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Author: Tim Lower, PhD

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TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show and podcast is an entertaining and educational radio show and podcast derived from Teh Dŭk!tər’s (Dr. Tim Lower’s) time spent teaching about phenomenology and the psychological sciences, and researching cross-cultural ways of making sense of our lives, our world, and each other. The show engages listeners in experiences and reflections designed to help them apply phenomenology and the science of psychology to their everyday lives. It provides listeners with a variety of concepts, discussions, interviews, and reports, all within the context of an entertaining science-fiction backstory.The show is broadcast across the Puget Sound and Salish Sea each Sunday from 2:00pm - 3:00pm (PDT) on the Pacific Northwest's own KKNW 1150 AM. Shortly after each episode airs, it is is posted to most popular podcast platforms. More information about the show and its episode segments, including clips, links, transcripts, and a summary of the show's science-fiction backstory, can be found on TheNEWPhenomenologists' website: https://thenewphenomenologists.com.
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Show introduction.An interrupted summary of this episode's topics, which focus on the way in which our personal and collective histories influence our worldviews. Toward that end, Martin Heidegger's notion of historicality, and selections from Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method are discussed. Following this is a description of known psychological models of history, and discussion on their influence on how we interpret the moments of our lives. After that is a discussion with Dr. David R. Harrington on understanding mythological perspectives on life, followed by a One-hit wonder utilizing the Greek Titan Mnemosyne's relationship to her progeny to explain the relationship between memory and creation in life.Being there.HistoricalityIn this segment on Dasein, or the being there, we describe Heidegger's understanding of the historicality of being human.  We then utilize selected quotes from Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method to describe the various ways in which our social histories in families and communities influence how we may come to understand and reason about our world.What's happening?Psychological models of history, with particular focus on mythical models.This segment begins with a presentation of known psychological models of history: degenerative models of history, progressive models of history, cyclical models of history, chaos models of history, and mythical models of history.  Examples of each model as they apply to the history, practice, and science of psychology are included in this presentation.  Then, the work of Joseph Campbell is utilized to provide a framework for understanding the multiple functions of myth in explaining life's experiences.Phenomenologizing with a New Hammer.Understanding myths.Dr. David R. Harrington returns to discuss with Teh Dŭk!tər various aspects of interpreting and applying mythology, according to a psychological and phenomenological perspective.One-hit wonders.Mnemosyne gives birth to the muses.A song about the relationship between memory and creativity in life is paralleled with a delineation of the children of the Greek Titan's Mnemosyne (memory). Sung by Edmud version 1.0, and derived from Teh Dŭk!tər's lecture notes.More information on these show segments and previous episodes can be found on the show's website at: https://thenewphenomenologists.com
Show introduction.An interrupted summary of this episode's topics, which focus on The They that influence our minds and bodies. Along the way, psychological phenomena such as the false consensus effect and pluralistic ignorance are explored. A worldwide survey of messages written to non-terrestrial intelligence is then utilized to provide a current example of the manner in which The They and pluralistic ignorance may have influenced the general worldview held by many people in the 21st Century.  Experience this!47.193218, -122.296558 Practice phenomenology on the sounds from geographic locations throughout Washington State. An extended explanatory introduction leads this segment, which comes from  47.193218, -122.296558, at Sound Transit's Puyallup Station, in Puyallup Washington.  Go here, and at just the right time, you'll hear the cosmos say the same thing. The cosmos speaks through all things, and in all ways.Being there.The They (Das Man).Being there is the way of being human. In this episode, we present Martin Heidegger's Das Man: The They. We explore the many ways in which these nameless/faceless others are internalized in our minds, bodies, and worldviews.One-hit wonders.Individuality and predictability.A song about the reach and potential influence of psychology in one's life, sung by Edmud version 1.0, and derived from Teh Dŭk!tər's lecture notes.What's happening?False consensus, pluralistic ignorance, and the they in each of us.The phenomena known in social psychology as the false consensus effect and pluralistic ignorance are utilized to further explore the particular ways in which our individual understandings of the thoughts and perspectives of The They may influence us in our daily lives. Music for our non-corporeal descendants.Dr. Karen Horney?Sung by Ana-is version 1.0.  