intellectual Apocalypse (with Professor C Thi Nguyen)”

46. Internet Meme Culture

This is a solo episode in which I talk about internet meme culture. In the episode, I discuss the origin of the ‘meme’ concept, the increasing role that memes are playing in political discourse, and the absurdist nature of contemporary memes. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Internet_Daydream.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

45. Know-It-All Society (with Professor Michael Patrick Lynch)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Michael Patrick Lynch, who is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. Among other things, Professor Lynch is the author and editor of ten books and director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. His research concerns truth,Continue reading “45. Know-It-All Society (with Professor Michael Patrick Lynch)”

44. Moral Judgment, Disgust Sensitivity, and Political Affiliation (with Professor David Pizarro)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. David Pizarro, who is a professor of psychology at Cornell University, and cohost of the popular podcast, Very Bad Wizards. In this episode, Professor Pizarro and I talk about his podcast, his work on moral judgment, disgust sensitivity and trustworthiness, and the art of rapContinue reading “44. Moral Judgment, Disgust Sensitivity, and Political Affiliation (with Professor David Pizarro)”

43. Dinosaurs and Extinction (with Professor Rowan Lockwood)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Rowan Lockwood. Dr. Lockwood is currently Professor and Chair of the Geology Department at the College of William & Mary, having received her BA from Yale University and PhD from the University of Chicago. Professor Lockwood is a Paleontologist whose research seeks to understand howContinue reading “43. Dinosaurs and Extinction (with Professor Rowan Lockwood)”

42. Authenticity in Rap (with Swank Davis)

In this episode, I speak with Bronx-based rapper Swank Davis about his music, artistic process, and perspective on the rap game. The audio quality of this episode is unfortunately less than ideal due to a poor internet connection. Check out some of Swank’s content at the following links: https://music.apple.com/us/album/vincent-van-gogh/1364161253 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgLp6Q1FaJ0 https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Swank_Final.mp3Podcast: Play in new windowContinue reading “42. Authenticity in Rap (with Swank Davis)”

41. Christianity 2.0 (with Caleb Wurster)

In this episode, I speak with my friend Caleb Wurster about his religious faith. Caleb is currently a pitcher for the University of Connecticut baseball team and a practicing Christian. We spend a lot of time in this episode talking about the pastor that brought Caleb back to Christ: Erwin Mcmanus. Check out one ofContinue reading “41. Christianity 2.0 (with Caleb Wurster)”

40. Language Acquisition (with Professor Kate Harrigan)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Kate Harrigan. Dr. Harrigan is currently Lecturer of Psychology and Linguistics at the College of William & Mary, having received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on language acquisition, social cognition, and how the two interact. In this episode,Continue reading “40. Language Acquisition (with Professor Kate Harrigan)”

39. Psychological Paradoxes (with Brad Turner)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my brother Brad Turner about various mental principles to live by. We cover a range of different topics, including authenticity, mindfulness, Buddhism, Existentialism, Social Media outrage culture, and psychological paradoxes. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Psychological_PAradoxes_FIN.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

38. Marxism, Critical Theory, and the 2020 Election (with Dan Sequeira)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Dan Sequeira about a range of issues, including Marxism versus Capitalism, Structuralism, Critical Theory, Existentialism, Healthcare Policy, and the 2020 Presidential Election. Dan is currently a law student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is particularly interested in studying Legal Theory from aContinue reading “38. Marxism, Critical Theory, and the 2020 Election (with Dan Sequeira)”

37. Intentionality, Consciousness, and Panpsychism (with Professor Angela Mendelovici)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Angela Mendelovici. Dr. Mendelovici is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, having received her PhD in philosophy from Princeton University. Her research is in the philosophy of mind, specifically on intentionality, consciousness, and the relationship between the two. Her most recentContinue reading “37. Intentionality, Consciousness, and Panpsychism (with Professor Angela Mendelovici)”

