February 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
japanese, language, love, spanish
What do we mean by the word "love" in English? It means so many different things that it seems meaningless. In Japanese and Spanish, love means something much more specific.
February 9th, 2019 | 58 mins 7 secs
autism, conversation, social skills
What is the optimal number of people to have a conversation with? What happens when we keep adding more people? Why do some people, particularly autistic people, have a hard time engaging in a group conversation? What do we mean by "social skills"? We theorize on these issues.
January 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
education, feelings, learning, reason
To get along with others, we often have to tell people what they want to hear, not what you are actually thinking. We talked about the implications of doing this, and what happens if you never told the truth. The conversation then shifted to talking about our education system.
December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
rené girard, scapegoating
We discuss René Girard's theory of scapegoating.
December 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
mimetic desire, rené girard
Discussed René Girard’s theory of mimetic desire.
December 8th, 2018 | 54 mins 29 secs
evan fairbanks, photography
Dyske spoke to his friend Evan Fairbanks about photography over a Malaysian dinner in Queens.
October 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
What does it mean to follow your passion in today’s "gig economy"?
September 25th, 2018 | 59 mins 38 secs
When any idea or act is normalized within a group of people, it's easy and safe to criticize anything outside of that group that contradicts it. Normalization works so hypnotically that those under the influence begin to assume these ideas and actions to be universal. This makes people arrogant and even fascistic. What is more important than criticizing others who contradict your normalized values is to ask yourself what sort of hypnosis you yourself are under.
September 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
Although every school teacher and parent touts the value of "critical thinking," there is no critical thinking about critical thinking. Everyone seems to accept it as a virtue but when their own fundamental assumptions are questioned by critical thinking, they are appalled by that act of critical thinking.
September 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
We have our own narratives to explain why we did what we did. Not having any narratives makes us uncomfortable. Ultimately we have our narratives for why we exist and who we are.
August 27th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
What does authenticity mean today? Everyone from artists, musicians to marketers talk about "authenticity" but what exactly are we looking for? How do we define it?
August 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
ethnic food, nyc
We talk about the ethnic food in the US, particularly in New York City, and the cross-cultural functions food plays.
July 27th, 2018 | 47 mins 55 secs
psychology, socializing, time, time-management, work life balance
Being rich or poor is a state of mind. Some people feel poor even if they have money, and others feel rich even if they don't have money. Likewise, some people are time-poor even if they have time, while others are time-rich even if they don't have time.
July 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 secs
anthony bourdain, hasidic jews, immigration, integration, segregation
On racial segregation and integration. We talked about Anthony Bourdain’s criticism of “Northeastern Liberals,” exploitation of immigrants, slavery, Hasidic Jewish community, public vs. private schools.
June 16th, 2018 | 55 mins 44 secs
identity, japan, new orleans, new york, woman in the dunes, wyoming
In the West, we tend to assume that who we are is an unchanging essence of ourselves but when our lives change dramatically, we realize that it's impossible to define our identity without the context in which we live.
June 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
knowledge, learning, smart, wisdom
We tend to use the words "wise" and "smart" in different ways. We postulate that smartness can be taught, shared, and passed on, but wisdom cannot be. We all have to become wiser on our own from scratch.