Rapid Fire Questions
Q&A Radio: Thursday, 22 August 2013
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on 22 August 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this section below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
The questions were:
- Why are wrong things so grating to listen to? Instead of bells in my head going "WRONG!" shouldn't I just take it as "This person is convinced of this other thing"?
- Is there anything wrong with finding violence – really serious, bloody, gory violence, given a certain state of "suspension of disbelief" – to be genuinely funny?
- My daughter has a different last name than me, from her absentee father. She refuses to believe that her last name is not mine, what should I do?
- Is it okay to fart and blame it on someone else?
- If it was proper to justify the subjugation of the Native Americans because they were "savages," does that imply a far superior alien race could claim the same right over humanity?
- Should Wikipedia sell ad space on their pages? They're always asking for donations, but with their traffic, with ads they'd make billions of dollars.
- What would be the morality of uplifting a species or otherwise creating rational beings through science? Would there be the danger of someone mass producing indoctrinated voters?
- What's the value (if any) of protesting outside? Wouldn't things like the tea parties make more progress by giving out copies of things like "Economy in one Lesson" And Bastiat's "The Law"?
- Is there a kind of people (aside from age category) who are more likely to like Objectivism? Do you think that most of it being only in writing tilts the scale? Is there hope for non-bookworms?
- Given that you regularly interview people (on your Wednesday radio show), would you call yourself a journalist as well (rather than just a philosopher)?
- Would it be wrong for parents to have a lot of children because doing so would limit the amount of attention that can be given to each child? For example, is having 8 or more kids at home too many?
- If I know without a doubt that I will be financially well enough off in about a year, is it then okay to conceive a child now, or should I wait until I am financially well-off?
- I have the opportunity to create art for an anti-fur fashion design scholarship. While it makes me want to go shoot a bear and make myself a coat, I also need the money greatly. Would it be wrong to enter?
- Instead of one big passion, could I have several passions that I plan to pursue successively in different stages in my life?
- How does an Objectivist deal with romantic rejection? You know the person wasn't right for you, but it still stings.
- Is online dating a good way to meet your future mate or an obscene waste of time and energy?
- Duration: 1:01:01
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck." My second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.
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