Inspired by Karen Horney’s theories; the zombie is a metaphor for the unconscious (though—for another's use of this metaphor—see the writings of V.S. Ramachandran). Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes. Being here.Reflections on being human, by way of a multinational survey on what people might want to say to an extraterrestrial intelligence.The results of a previously conducted worldwide survey on what people might want to say to an extraterrestrial intelligence are utilized to illustrate a global example of pluralistic ignorance about human need, and what it means to be human.Advice from our human ancestors.Narcissus and you.Sung by G-or-G version 1.0.  Inspired by Freud’s interpretation of the Narcissus myth. Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes. More information on these show segments and previous episodes can be found on the show's website at: https://thenewphenomenologists.com
Show introduction.An interrupted summary of this episode's topics, which include examination of the influence that "geists," such as the zeitgeist and ortgeist, may have on our daily and seasonal moods. Also in today's show is a spotlight on the life-to-date, work, and advice of Steen Halling, PhD.What's Happening?Geists and weekly patterns in anxiety.Google Trends (trends.google.com) is utilized to demonstrate the way that geists may influence weekly patterns in anxiety in the United States during the early 21st Century. Such patterns are then compared to typical conceptualizations of anxiety in an individualistic society, and new avenues for the reduction of anxiety are discussed. Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit is referenced along the way.Being here.Geist influenced seasonal changes in mood.Google Trends (trends.google.com) is again utilized to understand geist influenced seasonal changes in mood among those in the United States and Australia. Seasonal affective disorder is explained, and psychological accommodations for seasonal changes are discussed. Becoming oneself.Steen Halling, PhDA first-person description of the process through which Dr. Steen Halling became who he is today… Licensed Psychologist, Professor Emeritus of Seattle University, pioneer of phenomenological methods, and author of numerous works on coming to better understand each other and the experiences in our lives.What have you been doing?Steen Halling, PhDDr. Steen Halling discusses dialogal phenomenology, a method invented by he and others in the course of trying to better understand the experience of forgiveness. After discussion on his method, Dr. Halling turns to description of the findings from his studies on forgiveness, and provides suggestions for forgiving ourselves and each others. Advice from our human ancestors.On Robot Directive #1010.11: The advice of Steen Halling, PhD.Selections of advice from Steen Halling, PhD, distilled from his reflections.More information on these show segments and previous episodes can be found on the show's website at: https://thenewphenomenologists.com
Show introduction.An interrupted summary of this special spooky episode's topics, along with discussion between Teh Dŭk!tər and FrEd-rEkw' on Friedrich Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer, in honor of which a new addition to the show's segments is entitled: Phenomenologizing with a New Hammer.Being there.Guilt and anxiety.The writings of Irving Yalom and Rollo May are integrated into discussion and practical advice on guilt and anxiety, as these experiences are typically understood by existential-phenomenological psychologists.Music for our Non-Corporeal DescendantsThe Lesson of AnxietySung by Sim-own.  Inspired by Jean Piaget’s theory on accommodation, and incorporating existential perspectives on anxiety.  But, see also Klaus Fiedler’s discussion on the emotional correlates of accommodation and assimilation in his Affective Influences on Social Information Processing, a chapter in the Handbook of Affect and Social Cognition by Joseph P. Forgas.  On the psychopathology of everyday life specifically, see the work of the same name by Sigmund Freud, and William Barrett’s book entitled Irrational Man. Being here.Results from a A U.S. nationwide survey on nightmares and worries. A nationwide online survey of Amazon Mechanical Turk workers was conducted October 15th-19th, 2019.  We asked participants their age, gender, and state of residence, and then asked them to tell us about their most recent nightmare, in their own words over the course of 2-3 sentences.  We then asked them to explain—again, over 2-3 sentences of their own words—what most worries them in everyday life. For both of these questions, in turn, we asked them to rate the impact of their nightmare and worries on their everyday lives. Phenomenologizing with a New Hammer.On nightmares, worries, and Emmanuel Levinas.Dr. David R. Harrington returns to discuss the application of Levinasian concepts to the most popular themes revealed in our nationwide survey on nightmares and worries.
