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Podcast Profile: Seize the Moment Podcast

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198 episodes
2019 to present
Average episode: 68 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Life Philosophy • Two Hosts

Podcaster's summary: Seize the Moment Podcast, hosted by Leon Garber and Alen Ulman, is a project centered around making the most important and useful ideas in psychology, philosophy, and personal development mainstream. We feature guests from all walks of life whether they be artists, musicians, comedians, entrepreneurs, philosophers, psychologists and many more. There is a saying, “the most essential knowledge is not yet made widely accessible.” We want to make that information accessible and change as many lives for the better as possible. | | Leon Garber is a philosophical writer, contemplating and elucidating the deep recesses of man's soul. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist — specializing in Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Therapy — and manages a blog exploring issues of death, self-esteem, love, freedom, life-meaning, and mental health/mental illness, from both empirical and personal viewpoints. | | Alen Ulman is a content creator and life long auto-didact. Alen manages the page Ego Ends Now which is a growing community for expanding consciousness with vital information about science, medicine, self actualization, philosophy, psychology and methods to overcome identification with compulsive thought. The purpose of Ego Ends Now is to make sure to give everyone in it's community every tool available to add levity in their own lives, making it a very real possibility for them to create a life of their own design, and help impact the world and our global community positively.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 198. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2024-Mar-24 • 66 minutes
Mark Tuitert - From Olympic Champion to Stoic Philosopher: The Stoic Mindset | STM Podcast #211
On episode 211, we welcome Mark Tuitert to discuss stoic philosophy, Mark winning the Olympic gold medal in speed skating in 2010, our cultural obsession with winning, why success doesn’t lead to long-term happiness, the stoic focus on character in...
2024-Mar-17 • 59 minutes
Sabrina B. Little - Running Toward Virtue: Guide to Ethical Athletics | STM Podcast #210
On episode 210, we welcome Sabrina Little to discuss the virtues of ultramarathon running, the importance of desire in being good, the deification of American sports, if excellence in performance and good character are mutually exclusive, using envy...
2024-Mar-10 • 72 minutes
Robin Reames - From Aristotle to Twitter: The Timeless Tactics of Rhetoric | STM Podcast #209
On episode 209, we welcome Robin Reames to discuss how the art of rhetoric is used to spread misinformation, how the concept of truth evolved from Ancient Greece to us, confronting fact-resistant individuals, the spectrum of misinformation and how...
2024-Mar-03 • 76 minutes
Louis King - Aim4theheart: How 2Pac & Emotional Literacy Inspire My Mission | STM Podcast #208
On episode 208, we welcome Louis King to discuss Aim4theheart, working with Leila Steinberg, how 2Pac inspired Louis and Leon, emotional literacy and learning how to access and understand feelings, meeting Edi Mean of the Outlawz, Louis’ musical...
2024-Feb-25 • 88 minutes
Constantine Sandis - From Thought to Action to Ethics | STM Podcast #207
On episode 207, we welcome Constantine Sandis to discuss free will and determinism, the Libet experiments and criticisms of them, weakness of will and whether belief in it stems from a lack of understanding decisions, the difficulty in separating...
2024-Feb-18 • 83 minutes
Mark D. White - Dissecting Antitrust: Balancing Rights and Welfare | STM Podcast #206
On episode 206, we welcome Mark White to discuss the drawbacks of antitrust laws, what rights consumers actually have, if trusts are unfair and unjust, the utilitarian argument against those laws, the flawed healthcare insurance system in the US and...
2024-Feb-11 • 76 minutes
Jack Symes - Does God Exist? Debating Religion, Evil, and Atheism | STM Podcast #205
On episode 205, we welcome Jack Symes to discuss the possible existence of god, the strongest arguments for it, whether Pascal’s Wager justifies belief in god, the different religions and whether they make belief in god irrational, god necessarily...
2024-Feb-04 • 70 minutes
Aaron James - The Variety of Assholes | STM Podcast #204
On episode 204, we welcome Aaron James to discuss assholes, who they are and how they think, the difference between a regular asshole and someone with narcissistic personality disorder, whether all politicians are narcissistic and if regular people...
2024-Jan-29 • 61 minutes
EDI Mean - Street Fame: The Ecstasies and Perils of Hip Hop | STM Podcast #203
On episode 203, we welcome EDI Mean to discuss his book ‘Street Fame’, how it mirrors and differs from the music industry, EDI’s love of hip-hop and his warnings to up and coming rappers, what made 2Pac special, whether conscious rappers can...
2024-Jan-24 • 66 minutes
Michael Amster - The Power of Awe: How Simple Moments Can Transform Your Life | STM Podcast #202
On episode 202, we welcome Michael Amster to discuss the A.W.E. method, how changing your perspective and seeing miracles in the everyday alleviates suffering, how feeling awe interacts with chronic pain, the vagus nerve and the physiological affects...
2024-Jan-14 • 72 minutes
J. Aaron Simmons - Philosophy in the Wild: On 'Camping with Kierkegaard' | STM #201
On episode 201, we welcome J. Aaron Simmons to discuss why we’re so unhappy, the limitations of pursuing external success, faith as risk with direction, Kierkegaard and the aesthetic life, status obsession as a form of avoidance, why cultivating...
2024-Jan-07 • 70 minutes
Tom Morris & Gregory Bassham - The Metaphysical and Practical Philosophies of Stoicism | STM #200
On episode 200, we welcome Tom Morris and Gregory Bassham to discuss stoic philosophy, radical acceptance and its relationship with the divine, what the stoics believed about god and the afterlife, the four cardinal virtues and why one needs to...
2023-Dec-31 • 66 minutes
Jeff Fuhrer - Fixing Our Broken Economy: Insights from 'The Myth That Made Us' | STM Podcast #199
On episode 199, we welcome Jeffrey Fuhrer to discuss the fallacy of trickle down economics and the self-made myth, what companies actually do with tax breaks, the distinct perspectives of the flaws of human nature in communism and capitalism, the...
2023-Dec-24 • 72 minutes
Mark D. White - Unmasking Daredevil: A Deep Dive into Philosophy and Comics | STM Podcast #198
On episode 198, we welcome Mark White to discuss the philosophy of Daredevil, applying utilitarianism and deontology to his vigilantism, his apparent OCD-like tendencies and inability to make firm decisions, Kant’s understanding that ethical...
2023-Dec-17 • 59 minutes
Roberto Olivardia - The Hidden Battle: The Adonis Complex and Male Body Image Challenges | STM Podcast #197
On episode 197, we welcome Roberto Olivardia to discuss the Adonis Complex and muscle dysmorphia, how men become obsessed with becoming more muscular, whether the obsession is about attracting a potential mate or something else, Leon’s personal...
2023-Dec-10 • 66 minutes
Richard Deming - Loners, Outcasts, & Creativity | This Exquisite Loneliness | STM Podcast #196
On episode 196, we welcome Richard Deming to discuss chronic loneliness, being lonely around people, Richard’s past tendency to avoid it with excessive alcohol use, loneliness as an existential fact of life as opposed to an illness to be remedied,...
2023-Dec-03 • 62 minutes
Eric G. Wilson - Deconstructing Trauma and Revenge in Point Blank | STM Podcast #195
On episode 195, we welcome Eric G. Wilson to discuss the cult classic ‘Point Blank’, toxic masculinity and its deleterious mental health effects, what made the protagonist so appealing, Lee Marvin’s real-life war trauma, the obsession with...
2023-Nov-26 • 69 minutes
Tom Morris - The 7 Cs of Success and Early Days of Public Philosophy | STM Podcast #194
On episode 194, we welcome Tom Morris to discuss his 7 C’s of Success, developing confidence in the face of difficulties, the importance of consistency and finding meaning outside of the hoped for results, Alen and Leon’s podcast journey and the...
2023-Nov-20 • 78 minutes
Al Snow - Breaking Down the Ring: Wrestling's Realities and Myths | #193
On episode 193, we welcome Al Snow to discuss the Netflix documentary series ‘Wrestlers’, what makes Ohio Valley Wrestling special, the trajectory of Al Snow’s wrestling career, why his earlier WWF characters weren’t appealing, the creation of...
2023-Nov-12 • 63 minutes
Eric Gosselin - The Reality of the Ring: 'Wrestlers' & the Heart of Professional Wrestling | STM Podcast #192
On episode 192, we welcome Eric Gosselin to discuss the Netflix show ‘Wrestlers’, the history of Ohio Valley Wrestling, the documentary series as a human interest story and microcosm of capitalism, succeeding in wrestling and why being great is...
