Mailbag! Instead of one topic, this week we go after as many as we can. These topics have been selected by YOU, the listener. We have been asked various questions, asked to clarify a few positions that we've taken, and asked, as we did in the last episode "Are You Insane?"
On today's show we start with a brief "state of the podcast" discussion, correct ourselves, and answer a few questions about politics and education. Did Dan really attack single people on a past show? Is Jeff an Anarchist? What's that kook, Vladdy Putin up to? Why does the intro sound different? The quality of the intro is crap this week (we are working on it!) but the content has changed for a reason.
Listen in and listen up, we've taken your questions and comments and made a show out of them. It's just the tip of the iceberg, after you listen, let us know what questions we didn't address.
When we discuss Myers-Briggs, we don't fully explain it for those who aren't familiar with it. Here is an explanation (click here
Dan is an INFJ, which stands for Introvert (not extrovert), Intuitive (not sensing), Feeling (instead of thinking), and Judging (rather than perceiving). This is the rarest combination. Jeff is an extrovert and then follows the same pattern as Dan, this is the second most rare.
As always, continue to comment, follow us and ask questions on twitter @jeffanddanpod
on our Facebook page
and on Instagram
Jeff also talks about his unhealthy obsession with Lana Del Rey, and Dan admits his love of the dreamy Matthew Mcconaughey and True Detective.
Enjoy. And have a delightful week.
On this, our 50th episode (enter fanfare) we discuss the nature of sanity and insanity. Wait, before you think that this is a highfalutin' philosophical show (well, it does have some philosophy) we came to this show by way of a question we asked ourselves: who is the sanest person we know?
This lead us down a rabbit hole for a week as we tried to put together a composite of the "sanest person" we know. Perhaps, sanity is illusive. Perhaps we are all insane. Or, like most things... it's complicated and we're not quite sure. But, join us as we discuss Dan's adventure with his two boys and missing cat, Jeff's new bike, and we think out loud through the thought of G.K. Chesterton, Soren Kierkegaard and others. We play some Old 97's and Beastie Boys and get around to making a little more sense of the world, our collective selves, and what it means to be sane. The closing song is a cover of "Crazy Train" by the Denver country band The Railbenders
Please indulge the reference to the great Duchovny struggle from 90's sci-fi television. Intellectual courage often asks us to be skeptical, while being open to anything (within reason?). Jeff and Dan sit down over coffee and discuss things they wish they could believe, and things they just can't. From the semi-conspiracy theorist Jeff, to the semi-conformist Dan, they discuss, candidly what they wish
were true and what they could not
believe. While some ideas are trifling, and others might suggest heresy from some groups the general premise ties into the idea of intellectual humility.
We discuss conspiracy theories, the Melanchthon Circle, Santiago Sam
tea, alchemy, neoplatonism, St. Augustine's Confessions, Masonry, Airborne, occult philosophy, esoterica, the JFK assasination, Ethiopia's claim to have the Ark of the Covenant, and postmodernity.
In contrast to what they discuss on the show, at the very end, Dan makes a very bold call about the US/Canada Men's Hockey game that was to start shortly after they recorded. All Canadiens and American hockey fans are welcome to chime in here in the comments section.
As always, post your thoughts and ideas.
Whatever your political stripe, we think you'll get a mind punch from our guest, Joe Laughon on how to think (and not think) about immigration issues. Joe is a contributor to Cafe Con Leche Republicans and former member of the national champion forensics team at Concordia University, Irvine.
One of our favorite things to do with guests is to sit down, and just hit record; whatever comes up, comes up. And this is certainly the case with Joe and his insightful and somewhat surprising musings on immigration in America today. You can check out his guest post for us here
, and see more of his writings here
Joseph Laughon (B.A. History and Political Thought) was a campaign consultant to Martha Flores Gibson in 2012 and was both the vice chairman of the college Republicans club and the President of Nuestra Voz. He works in Long Beach, California where his great-grandfather, Salvador de la Cruz, emigrated as an orphaned, undocumented immigrant.
We often find it too hard to let a salacious story pass by without a quick comment. And we think that's problematic. But that's what this show is about. A show about scandals and how we shouldn't delight in shows about scandals. Brain in a pretzel yet?
