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Ethics Talk: Philosophy, Flourishing and The Good Life Podcast

Ethics Talk: Philosophy, Flourishing and The Good Life Podcast

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Socrates said that talking about virtue and the good life is one of the most important things a human being can do. That's where "Ethics-Talk" fits in. Housed in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University (CMU), The Center for Professional and Personal Ethics brings you discussions about ethical issues, both pure and applied. For us at EthicsTalk -- "ethics" is broad and encompasses things that affect a human being's flourishing. To that end, students working with the Center discuss ethics-related topics such as academic integrity, intrinsic motivation, procrastination, and cultivating self-regulation and other powerful habits. Additionally, we discuss study and motivational strategies related to intimidating endeavors such as studying for the bar exam. We are also very interested in how technology can either promote or hinder flourishing and discuss "media ecology" issues including the thought of Walter Ong and the concept of "digital virtue". In addition to our student produced show, scholars, authors and practitioners (such as Michael Strong, Anya Kamenetz, Lindsay Hyde, Thomas Farrell and Dr. Jeffrey Wigand) discuss ethics related issues with the Center's Director. To learn more about the Center, visit us at http://ethics.cmich.edu and follow us on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/ethicstalk. IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS FEED comes from BLOGTALKRADIO and does not include our complete archives. So we set up ANOTHER itunes feed which has the complete archives. thereafter. To access the COMPLETE archives, go to itunes, search for "ethics talk" and click on the hedgehog. Oh, and we like the hedgehog for the same reason that Jim Collins does.


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MARCUS AURELIUS CONTINUED: MEMBERSHIP IN THE COMMONWEALTH

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 16, 2012


We continue discussing Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, focusing on the relationship between the individual, rational being and the Commonwealth or "World City".   This week we will be approaching the topic from the lens of self-interest.   How does Marcus Aurelius' view of a Commonwealth of rational beings connect with notions of self-interest?  Further, how do Marcus Aurelius' exhortations to rid ourselves of anger and promote tolerance and patience connect with one's self-interest?  These are some of the questions on which we will focus for this week's episode of EthicsTalk.

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Marcus Aurelius: Reason and Human Fellowship

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 09, 2012


In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius repeatedly affirms that human beings are both reasonable and social.  And in Book X, Verse 2, he appears to identify a deep connection between aspects of human nature when he claims “what is reasonable is consequently also social”.   In this show, we will explore the meaning of this connection.  What is the nature of relationship between the reasonable and the social?  Do human beings possess the natural capacity for reason to serve the social?  Or are human beings social so that their rational natures can be developed?  Or perhaps the reasonable and the social are inter-entailing and ‘co-dependent’ in some way.  The objective of the show is to gain a better understand Marcus Aurelius’ view of the relationship between the ‘reasonable’ and ‘social’ aspects of human nature and how this facet of Marcus Aurelius’ philosophy connects with his metaphysical views about the nature of the universe and the ‘human commonwealth’

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Kony 2012: Inside the Campaign

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Mar 27, 2012


In this show, we sit down with Caitlin Cheevers (President) and Randi Shaffer (Promotional Manager) of the Central Michigan University Chapter of Invisible Children.  Caitlin and Randi will discuss the hugely successful KONY 2012 campaign from the inside.  Our objective is to provide our listeners with a deeper understanding of the Kony 2012 campaign - its overall aims, and the challenges it has faced.  Additionally, both Caitlin and Randi will talk about how this campaign has changed the nature of their leadership positions (both have been working with Invisible Children for a number of years, well before KONY 2012 put Invisible Children on the radars of young people).   If you are intrigued by Invisible Children and the Kony 2012 campaign, tune in!

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An Introduction to Atrocity Law: The Armenian Tragedy 101

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Mar 20, 2012


In this show, we introduce the listener to 'Atrocity Law' - the legal framework which saw a growth spurt with the historic Nuremberg trials of Nazi Germany.   But atrocities also occurred in World War 1 - including atrocities against the Armenian people - a Christian minority  living within the then Ottoman Empire - which is currently Turkey.  While Turkey does not want to label what happened to the Armenians as "genocide" - many scholars and politicians nevertheless do.  In this show, we focus on the tragedy of the Armenians in order to talk about what it means -legally- to classify an atrocity as "genocide".  We will also discuss different "labels" -some legal, some moral- ("Crimes Against Humanity", "violation of Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"), which may be used to classify such tragedies.

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The Historic Student Conference on The Lubanga Trial

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Mar 13, 2012


On March 8-9, 2012, The International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN), with generous support from Central Michigan University, convened an historic conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on the eve of the The International Criminal Court's first verdict which will be delivered on March 14, 2012, in the case of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.  In this show, special guest Megan Blue interviews Hope Elizabeth May, who help organized the conference, and Erica Maylee who not only worked behind the scenes at the conference, but also delivered a paper on restorative justice.  The aims of the show are two: to have the listener appreciate and understand one way in which education about human rights can be practiced, and that education about human rights consists not just in words, but also in actions - in activity and practice.  

