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Podcast Profile: The Cunning of Geist

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81 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 24 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Gregory Novak explores philosophy, psychology, and science with an emphasis on Hegel. For seekers and scholars alike.


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

➤ Philosophy • Hegel • Psychology • Jung • Science • Reason • Existentialism • Artificial Intelligence • Creation • Evolution • Spirit • Free Will • Consciousness • Racism • History • Religion

"The Cunning of Geist" podcast, hosted by Gregory Novak, delves into the intricate intersections of philosophy, psychology, and science with a notable focus on the works of Hegel. Throughout its episodes, the podcast traverses a broad range of intellectual themes, yet it consistently returns to foundational philosophical inquiries and their contemporary relevance.

A recurring theme in this podcast is the exploration of the nature and evolution of the universe, often contemplating age-old debates such as the Fermi Paradox, the origins of the cosmos, and whether the universe is cyclical or linear. Linked to this cosmic scale are profound existential questions, including the existence and nature of God, the concept of creation, and the possibility of a soul or consciousness beyond life and through artificial intelligence.

Philosophical discussions frequently center around the contrast between different schools of thought. Comparisons between Hegelian dialectics and the perspectives of other philosophers like Kierkegaard, Jung, Wittgenstein, and even 20th-century figures like Dawkins and Kuhn are common. Such comparisons extend into debates over materialism, existentialism, idealism, and freedom, unpacking how these philosophies manifest in our understanding of reality, mind, and society.

Novak also applies Hegelian principles to more practical and personal realms, investigating topics like success, personality types, and the role of free will. He relates abstract concepts like Hegel’s triad and true infinity to everyday life, social structures, and self-improvement.

Episodes often touch upon deep psychological themes inspired by Jung, exploring the unconscious mind, personality types, and synchronicity. These psychological discussions are interwoven with philosophical views, addressing how mental and physical realities coalesce.

Overall, "The Cunning of Geist" meticulously weaves complex philosophical and psychological discourses, presenting them in the context of both age-old wisdom and contemporary thought, aiming to provide listeners with an expansive lens through which to view the universe and their place within it.