2023-Nov-05 • 77 minutes
Dannagal G. Young - Info Wars: The Battle Against Misinformation | STM Podcast #191
On episode 191, we welcome Dannagal Young to discuss our susceptibility to misinformation, how she fell for and later abandoned conspiracy theories, the hidden incentives behind the media’s extreme partisanship, Covid as an indicator that most...
2023-Oct-01 • 66 minutes
Claire Jean Kim - Understanding Structural Racism and Anti-Blackness | STM Podcast #190
On episode 190, we welcome Claire Jean Kim to discuss affirmative action and the arguments for and against it in recent Supreme Court cases, the history of Asian minorities in the US being weaponized against Black minority groups for political ends,...
2023-Sep-24 • 67 minutes
Roy Richard Grinker - Nobody's Normal: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness | STM Podcast #189
On episode 189, we welcome Roy Richard Grinker to discuss the cultural differences of conceptions of mental illness, the WEIRD model of mental health and its limitations in helping us understand it, the false dichotomy of the social/cultural and...
2023-Sep-17 • 61 minutes
Wendy Dio - Rock's Power Couple: My Life with Ronnie James Dio | STM #188
On episode 188, we welcome Wendy Dio to discuss her marriage to and career managing Ronnie James Dio, Dio’s relationship with Ritchie Blackmore and time in Rainbow, moving on to Black Sabbath and whether he was intimidated by replacing Ozzy...
2023-Sep-10 • 67 minutes
Katie Palmer - Behind the Curtain: Directing 'The Nobodies Who Were Everybody' | STM #187
On episode 187, we welcome Katie Palmer to discuss the lack of social funding for the arts, theater as philosophy and how it teaches us to become better thinkers, how the visceral theater experience cultivates empathy and a sense of belonging, theater...
2023-Sep-03 • 79 minutes
Krista K. Thomason - The Myth of Emotional Harmony: Rational and Irrational Emotions | STM Podcast #186
On episode 186, we welcome Krista Thomason to discuss the ways we tend to address our negative feelings, using techniques in positive psychology and stoicism to suppress them, psychotherapy’s divergent stance in seeking to manage them instead, the...
2023-Aug-27 • 70 minutes
David R. Samson - Redefining Tribalism for Good: Discussing 'Our Tribal Future' | STM Podcast #185
On episode 185, we welcome David Samson to discuss our current understanding of how tribes form, tribalism as political polarization, why the Bloodline storyline in the WWE is so popular, why some of the smartest people are also the most irrational,...
2023-Aug-20 • 84 minutes
Barry Mauer - The Tumor of Denial: Exploring Metaphorical Growth into Delusions | STM Podcast #184
On episode 184, we welcome Barry Mauer to discuss using the medical model of metastatic cancer to explain how false beliefs spread, Barry's view that institutions are more important than personal responsibility in inoculating minds from delusional...
2023-Aug-13 • 76 minutes
Sander van der Linden - Battling Fake News: Foolproof Strategies | STM Podcast #183
On episode 183, we welcome Sander van der Linden to discuss how to spot and protect yourself from falling for disinformation, the emotional reasons that sustain and prevent people from changing their false beliefs, the psychological foundations of...
2023-Aug-06 • 72 minutes
Melanie Trecek-King - Charlatans Exposed: On the Art of Deception | STM Podcast #182
On episode 182, we welcome Melanie Trecek-King to discuss the power of critical thinking, how she transformed her science-based curriculum into one more focused on teaching thinking tools, beliefs in witchcraft and how experiential beliefs tend to...
2023-Jul-30 • 69 minutes
Dan "Nitro" Clark - Cheating Death, Loving Life: Muscles, Mayhem, and Meaning | STM Podcast #181
On episode 181, we welcome Dan ‘Nitro’ Clark to discuss being one of the main athletes on American Gladiators, how watching his brother die instilled in him an obsession with success, the difference between healthy and unhealthy perfectionism,...
2023-Jul-23 • 78 minutes
Andy Norman - Mental Immunity & Infectious Ideas: Debunking Disinformation and Cult Leaders | STM Podcast #180
On episode 180, we welcome Andy Norman to discuss the principles of mental immunity, how ideas spread like viruses, why critics of the paradigm believe the fear of widespread misinformation is another overblown moral panic, learning how to play role...
2023-Jul-16 • 84 minutes
Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling - From Quacks to Cures: Inside the World of Alternative Medicine | STM Podcast #179
On episode 179, we welcome Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling to discuss the alternative medical industrial complex, the proliferation of ‘One True Cures’ and why people are attracted to them, how the elitism and esotericism of mainstream medicine...
2023-Jul-09 • 76 minutes
Lee McIntyre - Democracy at Risk: Exposing the Threat of Disinformation | STM Podcast #178
On episode 178, we welcome Lee McIntyre to discuss the viral spread of disinformation and the motivators behind it, combating science denialism and Lee’s foray into the world of Flat-Earthers, how to distinguish between real and fake conspiracies,...
2023-Jul-02 • 60 minutes
David Edmonds - The Moral Maze: Exploring Derek Parfit's Vision of Ethics | STM Podcast #177
On episode 177, we welcome David Edmonds to discuss the life and philosophy of Derek Parfit, his quest for the ultimate proof of objective morality, the evolutionary basis of moral arguments and how it can even lead us astray, whether morality ought...
2023-Jun-25 • 67 minutes
Julia Keller - The Myth of Perseverance: Discovering the Benefits of Quitting | STM Podcast #176
On episode 176, we welcome Julia Keller to discuss the importance of knowing when to quit, the history of the self-help industry, how the notion of ‘grit’ helps sustain elitism and privilege, the cultural and internal shame surrounding the desire...
2023-Jun-11 • 61 minutes
Dr. Judith Herman - Reimagining Justice: Insights from Truth and Repair | STM Podcast #175
On episode 175, we welcome Dr. Judith Herman to discuss her work with survivors of rape, what rape culture is and how it enables victimization, the evidence that rape victims aren’t vengeful, how the criminal justice system marginalizes and silences...
2023-May-28 • 68 minutes
Michael Ignatieff - On Consolation: Navigating Dark Times | STM Podcast #174
On episode 174, we welcome Michael Ignatieff to discuss the consolation of philosophy, the difference between comfort and consolation, distinguishing between false and true consolations and how they affect those suffering, the various secular and...
2023-May-14 • 72 minutes
Valerie Tiberius - Discovering Your Values and Aspirations | STM Podcast #173
On episode 173, we welcome Valerie Tiberius to discuss the significance of cultivating a system of personal values, values as opposed to goals, Valerie’s clash of values - between being a good woman and a good philosopher, self-enhancing beliefs and...
2023-May-07 • 61 minutes
Vanessa Patrick - Saying No Without Guilt: Strategies for Setting Boundaries | STM Podcast #172
On episode 172, we welcome Dr. Vanessa Patrick to discuss the impact of people-pleasing behavior on mental health and relationships, learning to say no to break the cycle, the importance of setting boundaries, the role of cultural and societal...
2023-Apr-30 • 93 minutes
James Hibbard - Cycling as Self-Expression: Finding Philosophy, Meaning, and Personal Growth | STM Podcast #171
On episode 171, we welcome James Hibbard to discuss the philosophy of cycling and using it for self-creation; the business of cycling and why the sport no longer produces individual riders; whether American capitalism can be escaped by specific...
2023-Apr-23 • 62 minutes
Edith Shiro - Turning Pain into Purpose & Transforming Trauma: Exploring Posttraumatic Growth | STM Podcast #170
On episode 170, we welcome Edith Shiro to discuss the five step model of post traumatic growth, what trauma is and the social and psychological contributions to PTSD, how culture silences victims, Alen and Leon’s struggles with emotional expression,...
2023-Apr-16 • 66 minutes
Dean Rickles - Learning How to Embrace the Shortness of Life | STM Podcast #169
On episode 169, we welcome Dean Rickles to discuss existential, death anxiety and its utility in helping us lead more meaningful lives; narcissism and the bulletproof vest; how our egos preclude us from taking important risks; Michael Shermer’s...
2023-Apr-09 • 69 minutes
Chuck Wisner - Conscious Conversations: The Key to Deepening Relationships & Fostering Understanding | STM Podcast #168
On episode 168, we welcome Chuck Wisner to discuss the importance of conscious conversations in building deeper connections and understanding between people, the role of active listening in conscious conversations, how it can transform our...
2023-Apr-03 • 80 minutes
Chuck Thompson - Changing Tides: The Evolution of Culture and Status in the 21st Century | STM Podcast #167
On episode 167, we welcome Chuck Thompson to discuss the evolution of status and popularity, our tendency to believe it indicates inherent value, true art as opposed to popular art, status and its intrinsic association with self-esteem, whether...
