Episodes

November 24, 2021

Pleasure and Utility

We often hear of utility, usually as it relates to economics or usefulness. But there is a different view of utility, one that focuses on pleasure. In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss this view of utility as pleasure, w...

October 27, 2021

How #Caturday helps us flourish

Craig’s favorite day of the week is Saturday, not just because it’s recording day, but also because it’s #Caturday! (It really is a thing.) Fun, seemingly silly activities like posting or viewing cat pictures (or dog pics, or...

October 13, 2021

Can a hermit Flourish?

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 flouris...

September 29, 2021

Outrunning Depression with Nita Sweeney

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 s...

September 15, 2021

Flourishing and Spirituality with Dr. Bernadine Lewis

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 bei...

September 01, 2021

Flourishing through music with Bryan Toney

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 find...

August 18, 2021

Grace and Grit with Filmmaker Sebastian Siegel

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 ...

August 04, 2021

Human Flourishing - Living the Excellent Life

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, psychology...

July 21, 2021

Reflections on Season One and Preview of Season Two on Human Flourishing

Andrea and Craig reflect about some key moments and concepts from season one and shine a light on what listeners can expect in season two. They discuss the Aristotelian mean, arete, virtues and many ways to live an excellent ...

July 07, 2021

Alternative Social Media with Robert Gehl

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat … these and other social media platforms allow us to keep up with old friends and make new ones, lets us expand our knowledge and stay informed about current events, and even g...

June 23, 2021

The Uncertainty, Anxiety, Information Paradox

We live in a world filled with uncertainty. Often this uncertainty leads to anxiety about the future. Fortunately, information can reduce uncertainty, and in turn, reduce anxiety. The catch is that the new information may als...

June 09, 2021

Fake News with Dr. Amber Hinsley

Sadly, we live in a world rife with fake news, misinformation, and disinformation, in what President Barak Obama called "a dust cloud of nonsense." In this episode, we talk with Dr. Amber Hinsley, a former journalist turned a...

May 26, 2021

Tuning Out to Tune In

Many of us feel like we’re faced with a never-ending flood of information from social media, websites, television, radio … and podcasts. Some platform (are you listening social media??) are designed to be addicting. Dealing w...

May 19, 2021

Social Noise with Dr. Tara Zimmerman - Part 2

Social noise is phenomenon that concerns how the presence of others affects our social behaviors. This episode is the second in a two part series. (You probably guessed that from the "Part 2" in the title.) In this episode we...

May 12, 2021

Social Media Noise with Dr. Tara Zimmerman - Part 1

The constant presence of social media in our lives leads us to, intentionally or unintentionally, form our impressions of some people through what they post on social media. In many cases, such impressions are wrong. In a phe...

April 28, 2021

What is rational ignorance?

"Rational" and "ignorance" are words that don't often go together, but sometimes they should. In this episode Andrea and Craig explore the concept of rational ignorance. which basically means that when the cost of acquiring ...

April 14, 2021

Introduction to the Rational Ignorance Podcast

Welcome to the Rational Ignorance Podcast! In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss their goals for the podcast, and what listeners can expect to gain from listening (in business speak -- the value proposition). We're new to...