36. Inside the Zeitgeist (with Austin Menzies)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Austin Menzies about a range of different issues, including Elliott Wave Theory, the directionality of history, human nature, fake news, and the state of contemporary politics and culture. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Inside_the_Zeitgeist_FIN.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

35. Mental Reality (with Cormac Duffy and Preston Lennon)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Cormac Duffy and Preston Lennon about issues in the philosophy of mind, including introspection, the hard problem of consciousness, AI consciousness, and experiential thinking. Cormac is currently a masters student in philosophy at the University College Dublin, whereas Preston is a PhD student in philosophy atContinue reading “35. Mental Reality (with Cormac Duffy and Preston Lennon)”

34. Dimensions of the Mind (with Takuya Niikawa)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Takuya Niikawa, who is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris. Takuya received his PhD in philosophy from Hokaiido University in 2015, defending the position of naive realism in the philosophy of perception. In this episode, Takuya and I discuss hisContinue reading “34. Dimensions of the Mind (with Takuya Niikawa)”

33. The Limits of Comprehension (with RJ Silverio and Jacob Coverdale)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friends RJ Silverio and Jacob Coverdale. RJ and Jacob are both students in the logic class that I am a teaching assistant for this semester at the University of Connecticut. Here, we discuss many topics, including conspiracy theories, the existence of aliens, the conspiracy theoryContinue reading “33. The Limits of Comprehension (with RJ Silverio and Jacob Coverdale)”

32. Creativity (with Professor James Kaufman)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. James Kaufman, who is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kaufman is one of the world’s leading experts on the study of creativity. He is the author/editor of more than 35 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Edition, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of CreativityContinue reading “32. Creativity (with Professor James Kaufman)”

31. Intellectual Virtues and Vices (with Professor Heather Battaly)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Heather Battaly, who is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Battaly specializes in epistemology, ethics, and virtue theory, is one of the leading researchers in the world on the concept of intellectual humility, and is a pioneer on the topic of epistemicContinue reading “31. Intellectual Virtues and Vices (with Professor Heather Battaly)”

30. The View from Everywhere and Nowhere (with Darian Spearman)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend and colleague Darian Spearman about many different topics, including contemporary politics, capitalism, socialism, the phenomenon of fake news, artificial intelligence and automation, universal basic income, race relations in America, the nature of science, the replication crisis, mythology, and psychedelic drugs. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/The_View_from_Everywhere_and_nowhere_.mp3Podcast: Play in newContinue reading “30. The View from Everywhere and Nowhere (with Darian Spearman)”

29. The Philosophy of Hip Hop and Trap Music (with Steve Nunez)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my colleague Steve Nunez. Steve spent five years in the U.S. army as a Green Beret before moving into academia. He holds a BA in the philosophy of religion and anthropology from UNC W and an MA in theological studies from Harvard. Currently, Steve is aContinue reading “29. The Philosophy of Hip Hop and Trap Music (with Steve Nunez)”

28. The Mystery of Consciousness (with Professor William Lycan)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. William Lycan. Dr. Lycan is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, and currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut. Professor Lycan has made groundbreaking contributions in many areas of philosophy, including philosophy of mind, philosophyContinue reading “28. The Mystery of Consciousness (with Professor William Lycan)”

27. Hip Hop and Hot Button Political Issues (with Matty Manic)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my good friend Matty Sheehan.  Matty and I discuss hip hop and a variety of hot button political issues, including rape culture, race relations in America, and identity politics. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Hip_Hop_and_Hot_Button_Political_Topics.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

26. Confronting the Future (with Uzo Ndukwe)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my close friend Uzo Ndukwe in New York City. Uzo and I discuss artificial intelligence, our New Year’s resolutions, and whether life has meaning in the absence of mortality! https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Confronting_the_Future.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

