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Podcast Profile: Brain in a Vat

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211 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 57 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Thought experiments and conversations with philosophers. Hosted by Dr Jason Werbeloff and Mark Oppenheimer.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Thought experiments • Philosophical debates • Ethical dilemmas • Social and political issues • Free speech • Morality and ethics • Culture and identity • Technology's impact • Humor and language

This podcast, "Brain in a Vat," delves into an array of philosophical discussions through thought experiments and engaging conversations with philosophers. Hosted by Dr. Jason Werbeloff and Mark Oppenheimer, the podcast explores intricate and often contentious topics relevant to contemporary ethical, social, and personal dilemmas.

The episodes cover a diverse spectrum of themes, including the ethics of profanity, patriotism, and dark humor. The podcast frequently examines the morality and legality of behaviors and societal norms, such as the use of offensive language, the nature of patriotism, and the implications of humor that navigates the boundaries of decency. Episodes also address the ethics of war, specifically in relation to ongoing geopolitical conflicts, probing the justifications and moral intricacies of military engagements.

Another recurrent theme is the intersection of technology and ethics, with discussions on autonomous weapons, gaming culture, and digital friendships. Episodes analyze how technological advancements influence human interactions and ethical considerations, from the potential benefits and detriments of gaming to the consequences of AI in warfare.

The podcast also engages with deeply personal and controversial issues such as gender identity, abortion, and racial and cognitive differences. These subjects are explored from multiple philosophical angles, debating the moral and societal implications of various stances. The podcast does not shy away from difficult conversations about social justice, equality, and freedom, providing a platform for examining different viewpoints on cultural appropriation, sex work, and political commemoration.

In addition to these themes, the podcast covers classic philosophical inquiries into the nature of morality, the ethical considerations of everyday actions, and existential questions surrounding death, immortality, and the human condition. Through its episodes, "Brain in a Vat" offers listeners an extensive and thought-provoking exploration of philosophy applied to modern life and timeless ethical questions.


Episodes:
Episode Image The Ethics of Swearing | Rebecca Roache [with Travis Timmerman]
2024-Jul-14
64 minutes
Episode Image Patriotism Unpacked | Spencer Case
2024-Jul-07
60 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics of Dark Humor | David Shoemaker
2024-Jun-30
62 minutes
Episode Image Is Israel’s War Unjust? | Mark Oppenheimer vs Raja Halwani
2024-Jun-23
97 minutes
Episode Image Gaming and Friendship | Nicholas Baima
2024-Jun-16
49 minutes
Episode Image Gaming: Dangerous or Beneficial? | Sarah Malanowski
2024-Jun-09
55 minutes
Episode Image The Edges of Philosophy: Good, Bad, and the Controversial | Travis Timmerman
2024-Jun-02
73 minutes
Episode Image Helpful Abortion Restrictions? | Perry Hendricks
2024-May-26
63 minutes
Episode Image Race and IQ | Nathan Cofnas
2024-May-19
74 minutes
Episode Image Lionel Shriver on the Dangers of Manic Equality
2024-May-12
64 minutes
Episode Image Gun Control | Eric Sampson (Rebroadcast)
2024-May-05
53 minutes
Episode Image Ethical Quandaries of Autonomous Weapon Systems | Afonso Seixas-Nunes
2024-Apr-28
62 minutes
Episode Image Paediatric Gender Medicine | Moti Gorin and Holly Lawford-Smith
2024-Apr-21
77 minutes
Episode Image Peter Singer on Animal Liberation Now
2024-Apr-14
65 minutes
