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Author: Evan Thomsen

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Philosophy can expand, uplift, and improve us. But so much of it today is focused on tearing down the individual, removing responsibility, and ignoring wisdom that has stood the test of time.

This is not what I'm doing. Because the goal of philosophy is not to help you sound posh at parties, but to turn you into a mature, adaptable, and strong individual. In other words – good philosophy can make you a total badass.

Know yourself, master yourself, and arm yourself with powerful ideas.

This podcast is built upon the best traditions and aimed at our highest potential. We will talk about philosophy, psychology, history, religion, science, culture, politics, and the greatest stories ever told. From Aristotle to Zarathustra.

This is the #1 podcast made entirely with a hammer.
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An Epic of Masculinity
When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy.This results in a world where a plurality of masculine figures without virtue are in leadership positions in governments, companies, and organizations. This structure is incentivized to forward and repeat the societal talking points whereby masculinity is defined as toxic. This narrative helps prevent good men from rising up.The toxic masculine narrative is the norm, of both history and today.I'm going to crush this status quo, by uplifting masculine idealism.It is a simple formula. Competence + Ethics. This is the masculine ideal.We are a species that doesn’t do well with nuance. We see so many bad men in the world and in the news, and we drift towards simple answers: men are bad. With this we forget that our last and best hope against tyranny is the development of masculine ideals and virtues.It is for this reason that stories about the positive masculine (and omens about the negative masculine) have survived and thrived for thousands of years.I’m going to crush the historic and modern status quo that defines all men as toxic, not by offering my critique of their position, but by offering the alternative. The alternative are these stories and lessons from history, philosophy, and idea. These stories have one purpose: uplift the positive masculine, and teach masculine ideals.

An Epic of Masculinity

2018-09-1501:40:019

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Treson B. Young

keep it up, i luv it

Mar 16th
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Mara Childress

I was looking forward to a philosophy equivalent of the excellent Hardcore History podcast, like an overview of philosophy including concepts, history, and application. Instead, the pilot dives straight into conservative religious ideology lamenting the way society today is under attack by the mysterious "they" (nevermind that in those "great" days when humans were considered divinely special there were extreme levels of religious violence, slavery, etc.) To see if it would get any better, I tried the first episode and it immediately launched into partisan political views again. Maybe eventually it gets into philosophy but I couldn't take it long enough to get there. Very disappointing, unsubscribed.

Mar 13th
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Anguel Roumenov Bogoev

Mara Childress Glad to know I'm not the only one that saw this. Even the selection of premises almost begs for a Conservative American Christian's answer. Very disappointing.

Mar 21st
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Benjamin Cook

I dropped out of uni (philosophy/history double major) for the very reasons that JP espouses. But I also left because of angry, bitter, self-indulgent bullshit like this. Being pissed off is an excuse, not a reason.

Feb 25th
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TOMkadelik

Man! I love this.

Feb 10th
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kendall lang

I really like this podcast, it's well thought out and I hope it continues!

Feb 5th
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Evan Thomsen

kendall lang Hey Kendall – I really appreciate that! It is very much continuing... In January we moved to a new country! So... been very busy. Part 4 is coming out very soon.

Feb 9th
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steve boheimer

I really enjoyed this

Jan 31st
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Evan Thomsen

steve boheimer Thanks Steve, I appreciate you listening!

Feb 9th
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Ian Jones

x2 introduces a podcast by condemning some imaginary person(s) and playing victim. OVER IT. immediate unsub.

Jan 28th
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stan howlett

fantastic.

Dec 19th
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Evan Thomsen

stan howlett Thanks again Stan! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jan 5th
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Cory

its like listening to a speaker give a recipe for cake, but all theyre talking about is the value of the eggs.

Nov 28th
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Evan Thomsen

Occult Owl Thanks, Stephanie :) I appreciate you reading here and seeing that. Hope you've enjoyed the podcast as well. Have a great day!

