Rational Ignorance Podcast

The Rational Ignorance podcast helps you focus your attention on what really matters--we help you separate the wheat from the chaff. We select topics and experts with a practical view toward living life well. With so much information available in the world today, it can be hard to know where to focus your attention. We’ll pick out important, interesting topics and connect you with experts who give you a big picture overview of what you need to know. Contact us at rationalignorance@pm.me, on Twitter @TheRIpodcast., or on Mastodon @rationalignorance

Recent Episodes

Can a hermit Flourish?

Oct. 13, 2021

Recently, a listener posed an interesting question in response to Episode 9 on Human Flourishing. In that episode we said that a hermit might be happy living alone in the woods, but that s/he wouldn't really living a flouri…

Outrunning Depression with Nita Sweeney

Sept. 29, 2021

Andrea and Craig welcome Nita Sweeney, an author, distance runner, writer and meditator who shares her tale of overcoming depression and anxiety through long distance running with her dog Morgan. She details the first basic …

Flourishing and Spirituality with Dr. Bernadine Lewis

Sept. 15, 2021

Many of us have a faith, but how is that different from spirituality? Is spirituality like food in the sense that we need it to care for our bodies (or in this case, our soul), something that every person by the nature of be…

Flourishing through music with Bryan Toney

Sept. 1, 2021

Music is synonymous with emotion and beauty and is a vital part of life. This week Andrea and Craig welcome musician Bryan Toney as he gives us insight on how music can help us flourish. He explains why it’s important to fin…

Grace and Grit with Filmmaker Sebastian Siegel

Aug. 18, 2021

In this episode Andrea and Craig welcome Sebastian Siegel, a British-American director, producer, screenwriter and author to talk about some of the themes and experiences from his new film, Grace and Grit , based on the book…

Human Flourishing - Living the Excellent Life

Aug. 4, 2021

In the first episode of season two, Andrea and Craig discuss some of the differences in how Aristotle, Dr. Martin Seligman, and Harvard view flourishing and some of the overlapping concepts in philosophy, religion, psycholog…

Recent Blog Posts

Birds don’t just fly, they hop a lot too

No person ever steps in the same river twice, because it’s not the same river, and it’s not the same person. –Heraclitus   Recen…

Living Between the Drought and the Deluge

[Note: This essay was originally written for the Flagstaff Business News. Monsoon comes in the summer in the desert southwest of the United States. It&rs…

The Joy of Gratitude

Essay on how gratitude can lead to a happier, more satisfied life.