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WELCOME TO THE FOOD FOR FREE THOUGHT PODCAST EPISODE 1!!!! I've been fantasizing about this for a long time, and it's finally here. Someday I'll be Joe Rogan or Sam Harris, but I hope you love these humble beginnings. From a listener standpoint, it should be interesting to pay attention to the evolution of this [...]

Consider above all else whether you've advanced in philosophy or just in actual years. Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, XVI:3 Years mean nothing if we haven't gained wisdom. And wisdom is worthless if it can't be applied. A useful definition of philosophy is that it is the practice of gaining wisdom by studying and consciously exposing oneself to the natural processes of [...]

The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6:V If your opponent is fearful, stay aware and find a way to remain courageous. If your opponent is irrational, become rational. If you opponent is deceitful, be honest. If your opponent is bigoted, practice love and tolerance. If you opponent is [...]

This entry is another from my "tough conversations with the opposition" series. The only thing that's turned out to be "tough" about these conversations is getting past my initial doubt—all hypothetical, all "in my head"—that we'll be able to connect at all. I am finding that I have much more in common with these folks that [...]

If you feel weak, find a way to feel strong. Have conversations with your rivals. Practice rationality and reason. Find your spiritual—not religious—center. Learn new skills. Expose yourself to new ideas. Expose yourself to discomfort in all its forms. If you fear fighting for your ideals, become a fighter. Discover a personal code of conduct, morals, [...]