2023-Mar-26 • 66 minutes
Adam Sandel - Finding Happiness in the Present Moment: The Balance of Achievement & Presence | STM Podcast #166
On episode 166, we welcome Adam Sandel to discuss the consequences of obsessive striving, how the philosophy of the enlightenment helped create a culture obsessed with social progress, why a good life shouldn’t only entail endeavors to make the...
2023-Mar-19 • 54 minutes
Eric G. Wilson - Unleashing Your Unique Self: Insights from How to Be Weird | STM Podcast #165
On episode 165, we welcome Eric Wilson to discuss how to embrace the weird parts of ourselves and why it’s important to do so, various exercises to help us along the way, why being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder caused Eric to feel like an...
2023-Mar-12 • 55 minutes
Natalia Petrzela - America's Exercise Obsession: The History of American Fitness | STM Podcast #164
On episode 164, we welcome Natalia Petrzela to discuss America’s obsession with fitness; fitness as a symbol of status and its expression on social media; masculinity’s historical aversion to fitness; Alen’s fitness weight-loss journey; issues...
2023-Mar-05 • 73 minutes
Elizabeth Cobbs - From Abigail Adams to Beyoncé: The Evolution of Feminism | STM Podcast #163
On episode 163, we welcome Elizabeth Cobbs to discuss the history and necessity of feminist thought, the contrasting lives of Abigail Adams and Abigail Bailey, the nefarious reason feminism became a dirty word, the historical and modern examples of...
2023-Feb-26 • 76 minutes
Joseph L. Graves Jr. - Social Justice and the Biology of Race & Gender | STM Podcast #162
On episode 162, we welcome Joseph Graves to discuss biological determinism and the purported links between race and IQ, the hypothesis that IQ increased in individuals living in colder weather climates, challenging the assumptions of the popular book...
2023-Feb-19 • 71 minutes
Breaking Boundaries with Chris Boutté: Addiction, Comedy, Censorship, Podcasting & Gaming | STM #161
On episode 161, we welcome Chris Boutté to discuss the helpful aspects of his addiction treatment, his passion for reading and educating lay-people about critical thinking, Leon’s history of addiction and Alen’s family history of it, connection...
2023-Feb-13 • 79 minutes
Erik Angner - How Economics Can Save the World | STM Podcast #160
On episode 160, we welcome Erik Angner to discuss the utility of economics and why it’s about much more than markets and spending, why it was once considered to be demonic and the racist history of its detractors, mitigating poverty with wealth...
2023-Feb-06 • 63 minutes
Daniel Jolley - The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories | STM #159
On episode 159, we welcome Daniel Jolley to discuss the prevalence of conspiracy theories and the personality traits normally associated with those who subscribe to them, the core beliefs of people who believe them and their chronic paranoia of people...
2023-Jan-29 • 74 minutes
Kirk Schneider - Life Enhancing Anxiety: Using Existential Therapy to Embrace Our Fears | STM Podcast #158
On episode 158, we welcome Kirk Schneider to discuss life-enhancing anxiety and how it differs from its everyday counterpart, Kirk’s childhood trauma and his early relationship with his psychoanalyst, the existential unconscious and its inception at...
2023-Jan-22 • 71 minutes
Marianne W. Lewis - Both/And Thinking: Embracing Paradox to Solve Your Toughest Problems | STM Podcast #157
On episode 157, we welcome Marianne Lewis to discuss both/and thinking as opposed to either/or thinking, the inherent paradoxes of our lives and our existential inability to fully transcend them, the false dichotomy of reason vs emotions and how both...
2023-Jan-15 • 75 minutes
Nate Gowdy - Storm of the Capitol: The Insurrection of January 6th | STM Podcast #156
On episode 156, we welcome Nate Gowdy to discuss his experience photographing the January 6th Storm of the Capitol, being assaulted by the protesters, Nate’s reasons for photographing the event and the significance of photo-journalism in US history,...
2023-Jan-08 • 81 minutes
Neil Martin - The Psychology of Comedy | STM Podcast #155
On episode 155, we welcome Neil Martin to discuss the history of comedy, the social benefits of telling jokes, how jokes can become misunderstood and why people get offended by them, the importance of intentions, the difference between punching up and...
2022-Dec-25 • 64 minutes
Bob Hutchins & Jenny Black - Social Media's Destruction of Our Mental Health | STM Podcast #154
On episode 154, we welcome Bob Hutchins and Jenny Black to discuss media trauma and how poor mental health is linked to social media use, Jenny’s clinical practice and why she’s seen an uptick of mental illness in her clients, social media being...
2022-Dec-18 • 71 minutes
Kennon Sheldon - The Psychology of Free Will and Self-Determination Theory | STM Podcast #153
On episode 153, we welcome Kennon Sheldon to discuss the free will and determinism debate, why free will is still possible when confronting the data, the different spheres of influence and how the mind can affect one’s bio-chemical composition and...
2022-Dec-11 • 62 minutes
David Myers - How Do We Know Ourselves? | STM Podcast #152
On episode 152, we welcome David Myers to discuss the myth of a replication crisis in psychology research, what behavioral genetics research teaches us about the respective contributions of genes and early environments, the dual processing mind and...
2022-Dec-04 • 74 minutes
Rama Chellappa - AI and the Future of Medicine and Education | STM Podcast #151
On episode 151, we welcome Rama Chellappa to discuss if we can trust Artificial Intelligence; the history of AI; how developments in AI have impacted social media, facial recognition, autonomous vehicles, and health; the problem of domain shifting...
2022-Oct-30 • 65 minutes
Mikkael Sekeres - Big Pharma vs the FDA - The Avastin Trial | STM Podcast #150
On episode 150, we welcome Dr. Mikkael Sekeres to discuss the social and political climate that fostered the necessity to create the FDA, medical charlatans and the history of pseudo-medicine, the necessity of clinical trials for creating safe and...
2022-Oct-23 • 75 minutes
Michael Shermer - Why Do People Believe in Fake Conspiracy Theories? | STM Podcast #149
On episode 149, we welcome Michael Shermer to discuss why people believe in conspiracy theories; focusing on the evolutionary perspective: better to be safe than sorry, the proxy: that they’re symbols to, or natural inferences from, more fundamental...
2022-Oct-16 • 68 minutes
Andy Moffatt - 2Pac, Hip Hop's Evolution, UK's NHS | STM #148
On episode 148, we welcome Andy Moffatt to discuss the evolution of hip hop, Andy’s interview with Treach of Naughty by Nature and his close relationship with 2Pac, interviewing Wendy Day and how she facilitated Eminem’s deal with Dr. Dre when he...
2022-Oct-02 • 59 minutes
Julie Bogart - Raising Critical Thinkers, Homeschooling, Problems with US Education | STM Podcast #147
On episode 147, we welcome Julie Bogart to discuss how to teach children critical thinking skills, the myside bias and why all of us are susceptible to poor reasoning, Julie’s decision to home-school her children and the drawbacks of the US...
2022-Sep-25 • 61 minutes
Massimo Pigliucci - Socrates and the Stoic Quest for Character | STM Podcast #146
On episode 146, we welcome Massimo Pigliucci to discuss the value of teaching ethics, human nature and the evolutionary origins of morality, the drawbacks of moral relativism, Socrates as the first psychotherapist, whether politicians should be taught...
2022-Sep-11 • 67 minutes
Gus Lee - How to Cultivate Moral Courage in the Face of Fear | STM Podcast #145
On episode 145, we welcome former U.S. army officer and paratrooper Gus Lee to discuss the significance of cultivating moral courage, why it’s distinct from physical bravery, anger being a mask for fear and weakness rather than a strength, the...
2022-Sep-04 • 65 minutes
Andrew Scull - Psychiatry's Troubling Quest to Cure Mental Illness | STM Podcast #144
On episode 144, we welcome Andrew Scull to discuss the history of psychiatry and the competing perspectives of the origins of mental illness, the chemical imbalance myth and the various genetic and environmental aspects of depression, why mental...
2022-Aug-28 • 56 minutes
Moshe Hoffman - Hidden Games: The Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Behavior | STM #143
On episode 143, we welcome Moshe Hoffman to discuss game theory and its applications to real-world decision-making, the dove/hawk game and why we don’t need to calculate value quantitatively to pursue goals, cultural evolution and why morals don’t...
2022-Aug-21 • 60 minutes
Steve Magness - The 4 Pillars of Resilience & How We Get Toughness Wrong | STM Podcast #142
On episode 142, we welcome Steve Magness to discuss the short-term benefits and long-term costs of authoritarian coaching, the importance of distinguishing between the variations of pain to assess whether you’re in danger or could continue,...
2022-Aug-14 • 64 minutes
Skye Cleary Discusses How to Be Authentic, Existentialism, Feminism | STM #141
On episode 141, we welcome philosopher Skye Cleary to discuss existential authenticity and the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir, the importance of cultivating inter-subjectivity for healthy relationships, why nihilism is a lazy response to the world,...
