Ministry of Ideas
By Zachary Davis
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A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.
||CleanSpiritual Machines||Ever since early scientists began experimenting with immortality elixirs in the middle ages, religion has been influencing transhumanism. Now, we’re beginning to see transhumanism influencing religion.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShifting Blame||We claim to judge people for what they intentionally do, but accidents often influence our judgments. In our justice systems, people can be harshly and unfairly blamed for bad luck—but in our personal lives, taking on blame isn’t always a bad thing.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNothing Matters||Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s quite a lot to be said about Nothing.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTomorrow, Today||World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques and movements that challenged those very purposes.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApocalyptic Politics||Evangelical voters made up a significant portion of Donald Trump’s base in the 2016 presidential election. Their political agenda may not be peace or prosperity, but instead bringing us closer to the end of time.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConsumed||Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, there may be a logic - or even a love - to eating people.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChild's Play||We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes such as death, love, and virtue are most deeply and imaginatively explored.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForbidden Fruit||Contemporary diet culture is only the latest manifestation of a long history of religious fervor about food.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnlightened Cynicism||Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemeritocracy||Total faith in meritocracy leads to the dangerous belief that all social winners and losers are wholly deserving. Instead, we need an economy of grace.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSecular Salvations||The decline of organized religion in the West has opened up new paths for individuals to pursue what once was once understood to be salvation.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21st Century Citizenship||What does it mean to be a citizen in America in 2017?||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMirror Image||16th-century glass mirrors and 21st-century camera phones actually share a lot in common; they both are technologies that shaped new forms of the self.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhite Balance||Understanding race in America requires understanding its relationship to class.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean(In)efficiency||Efficiency has moved from a technique for measuring machines to a widely held moral value. But at what cost?||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeneration Why?||Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeriously Funny||What happens when politics becomes comedy and the jester becomes the king?||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Shape of History||The way we think about history can affect our belief that we can change it.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Ministry of Ideas||Introducing Ministry of Ideas, a podcast that explores the ideas that shape our lives.||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excited about this one! 💯💯
Great podcast by an even greater person
After listening to the first episode of “Ministry of Ideas,” I cannot think of anything else I want to be playing through my headphones as I perform the several tasks life requires of me. The podcasts emphasizes the question of how ideas come about, which includes several other sub-questions like where do those ideas take us, what or who shapes those ideas, and how we think about the ideas of others. If the topic of ideas does not draw you to listen, Zach should do the trick. I met Zach over a year ago, and I was struck by his imaginative ideas and his formal command of expressing them. Zach is a wonderful person who is always concerned with the wellbeing of others and always treats people with the utmost respect. The only flaw with the podcast is that they don’t have enough episodes that will allow me to listen 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
I love this podcast--each episode has been interesting, engaging, and fun! Have enjoyed it immensely and always look forward to new episodes! I think it's great.