Show 464: Joel Marks on A-moralism and the Philosophy of Desire

Joel Marks on A-moralism and the Philosophy of Desire

Because of the Darwinian revolution, and the Galilean revolution before it, we have been able to – intellectually at least – get past our early notions of gods and supernatural beliefs in general… And now we are tackling what seems to be more and more scientifically evidenced… the death of free will and the notion along with it of the self-made man.  On ETFF we’ve discussed what ‘free will’ is, what determinism is, and how we might consider conducting ourselves in society when we know that no person is the ultimate author of their behaviors.  But, while some have argued that while we can’t hold people morally responsible for their actions, others still believe that we can entertain the notions of morality itself.  But is that the most logical way to look at the human condition? We’ll find out, on today’s edition of Equal Time for Freethought with Dr. Joel Marks!

Show 463: Jefferson Fish on The Myth of Race…

Jefferson Fish on The Myth of Race…

Are humans divided into discrete groups, each with recognizable physical traits? It can seem that way on the surface, but if so, why are there so many “exceptions to the rule”? And why were there 15 different race categories on the 2010 Census? If they do exist, how many are there, and why do different cultures categorize people in different ways? In short, what is race, and does it even exist in the first place?


We’ll discuss these questions and more with Dr. Jefferson Fish, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at St. John’s University, New York City. He’s the author of more than one hundred journal articles, book chapters, and other works. He’s also written 12 books, including his most recent, The Myth of Race. Today, Dr. Fish will discuss some of the many unscientific myths about race that proliferate our society, the problems they cause, and how we could confront them.

Show 462: Naturalistic Support Workshop

Naturalistic Support Workshop w/ Arnell Dowret

This week, we will focus on the speed at which we run our lives and how no small part of why we do so involves fear of stopping – I mean stopping long term – like forever.  There’s the existential anxiety, but there’s also our need to feel so connected to so much and so many – except that for most of us, it’s a connection that while being five miles wide, is usually about one inch deep.  Our fear of being vulnerable, and our fear of deep connection keeps us running, and tweeting, and texting – frequently checking our devices, and all the rest – all to try to convince ourselves that we are not vulnerable and we are not fearful of connection.

Becoming empowered to advance your life while also advancing the lives of those around you; attaining a deeper sense of connectedness to others; and experiencing life with sublime inspiration and serenity.  While faith-based and other traditional paths which are based on supernatural beliefs claim to provide these benefits, the reality clearly falls short. Naturalism in contrast, which concerns itself with attaining an understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe that is accurate, reliable, and testable (evidence-based) can actually deliver all of these benefits, with a level of effectiveness that no supernatural-based approach can equal.

Gaining a naturalized understanding of ourselves and how we fit into the world around us can help us reduce thoughts and feelings that diminish our effectiveness and debilitate us mentally and physically such as guilt, shame, regret, blame, resentment, indignation, anxiety, fear, anger, hurt, and feelings of worthlessness; it can sharpen our awareness, deepen our empathy, and support lasting growth. The way we will demonstrate how a naturalistic understanding can accomplish all of this will be by taking calls from listeners who are willing to share how such damaging feelings may be diminishing their happiness.

Naturalistic Support is an approach to providing non-hierarchical peer support, and demonstrating how applied naturalism can facilitate personal growth. It is not a substitute for conventional psychotherapy or other forms of counseling that are traditionally provided by licensed professionals.