E15: The Spectrum #1, Featuring Socialism in America

This episode features the first installment of the Spectrum, a show about political concepts, their definitions, and how they are used in American politics. The purpose of the show is not to argue sides of political issues. Instead its purpose is to help listeners to understand the meanings behind commonly used political jargon. On this first installment we discuss the term socialism and try to pin down its real meaning as it is used in the US. The episode also features a special guest, Neo, a former high school classmate of mine who now lives in Berlin and is writing a thesis in the field of political sociology.

As usual I invite listeners to tweet at us about the topics discussed on the podcast to the Voices from the Dark twitter handle (@Voices_Dark). We will read tweets on the show, so you can get involved! I still need all the help I can get, so get in touch if you want to help produce. Enjoy!

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E14: Mistaken Ideas #3, Featuring the False Precision and Splitting Hairs Fallacies

This episode features the third installment of the Voices from the Dark Mistaken Ideas series, a show about fallacies, their importance and their use. My guest today is my good friend and fellow philosopher, wizard and totem, Evgeni Klisarov. Today’s episode picks up from where we left off Episode 12, which featured the Fallacy of the Horns and the Red Herring fallacy, moving on to the False Precision and Splitting Hairs fallacies.

We introduce a new fallacies book, How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic by Madsen Pirie. We site examples of both fallacies from this book. I share my own example of the Splitting Hairs fallacy, and Evgeni shares his example of the False Precision fallacy.

Additionally, Evgeni shares his ideas about the importance of learning fallacies, as well as his ideas about the psychological and unconscious motivations behind both intentional and unintentional fallacies. He also shares some advice for listeners on the best way to call out fallacies in conversation. There is definitely a co-host vibe going on, and I hope that Evgeni finds the time to join me again.

As usual I invite listeners to tweet examples of all fallacies discussed on the podcast to the Voices from the Dark twitter handle (@Voices_Dark) which I will read on the show. Get involved! I still need all the help I can get, so get in touch if you want to help produce. Enjoy!

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E13: Artists #9, Featuring Anton Egorov

This episode features the ninth installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series, where I speak with Anton Egorov, a Berlin-based artist and writer with many projects underway. We talk about what it means for him to be an artist, the importance of having supportive family and friends and parties… (FYI: not cocaine parties!)

Some announcements:

  • I invite all listeners to tweet examples of the fallacies discussed in previous episodes (see Episode 12) which include the Fallacy of the Horns, the Red Herring, and Fake Precision
  • All listeners and previous guests are invited to the Voices from the Dark Dirty Dozen party, which will occur on the ides of September at a location to be determined
  • As usual, I need all the help I can get, so get in touch if you want to produce.

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E12: Mistaken Ideas #2, Featuring the Fallacy of the Horns and Red Herring

This episode features the second installment of the Voices from the Dark Mistaken Ideas series, a show about fallacies, their importance and their use. My guest today is myself, a self-proclaimed philosopher, wizard and totem. Today we pick up from where we left off on Episode 11.

I talk about the upcoming Voices from the Dark Dirty Dozen Party which I will announce here and on social media at a later date. You’re all invited, so stay tuned! I discuss the fallacy from the previous episode (Fallacy of the Horns), this episode’s fallacy (Red Herring) and a preview of next episode’s fallacy (Fake Precision).

I invite listeners to tweet examples of these fallacies to the Voices from the Dark twitter handle @Voices_Dark which I will read on the show. Get involved! I also give some updates about upcoming collaborations and changes to the show. And as usual, I need all the help I can get, so get in touch if you want to produce. Enjoy!

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E11: Mistaken Ideas #1, Introduction Featuring the Fallacy of the Horns

This episode features the first installment of the Voices from the Dark Mistaken Ideas series, a series about fallacies, their importance and their use. My guest today is myself, a self-proclaimed philosopher, wizard and totem. We discuss the goals of the series, my favorite fallacy and even define some terms. Enjoy!

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E10: Artists #8, Featuring Michael McLaughlin

This episode features the eighth installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. My guest is poet and former accountant Michael McLaughlin. We discuss his misadventures in accounting, his former job in a mental hospital, his upbringing in Dublin and how these things led him to Berlin, where he is able to focus more on developing his craft. We also get a special treat in this episode with a reading of his poem “Football’s Adventure.” Enjoy!

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E9: I’ll Be Right Back #2, Featuring “The Babysitter” (2017)

This episode features the second installment of the Voices from the Dark comparative horror film series I’ll Be Right Back with my co-host Daniel, the Chauffeur. The episode is filled with spoilers for the 2017 film the Babysitter by McG, written by Brian Duffield. If you haven’t seen it, stop right now and go watch it! We talk in depth about the film, including related topics such as bullying, racism, spiders (again!) and much more. Enjoy!

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E8: Artists #7, Featuring J. Hermit

This episode features the seventh installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. My guest is guitarist J. Hermit, aka Jia, aka Yunjia Liu. We discuss how she fell in love with the guitar while on the path to becoming a doctor. Jia shares her story, her current projects and her belief in the magic of music. She also shares insight into how she deals with the obstacles and challenges of being an artist and how intuition plays an integral part in overcoming those obstacles. Enjoy!

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Learn more about J. Hermit and her music on her website yunjialiuguitarist.com. She is coming out with an EP called “Five Elements” in September and will be performing solo, live in Berlin on July 7th in a meditative guitar concert at the Kali Psychedelic Bookshop in Berlin, Friedrichshain (Krossener Str. 18, 10245 Berlin). Go check it out!

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E7: Artists #6, Featuring Federica Flux

This episode features the sixth installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. My guest is VJ and performer Federica Flux. We discuss her artistic journey from her grandmother’s kitchen to learning classical guitar to a stint as a medical student and finally to discovering the benefits of art as a curative practice. Federica shares her ideas on how art is simultaneously an invitation to break our own personal boundaries and a way to connect with other human beings through common spaces. Enjoy!

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E6: I’ll Be Right Back #1, Featuring “Better Watch Out” (2016)

This episode features the first installment of the Voices from the Dark comparative horror film series I’ll Be Right Back with my co-host Daniel, the Chauffeur. The episode is filled with spoilers for the 2016 film Better Watch Out by Chris Peckover, story by Zack Kahn. If you haven’t seen it, stop right now and go watch it! We talk in depth about the film, including topics such as mommy issues, teenage misogyny, and what it means to love spiders. This episode is just the first in a series where we speak about horror films featuring babysitters and other recurring themes. Enjoy!

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