When a former authoritarian Christian minister from Jeff's past came up in some disturbing news recently, we linked to it from our Facebook
site. We had a pretty remarkable response, and it made us think about the nature of scandalous stories. How are the allegations about Bill Gothard
different from the untowardly tales from the campaign of Anthony Wiener
? How does a disgraced former Rev.Ted Haggard
look next to a blood doping, lying, cheating (yet cancer beating!) Lance Armstrong
. On today's show we talk about the nature of talking about scandals, while Dan tells a story he's tired of telling (the one about sonic the hedgehog and plagiarism), Jeff and Dan talk a little about the Woody Allen "he said
, she said
" affair, and we talk to an old friend of Jeff's and former Gothard-ite, Chris Frohardt.
Listen in for talk about the Sega Genesis
that ruined Dan's academic career (in Jr High), the legends of Carlos Danger
and Ron Mexico
, Gustave Le Bon
and Hitler, Bill James on Crime
, and hear a little music fromthe Pogues
, and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
As always, jump in on the conversation via twitter, Facebook, or here on the page. Enjoy!
Sometimes we like to bring in a friend, hit record, and chat. For this episode we brought in our favorite Lutheran Hippie, Jeff Macare, to mess with our new sound set up and talk about his vocations in music and water filtering (and how they both relate to our notions of nature). We start talking about our new audio set up (with some blips and bumps), and the merits of analog vs. digital recording. We make our way (after the first break) to a discussion of the nature of "nature", and then (after our second break) about the water we drink. Not all of our shows are linear discussions or lectures (and we like it like that!), this is a winding discussion that we had good fun recording. Mallinson tells a story or two, Dan talks about his love of caffeine, nicotine and prozac, and Macare talks about the nature of water and water filtering. Listen to it in bits, or binge it on a car drive or whilst grocery shopping. As always, post comments below.
We move from individuals to society in our quest to understand narcissism. Sociologists, Dr. Kristen Koenig (B.A., Occidental College, M.Sc., University of Oxford, D.Phil., University of York) joins us to make sense of it all. This is one of our favorite conversations yet. We find out what the "i" in "iPhone" means. You are going to dig Dr. Koenig! Has narcissism as a trait (not the disorder per se), including vanity and selfishness been on the rise over the last several decades? Listen to find out.
We mention: Jimmy Carter, Bono, Antonio Gramsci, historian Dr. Bob Kemp, social gospel, the University of Oxford, Ayn Rand, Émile Durkheim, Dr. Phil, Harold Garfinkel and fun experiments related social norms, micro sociology, why Lutherans cuss, how Norwegian Lutherans used to worry about female faculty going to the ice cream parlor, institutionalized solipsism, Dan's home technology and media usage, our allergic reaction to people who are different, intrinsic v. extrinsic rewards, the narcissism of millennials, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), being a woman and a professional, and snapchat.
We are joined once again by friend Faithful Masks Fellow, Dr. John Lu, to make sense of the nature of narcissism, the DSM IV TR and the DSM V. On a previous show, we discussed the nature of narcissism in colloquial and classical traditions. This time, we get more precise understanding of the topic, though we plan to at least hit this topic at least two more times before summer to get it right.
The hosts play with some initial ideas related to art and why we like what we like. Dan explains some of the background behind conversations about art and beauty we will have over the coming months. Don't expect a full and comprehensive lecture. Expect the opening volley in a larger discussion about beauty (since we've talked a bit more about goodness and truth in our first six months). Dan gives some art history background. Jeff talks about beauty in the Bible. We share our top guilty aesthetic pleasures and guilty aesthetic displeasures.
We mention Lev Anderson's work with the UCI Humanities Collective
, what it means to be a "hipster", aesthetics and theology at the University of St. Andrews,
Egyptian pyramids, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
, crying at movies, crying at work, and Dan's best of 2013 playlist
The classic tale of narcissism. Three profs take an online narcissism inventory
. Three profs with no psychology expertise discuss narcissism, embarrassingly without really understanding what it is in clinical terms. Fortunately, we have guest and Faithful Masks fellow C.J. Armstrong along to at least bring some clarity to the original myth, and also the story of Echo. Bear with the sound, we are still reeling (as are other podcasters) from Apple's Garageband app losing podcast features for its new version. We'll learn new software and have the audio quality improved in the episodes to come.