1. Don’t take it personally!
This is the first episode of Impersonal Opinion. This is the show where we share our opinions and don’t take anything personally! We talked about so many different things and yet strangely they often still related to the free will topic. Remember, we did not choose our opinions and so it’s nothing personal when we disagree. No topic is off limits!
2. Animal Rights
Chandler, George, and Jamie talk about animal rights and the reasoning behind vegetarianism and veganism. George also mentions how the livestock industry contributes to climate change. It’s time to consider how we view animals in contrast to how we view other humans. There are so many myths about these topics that have not been questioned by many people.
George has a history of studying and promoting happiness. His theory is that all the other things we do are to achieve happiness. If happiness is what life is about, we should look for what makes us happy. What methods do you use and are there things you have not tried? George is able to find happiness through transcendental meditation. Supposedly he can access happiness directly without having it always be about achieving goals.
4. Many Opinions
Chandler Klebs, Jamie Soden, David Joseph, George Ortega, and Will share their impersonal opinions about topics such as the price and specs of mobile devices, false messages in advertising, the color of the sky and grass, the lies of the meat, dairy, and egg industries, why life would be better without sex, and whatever else was on our minds at the time.
5. Kaitlyn Hunt
In this episode, Chandler Klebs, Jamie Soden, David Joseph, and George Ortega share their impersonal opinions about the case involving Kaitlyn Hunt who is being unfairly charged as a sex offender by the parents of a 14 year old she is in a relationship with. With the knowledge we had at the time it doesn’t seem like these teenagers did anything wrong.
After we talked about that, we sort of moved on to other topics. At around 24 minutes, Jamie Soden mentioned something I said on Facebook about eating meat being the same as murder. It was a huge change in subject, but that’s the kind of thing that can happen in our podcasts.
I hope that I clarified that I am not blaming people for it. I’ve mentioned this in previous podcasts. Because no one has a free will, it is not their fault when they have contributed to animal cruelty. By understanding this, hopefully it will make it easier for them to change rather than justifying it.
6. The Paradoxical Roni Cairns
We talk with our guest Roni Cairns about paradoxes! We talked about many paradoxes and also definitions of words. Roni begins with a Google definition.
paradox: “a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.”
Then she gives the example of the liar’s paradox.
“This statement is false.”
We talk about many different paradoxes but we also spent a significant amount on the Free Will topic which is usually what we cover in our other podcast. Either way I hope you enjoyed our Impersonal Opinion conversation about paradoxes!
7. Happiness and Meditation
George Ortega explains his experience with meditation and finding happiness that does not depend on other people. This way ensures that our happiness can’t as easily be stolen from us and we also don’t put pressure on others to make us happy.
Trick Slattery is an anti-natalist and Chandler Klebs requested to record an episode specifically about where he and Trick agree and disagree. Jamie Soden was also available at the time so all three of us shared our opinions without taking anything personally! Overall it was a great talk! The topic of Anti-Natalism is most interesting because it raises new questions about the morality of procreation. Can we justify bringing new people into existence who cannot consent to it? Will their existence cause greater pain than pleasure to the rest of life on the planet?
Is it ever right to kill? If so, when is it right to kill?
Chandler Klebs and Trick Slattery come from very different viewpoints when it comes to the rightness or wrongness of taking a life. Trick things that consciousness and certain experiences are required for life to have value. Chandler is not willing to take any risks and grieves over accidentally killing insects. This implies that their views on abortion will never match up. Nonetheless, they dare to talk about it and nobody takes their opinions personally.
Some cohosts of the Free Will, Science, and Religion podcast have been talking about consciousness and recorded some Impersonal Opinion episodes about defining what consciousness is and exactly what all it applies to. There are views such as panpsychism and epiphenominalism which may be worth exploring more.