The Edge Of The Coin (TDP #380)

People believe different things, the fearless girl, Philosopher Mykl joins me to talk about … something, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“Daredevil and Luke Cage both say they don’t kill anyone, but I’ve seen the fights, they may not kill someone immediately – but 2 minutes later cause of death is succumbed to injuries” – The Distracted Philosopher

Fidget spinner in action

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It’s amazing how much can be solved by a discussion between people. Humans don’t naturally don’t condone or perform blind obedience, at least not in America. We require information. We require context. We require a discussion to understand. Without that we will fight back.

Some people will fight back even after a discussion and some people just fight without a discussion — but discussion should happen first.

An actual discussion where both sides actually listen is required — which is difficult because if people believe they are in the right they won’t listen to anyone who disagrees.

For me, I always say, “Am I being detained? Am I free to go? Why am I being detained? I’d like to speak to a lawyer.”

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Philosopher Mykl’s blog is Rhetoric of the Idea Mind

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This is episode s10e15(380) for Monday, April 17, 2017 and clocked in at 27 minutes, 58 seconds

Is It Live or Memorized (TDP #379)

How you think, friends without benefits, guest philosopher Mykl joins me for a discussion on the separation of church and state, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“When I’m writing or creating, I have a strong desire to eat, to snack, to shove things in mouth, to slit my wrists, to perform autoerotic asphyxiation, to bang my head against the wall, to cry, to scream, to cause myself harm — but most of all, I really want to eat.” – The Distracted Philosopher

Feel better food

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My friend and fellow Philosopher joins me today for a quick discussion on separation of church and state, where he takes the stance of how much it’s needed and I try to convince you to support a government mandated religion.

But before that, I ask the question: What is 8 + 5? But it’s not the answer of 13 I’m looking for, it’s how you arrived at that answer. If you arrived at the answer of “d” (which is also correct) — let me be clear — I’m talking about base 10 basic math that children learn early in school, also you’re a smart ass.

So, how did you come up with the answer? Did you memorize it? I had to memorize multiplication tables as a kid, so I know 9 x 9 is 81, 7 x 7 is 49, etc. So I don’t understand the actual math, it’s just memorization. I may have memorized the basic addition tables too, but I don’t recall them anymore (honestly, I don’t recall all the multiplication ones either).

Did you use your fingers to start from 8 and count the remaining 5 (or did you do that in your head … 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 13)?

Maybe you thought to yourself, I know how to add fives together, so you took that 8 and made it a 5, added it to the other 5, then added back the 3 you took away.

Or you thought, 8 + 2 is 10, and I know 10 + 5 is 15, and it’s easy to subtract 2 from that to get 13.

Or, bear with me on this one, you knew that 8 is really 2 + 2 + 2 + 2, which is four 2’s, which is the same as 4 x 2. Then you were like, hey, there is a 2 and a 3 in that 5, which is really like 2 + 2 + 1. So that means I actually have the original four 2’s and I have two more 2’s, which is six 2’s. So I can take the 6 x 2 (because I memorized multiplication tables) and get 12, then add the extra 1 I have from the original 5.

There is nothing wrong with any of these methods, it just depends on how your brain thinks about numbers (and that last example makes the most sense to me). It doesn’t matter how you arrive at the answer, but it is important how you got there.

If you got the correct answer, but your methods were flawed, then you just got lucky and will walk around the reminder of your days ignorant in the fact you have no idea what’s going on around you (which can be absolute bliss if you ask me).

But if your methods are strong, even if you got the incorrect answer, you can go back over your process and determine where you went wrong and then learn something from it and be better next time. The answer is just a byproduct.

The answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 — and that’s not very helpful at all.

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This is episode s10e14(378) for Monday, April 10, 2017 and clocked in at 23 minutes, 50 seconds

Chicken Wings (TDP #378)

Personal rules of engagement, the angel of death, crayons, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

Having leadership quotes on your office wall, or using them regularly does not make you a leader. Quoting yourself as if you are some leader is arrogant – The Distracted Philosopher

Just an average mouse pad

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This week I don’t have anything to say.

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This is episode s10e13(378) for Monday, April 4, 2017 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 55 seconds

Other People’s Shoes (TDP #377)

Being someone else, almost naked girls, masks, idiots, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“Warning: Listening to this show can make you feel weak, lightheaded, and transgendered. Don’t panic as this is a normal reaction. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fight it” – The Distracted Philosopher

Hail. That is all.

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When someone asks you, “What would you have done?” You really can’t answer that. You can postulate, guess, hypothesize, or tell a story of what you think you would have done, but when it comes down to it, until you are actually in that situation you won’t know with 100% certainty. Your “Fight or Flight” will take over and you don’t know reaction, but you do imagine you would do the right thing — but people don’t always do that.

Don’t judge someone until you walk a mile in their shoes, then you will be a mile a way from them and you can say what you want (old joke, sorry).

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This is episode s10e12(377) for Monday, March 27, 2017 and clocked in at 18 minutes, 12 seconds

People Are Strange (TDP #376)

Majority, art, weed, bad people, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“Actually I came up with a really good quote for the show this week. I was driving so I couldn’t write it down. Basically I’m saying I forgot it. Sorry.” – The Distracted Philosopher

Why is there always equipment in front of my seat?

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It really bothers me that laws get passed based on the majority vote when the majority is barely over half. All this means is another vote could just as easily go the other way. The decision will be very controversial as almost half completely disagree. Brexit was 51.9%, Trump was 46.4, Clinton 48.5 — barely half or not even half — everyone is still completely divided.

But this isn’t my point. My point is that passing a law doesn’t change the behavior of people. Thousands of cars are speeding on the interstate every day — sure you can pull over a few here and there, but it’s not going to stop it. But for some reason, many people believe if there is a law, people will follow it.

People are strange.

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This is episode s10e99(376) for Monday, March 20, 2017 and clocked in at 28 minutes, 20 seconds