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The Birthright to Self-Sovereignty and The Solitude of Self

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 22, 2012


In her 1892 address to the U.S. Judiciary, Elizabeth Cady Stanton developed a profound argument about the importance of  educational development and political equality to solitude and the proper use of one's "birthright to self-sovereignty".  In this show, we focus on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "The Solitude of Self" and its connection to the development clause of Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that "education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms."

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Reason, Conscience & Development of the Human Personality

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 15, 2012


We continue to discuss the “development clause” of Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which states that  "Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms".  As we will discuss, the development clause should be read in conjunction with Article 1 of the UDHR which states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” How is "full development of the human personality" connected with “reason,” “conscience” and “the spirit of brotherhood”? Why is education aimed at "full development" so important as to be classified as a human right?  In order to shed light on some possible answers to these questions, we will turn to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1892 address to the U.S. Judiciary, The Solitude of Self.

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The Human Right to Education & Development

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 08, 2012


Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that  "Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms".  In this show, we discuss this article, focusing on the "development" clause.  What might "full development of the human personality" look like?" and why is education aimed at "full development" so important as to be classified as a human right?  In order to shed light on some possible answers to these questions, we will turn to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1892 address to the U.S. Judiciary, The Solitude of Self.

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An Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 01, 2012


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as both a response to World War 2 atrocities and a means to "reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person".  In this show, we explore this document by focusing not only on some of its articles, but also by discussing how it connects to global justice and the rule of law.

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The Material of Happiness

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Nov 16, 2011


In tonight's show, we focus on society’s search for happiness through material objects. To what extent (if any) are material objects relevant to happiness?  If material objects are irrelevant to happiness, then what are the non-material components of happiness?  Our discussion will incorporate some recent concepts found within the domain of positive psychology such as "the hedonic treadmill".

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Reason's True Vocation: Kant's Inner Resources for Morality

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Nov 09, 2011


In his Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant famously claims that morality cannot be based on anything outside of the will.  Rather, the source of morality is within the individual herself.  In this show, we try to get clear on the inner resources that Kant believes are essential to moral action.  To what extent is reason involved in moral action?  To what extent are emotion, fear and desire involved?   We will focus on these questions in this week's episode of Ethics Talk.

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The End of Moral Relativism? The Nuremberg Trials & Morality

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Nov 01, 2011


The historic trials of high ranking Nazi officials after World War 2 introduced "crimes against humanity" to the list of international crimes.  In this show, we focus on "crimes against humanity" and the debate surrounding this category of crime.  At the heart of this debate is the philosophical question about the nature of morality, and its relationship to the law and state sovereignty.  Do other countries have the duty and the right to hold leaders accountable if they commit atrocities against their own people ?  Were the Nuremberg trials simply another instance of the claim that justice and morality are nothing but "the interest of the stronger"?   By focusing on the Nuremberg trials and the charge of  "crimes against humanity," we will show how this philosophical debate has unfolded and implicated the international justice system. 

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An Introduction to The Nuremberg Trials

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 25, 2011


In November 1945 the victors of World War 2 commenced the historic "Nuremberg Trials" - in which a number of defendants including high ranking Nazi officials like Hermann Goering (commander of the German air force or "luftwaffe") and Rudolph Hess (the deputy fuhrer) were tried for crimes against the peace, crimes against humanity and war crimes.   In 1948, the U.S. conducted a second set of trials ("the subsequent Nuremberg trials") in which judges, doctors and businessmen were tried.  In this show, we will focus on the trial of the judges - the "Alstotter trial" or "Justice" case - on which the award winning film "Judgement at Nuremberg" is based.  By focusing on the Justice case, our aim is  to have the listener appreciate the philosophical, moral and legal significance of the Nuremberg trials.

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Reasons for Abstinence:Tolstoy's on Why Men Stupefy (Part 2)

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 18, 2011


In this week's show, we continue discussing Tolstoy’s views on alcohol, focusing on Tolstoy’s arguments for complete abstinence in his essay “ "Why do People Stupefy Themselves." Tolstoy claims that even moderate drinking is profoundly harmful.  But why?  Are there not occasions when having a drink is indeed the right thing to do? This week's episode of Ethics Talk focuses on this question, the applicability of Tolstoy’s argument to college life, and its relevance (if any) to today.

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Tolstoy's "On Why People Stupefy Themselves"

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 11, 2011


   In his "Why do People Stupefy Themselves," Leo Tolstoy writes "men drink and smoke, not to keep their spirits up, not for gayety's sake, not because it is pleasant, but in order to stifle conscience in themselves."  Written at the time when the U.S. was awash in the temperance movement (but about 30 years before the passage of the 18th amendment), Tolstoy claims that even moderate drinking is profoundly harmful.  This week's episode of Ethics Talk, focuses on Tolstoy's 1890 essay, its applicability to college life, and its relevance (if any) to today.

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Violence, Humanitarian Efforts, and International Tools

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 04, 2011


This week we will continue our discussion of violence, focusing specifically on violence used for so called “humanitarian efforts”. We will consider whether or not there are circumstances in which violence is acceptable. We will also discuss a phenomenon known as the “silent majority” and its implications for international conflicts. Lastly, we will address current “tools” available to governments to enforce humanitarian standards on states.