Jan 5th
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Occult Owl

Evan Thomsen Excellent come back there Evan. Very well said. Exactly true Evan

Dec 24th
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stan howlett

amazing pod cast 5 stars enlightening

Oct 9th
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stan howlett

Evan Thomsen awesome glad to here it making my way from the start , im a left leaning 21 year old and its nice to here another person resonating truth and sense , oh and you don't sound like peterson at all , im a big fan of his as well and you may take simlar ideas but your approach is very different and unique im a good way :)

Oct 24th
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Evan Thomsen

stan howlett I really appreciate the comment, Stan. :) Much more to come!

Oct 24th
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Sean Morgan

I disagree with some of your moral and social hierarchical structure but these are definitely thought provoking discussion topics. I like the other people on here comparing you to Jordan Peterson. I think I agree with you a bit more than I do Peterson but you're a bit more liberal while I consider myself a bit more conservative. Regardless, I've listened to every podcast you've put out and had the fortune of being able to work with you on a couple of occasions. Keep up the good work and continue doing great things! I look forward to working with you more in the future and I can't wait to see what you're going to accomplish.

Sep 26th
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Aedreus Shaene

I've only just started, but I want to state this brought to mind the jovial way my philo professors back in college would approach a topic they liked or even didn't like, treating it not as something to be thrown out should it not make sense or fit where we want it, but carefully thought over. It's not so much a lesson as it is an invitation to explore. With online classes being popular, this should be part of a course. Would a course be as lively!

Sep 25th
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Evan Thomsen

Aedreus Shaene I really appreciate the comment! Accreditation is expensive... but education is free.

Sep 25th
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Joey Huller

I knew something was wrong minutes into this podcast. and then he startsb using "they" over and over in a conspicuous way. And then he drops the JP bomb. And then he drops the Ayn Rand follow up. And I'm out.

Sep 3rd
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Aramithius

Yes, you dislike Hans' characterisation. We got that, loud and clear. That was about half of the entire critique of this episode. Have you ever seen The Usual Suspects? Did you like it? I don't see that having a last-minute twist that completely changes an audience's understanding of a character as a bad thing. I personally read Hans as Machiavellian. He is good or evil insofar as those actions support his goal of securing Arundale for himself. He isn't mean to anyone early on because it will not help him become its ruler. He helps the people he wants to rule to make sure he rules something. Everything he does is in service to the eventual goal of becoming ruler of Arundale. That's it. I take Frozen's main message to be one of familial loyalty and love. That siblings should stick together and support each other, do anything to help each other, that was the main thing, for me. That's why the kingdom is so readily abandoned, because the writers did not want to tell a story about rulership (as many fairy stories in general don't, actually). The family stuff is also pretty much the only narrative element that remains from the original Snow Queen tale, apart from the frozen heart. Also, does Frozen have to have a moral lesson? It had a huge impact because it was popular. Disney, while it is Disney, had no way of knowing that it would be as popular as it was. You can't write a story knowing the impact it will have, necessarily (The later Harry Pottters are an exception here, but in general). Hell, the composer of Let It Go has publicly apologised for writing it, because it got played so much. To go back to The Usual Suspects, is it a bad film because it was not trying to teach a moral lesson? No, not in the least. It was really well made, and had a compelling story. And none of the characters, so far as I can tell, were archetypes. Simply because a film does not have archetypal characters dots not make it a bad film. Frankly, I find it refreshing, because it means that I can't know every plot development 20 minutes before it happens, which I can with many films that flew archetypes. Mystery enhances the enjoyment, for me. And finally, a small stylistic point. Could you please try to speak less like Jordan Peterson? If I want to listen to him, I'll listen to him, not you. I would love to hear your own voice and idiom, not one that apes (either intentionally or not) someone else.

Aug 11th
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Evan Thomsen

Aramithius Hey James, I really appreciated reading this. Very thoughtful. I love the movie the Usual Suspects. The twist is of course what makes it so memorable - and the coherence of the film given the twist. The twist makes perfect sense, once it happens, and the explanation is intelligible. This, I argue, is not the case in Frozen. The twist just... happens? We are expected to accept this without question? No, I don't believe stories work like that! :) haha. And of course, films don't require archetypical stories. Certainly not. I do believe that Disney stories are archetypical representations, and Frozen, in my respectful opinion, falls short. I also very much appreciate the compliment and comparison to Jordan Peterson. Very much appreciated! Thank you again for the comment. I very much hope I have made myself more clear. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sep 25th
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