Episode Image We Should Want Immortality | John Martin Fischer
2024-Apr-07
51 minutes
Episode Image Against Immortality | Stephen Cave
2024-Mar-31
56 minutes
Episode Image Immigration and Borders | Stephen Kershnar
2024-Mar-24
67 minutes
Episode Image Cascading Catastrophic Risks | Trond Undheim
2024-Mar-17
54 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics of Political Commemoration | Hans Gutbrod
2024-Mar-10
56 minutes
Episode Image Facial Distortions and Prosopometamorphopsia | Brad Duchaine
2024-Mar-03
61 minutes
Episode Image Pornography and Free Speech | Nadine Strossen and Holly Lawford-Smith
2024-Feb-25
73 minutes
Episode Image Unravelling “White Privilege” | Spencer Case
2024-Feb-18
60 minutes
Episode Image The Privacy Paradox | David Boonin
2024-Feb-11
60 minutes
Episode Image Dissecting Morality: Error Theory | Matt Lutz
2024-Feb-04
61 minutes
Episode Image The Morality Maze | Spencer Case
2024-Jan-28
58 minutes
Episode Image Why Israel's Response to Hamas Was Justified | Natasha Hausdorff
2024-Jan-21
51 minutes
Episode Image The Trouble with Gender | Alex Byrne
2024-Jan-14
57 minutes
Episode Image John Rawls: Justice as Fairness | Paul Weithman (Rebroadcast)
2024-Jan-07
57 minutes
Episode Image Near-Death Experiences | John Martin Fischer (Rebroadcast)
2023-Dec-31
64 minutes
Episode Image How To End Global Poverty | Andy Kuper (Rebroadcast)
2023-Dec-24
56 minutes
Episode Image Evolutionary Psychology | Justin Garson (Rebroadcast)
2023-Dec-17
53 minutes
Episode Image Trans women in sport: Is it fair? | Stephen Kershnar (Rebroadcast)
2023-Dec-10
73 minutes
Episode Image David Chalmers on Virtual Reality and The Simulation Argument (Rebroadcast)
2023-Dec-03
63 minutes
Episode Image Freedom | Ernst Roets and Martin Van Staaden
2023-Nov-26
94 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Black Mirror's White Bear | Rebecca Tuvel
2023-Nov-19
53 minutes
Episode Image Why you should stop eating meat | Mylan Engel
2023-Nov-12
57 minutes
Episode Image David Benatar on the Israel Palestine Conflict
2023-Nov-06
59 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics of Killing in War | Jeff McMahan (Rebroadcast)
2023-Oct-29
58 minutes
Episode Image Pornography and Exploitation | Holly Lawford-Smith
2023-Oct-23
63 minutes
Episode Image Organ Markets | James Stacey Taylor
2023-Oct-15
73 minutes
Episode Image Is Monogamy Wrong? | Harry Chalmers
2023-Oct-08
57 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Infinity Pool | Travis Timmerman
2023-Oct-01
57 minutes
Episode Image Oppenheimers on Barbenheimer
2023-Sep-24
55 minutes
Episode Image Stephen Kershnar on Cultural Appropriation
2023-Sep-17
51 minutes
Episode Image Sex work or prostitution? | Lori Watson
2023-Sep-10
58 minutes
Episode Image The Islam-Atheism Debate: Behind the Curtain
2023-Sep-03
67 minutes
Episode Image Death | Travis Timmerman
2023-Aug-27
56 minutes
Episode Image Luck and Knowledge | Mylan Engel
2023-Aug-20
58 minutes
Episode Image Who was Derek Parfit? | David Edmonds
2023-Aug-13
54 minutes
Episode Image Is Islam more rational than Atheism? | Eron Fasser, Mohammed Hijab, Mark Oppenheimer, Hamza Tzortzis
2023-Aug-06
127 minutes
Episode Image Imagine There’s No Gender | Holly Lawford-Smith (with Raja Halwani)
2023-Jul-30
56 minutes
Episode Image Hate Speech | Mark Oppenheimer (Live at St Andrews)
2023-Jul-23
37 minutes
Episode Image What is a woman? | Alex Byrne
2023-Jul-16
61 minutes
Episode Image Is Grieving Good for You? | Michael Cholbi
2023-Jul-09
50 minutes
Episode Image The Supreme Court Ban on Affirmative Action | David Benatar
2023-Jul-02
63 minutes
Episode Image Self-driving Cars and the Apocalypse | Ryan Jenkins (with Stephen Kershnar)
2023-Jun-25
62 minutes
Episode Image Animal Ethics | Thad Metz
2023-Jun-18
49 minutes
Episode Image Will there be peace in the middle east? | Raja Halwani
2023-Jun-11
51 minutes
Episode Image Friendship is Magic | Samuel Kimbriel
2023-Jun-04
66 minutes
Episode Image Anonymous Publishing | Ivar Hardman