Show introduction.Summary of show's topics, along with an interrupted discussion between Teh Dŭk!tər and FrEd-rEkw' on calculating the reach of the electromagnetic broadcast show and light podcast, in which is estimated to reach throughout the Local Interstellar Cloud and most of the G-Cloud.Being there.Mood and empathy.The existential-phenomenological concept of mood and its relation to our worldview are described, in order to introduce a way to use empathic mood-sharing to increase interpersonal understanding. Along the way, other-evaluative and see-conscious emotions are discussed, with focus on how or self-conscious emotions (like guilt and shame) reveal the pervasiveness of mood in our attitudes, perspectives, and life outcomes.What's happening?Perspective sharing and being present-at-hand.To complete the discussion on interpersonal understanding started in the Being there segment of this episode, the cognitive component of empathy is discussed. The experience of this component, often known as perspective taking or perspective sharing, may however often at first be experienced as aversive, or problematic. Heideggarian notions of ready-to-hand and present-at-hand are used to understand this, and relatively innocuous worldviews are presented as potential sources for practicing the imaginative skills required in perspective sharing. These include guided imaginative exercises on the potential worldviews of non-human sentient beings. Anthropomorphism and Frans de Waal's anthropodenialism are discussed while doing so.Being here.Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State.This episode's segment continues from the 19-10-13 show episode the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York. Along the way, it is explained how mood is identified in a quantitative phenomenology. The segment concludes with a list of artificially generated model statements phrased according to the popularity, relationships, style, and vocabulary of the participants themselves. Along the way, it is pointed out that most quantitative approaches to natural language leave out mood-identifying information, apparently due to researcher assumptions as to what words will be important or not to the participants. The difference between phenomenology and other qualitative methods is also explained during this segment.
Show introduction.Summary of show's topics, along with an interrupted discussion on binary, decimal, and sexagesimal counting systems.One-hit wonders.You manifest your worldview.A song sung by Mor-Ez and Vir-jinE-ah on how our psychological worldview intersects with our physical geographies.What's happening?Experiential horizons and their worldviews.Worlds, horizons and worldviews are described, and utilized to introduce the way that our habits and habitats shape our understanding of common sense, and practical guidance on how to increase perspective sharing. Along the way, Martin Heidegger's notion of horizon, and Pierre Bourdieu's habitus and doxa are also described.Experience this!47.305067, -122.521621Practice phenomenology on the sounds from geographic locations throughout Washington State. This segment comes from 47.305067, -122.521621 outside of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, in Tacoma Washington.Being there.Have you been there?Martin Heidegger's conceptualization of the human being, Dasein, is discussed by way of reflection on experiential questions, such as: Have you been there?Being here.Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State.This episode's segment compares the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York. Along the way convenience sampling is explained.
Show Intro. Summary of show's topics, along with a notation on the transition of the show's host from robot to human.One-hit wonders. Experiencing phenomenology.A song sung by E-dit on one method for experiencing phenomenology.What's happening? The cocktail party effect and phenomenology.The Cocktail Party Effect is described, and utilized as a means of introducing the basic process of phenomenology.Experience this! 47.098430, -122.152747Practice phenomenology on the sounds from geographic locations throughout Washington State. This segment comes from 47.098430, -122.152747 outside of Orting, Washington along the the Foothills Trail.Advice from our human ancestors. Narcissus, and you.A song sung by Edmud. Its lyrics are reflections on Sigmund Freud's interpretation and integration of the Narcissus myth.Becoming oneself. David R. Harrington, PhDA first-person description of the (probable) process through which Dr. David R. Harrington became who is is today… now mostly retired, and recently Dean of Instruction at Front Range Community College in Longmont, Colorado. He also served as Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. Before that, he taught at the University of Alaska Southeast, Central Methodist College, and the College of Idaho.What have you been doing? David R. Harrington, PhDDr. David R. Harrrington discusses his scholarship on the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, and extends his thoughts to both everyday experience, as well as the crises facing humanity during the first quarter of the 21st Century.Music for our non-corporeal descendants. On Robot Directive #1010.1: The advice of David R. Harrington, PhD.Selections of advice from David R. Harrington, PhD, distilled from his reflections.Parents: guidance is suggested.
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