The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor

Rachel and Todd talk about Flannery O’Connor. We discuss the unusual way that O’Connor developed Christian themes in her stories making use of violence and the grotesque. We look closely at four of her stories in particular, at her Southern regional style and humor as well as common themes like intergenerational conflict, urban and rural culture clashes, and racial tension as well as religious themes like depravity, redemption, grace, revelation, and the Holy Spirit.

Star Trek

Rick and Todd talk about Star Trek: an overview of the series, timeline continuity, development of the Klingons, the philosophy of Star Trek, genetic engineering, diversity, the Prime Directive and non-intervention, the secular values of Star Trek, the religious beliefs of other species and their productive tension with the secular Federation.

Set Theory

Jakob and Todd talk about set theory, its historical origins, Georg Cantor, trigonometric series, cardinalities of number systems, the continuum hypothesis, cardinalities of infinite sets, set theory as a foundation for mathematics, Cantor’s paradox, Russell’s paradox, axiomatization, the Zermelo–Fraenkel axiomatic system, the axiom of choice, and the understanding of mathematical objects as “sets with structure”.

Judgment and Decision Making

Jared and Todd talk about the study of judgment and decision making, the work of Kahneman and Tversky, System 1 and System 2, heuristics and biases, naturalistic decision making, prospect theory and value functions, loss aversion, anchoring, and nudge theory.