2023-May-28
53 minutes
Episode Image Thought Experiments | Spencer Case
2023-May-21
75 minutes
Episode Image Conserving Monuments | Dan Demetriou
2023-May-14
56 minutes
Episode Image Why Americans Don't Owe Veterans Gratitude | Stephen Kershnar (with Spencer Case)
2023-May-07
58 minutes
Episode Image Procreative Ethics | Rivka Weinberg
2023-Apr-30
62 minutes
Episode Image Anti-Semitism | Mark Oppenheimer
2023-Apr-23
64 minutes
Episode Image Ultimate Meaning | Rivka Weinberg
2023-Apr-16
51 minutes
Episode Image Dystopian Technology | Ryan Jenkins, guest host Stephen Kershnar
2023-Apr-09
60 minutes
Episode Image Dark humor and censorship | Connor Kianpour, guest host Stephen Kershnar
2023-Apr-02
62 minutes
Episode Image David Benatar on Affirmative Action
2023-Mar-26
63 minutes
Episode Image Holocaust Responsibility | Spencer Case
2023-Mar-19
51 minutes
Episode Image Parental Licensing | Connor Kianpour
2023-Mar-12
62 minutes
Episode Image Amnesia and Split Identity | Jacob Derin
2023-Mar-05
54 minutes
Episode Image Is AI art unfair to artists? | James Helps
2023-Feb-26
46 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics of Pet Ownership | Cheryl Abbate
2023-Feb-19
56 minutes
Episode Image Conversations about Philosophy | Brain in a Vat
2023-Feb-12
24 minutes
Episode Image Stephen Kershnar on the Impossibility of Responsibility
2023-Feb-05
55 minutes
Episode Image End of the Year Special: A Look Back
2022-Dec-18
48 minutes
Episode Image David Benatar: The Meaning of Life [Remastered]
2022-Dec-11
64 minutes
Episode Image The Right to Sex | Raja Halwani
2022-Dec-04
59 minutes
Episode Image Lionel Shriver on Abominations
2022-Nov-27
57 minutes
Episode Image We Should Be More Pragmatic about Ethics | Andrew Sepielli
2022-Nov-20
42 minutes
Episode Image Do the guilty deserve punishment? | John Martin Fischer
2022-Nov-13
60 minutes
Episode Image African Ethics: A Superior Moral Framework? | Thaddeus Metz
2022-Nov-06
59 minutes
Episode Image Putnam on the Brain in a Vat | David Macarthur
2022-Oct-30
55 minutes
Episode Image Hillary Putnam on Morality | Mario de Caro
2022-Oct-23
44 minutes
Episode Image Using AI to Fight Crime | David Boonin
2022-Oct-16
74 minutes
Episode Image Freedom of the Press | Toby Young
2022-Oct-09
50 minutes
Episode Image Why it's okay to eat meat - or is it? | Dan Shahar
2022-Oct-02
53 minutes
Episode Image Is Your Gender Up to You? | Shaun Stanley
2022-Sep-26
51 minutes
Episode Image The Supreme Court and Abortion | Brian Leiter
2022-Sep-18
51 minutes
Episode Image Martha Nussbaum on Disgust
2022-Sep-11
58 minutes
Episode Image Should we silence defectors? | Connor Kianpour
2022-Sep-04
51 minutes
Episode Image Trans Sports | Jon Pike
2022-Aug-28
64 minutes
Episode Image The Problem with Democracy | Jason Brennan
2022-Aug-21
61 minutes
Episode Image Immortality | John Martin Fischer
2022-Aug-14
60 minutes
Episode Image Is Hate Speech Free Speech? | Nadine Strossen
2022-Aug-07
63 minutes
Episode Image Science and The Big Questions | Alexander Arnold
2022-Jul-31
50 minutes
Episode Image Music and Philosophy | Mark Linsenmayer
2022-Jul-24
51 minutes
Episode Image Effective Altruism | Theron Pummer
2022-Jul-17
56 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Apology | Jeff Helmreich
2022-Jul-10
56 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Everything Everywhere All at Once | Taylor Cyr
2022-Jul-03
51 minutes
Episode Image Lionel Shriver on Should We Stay or Should We Go
2022-Jun-26
55 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Severance | Travis Timmerman
2022-Jun-19
60 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics of Killing in War | Jeff McMahan
2022-Jun-12
58 minutes
Episode Image Eureka! Why epiphanies matter | Sophie Grace Chappell
2022-Jun-05
58 minutes
Episode Image David Chalmers on Virtual Reality and The Simulation Argument
2022-May-29
63 minutes
Episode Image The Value of Truth | Simon Blackburn
2022-May-22
69 minutes