2022-Aug-07 • 50 minutes
Napoleon & Sulaiman Jenkins Talk MU2Q Podcast, Writing Biography, Hip Hop Museum | STM Podcast #140
On episode 140, we welcome back Mutah “Napoleon” Beale and Sulaiman Jenkins to follow up with them about their experiences after releasing Mu’s biography ‘Life is Raw’, Napoleon’s time in the music industry and why he felt more comfortable...
2022-Jul-31 • 62 minutes
David Swift - The Identity Myth: Why We Must Embrace Our Differences to Beat Inequality | STM Podcast #139
On episode 139, we welcome David Swift to discuss the pervasive myth of identities, how politicians and pundits exploit identity politics for personal gain, personal identity conflicts and how class and political views can interfere with each other,...
2022-Jul-24 • 59 minutes
Gwendolyn Dolske and Rudy Salo: The Love of Philosophy, Human Nature, Podcasting | STM Podcast #138
On episode 138, we welcome Prof. Gwen Dolske and Rudy Salo of the Good Is in the Details Podcast to discuss their podcast journey, Rudy’s discomfort with ambiguity and his hesitation of engaging with philosophy, Gwen’s love of existentialism and...
2022-Jul-17 • 62 minutes
Tom Morris - Patriotism is Not Nationalism: Restoring Its True Meaning | STM Podcast #137
On episode 137, we welcome philosopher Tom Morris to discuss his new book ‘The Everyday Patriot’, creating ways to overcome political apathy, how democracy and meritocracy were perverted and how to reclaim them, why voting still matters,...
2022-Jun-27 • 90 minutes
Stuart Vyse: The Utility of Delusions (Why It's Not Always Rational to be Rational) | STM #136
On episode 136, we welcome behavioral scientist Stuart Vyse to discuss the practical benefits of certain delusional beliefs; love-at-first-sight as a defense mechanism to foster romance; whether we can prevent the emotional crash that normally results...
2022-Jun-19 • 67 minutes
Christian Miller: Honesty: The Lost Virtue; How it Benefits You By Benefitting Others | STM #135
On episode 135, we welcome philosopher Christian Miller to discuss the importance of honesty, why people prefer that virtue in relationships over others, the replication crisis in psychology and why it doesn’t necessarily mean that researchers were...
2022-Jun-12 • 59 minutes
Darryl Stickel: Building Trust, Strong Leaders, Teams & Removing Uncertainty | STM Podcast #134
On episode 134, we welcome Darryl Stickel to discuss the elements of building trust in various types of relationships, the levers of trust - integrity, benevolence, ability, how to foster all three and why we need to, confirmation bias and why...
2022-Jun-05 • 70 minutes
Avram Alpert (The Good-Enough Life): Why Good Enough is Better Than Great | STM Podcast #133
On episode 133, we welcome Avram Alpert to discuss creating a good-enough world as opposed to one that solely benefits greatness, the myth of meritocracy and how it engenders biased outcomes, the talent that’s frequently overlooked in Western...
2022-May-22 • 69 minutes
Loupy D: Photographing 2Pac, Smoking Blunts w/ Biggie & Wu-Tang Clan, Ego Death | STM Podcast #132
On episode 132, we welcome former hip-hop journalist Loupy D to discuss his career in the music industry, his relationship with Notorious B.I.G. and being impressed with his character when they initially met, meeting and photographing 2Pac during the...
2022-May-15 • 59 minutes
Daniel Bergner: Mental Illness to Mental Health: Psychotropics & Their Limitations| STM Podcast #131
On episode 131, we welcome Daniel Bergner to discuss his new book ‘The Mind and the Moon’; the history of psychotropic medications and their limitations; the neurological underpinnings of mental illness; psychotic disorders and the hearing voices...
2022-May-08 • 58 minutes
Bryonn Bain (Rebel Speak): Critical Race Theory, Prison Reform, Chuck D, Hip Hop | STM Podcast #130
On episode 130, we welcome Professor Bryonn Bain to discuss his new book ‘Rebel Speak’; critical race theory and its principles; the history of racism and how it became codified into law; the critics of CRT and their desire to maintain a sense of...
2022-May-01 • 59 minutes
Sara Manning Peskin: DNA, Proteins, Antibodies, and Madness | STM Podcast #129
On episode 129, we welcome Dr. Sara Manning Peskin to discuss her new book ‘A Molecule Away from Madness’; the fascinating stories of the scientists who discovered the molecules that cause neurological diseases and their cures, including Alois...
2022-Apr-24 • 58 minutes
William Irwin: The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics | STM Podcast #128
On episode 128, we welcome philosopher William Irwin to discuss his new book ‘The Meaning of Metallica’, the band’s rise to fame and why so many identified with their music, ‘Master of Puppets’ and the insidious nature of addiction, the...
2022-Apr-10 • 60 minutes
Mark D. White (Thor: If They Be Worthy): What Makes Us Worthy? | STM Podcast #127
On episode 127, we welcome philosopher Mark White to discuss the philosophy of Thor; how his hammer was used to distinguish and judge worthiness; the similarities and differences between the various schools of ethics - virtue ethics, deontology, and...
2022-Apr-03 • 74 minutes
Christian Madsbjerg (Sensemaking): Sensemaking in the Age of the Algorithm | STM Podcast #126
On episode 126, we welcome Professor Christian Madbjerg to discuss the elements of ‘sense-making’, the benefits and limits of data collection, Moneyball and why some of the sports teams implementing purely statistical approaches aren’t as...
2022-Mar-27 • 57 minutes
Jessica Gordon-Roth (Philosophy Illustrated): What Makes Up a Personal Identity? | STM Podcast #125
On episode 125, we welcome philosopher Jessica Gordon-Roth to discuss John Locke and ‘The Prince and the Cobbler’ thought experiment, what makes up someone’s identity and if it’s more than just a bundle of memories, if people remain the same...
2022-Mar-20 • 67 minutes
Andy West (The Life Inside): Teaching Philosophy in Prison | STM Podcast #124
On episode 124, we welcome philosopher Andy West to discuss teaching philosophy in prisons, how the prisoners initially surprised him with their insights, Sisyphean freedom and how we can become free in rebelling against authority, the juxtaposition...
2022-Mar-13 • 75 minutes
Ben Burgis (GTAA Podcast): The Intellectual Development of Christopher Hitchens | STM Podcast #123
On episode 123, we welcome philosopher Ben Burgis to discuss the intellectual development of the late Christopher Hitchens, his early socialist ideals, the different versions of socialism and why Stalinist communism is sometimes considered to be state...
2022-Mar-06 • 67 minutes
Gary Browning & Constantine Sandis: Bob Dylan at 80, the Man, Myth, and Legend | STM Podcast #122
On episode 122, we welcome philosophers Constantine Sandis and Gary Browning to discuss the cultural legacy of the iconic singer Bob Dylan, what separated him from other artists of his era, his creative genius in piecing together elements from varied...
2022-Feb-20 • 78 minutes
Chris Boutté (The Rewired Soul): Sobriety, Cancel Culture, and Redemption | STM Podcast #121
On episode 121, we welcome podcaster Chris Boutté to discuss his journey from drug dependency to becoming a YouTube sensation, tribalism and how cognitive biases help foster disdain for outsiders, the Joe Rogan controversy, how Chris was cancelled...
2022-Feb-13 • 72 minutes
Jack Symes: Philosophers on Consciousness: Talking about the Mind | STM Podcast #120
On episode 120, we welcome philosopher Jack Symes of The Panpsychast to discuss the major competing theories of consciousness, the illusions of panpsychist idealism and materialist illusionism, Philip Goff and how his version of pansychism allows for...
2022-Feb-06 • 54 minutes
Bonnie Honig: When Do Individual Rights Trump the Common Good? | STM Podcast #119
On episode 119, we welcome political scientist Bonnie Honig to discuss John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice, utilitarianism vs Kantianism and whether the majority has the right to impose their will on the minority, neurodiversity and why peculiarities...
2022-Jan-31 • 70 minutes
Angus Fletcher: The Healing Power of Narrative | STM Podcast #118
On episode 118, we welcome neuroscientist and literary scholar Angus Fletcher to discuss literary tools for personal character development; how literature can be therapeutic and spark creativity, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote personal growth;...
2022-Jan-23 • 65 minutes
Richard Pettigrew: Are You the Same Person You Were Years Ago? | STM Podcast #117
On episode 117, we welcome philosopher Richard Pettigrew to discuss ‘The Russian Nobleman’ thought experiment, what makes you a self, whether we should be held to the commitments made earlier in life, the notion of the perpetually dying self and...
