This conversation takes the form of a ramble around our house on a rainy Friday afternoon. We start off with a discussion of Nietzsche's 'eternal return of the same' which leads to the question of Nietzsche's attitude to Socrates. From there, the Socratic question emerges for consideration. We talk about both its existential and political dimensions, drawing out the questioning of desire and its relation to future thinking and utopianism. There's lots more and even a concluding guitar improvisation entitled 'story'. [43 minutes. Free.]
In this seond part of four, the theme of the coincidence and mutual dependence of opposites comes to the fore. This is a theme central to the world-views of our three sages: Buddha, Lao Tzu and Heraclitus. Amongst particular opposites discussed are oneness and multiplicity, chaos and cosmos, high and low, nirvana and samsara and more. The discussion also considers language, human suffering and flourishing, interconnectedness and strategies for living.
In this podcast, Anna and Pete discuss the meaning of life and how grand narratives supply off-the-peg answers to the big conundrums that face human beings by reference to a 'transcendental guarantee'. We find this strategy for ameliorating meaninglessness to be defective on a number of counts and recommend that individuals freely choose and pursue their own projects whilst dancing under the open sky. [30 minutes. Free.]
This short blast came out of a question Anna was asked about the possible impact of yoga practice on one's happiness. The conversation segues into a brief discussion of santosha which is Patanjali's term for contentment, and then into a consideration of psychological resilience. These are themes that we will expand upon in future podcasts. [16 minutes. Free.]
In this podcast, Pete Yates quizzes Anna Ingham about her book, There Are No Rules For Love. The discussion revolved around the idea that each human being is unique and stereotyping is both thwarting and violent, especially when it comes to intimate relationships. Anna's book is available here. [21 minutes. Free.]