Episode Image The Creative Life | Theresa Hardman
2022-May-15
44 minutes
Episode Image The Kalam Cosmological Argument | Majesty of Reason
2022-May-09
65 minutes
Episode Image Trans women in sport: Is it fair? | Stephen Kershnar
2022-May-01
73 minutes
Episode Image Evolutionary Psychology | Justin Garson
2022-Apr-24
53 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Dune | Adam Taylor
2022-Apr-17
47 minutes
Episode Image How to discover TRUTH | Galen Barry
2022-Apr-10
47 minutes
Episode Image Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation | Raja Halwani
2022-Apr-03
59 minutes
Episode Image Hidden Motives| Elena Garadja
2022-Mar-20
42 minutes
Episode Image Dignity and Society | Colin Bird
2022-Mar-20
63 minutes
Episode Image Gun Control | Eric Sampson
2022-Mar-13
53 minutes
Episode Image Should we save animals? | Jeffrey Sebo
2022-Mar-06
57 minutes
Episode Image Near-Death Experiences | John Martin Fischer
2022-Feb-27
64 minutes
Episode Image The Philosophy of Squid Game | Travis Timmerman
2022-Feb-20
56 minutes
Episode Image Free Will and Moral Responsibility | John Fischer
2022-Feb-13
54 minutes
Episode Image Abortion | Stephen Kershnar
2022-Feb-06
58 minutes
Episode Image The Kershnar Controversy | Brain in a Vat
2022-Feb-03
7 minutes
Episode Image Sexual Taboos | Stephen Kershnar
2022-Jan-30
58 minutes
Episode Image Parfit's view of personal identity | Jeff McMahan
2022-Jan-25
58 minutes
Episode Image Do you have a character? | Iskra Fileva
2022-Jan-16
56 minutes
Episode Image End of Year Surprise
2021-Dec-13
6 minutes
Episode Image The Fall of UCT | David Benatar
2021-Dec-05
54 minutes
Episode Image The Possible Worlds of David Lewis | Barry Lam
2021-Nov-28
52 minutes
Episode Image Can Hope Save Your Life? | Jack Kwong
2021-Nov-21
38 minutes
Episode Image Moral Disagreement | Eric Sampson
2021-Nov-14
53 minutes
Episode Image Ballenesque | Roger Ballen
2021-Nov-07
61 minutes
Episode Image Pandemic Ethics | Peter Singer
2021-Oct-31
74 minutes
Episode Image Michael Huemer on Disobeying the Law
2021-Oct-24
52 minutes
Episode Image Is Nuclear War Ever Justified? | Eron Fasser
2021-Oct-17
53 minutes
Episode Image Plato’s problem with Democracy | Clif Mark
2021-Oct-10
49 minutes
Episode Image Is it wrong to enjoy good films made by bad people? | Travis Timmerman
2021-Oct-03
59 minutes
Episode Image The Power of Imagination | Amy Kind
2021-Sep-26
52 minutes
Episode Image Where is my mind? | Shaun Stanley
2021-Sep-19
56 minutes
Episode Image Should You Trust Experts? | Oliver Traldi
2021-Sep-12
56 minutes
Episode Image How To End Global Poverty | Andy Kuper
2021-Sep-05
56 minutes
Episode Image Cryonics: who wants to live forever? | Francesca Minerva
2021-Aug-29
45 minutes
Episode Image Addiction | Daniel Hochman
2021-Aug-22
65 minutes
Episode Image Death | Travis Timmerman
2021-Aug-15
56 minutes
Episode Image When should you forgive? | Brandon Warmke
2021-Aug-08
63 minutes
Episode Image John Rawls: Justice as Fairness | Paul Weithman
2021-Aug-01
57 minutes
Episode Image Do the ends justify the means? | Alastair Norcross
2021-Jul-25
80 minutes
Episode Image What Is Madness? | Justin Garson
2021-Jul-18
53 minutes
Episode Image Is it okay to be a slacker? | Alison Suen
2021-Jul-11
56 minutes
Episode Image What Offends You? | Mark Oppenheimer
2021-Jul-04
52 minutes
Episode Image Is evil real? | Spencer Case
2021-Jun-27
48 minutes
Episode Image What if? | Peg Tittle
2021-Jun-20
54 minutes
Episode Image What Is Happiness? | Shane Gronholz
2021-Jun-13
59 minutes
Episode Image Trans, Sex, and Gender | Kathleen Stock
2021-Jun-06
65 minutes
Episode Image Do Social Groups Exist? | Jason Werbeloff
2021-May-30
66 minutes
Episode Image 12 Mind Blowing Thought Experiments
2021-May-23
29 minutes
Episode Image The Dangers of Thought Experiments | Roy Sorensen
2021-May-16
46 minutes
Episode Image Is Morality Real? | Shaun Stanley
2021-May-09
64 minutes
Episode Image The Danger of Wokeness | Helen Zille
2021-May-02
55 minutes