2022-Jan-16 • 73 minutes
Lewis R. Gordon: The Fear of Black Consciousness & How Radical Love Transcends It | STM Podcast #116
On episode 116, we welcome philosopher Lewis Gordon to discuss his new book ‘Fear of Black Consciousness’, how Critical Race Theory is misunderstood and why it’s challenged, the parable of the Anglican minister and what it teaches us about...
2022-Jan-09 • 70 minutes
The Benefits of Setting Boundaries for Yourself and Your Relationships | STM Podcast #115
On episode 115, Alen and Leon discuss how having boundaries is crucial to the wellbeing of the relationship to yourself and others, the challenges that people face with setting boundaries for themselves and in their relationships, the difference...
2022-Jan-02 • 69 minutes
Christian Miller: Are You As Good As You Think You Are? | STM Podcast #114
On episode 114, we welcome philosopher Christian Miller to discuss the nuances of moral character; why most people aren’t fully good or fully bad; how their ethical choices fluctuate in various situations and sometimes because of minor environmental...
2021-Dec-19 • 60 minutes
Constantine Sandis: Can I Understand Your Pain?, Wittgenstein Thought Experiment | STM Podcast #113
On episode 113, we welcome philosopher Constantine Sandis to discuss the new book ‘Philosophy Illustrated’, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s beetle in the box thought experiment, whether we can experience another’s pain specifically and understand their...
2021-Dec-12 • 64 minutes
Bryan Van Norden: The Goodness of Human Nature | STM Podcast #112
On episode 112, we welcome back philosopher Bryan Van Norden to discuss the new book ‘Philosophy Illustrated’, the philosophy of Mengzi and the sprout of benevolence, the argument that human nature is fundamentally good, how it can become...
2021-Dec-05 • 64 minutes
Helen De Cruz: How Illustrated Philosophy Reveals Deeper Truths | STM Podcast #111
On episode 111, we welcome back philosopher Helen De Cruz to discuss the significance of illustrating thought experiments, using them to illicit and explore our intuitive beliefs, the extended mind hypothesis and whether our cell phones are part of...
2021-Nov-24 • 64 minutes
Seize The Moment Thanksgiving Special: Gratitude, Guests, Year in Review, Lessons Learned | #110
On episode 110, Alen and Leon discuss dealing with covid in 2021; the behind the scenes of podcasting - the struggles they both have with anxiety the night before and day of a show, finding ways to remain motivated, and with producing the show; the...
2021-Nov-14 • 66 minutes
Dr. David Brendel: The Importance of Active Inquiry In Creating Strong Workplaces | STM Podcast #109
On episode 109, we welcome back Dr. David Brendel to discuss his new book ‘Think, Talk, Create’; active inquiry deficit disorder and its effects on the health of relationships; how open-ended questions can help save the lives of psychiatric...
2021-Nov-11 • 13 minutes
Jeff Jarrett: Character Creation, NWO 2000, Was Jeff a Four-Horseman? | STM Podcast Bonus Episode
On this special bonus episode, Leon chats with wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett about the development of his wrestling character, from Double J to the King of the Mountain; NWO 2000 and working with Bret Hart, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Scott Steiner;...
2021-Oct-31 • 54 minutes
Dr. Rachel Zoffness: Managing Chronic Pain with Psychotherapy | STM Podcast #108
On episode 107, Leon speaks with Dr. Rachel Zoffness about the medical history of pain management; how the opioid crises is fueled by a purely biological understanding of pain; the emotional, social, and biological components of pain; the neurological...
2021-Oct-24 • 72 minutes
Tom Morris: Using Philosophy to Transform the Fear of Change into Success | STM Podcast #107
On episode 107, we welcome philosopher Tom Morris to discuss why people naturally fear change despite it being an inextricable part of the human condition, why building confidence and creating habits are better remedies than resistance and isolation,...
2021-Oct-17 • 70 minutes
Ryan Stelzer: Profiting By Making More Humane Workplaces Using Think Talk Create | STM Podcast #106
On episode 106, we welcome back management consultant Ryan Stelzer to discuss the importance of the active inquiry process known as ‘Think, Talk, Create’; the perils of solely focusing on data and profit, or ‘the quantitative mindset’;...
2021-Oct-10 • 62 minutes
Emily Kircher-Morris: 2e Students, Neurodiversity, NYC Ending Gifted & Talented Program | STM Podcast #105
On episode 105, we welcome back Licensed Professional Counselor Emily-Kircher Morris to discuss teaching twice exceptional (2e) children, the neurodiversity movement and its contribution to helping us accept the neurological differences in one...
2021-Oct-03 • 64 minutes
Andy Norman: Dangerous Ideas, Collaborative Truth-Seeking, & Conspiracy Thinking | STM Podcast #104
On episode 104, we welcome back philosopher Andy Norman to discuss how we can protect ourselves from infectious ideas and mind parasites, the Socratic system of rational inquiry and why it’s the most effective truth detector, how people become...
2021-Sep-26 • 58 minutes
William Irwin: Turning Philosophy into Poetry and Making Wisdom Accessible | STM Podcast #103
On episode 103, we welcome back philosopher William Irwin to discuss poetry and philosophy, our reactions to William's new book ‘Both/And’, the battle between continental philosophy and analytic philosophy, why aphorisms and platitudes are...
2021-Sep-19 • 67 minutes
David Livingstone Smith: How Monsters, Racists, and Nazis are Made | STM Podcast #102
On episode 102, we welcome philosopher David Livingstone Smith to discuss the psychosocial mechanisms of dehumanization, how humans can perceive other humans as both human and sub-human, what lynchings were actually like, how Nazis used psychotherapy...
2021-Aug-01 • 59 minutes
Brad Johnson: Super Bowl XXXVII, Mindsets For Success, Overcoming Tough Moments | STM Podcast #101
On episode 101, we welcome Quarterback Brad Johnson to discuss the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers championship run, why the Joe Jurevicius 71 yard catch in the NFC championship game was the greatest play in Buc history, overcoming adversity on the field...
2021-Jul-23 • 39 minutes
John D. Bieber: How to Love, Divorce, Am I Loved? | STM Podcast #100
John D. Bieber is a writer and former international divorce lawyer. After a distinguished career as a UK lawyer, formerly with the celebrated Lord Goodman and later with his own law firm, John D Bieber left full time legal work to focus on family life...
2021-Jul-18 • 75 minutes
Emmy van Deurzen: Rising From Existential Crisis, Brexit, COVID | STM Podcast #99
On episode 99, we welcome back existential psychologist Emmy van Deurzen to discuss the emotional effects of Brexit, how it compounded with Covid to create an existential crisis for EU nationals living in the UK, Emmy’s personal experience of...
2021-Jul-15 • 82 minutes
Mike Walrond: Mental Health in the Black Community, Facing Death, Finding Faith | STM Podcast #98
On episode 98, we welcome Pastor Michael Walrond to discuss mental health in the Black community, his medical journey and overcoming death on multiple occasions, how he found faith amidst the vast absurdity of life, becoming inspired by Viktor...
2021-Jun-24 • 63 minutes
Julian Baggini: What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well | STM Podcast #97
On episode 97, Leon chats with philosopher Julian Baggini about the philosophy and wisdom of David Hume, focusing on why he believed we could accept knowing things without knowing their foundations, the natural limitations of reason and need for...
2021-Jun-20 • 58 minutes
James Shakhnovich & James Moreno: How We Overcame Addiction | STM Podcast #96
On episode 96, we welcome James Shakhnovich and James Moreno to discuss drug addiction and hear their stories, how addiction is linked to trauma, the shame and guilt addicts feel despite the common misconception that they’re solely selfish,...
2021-Jun-06 • 63 minutes
Andy Norman: Inoculating Our Minds From Parasitic Ideas and Thinking Better | STM Podcast #95
On episode 95, Leon chats with philosopher Andy Norman about mental immunity and how to reason well, what ideologies are and what makes them toxic, the responsibility each of us have to become rational thinkers and why, ethically, we can't just...
2021-May-23 • 69 minutes
Christian Jarrett: The Keys to Personality Change | STM Podcast #94
On episode 94, we welcome cognitive neuroscientist Christian Jarrett to discuss what comprises a personality, the positive and negative traits according to The Big 5 Factor Model, how the environment affects one’s traits, why it’s important that...
2021-May-09 • 82 minutes
Tools for Combatting Anxiety, Taking Action, Personal Stories | STM Podcast #93
On episode 93, Alen and Leon speak about how anxiety has held them back in the past, the difference between common episodic anxiety and anxiety disorders, performance anxiety and how they used the fear of disappointing each other to push past it and...