24. The Science of Language (with Professor Harry van der Hulst)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Harry van der Hulst.  Dr. van der Hulst is full professor of Linguistics and director of undergraduate studies in Linguistics at the University of Connecticut.  He is also, among other things, editor in chief of the peer-reviewed linguistics journal ‘The Linguistic Review’, a lifetime fellowContinue reading “24. The Science of Language (with Professor Harry van der Hulst)”

23. Party in the Storm #4 (with Madame Z)

This is the fourth installment of the Party in the Storm mini-series.  The Party in the Storm episodes feature impromptu conversations that I have with close friends and family, typically over a glass of liquor.  In this episode, I speak with my childhood friend Madame Z about what it was like to grow up togetherContinue reading “23. Party in the Storm #4 (with Madame Z)”

22. Making Sense of Nonsense (with Eno Agolli)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my colleague Eno Agolli.  Eno is a first year PhD student in philosophy at the University of Connecticut, specializing in logic and the philosophy of language.  We discuss a view called ‘logical nihilism’, before talking about a paper of Eno’s on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein,Continue reading “22. Making Sense of Nonsense (with Eno Agolli)”

21. The End of Psychological Suffering (with Kristin Culbertson)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Kristin Culbertson, who is a fourth year PhD student in philosophy at the University of Connecticut.  Kristin works primarily on Buddhist philosophy, Feminist philosophy, Ethics, and the intersection between the three.  For her dissertation, she is approaching issues of oppression in feminist philosophy from a Buddhist perspective. Continue reading “21. The End of Psychological Suffering (with Kristin Culbertson)”

20. Military Ethics (with Nathaniel Johnson)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Nate Johnson, who is a member of the United States Coast Guard.  Nate is currently getting his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Connecticut in preparation for teaching ethics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  We discuss Nate’s life in the CoastContinue reading “20. Military Ethics (with Nathaniel Johnson)”

19. Party in the Storm #3 (with Jake Sutterlin)

This is the third installment of the Party in the Storm mini-series.  The Party in the Storm episodes feature impromptu conversations that I have with close friends and family, typically over a glass of liquor.  In this episode, I speak with my good friend Jake Sutterlin (aka J-town aka The Big Man) about his life.Continue reading “19. Party in the Storm #3 (with Jake Sutterlin)”

18. The Problem of Poetic Meaning (with Phillip Barron)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Phillip Barron.  Phillip is a professional poet, and PhD student in philosophy at the University of Connecticut specializing in aesthetics and the philosophy of language.  We have a wide-ranging discussion about poetry, in which we focus on the concept of poetic meaning and Phillip’sContinue reading “18. The Problem of Poetic Meaning (with Phillip Barron)”

17. Humor, Truth, and Logical Paradoxes (with Rashed Ahmad)

  In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend and fellow grad student Rashed Ahmad.  Rashed is a third year PhD student in philosophy at the University of Connecticut specializing in logic.  We discuss Rashed’s views on the philosophy of humor, the nature of truth, logical paradoxes, and Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Th_Philosophy_of_Humor_Truth_and_Logical_Paradoxes.mp3Podcast:Continue reading “17. Humor, Truth, and Logical Paradoxes (with Rashed Ahmad)”

16. NYC Spontaneity and the Nature of Small Talk (with Jaeseung Lee and Sasha Podolsky)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my good high school friends Jaeseung Lee and Sasha Podolsky.  We discuss our friendship, the nature of small talk and gossiping, and our crazy night in NYC.  There is also a freestyle singing segment (27:50-36:10) in which I freestyle sing while Jae plays guitar in theContinue reading “16. NYC Spontaneity and the Nature of Small Talk (with Jaeseung Lee and Sasha Podolsky)”

15. The OBX Chronicles (with Brad Turner and Abbey Turner)

This episode of Tent Talks is composed of a variety of mini-segments that I recorded with my siblings over the course of our beach vacation in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  These mini-segments include everything from silly banter, to freestyle rapping, to serious philosophical discussions! https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Hatteras_Pod_less_less_freestyle_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google PodcastsContinue reading “15. The OBX Chronicles (with Brad Turner and Abbey Turner)”

