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Awesome Podcast Recommendation – The Tom Woods Show!

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Hello internet inhabitants! I am ecstatic to bring you this week’s favorite podcast of the week…logo

THE TOM WOODS SHOW! (iTunes link)
yaaayy!

Specifically, episode 309: On Being a Workaholic. This episode is great, but is very very very unlike his normal podcast content… which is just as great, but in a totally different way. In this episode, Tom talks about the lessons he learned while being a ‘workaholic’; namely that he used to carry his work over into his family life. As someone who has moderate workaholic tendencies, I’m going to learn vicariously through him and take his advice.

woods_bigUsually, Woods discusses libertarian political philosophy. He puts out a new episode every weekday, and they’re usually around 30 minutes long. I love that they’re so short because it allows for a full episode while driving to work, or it allows you to binge listen to 250 of them in a month or two (#PersonalExperience). One of my favorite things about the Tom Woods Show is that he doesn’t do politics; I hate politics. He does political philosophy.

By “politics” i mean pointing at specific people and arguing about their voting record and arguing over whether the tax rate should be 15% or 17%.
By political philosophy, I mean economics, the role of government, taxation, foreign policy, etc. Tom does mostly political philosophy. And when he does do ‘politics’, it doesn’t suck because it is mostly political philosophy anyway!

So after you listen to On Being a Workaholic, you should listen to these other episodes (listed below). I’ve been listening and writing down the episodes that I think are the best of the best, and these are them. My top 15, if you will.
Should you listen to my top 15? Yes.
Should you binge listen to his entire podcast repertoire? Even more yes.

Be careful though. Woods is the kind of libertarian that makes the average non-libertarian uncomfortable with how much he LOVES FREEDOM. (lol)

Seriously though. Listen to this guy. He’s great.
Here he is on Twitter and on Facebook.
If you have a podcast that you love and think I’ll love, comment here or tweet at me! @ElijiahT

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Awesome Podcast Recommendation – Straight Thinking!

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I have a BINGE & accidentally-ignore relationship with many of the podcasts I listen to. Thankfully iTunes doesn’t accidentally ignore podcasts in the same way I do. So when I remember to listen to a podcast, there are several episodes waiting for me! Yay!

straight-thinking-1This is exactly what happened this week with Ken Samples‘ podcast, Straight Thinking (iTunes). My forgetfulness is not meant to be seen as a shot against Straight Thinking at all. I may not always agree with Samples (or Reasons to Believe), but his systematic way of approaching theological and philosophical topics is great. Samples is a great teacher, and rarely am I left wondering what he meant by (insert complex topic here) or where he stands on (insert theological or philosophical topic here) and why.

team-member-kenneth-samplesSamples’ ability as a teacher is 50% of the reason I am recommending this podcast this week. The other 50% is because he has started a lengthy series on logic and critical thinking. I think it’ll be a great opportunity for those looking for a practical look at logic, reason and the proper use of your brain.
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He is calling it “Logic 101”, and as of today (12/19/14) he has gone through 4 episodes.
Logic 101A: The Whats and Whys of Logical Thinking
Logic 101B: Thinking Logically about Conspiracy Theories
Logic 101C: Think It Through
Logic 101D: Enhancing Brain-Mind Power

Check it out!
Let me know what you think!

And if you have a favorite podcast that you’d like to recommend, put it in the comments section or tweet at me! @ElijiahT
I’m always looking for new podcasts to binge-listen to.

Confessions of a Christian Freethinker

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Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.33.21 AMWhat is a freethinker? What is free thought?

For whatever reason, the term freethinker has become associated exclusively with being skeptical of religious claims. No more. No less.
If you are skeptical of religion… then congratulations, my friend; you are thinking freely.
The presumption is that if you look at the world through a critical lens, you will undoubtedly agree with the atheists and conclude that “There’s Probably No God”.

There seems to be something inherently wrong with this idea, and the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that not all atheists are freethinkers, and not all freethinkers are atheists.

Being able to ‘think freely’ shouldn’t commit you to any position. If it did, in what way would it be considered free? Freethinking, it seems to me, is more of an approach to knowledge… an epistemological endeavor. Like skepticism, ‘free thought’ should be thought of as a methodology, not a goal.
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