2021-Apr-25 • 76 minutes
The Benefits of the Scout Mindset, Updating Beliefs, Escaping Echo Chambers | STM Podcast #92
On episode 92, Alen and Leon discuss the book The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef, focusing on how to cultivate an open-mind, the benefits and pitfalls of self-deception, holding your identity loosely, the right ways to interpret critical feedback, how...
2021-Apr-04 • 74 minutes
Michael Shermer: Beating Bad Ideas with Better Ideas, Cancel Culture, Free Speech | STM Podcast #91
On episode 91, we welcome author Michael Shermer to discuss why and how humans come to believe in anything, our difficulty with understanding randomness and how it contributes to the belief in improbable conspiracy theories, the harms of cancel...
2021-Mar-28 • 71 minutes
Mohamedou Ould Slahi: The Mauritanian, Closing Guantanamo Bay, Imprisonment | STM Podcast #90
On episode 90, we welcome author Mohamedou Ould Slahi to recount his imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay and discuss black and white thinking in the American narrative of the good guys vs. the bad guys, why he still loves Americans and can see the good in...
2021-Mar-14 • 63 minutes
Christopher Mark Rose: God on a Bad Night, Science Fiction, Quantum Physics, A.I. | STM Podcast #89
On episode 89, we welcome science fiction writer Christopher Mark Rose on to discuss his new story: God on a Bad Night, artificial intelligence and how it can change our relationships, the flaws of the multiverse interpretation of quantum physics, the...
2021-Mar-07 • 30 minutes
STM Podcast #88: The Podcasts We Love And Recommend
On episode 88, Alen and Leon talk about their favorite podcasts. They discuss what podcasts they listen to for inspiration, to laugh, and to learn. Where you can find us: | Seize The Moment Podcast | ► Facebook | ► Twitter | ► Instagram |
2021-Feb-28 • 60 minutes
STM Podcast #87: Robert Bilott: Forever Chemicals Infected 99% of Humans, Dark Waters, Suing DuPont
On episode 87, we welcome environmental lawyer and activist Robert Bilott to discuss the widespread prevalence and health effects of forever chemicals (including cancer and autoimmune disorders), his decades-long legal war with the DuPont chemical...
2021-Feb-22 • 67 minutes
STM Podcast #86: Marc Mero on Motivational Speaking, Life-Changing Epiphanies, Wrestling Career
On episode 86, we welcome Marc Mero to discuss how and why he became a motivational speaker, speaking to kids about suicidal thoughts and other important mental health related struggles, working with Stone Cold Steve Austin and learning from him,...
2021-Feb-15 • 68 minutes
STM Podcast #85: Sofia Samatar Discusses Futurism, A.I., Immortality, Philosophy and Science Fiction
On episode 85, we welcome writer Sofia Samatar to discuss her chapter in Philosophy Through Science-Fiction Stories titled “The New Book of the Dead,” our obsession with and love of Artificial Intelligence, the persistent human quest for...
2021-Feb-08 • 90 minutes
STM Podcast #84: Martha Lawton - The Effects of Unstable Income, The Welfare Stigma, The Gig Economy
On episode 84, we welcome back Martha Lawton to discuss the how the pandemic worsened social mobility and exacerbated unstable incomes, the gig economy and how it pits us against one another, the beliefs and cognitive distortions of welfare...
2021-Feb-01 • 62 minutes
STM Podcast #83: Helen De Cruz - Teaching Philosophy Through Science Fiction
On episode 83, we welcome back philosopher Helen De Cruz to discuss why science fiction is a great platform for bringing complex philosophical ideas to a wide audience, the history of the belief in the afterlife and its early link to the intellectual...
2021-Jan-17 • 64 minutes
STM Podcast #82: Diamond Dallas Page Talks About DDPY, Wrestling Career, and Relentless
On episode 82, we welcome Diamond Dallas Page to discuss his journey in professional wrestling, his various injuries and why he reluctantly began doing yoga, the early formation of DDPY, the successful transformations its practitioners have...
2021-Jan-10 • 71 minutes
STM Podcast #81: Jonathan Berman - Anti-Vaxx Skepticism, COVID-19 Vaccine, Conspiracy Theories
On episode 81, we welcome Professor Jonathan Berman to discuss the skepticism surrounding vaccine safety and efficacy - especially given the skepticism surrounding taking the Covid-19 vaccine in the midst of a global pandemic, the motives of the...
2021-Jan-03 • 79 minutes
STM Podcast #80: Ashley Bohrer - Marxism and Intersectionality
On episode 80, we welcome philosopher Ashley Bohrer to discuss intersectionality and the importance of combatting racism, sexism, classism, and ableism as separate but related challenges; Ashley’s first-hand account of police brutality toward...
2020-Dec-27 • 47 minutes
STM Podcast #79: Interview For The Blog Of The American Philosophical Association
On episode 79, philosopher Ashley Bohrer interviews Alen and Leon for the blog of the American Philosophical Association. They discuss Leon’s childhood, existential anxiety and how he found a remedy in philosophy, Alen’s early experiences and the...
2020-Dec-20 • 61 minutes
STM Podcast #78: Brian Muraresku - How Psychedelics Helped Form Religion and Philosophy
On episode 78 we welcome Brian Muraresku to discuss the origins of religious rituals and their associations to psychedelic use, the history and rites of the ancient mystery schools, their understanding of immortality and how it differs from the notion...
2020-Dec-13 • 63 minutes
STM Podcast #77: Andreas Elpidorou - How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to Growth
On episode 77, we welcome philosopher Andreas Elpidorou to discuss the positive and negative aspects of boredom, frustration, and anticipation; the hedonic treadmill and why constant pleasure becomes tormenting; the difference between common boredom...
2020-Dec-06 • 89 minutes
STM Podcast #76: Margaret Rutherford - Breaking Free From Perfectly Hidden Depression
On episode 76, we welcome clinical psychologist Margaret Rutherford to discuss perfectly hidden depression, the unhealthy coping strategies that can mask inner turmoil and sorrow, our own experiences with the syndrome and why we hid it, the stages to...
2020-Nov-22 • 103 minutes
STM Podcast #75: Sheldon Solomon - Developing the Courage to Face Death in Life
On episode 75 we welcome social psychologist and co-developer of Terror-Management Theory Sheldon Solomon to discuss his original research, which supported his hypothesis of death anxiety being at the core of most of our aggressive and selfish...
2020-Nov-15 • 80 minutes
STM Podcast #74: Andrew Moffatt (Andy O4L) - The Heart of an Outlaw
On episode 74, we welcome hip-hop journalist Andrew Moffatt (Andy O4L) to discuss the Heart of an Outlaw Show; his experiences with interviewing some of his musical idols like Mutah “Napoleon” Beale, and other guests like Angie Thomas and Ajani...
2020-Nov-08 • 80 minutes
STM Podcast #73 Kate Harvie - Believe It and Behave It: How to Restart, Reset, and Reframe Your Life
On episode 73, we welcome author and brand strategist Kate Harvie to discuss the psychological tools of overcoming trauma, focusing on her traumatic brain injury and the arduous journey back to health. Additionally, we focused on the importance of...
2020-Oct-25 • 66 minutes
STM Podcast #72: Ryan Stelzer - Using Philosophy to Create Better Workplace Environments
On episode 72, we welcome management consultant Ryan Stelzer to discuss toxic workplace environments, how they relate to depression and anxiety, the step by step process of creating more effective communication,the necessity of fostering psychological...
2020-Oct-18 • 68 minutes
STM Podcast #71: Derek Beres - Hero's Dose: The Case for Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy
On episode 71, we welcome journalist Derek Beres to talk about the structure and efficacy of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, the benefits and costs of being on psychotropic medication in the long-term, the importance of one’s mindset and setting...
2020-Oct-11 • 52 minutes
STM Podcast #70: David Brendel - Success Mindsets, Breaking Down Cognitive Biases, Building Rapport
David is a psychiatrist, executive coach, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, and public philosopher living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. On episode 70, we welcome Dr. David Brendel to discuss the significance of slowing down your...
2020-Oct-04 • 85 minutes
STM Podcast #69: A Coach's Rules For Life
On episode 69 Alen and Leon talk about the new Netflix series The Playbook: A Coach’s Rules for Life, exploring the elements of success, including believing in your decisions and sticking to them in difficult periods, developing empathy and...
2020-Sep-20 • 64 minutes
STM Podcast #68: Ian Olasov - Ask a Philosopher
Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions
2020-Sep-13 • 76 minutes
STM Podcast #67: Samir Chopra - How Psychedelics Can Affect Mental Health
On episode 67, we welcome back philosopher Samir Chopra to discuss the recent research on the mental health benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, the history of psychedelic use, the potential harm, our personal psychedelic experiences, how...