Episode Image The Second Sexism | David Benatar
2021-Apr-25
60 minutes
Episode Image Wittgenstein's Poker | David Edmonds
2021-Apr-18
43 minutes
Episode Image Hate Speech and Pornography | Mari Mikkola
2021-Apr-11
60 minutes
Episode Image Animal Welfare | Bob Fischer
2021-Apr-04
54 minutes
Episode Image Who should you believe? | Chris Ranalli
2021-Mar-28
53 minutes
Episode Image Can God Right Past Wrongs? | Sam Lebens
2021-Mar-21
62 minutes
Episode Image Anarchy & Socialism | Mark Lance
2021-Mar-14
61 minutes
Episode Image What is the Value of Philosophy? | Justin Weinberg
2021-Mar-07
48 minutes
Episode Image So You've Been Publicly Shamed | Rebecca Tuvel
2021-Feb-28
61 minutes
Episode Image Nietzsche: Morality is Dead | Brian Leiter
2021-Feb-21
51 minutes
Episode Image Stephen King and Philosophy | Jacob Held
2021-Feb-14
54 minutes
Episode Image Is Academic Freedom Under Threat? | Spencer Case
2021-Feb-07
46 minutes
Episode Image Which God Should You Believe in? | Eron Fasser
2021-Jan-31
63 minutes
Episode Image Is Abortion Immoral? | Nathan Nobis
2021-Jan-24
52 minutes
Episode Image The Argument for Anarchism
2021-Jan-17
65 minutes
Episode Image Face Blindness with Jeff Waters
2021-Jan-10
66 minutes
Episode Image Tenet Explained
2021-Jan-03
51 minutes
Episode Image The Future of Brain in a Vat
2020-Dec-07
16 minutes
Episode Image Brian Leiter: The Supreme Court
2020-Nov-29
66 minutes
Episode Image Thad Metz: Meaning in Life
2020-Nov-22
57 minutes
Episode Image Do You Have Free Will? With Mark Leon
2020-Nov-15
48 minutes
Episode Image Does Your Vote Count? With Jacob Bauer
2020-Nov-05
60 minutes
Episode Image Black Mirror, Virtual Sex and Trans with Rebecca Tuvel
2020-Nov-01
64 minutes
Episode Image #2000andlate in 2020 Hindsight
2020-Oct-25
35 minutes
Episode Image Do You Have a Soul? With Tyron Goldschmidt
2020-Oct-18
47 minutes
Episode Image Should Robots Have Rights? With Rob Sparrow
2020-Oct-11
70 minutes
Episode Image Should We Save The Polar Bears? With Yolandi Coetzee
2020-Oct-04
54 minutes
Episode Image [Bonus] Mark Oppenheimer²
2020-Sep-27
8 minutes
Episode Image Mark Oppenheimer²: The Limits Of Free Speech?
2020-Sep-27
63 minutes
Episode Image Let's Talk About Sex With Raja Halwani
2020-Sep-20
59 minutes
Episode Image David Benatar: The Meaning of Life
2020-Sep-13
64 minutes
Episode Image Should You Volunteer To Get Covid? With Dustin Crummett
2020-Sep-06
52 minutes
Episode Image Gorgeous or Grotesque? With Amanda Ballen
2020-Sep-02
67 minutes
Episode Image Crime and Punishment With Doug Husak
2020-Aug-23
64 minutes
Episode Image Is Cultural Relativism Racist? With Justin Kalef
2020-Aug-16
49 minutes
Episode Image What is Love? With Raja Halwani
2020-Aug-09
65 minutes
Episode Image Are You Evil?
2020-Aug-02
57 minutes
Episode Image What's Wrong with Moral Grandstanding? With Brandon Warmke
2020-Jul-26
62 minutes
Episode Image Is it wrong to eat meat? With Dustin Crummet
2020-Jul-19
78 minutes
Episode Image Graham Oppy: Does God Exist?
2020-Jul-12
75 minutes
Episode Image Should Offensive Art be Banned? With Elisa Galgut
2020-Jul-05
55 minutes
Episode Image Peter Boghossian: How to Have Impossible Conversations
2020-Jun-28
66 minutes
Episode Image Do You Live in a Simulation? With Kenny Pearce
2020-Jun-21
57 minutes
Episode Image Does Race Exist? With Shaun Stanley
2020-Jun-14
59 minutes
Episode Image Does Tuvix Deserve to Die?
2020-Jun-07
59 minutes
Episode Image Is the Lockdown Lawful? With Martin van Staden
2020-May-31
56 minutes
Episode Image Time Travel and The Grandfather Paradox with Helen Robertson
2020-May-24
62 minutes
Episode Image Belief, Faith, and Hope with Liz Jackson
2020-May-17
60 minutes
Episode Image Lost in Translation with Shaun Stanley
2020-May-10
56 minutes
Episode Image The Value of Human Life with Eron Fasser
2020-May-03
60 minutes
Episode Image The Veil of Ignorance and Justice in a Lockdown
2020-Apr-26
58 minutes
Episode Image Lockdown: A Trolley Problem
2020-Apr-22
60 minutes