14. The Primacy of Consciousness

This is a solo episode in which I discuss the philosophy of consciousness. In the episode, I define consciousness and then talk about the primacy of consciousness and what is known in philosophy as the hard problem of consciousness. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Philosophy_of_Consciousness.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

11. Philosophical Insanity (with Nikolaus Kennelly)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Nik Kennelly, who is a philosophy major and rising senior at Whitman College.  Nik and I have a wide-ranging conversation about a variety of topics, including but not limited to Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism, Hume’s Is/Ought Distinction, the philosophy of Christine Korsgaard, Existentialism, the Self,Continue reading “11. Philosophical Insanity (with Nikolaus Kennelly)”

10. Lying, Tragedy, and the Narrative Self (with Lesly Walker)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my teaching assistant Lesly Walker.  We discuss the ethics of lying, the paradox of tragedy, and the relationship between narration and the existence of the self. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Convo_with_Lesly.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

9. Do Ghosts Exist? (with Abbey Turner)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I talk with world renowned Ghost expert Abbey Turner.  Abbey and I clarify what we mean by the term ‘ghost’, and then have a brief discussion about whether or not ghosts exists, which involves us talking about the possibility of life after death, and making an important distinction between consciousnessContinue reading “9. Do Ghosts Exist? (with Abbey Turner)”

6. Party in the Storm #2 (with Gundy)

This is the second installment of the Party in the Storm mini-series.  The Party in the Storm episodes feature impromptu conversations that I have with close friends and family, typically over a glass of liquor.  In this episode, I speak with my friend Gundy over a glass of Grant’s Scotch Whiskey. https://media.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/p/content.blubrry.com/shelterfromthestorm/Convo_with_Gunderman_edited_Tent_Talks_.mp3Podcast: Play in newContinue reading “6. Party in the Storm #2 (with Gundy)”

5. Drag Queen Culture (with Benjamin Bowery)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Benjamin Bowery, who is currently a senior at the College of William & Mary.  Benjamin and I discuss our mutual interest in drag culture.  In particular, we talk about what a drag queen is, the history and future of drag as an art form,Continue reading “5. Drag Queen Culture (with Benjamin Bowery)”

4. Boxing and Standup Comedy (with Kareem Blue)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend and boxing instructor Kareem Blue.  Kareem is a professional standup comedian, and the owner and founder of the Blue Boy boxing gym in Thomaston, Connecticut, where he is the lead trainer and coach.  Kareem is also the founder of the Blue Boy Entertainment company,Continue reading “4. Boxing and Standup Comedy (with Kareem Blue)”

3. Buddhism and Cognitive Science (with Chris Manoharan)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend and fellow grad student Chris Manoharan.  Chris is a third year PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut.  He specializes in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Cognitive Science.  We touch a lot of topics in this conversation, including Buddhism’s claim that the self isContinue reading “3. Buddhism and Cognitive Science (with Chris Manoharan)”

2. Party in the Storm #1 (with Taylor Racevicius)

This episode is the first installment of the Party in the Storm mini-series.  The Party in the Storm episodes feature impromptu conversations that I have with close friends and family, typically over a glass of liquor.  In this debut episode, I sit down with my longtime friend Taylor Racevicius (aka Party Ardie) over a glassContinue reading “2. Party in the Storm #1 (with Taylor Racevicius)”

1. Psychedelics, Spirituality, and Safe Spaces (with Darian Spearman)

In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend and fellow grad student Darian Spearman.  Darian is a third year PhD student in philosophy at the University of Connecticut.  We discuss psychedelics, spirituality and religion, the nature of science, the so-called regressive left and the notion of safe spaces, and the issue ofContinue reading “1. Psychedelics, Spirituality, and Safe Spaces (with Darian Spearman)”