2020-Sep-07 • 82 minutes
STM Podcast #66: Liz Dorval - The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They're Great
On episode 66, we welcome back Liz Dorval to discuss the Dunning-Kruger Effect; social and psychological strategies to mitigate its harm such as fostering the growth mindset, eliminating echo chambers, and teaching how to accept feedback; appealing to...
2020-Aug-31 • 82 minutes
STM Podcast #65: Douglas Edwards - The Philosophy of Pro Wrestling
On episode 65, we welcome philosopher Douglas Edwards to discuss the similarities between the philosophical quest for truth and the search for the behind-the-scenes information about professional wrestling, how story-lines get entangled with reality,...
2020-Aug-24 • 67 minutes
STM Podcast #64 Helen De Cruz - The Philosophy of Science and Awe
On episode 64, we welcome philosopher Helen De Cruz to discuss the politicization and polarization of scientific information, the necessity of cultivating awe for an open mind and scientific exploration, creating popular philosophy through fiction and...
2020-Aug-16 • 64 minutes
STM Podcast #63: Alan Levinovitz Discusses Nuance, Flawed Science, the Deception of Natural Products
On episode 63, we welcome author Alan Levinovitz to discuss the ways in which the words natural and unnatural have been used in popular culture, science, and religious ideologies; the importance of admitting and learning from mistakes; demagogy and...
2020-Aug-09 • 62 minutes
STM Podcast #62: Sulaiman Jenkins Talks Life is Raw, Napoleon, 2Pac, Outlawz
On episode 62, we welcome back author Sulaiman Jenkins to discuss his new book, Life is Raw: The Story of a Reformed Outlaw, 2Pac’s transition from loving everyone to becoming wary, Napoleon's journey from rags to riches, alcoholism and why people...
2020-Aug-03 • 57 minutes
STM Podcast #61: Armand D'Angour - What Socrates Has to Teach Us About Love
On episode 61, we welcome philosopher Armand D’Angour to discuss the human side of Socrates, his love life and the ancient Greek conception of love, how patriarchal dominance precluded heterosexual romance, our persistent need to idealize great,...
2020-Jul-26 • 73 minutes
STM Podcast #60: David Livingstone Smith - Dehumanization and How to Resist It
On episode 60, we welcome philosopher David Livingstone Smith to discuss the sources and consequences of dehumanization, including its historical manifestations and the psychological needs and drives that foster it; the role that the philosophy of...
2020-Jul-19 • 69 minutes
STM Podcast #59: Samir Chopra - The Philosophy of Anxiety
On episode 59, we welcome philosopher Samir Chopra to discuss the importance and utility of anxiety in self-discovery, how philosophy helped him cope with the untimely deaths of his parents, the influence our beliefs have on our perceptions and...
2020-Jul-12 • 67 minutes
STM Podcast #58: Yolanda Danae' - Black Lives Matter, Police Reform, Systemic Racism
On episode 58, we welcome Yolanda Danae’ to discuss the black lives matter movement, the resultant policy changes, the inherent racism in the history and ideology of policing, police reform, and effective strategies for challenging racist beliefs...
2020-Jun-28 • 76 minutes
STM Podcast #57: Kirk Schneider - The Depolarizing of America: A Guidebook for Social Healing
On episode 57, we welcome existential psychologist Kirk Schneider to discuss healthy dialogues among members of the opposite ends of the political spectrum, the need for a US psychology czar, the importance of looking for truths in distorted beliefs,...
2020-Jun-14 • 33 minutes
STM Podcast #56: Eric Adams - Black Lives Matter, Structural Change in Law Enforcement, COVID-19
On episode 56, we welcome Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to discuss the black lives matter movement, creating structural changes in law enforcement, the similarities in the current struggles of different communities, and how to effectively...
2020-Jun-07 • 70 minutes
STM Podcast #55: Liz Dorval - Is it Time for a 4-Day Work Week and to Work From Home?
On episode 55, we welcome back Liz Dorval to discuss the appearance of our work-lives after the pandemic subsides, the benefits of working from home and implementing a universal basic income and the four day work-week, and the downside of “bullshit...
2020-May-31 • 62 minutes
STM Podcast #54: How Out-of-the-Box Thinking Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
On episode 54, Alen and Leon discuss the importance of 'out-of-the-box' thinking and carving out incremental time-slots to implementing your goals, focusing on the lessons from the film 'Moneyball', our own journey to becoming podcasters, and...
2020-May-24 • 80 minutes
STM Podcast #53: Glen Sharp - How to Develop Your Authentic Self
On episode 53, we welcome back writer Glen Sharp to discuss what it means to be authentic, the internal and external barriers to becoming your true self, the difference between responsibility and blame, and the psychology of Mike Tyson’s upcoming...
2020-May-17 • 55 minutes
STM Podcast #52: Rachel Atcheson - How to Live a Good Life According to Effective Altruism
On episode 52, we welcome Rachel Atcheson to learn about effective altruism as a philosophy of life, discuss the ways we can improve our health care system, and the strategies and barriers to improving our own health. Rachel Atcheson is the Deputy...
2020-May-10 • 2 minutes
STM Clip: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on NYC Coronavirus Response: "I'm in the battle with you."
In this clip, Borough President Eric Adams discusses what it's like being on the front lines of the NYC Coronavirus response. We talk about seeing him personally giving out masks and food to people in need all over New York. He wonderfully states, in...
2020-May-07 • 61 minutes
STM Podcast #51: Sulaiman Jenkins - Life is War: Examining the Post-Traumatic Growth of Mutah Beale
On episode 51, we welcome author Sulaiman Jenkins to discuss working on Mutah “Napoleon” Beale’s biography, Life is Raw, overcoming addiction, the elements and sources of post-traumatic growth, and the kinder sides of Mutah and 2Pac. Sulaiman...
2020-Apr-26 • 83 minutes
STM Podcast #50: Scott Barry Kaufman - Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
On episode 50, we welcome psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman to learn about the steps of personal growth and development, the difference between a healthy ego and narcissism, and focus on the meaning of B-Love, as opposed to selfish love. Scott Barry...
2020-Apr-19 • 86 minutes
STM Podcast #49: Massimo Pigliucci - How to Live a Good Life According to Stoicism
On episode 49, we welcome philosopher Massimo Pigliucci to discuss how we can use Stoic philosophy to improve mental health, learn about the necessity of separating internal and external success, and how we can implement practices to make us feel in...
2020-Apr-12 • 57 minutes
STM Podcast #48: Mutah "Napoleon" Beale - How to Live a Good Life According to Islam
On episode 48, we welcome back Mutah Beale to discuss how Islam helped him overcome past trauma, what it was like being so honest in his upcoming biography, and how his story could help others grow through their own struggles. Mutah Beale, also known...
2020-Apr-05 • 67 minutes
STM Podcast #47: John Kaag - How to Live a Good Life According to William James
On episode 47, we welcome philosopher John Kaag to discuss how William James can help us cope with depression and anxiety, form healthier habits, and create meaning through our wills to act, sharing our personal stories of sorrow and alienation. John...
2020-Mar-29 • 65 minutes
STM Podcast #46: Liz Dorval - How Are We Dealing With The Coronavirus?
On episode 46, we welcome back Liz Dorval to discuss our lives in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, the medical facts of the virus and its spread, how its impacted mental health, and ways of helping others act in the best interests of everyone...
2020-Mar-22 • 73 minutes
STM Podcast #45: Hiram Crespo- How to Live a Good Life According to Epicurus
On episode 45, we welcome philosopher Hiram Crespo to discuss the philosophy of Epicurus, using the hedonic calculus to form moral judgments, the importance of friendships for our happiness and growth, and creating a society that factors in the...
2020-Mar-15 • 74 minutes
STM Podcast #44: Daniel A. Kaufman - How to Live a Good Life According to Aristotle
On episode 44, we welcome philosopher Daniel A. Kaufman to discuss the flourishing life according to Aristotle, the limited utility of philosophy and self-help, debate the logic of Stoicism, and discuss the importance of experience and moderation in...
2020-Mar-08 • 68 minutes
STM Podcast #43: Derek McAllister - The History of the Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Illness
On episode 43, we welcome Derek McAllister to discuss the history of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, the criticisms of psychiatry and the medical model, the importance of being an active participant in psychotherapy, and the role of...
2020-Mar-01 • 62 minutes
STM Podcast #42: Bryan Van Norden - How to Live a Good Life According to Confucius
On episode 42, we welcome philosopher Bryan Van Norden to discuss Confucian ethics; how to commit to and implement righteousness, propriety, benevolence, and wisdom; and how our relationships define who we are. Bryan W. Van Norden (born 1962) is a...
