- Man and Woman
- Straight and Gay
- Alpha and Beta
- Extravert and Introvert
- Active and Passive
- Proactive and Reactive
- Paternal and Maternal
- Self and Other
- Parent and Child
- Hold and Held
Is the universe one or many things? The Hindus call Maya, the veil of illusion, the "10,000 things", suggesting that behind all is just One thing. Does biology force us into a separation from the Oneness, from which we can never return? The Trio are joined by Rob Segal in this discussion of various dichotomies, most prominently the "Arche-Dichotomy" of whether things consist of one or many things.
Ethan and Zach are joined by their friend Rob Segal to discuss the Jungian mystic and analyst Robert A. Johnson's book We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love. Johnson is one of Zach's big heroes. The book is recommended. The episode is also recommended, if only because it's the best discussion by three bachelors on the topic of Romantic Love you'll find anywhere. Not that there was any competition… but they don't do too bad!
The Trio dismantle the Golden Rule piece by piece in this hilarious reexamination of conventional wisdom. Zach proposes a new term: the Aluminum Suggestion(™). Amidst the flurry of insights - e.g. it's the epitome of narcissism to assume that others are just like oneself, and that even doing unto to others as they would have done unto them doesn't always make sense - we'll run into Jack Sparrow, $100, and the Trio's mind control technique: "We get into your mind. First your mind, then your wallet!"
This is a casual conversation about "Philosophy." What does it mean to be a philosopher in the modern world? Ethan needs it to mean something, since he calls himself one. But does it mean anything more than that someone has been called a philosopher by him-/herself or others? The Trio do not arrive at a firm conclusion. It's good that there's nothing at stake besides this episode, or I suspect they'd be demoted!
Philosophy vs. Dreams
Why is it rare for people calling themselves "philosophers" to engage in dream analysis? Why aren't dreams a legitimate - or at least common - thing for philosophers to analyze? Zach runs both the Carl Jung interest group and Philadelphia Philosophy on meetup.com. The Trio discuss his scruples about advertising Jungian dream analysis on the Philosophy meetup, and why men tend to show up to philosophy, while women show up to dream analysis.
(Note that our actual website is WWW.ethanzachtrio.com. For some reason it only works if you put the www first…)
A great episode. Zach is trying to shut down magical thinking because he thinks it's not rigorous enough, while Ethan is trying to enliven it, because science is too dominant. Neuroscientists come under assault. The conversation flows consistently, and there's quite a few moments of brilliance... plus jokes! Check it out!