Episodes:
081 - The Fermi Paradox - Are We Alone in the Universe? Can Rationality Ever be Alone?
2024-Apr-14
29 minutes
080 - Is There a God? - Creation, Becoming, and the Fate of the Universe
2024-Feb-25
22 minutes
079 - Using Hegel's Triad as a Model for Success
2024-Jan-28
21 minutes
078 - Jung's Synchronicity: Demonstrating the Mental/Physical Unity of the Cosmos
2023-Dec-28
24 minutes
077 - The Journey Not the Destination: The Case for Universal Purposeful Evolution
2023-Nov-19
20 minutes
076 - Language Games: Wittgenstein, Hegel, and the Split in Philosophy
2023-Oct-22
21 minutes
075 - A Matter of Life & Death: How Philosophy Underpins Politics, Law, Science, and Morality.
2023-Sep-23
32 minutes
074 - Is the Unconscious Mind Real or Fantasy? - B.F. Skinner, Freud, & Hegel
2023-Aug-27
22 minutes
073 - Who Needs Philosophy? - You Do!
2023-Jul-30
31 minutes
072 - Pillars of the Collective Unconscious: How Jung's Feminine & Masculine Archetypes Manifest in the Psyche and Brain
2023-Jun-27
33 minutes
071 - Perception & Memory - the Mind/Body Link: A Look to Bergson, Jung, & Hegel
2023-Jun-02
30 minutes
070 - The "I" in Me & You: Identity, Freedom, and Oneness
2023-May-07
25 minutes
069 - Artificial Intelligence (AI): Oxymoron or the Next Level of Consciousness?
2023-Apr-19
33 minutes
068 - Jung's Personality Types & Hegel: Operating Manual for the Mind
2023-Mar-27
23 minutes
067 - Dawkins' Selfish Gene vs. Hegel's Geist: No Contest!
2023-Feb-26
32 minutes
066 - Kierkegaard vs. Hegel: The Existentialism/Absolute Idealism Debate
2023-Feb-08
28 minutes
065 - America's New Thought Movement and Hegel
2023-Jan-15
25 minutes
064 - Free Speech & Society: the Internet Age & Hegel
2022-Dec-17
27 minutes
063 - Spirit: Hegel's God? An Exploration.
2022-Nov-22
28 minutes
062 - What's Your Paradigm? Comparing Kuhn's Philosophy of Science with Hegel
2022-Oct-31
26 minutes
061 - Is the Universe Cyclical? - The Big Bang, Penrose, & Hegel
2022-Oct-11
25 minutes
060 - Bergson, Duration, Time, and Hegel
2022-Sep-18
28 minutes
059 - Meditation, Nothingness, Buddhism, and Hegel
2022-Aug-30
22 minutes
058 - Hegel's Becoming: What it Means, Why it's Unique, and Why it Matters
2022-Aug-16
22 minutes
057 - Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, & Vice-Versa? - Hegel's Theodicy
2022-Jul-24
20 minutes
056 - Is There a Storehouse of Memory? Exploring Plato, Hegel, and Jung
2022-Jul-06
22 minutes
055 - Will Computers Ever be Alive? - Hegel, Self-Reference, and A.I.
2022-Jun-18
24 minutes
054 - Can Hegel Save Us from a Brutal Return to Tribalism?
2022-May-31
35 minutes
053 - Do We Have Free Will? Reason and Evolution Suggest "Yes" (with Qualifications)
2022-May-15
26 minutes
052 - Is Meaning Fundamental to the Universe? Synchronicity, Semiotics, Logotherapy, & Hegel
2022-May-01
24 minutes
051 - Realizing Reason in History - Not by Proclamation but by Action
2022-Apr-14
24 minutes
050 - Say Goodbye to the End of History: Clausewitz, Hegel, and War
2022-Mar-29
25 minutes
049 - Conscious & Unconscious Mind: the Shadow, Jung, and Hegel
2022-Mar-13
22 minutes
048 - Recognition: E-Tribalism vs. the Nation-state
2022-Mar-02
20 minutes
047 - Is There a Method to Hegel's Philosophy? No. And Yes.
2022-Feb-14
24 minutes
046 - One Love: Freedom, Randomness, Peirce, and Hegel
2022-Jan-30
28 minutes
045 - Zombies, Bats, & Chinese Rooms: The Hard Problem of Consciousness and Hegel
2022-Jan-09
24 minutes
044 - St. Paul, Hegel, and the Symbolism of Christmas
2021-Dec-26
17 minutes
043 - Evolution is Everything: Charles S. Peirce and Hegel
2021-Dec-13
23 minutes
042 - True Infinity: The Ought, Society, Innovation, & Gratitude
2021-Nov-28
22 minutes
041 - Betterment: How Hegel's True Infinity Provides a Rational Basis for Achievement
2021-Nov-14
32 minutes
040 - Is There a Soul Personality that Survives Death? - A look at Jung, Sheldrake, Smolin, and Hegel
2021-Oct-31
24 minutes
039 - Was There an Actual Creation Event? - God, the Big Bang, the Ouroboros, and Hegel
2021-Oct-18
28 minutes
038 - Why Philosophy? Why Reason? Why Hegel? - Some Practical Answers
2021-Oct-03
25 minutes
037 - It's Not Only Rock but the Roll as Well: Exploring Hegel's Vernunft & Verstand
2021-Sep-22
22 minutes
036 - Sublation: The Driving Wheel of Hegelian Dialectics
2021-Sep-06
22 minutes
035 - Is Belief in Spirit Warranted? A Look at Alvin Plantinga's Work vis-à-vis Hegel.
2021-Aug-22
27 minutes
034 - The Quaternity Symbol & the Horse-Drawn Carriage Metaphor: Jung, Gurdjieff, and Hegel
2021-Aug-09
28 minutes
033 - What is Reality? The Real, the Actual, and the Rational According to Hegel
2021-Jul-26
20 minutes
032 - Race & Racism: The Dark Side of the Enlightenment vs. Hegel's Notion of Freedom
2021-Jul-11
30 minutes
031 - Scientism vs. Hegelianism: Which World-View is Correct?
2021-Jun-27
24 minutes
030 - Synchronicity, the I-Ching, and Hegel
2021-Jun-13
26 minutes
029 - "Why is There Something Rather than Nothing?"- A False Dilemma?
2021-Jun-01
24 minutes
028 - The Quandary of Quantum Physics: Materialism vs. Mysticism
2021-May-16
24 minutes
027 - The Truth of Nature: The Historical Movement of Spirit
2021-May-02
23 minutes
026 - Teleology, Evolution, Aristotle, and Hegel
2021-Apr-18
23 minutes
025 - The Resurrection According to Hegel: Physical Fact or Spiritual Story?
2021-Apr-05
26 minutes
024 - Substance is Subject: Hegel's Rose in the Cross
2021-Mar-21
26 minutes
023 - Nonduality: A Look at Advaita Vedanta, A Course in Miracles, and Hegel
2021-Mar-07
29 minutes
022 - Group Ethics vs. Individual Morality: Hegel and MacIntyre
2021-Feb-21
21 minutes
021 - The Rise/(Return) of Tribalism: Technology, McLuhan, and Hegel
2021-Feb-07
27 minutes
020 - Hegel: Realizing the Purpose of History
2021-Jan-25
29 minutes
019 - In Search of the Miraculous: Finitude and True Infinity
2021-Jan-10
22 minutes
018 - Hegel, the Law of Three, and the Christian Trinity
2020-Dec-27
25 minutes
017 - The Hegelian Dialectic and Reality
2020-Dec-13
23 minutes
016 - Three Levels of Time
2020-Nov-30
19 minutes
015 - Was the Natural World Freely Created?
2020-Nov-15
32 minutes
014 - Freedom: The Core Concept of Hegel's Project
2020-Nov-01
26 minutes
013 - Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic and its Meaning in History
2020-Oct-18
21 minutes
012 - Panpsychism versus Naturalistic Materialism
2020-Oct-03
29 minutes
011 - The Hegelian Dialectic
2020-Sep-20
26 minutes
010 - The Divided Brain and the Unhappy Consciousness
2020-Sep-08
23 minutes
009 - Hegel and the Problem of Evil
2020-Aug-22
30 minutes
008 - Time, God, and Hegel
2020-Aug-02
28 minutes
007 - Hegel and Mysticism
2020-Jul-20
27 minutes
006 - Hegel and Dr. Martin Luther King
2020-Jul-06
19 minutes
005 - Hegel and Christianity
2020-Jun-25
15 minutes
004 - The Road to True Infinity
2020-Jun-21
19 minutes
003 - Being and Nothing - the Beginning of Hegel's Logic
2020-Jun-21
21 minutes
002 - Hegel's Philosophical System in Light of Modern Science
2020-Jun-21
19 minutes
001 - Introduction
2020-Jun-21
24 minutes