2020-Feb-23 • 78 minutes
STM Podcast #41: Owen Flanagan - How to Live a Good Life According to Buddhism
On episode 41, we welcome philosopher Owen Flanagan to discuss using Buddhist philosophy to reduce suffering, the importance of detaching ourselves from our thoughts for political unity, redefining anger to create more compassion, and how our rigid...
2020-Feb-16 • 74 minutes
STM Podcast #40: Skye Cleary - How to Live a Good Life According to Existentialism
On episode 40, we welcome philosopher Skye Cleary to discuss authentic, romantic love, creating meaning according to existential philosophy, and how to effectively deal with the existential dread that all of us face. The link to her newest book is...
2020-Feb-09 • 56 minutes
STM Podcast #39: Martha Lawton - The Emotional Side of Money
On episode 39, we welcome financial advisor Martha Lawton to discuss the emotional side of our financial choices, the link between mental health and our finances, whether sheer free-will suffices for self-discipline, and the importance of empathizing...
2020-Feb-02 • 68 minutes
STM Podcast #38: Gordon Marino - The Art of Listening: Improving Relationships Through Dialogue
On episode 38, Gordon Marino returns to teach us about the importance of being a good listener, the connection between being heard and self-esteem, how to increase empathy, and why success can’t make us happy. Gordon Marino is a professor of...
2020-Jan-26 • 70 minutes
STM Podcast #37: The Importance of Being Open About Your Mental Health - Yolanda Danae’
On episode 37, we welcome Yolanda Danae’ of The Sassy Rant blog to discuss mental health in the black community, the necessity of reconceptualizing the idea of masculinity, how writing helped her become more vulnerable and self-possessed, and the...
2020-Jan-12 • 65 minutes
STM Podcast #36: Creating Growth Through the Exploration of Your Unconscious Mind - Chris Heath, MD.
On episode 36, we welcome psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Chris Heath to discuss the benefits of psychotherapy; what the unconscious mind is and how it affects our perceptions, choices, and goals; and the meanings behind creativity. Chris Heath, MD is...
2020-Jan-07 • 65 minutes
STM Podcast #35: 2020 New Years Resolutions, Risk Aversion, And Executing On Your Goals
On episode 35, Alen and Leon set New Year’s resolutions, Alen focuses on how he can become a more effective learner and Leon on how he can reduce his fear of vulnerability, strategies on attaining long term goals at the expense of short term...
2019-Dec-29 • 82 minutes
STM Podcast #34: Punching From The Shadows - Glen Sharp
On episode 34, we welcome boxer and writer Glen Sharp to discuss his boxing career, the necessity of fear, developing self-love and resilience by focusing on character instead of outcome, and his relationship with hall of fame boxer Yaqui Lopez,...
2019-Dec-23 • 58 minutes
STM Podcast #33: The Spirituality of Awe - Kirk Schneider
On episode 33, we welcome existential psychotherapist Kirk Schneider to discuss the sources of the major problems facing our culture: avoidance of negative emotions, fear of facing ourselves and the remnants of trauma, our disconnection from the awe...
2019-Dec-15 • 75 minutes
STM Podcast #32: The Trap of Perfectionism: Is it Making Us Sick and How Do We Get Out? - Liz Dorval
On episode 32, we welcome back Liz Dorval to explore the widespread increase in perfectionism, why we believe we need to be perfect to be accepted, how it prevents us from achieving our goals, and what we can do to reduce its harmful affects on our...
2019-Dec-08 • 93 minutes
STM Podcast #31: Challenging Implicit Racist and Sexist Beliefs - Keith Frankish
On episode 31, we welcome back philosopher Keith Frankish to learn about belief formation, how we make decisions, how to form healthier habits, and how we can effectively challenge racist and sexist beliefs. Keith Frankish is a British philosopher...
2019-Dec-01 • 82 minutes
STM Podcast #30: Stressed in the U.S. - Meg Van Deusen, PhD
On episode 30, we welcome clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Van Deusen to discuss the widespread increase in anxiety and tech addiction, how they relate to our relationships with others, and how to reduce loneliness and depression through compassion,...
2019-Nov-20 • 84 minutes
STM Podcast #29: Optimism vs Pessimism
On episode 29, Alen and Leon explore the benefits and downsides of optimistic and pessimistic thinking, how to cultivate healthier thinking patterns, and share their personal story of their podcast journey. Leon Garber is a philosophical writer,...
2019-Nov-10 • 61 minutes
STM Podcast #28: Battling Loneliness in the Age of Social Media - Liz Dorval
On episode 28, we welcome back Liz Dorval to discuss the loneliness epidemic in our social media age. We focus on the influence of social media on narcissistic and selfish behavior, why it’s important for us to listen to others’ opinions, and how...
2019-Nov-04 • 74 minutes
STM Podcast #27: Understanding Neurodiversity in Counseling & Education - Emily Kircher-Morris
On episode 27, we welcome mental health counselor Emily Kircher-Morris to learn about the various characteristics of neurodiversity, the experiences and strengths of individuals labeled as twice-exceptional (2e), and how we can adapt teaching to fit...
2019-Oct-20 • 77 minutes
STM Podcast #26: Mindsets - Is Collaboration Better than Competition?
On episode 26, we welcome our friend Liz Dorval to discuss the difference between competitive and collaborative mindsets, their association to the loneliness epidemic, the stark division in American politics, and how we can learn to achieve both...
2019-Oct-13 • 98 minutes
STM Podcast #25: The Illusion of Consciousness - Keith Frankish
***Links On How To Follow Keith Frankish Can Be Found Below *** On episode 25, we welcome philosopher Keith Frankish to discuss how consciousness is an illusion created by our brains, cognitive biases and how they affect our mental health, and how...
2019-Oct-06 • 51 minutes
STM Podcast #24: Mutah "Napoleon" Beale - Life Of An Outlaw
***Links On How To Follow Napoleon Can Be Found Below *** On episode 24, we welcome hip-hop legend, and former member of 2Pac’s Outlawz, Mutah “Napoleon” Beale to discuss his life in the music industry, the downside and emptiness of fame,...
2019-Oct-01 • 98 minutes
STM Podcast Ep 10: Why Is Love So Hard For Us To Find?
On episode 10, Alen and Leon discuss love and dating in the age of social media. They talk about their personal experiences, the things they did and learned that help them navigate relationships, and how they can be helpful to you. Leon Garber is a...
2019-Oct-01 • 80 minutes
STM Podcast Episode 9: How Can We Overcome Impostor Syndrome?
On episode 9, Alen and Leon discuss Impostor Syndrome and their personal experiences of it. They, additionally, focus on strategies for alleviating it and exploring how reducing it can improve our lives, which includes the ability to have better sex....
2019-Oct-01 • 70 minutes
STM Podcast Ep 7: How Can Divergent Thinking Create Unity In Communities? w/ Jessie Mannisto
On episode 7, Alen and Leon speak with the chief-editor of Third Factor magazine, and former CIA analyst, Jessie Mannisto about the necessity and consequences of divergent thinking, the significance of non-conformity in politics, and how we can use...
2019-Oct-01 • 63 minutes
Seize The Moment Podcast Episode 6: What Inspires YOU To Overcome Your Fears?
On episode 6, Alen and Leon discuss the people and ideas that have inspired them to overcome their doubts, fears, and perceived limitations. They focus on teaching the audience how to utilize those concepts to live more fulfilling lives. Leon Garber...
2019-Oct-01 • 69 minutes
Seize The Moment Podcast Episode 3: Overcoming Self-Created Barriers To Success
On episode 3, Alen and Leon explore the various ways we hold ourselves back from achieving our goals, arguing that we are our own worst enemies. Focusing on concepts from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, and the field...
2019-Oct-01 • 79 minutes
Seize The Moment Podcast Episode 2: How Does Community Make You Happier Than Selfish Pursuits?
On Episode 2, Alen and Leon discuss sustainable happiness and how to achieve it, focusing on the difference between the ego and the genuine self, selfishness and altruism. They explore ideas from The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, the...
2019-Sep-30 • 69 minutes
STM Podcast #23: Emmy van Deurzen - Finding Your Way Through Existential Therapy
***Links On How To Follow Emmy's Work Can Be Found Below *** On episode 23, we welcome philosopher and existential psychotherapist Emmy van Deurzen to discuss existential psychotherapy, the importance of feeling connected to the world, finding...
2019-Sep-24 • 60 minutes
Seize The Moment Podcast Episode 5: Batman and Ethics With Guest Mark D. White
Check us out @ https://o4lonlinenetwork.com/seizethemoment/... On episode 5, Alen and Leon speak with Philosopher and Author Mark D. White about his new book, Batman and Ethics. We explore Batman's own ethical system, how it differs from other major...