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The Relationship Between Violence and Power

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Sep 27, 2011


In this week's show, we discuss the relationship between violence and power.  To do so, we will focus on Hannah Arendt's work "On Violence."  What is the nature of power? And is violence ever a legitimate means to obtain power?  When is the state justified in using violence? We will explore these questions and Arendt's answers to them on this week's episode of Ethics Talk.  

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Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth and Peace

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Sep 20, 2011


Next Show: September 18, 2011, 7:00 pm NYC Time In this week's show, we discuss Andrew Carnegie's work "The Gospel of Wealth".  In our own day, billionaires such as Warren Buffet and Bill & Melinda Gates have not only pledged to donate the majority of their wealth to charity, but also encourage their billionare colleagues to do the same.  We will not only discuss the extent to which today's billionaire philanthropists are following the Carnegie gospel, but will also focus on how The Carnegie Gospel connects to Carnegie's peace activism at the end of his life.

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Awakening Into Action: The Meaning of Human Rights

Author: Ethics Talk
Mon, Sep 12, 2011


After a 3 month long hiatus, EthicsTalk is back with a new season.  In our last show (broadcasted live from The Netherlands!), we discussed  our emerging transformational experience with the International Criminal Court - that show was aptly titled "The Intellectual Criminal Court: Our Awakening".  Back then, we were just beginning our journey.  After that show, many adventures ensued - including personally witnessing the historic ICC proceedings in which arrest warrants for Ghaddafi & co were issued.   We returned to the U.S. in July (some of us in August), and have resumed our lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  In tonight's show, we discuss the ways in which our time abroad affects our beliefs and actions here and now.  In his famous work, 'Existentialism is a Humanism,' the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre explains that one's ACTIONS reveal just how strong are one's commitments to one's VALUES: "I can only estimate the strength of an affection of I have performed an action by which it is defined and ratified," he writes. This show is gloss on Sartre's important claim and will highlight the specific actions that are defining and ratifying our respect for international justice and the respect for human rights.  If you are interested in how an intense, first-hand experience with the International Criminal Court can help us all to define and ratify our respect for universal values, this show is for you.  

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The Intellectual Criminal Court: Our Awakening

Author: Ethics Talk
Mon, Jun 13, 2011


In this special show, broadcasted from both The Hague (Den Haag) Netherlands, as well as Leiden, Netherlands, five students from Central Michigan reflect on their experience with the International Criminal Court in Den Haag.  These students are enrolled in a special course focused on the amazing and important work of the International Criminal Court, a young court which is empowered with prosecuting individuals for committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.  In fact, is was exactly a week ago today, when the students saw the Court for the first time.  It was a Sunday, amd the Court was closed, but it was moving nonetheless.  But the students have since visited the Court and seen it "in action".  To learn about the court first hand is transformational, and to witness its work is transformational.  In this special show, the students discuss what has struck them in day 10 of this Netherlands adventure which ends on June 30.  Follow us on our blog at http://www.romestatute.com

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Travaux Preparatories: The International Criminal Court

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, May 24, 2011


"Travaux Prepartories" is a term used to refer to the "preparatory works", specifically the preliminary works leading up to a treaty.   Sometimes the Travaux are used to determine the intent and purpose of a treaty.  Don't worry, this is not a show on the law of treaties!  Rather five students reflect on their first week of an intensive course on the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will soon be transported from our classroom in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to The Hague, Netherlands.  While in the Hague, students will attend trial proceedings at the ICC and interact with scholars and personnel from the ICC, in the end learning about the court as a "human rights" operation.   In this show, we will engage in a substantive discussion about what we have all learned about international criminal law.  Additionally, we will discuss our expectations for the time that we will soon spend abroad.  This show is entitled "travaux preparatories" because it is also functioning as a preparatory show for the shows that we will be broadcasting from The Hague in the weeks to come!

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Slaves to Passion: The Sequel

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, May 10, 2011


Slaves to Passion: The Sequel Two weeks ago, we attempted to discuss the extent to which liberty is, in fact, related to the body and one's physical confinement.  The leading question was: can one still be a a slave although one is not subject to external constraints?  We turned to some passages from Sartre, Hume, Aristotle and Plato (see the PDF in our 'show resources' page).We had a rich philosophical discussion about the role that consciousness, interpretation and culture are related to freedom.  This week, we take a second pass at this topic and those passages.  The guiding questions are these:  1) can one be enslaved by one's own body and bodily passions; and 2) to what extent does culture and society affect one's freedom.  Big questions indeed, but, following Sartre, "nothing ventured, nothing gained".  

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Slaves to Passion

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Apr 26, 2011


Article 7 of the Rome Statute (the governing document of the International Criminal Court) identifies "severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law" as a crime against humanity.   In last week's show, we explore the extent to which slavery may NOT involve a "severe deprivation of physical liberty."  Can one to be a slave to one's passions?  If so, does this imply that others have a duty to help us guard against such "affective slavery"?   To focus our discussion, we will concentrate on some passages from both Plato and Aristotle that are available in the "show resources" section of our website.

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Slavery & The Soul in The Ancient World

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Apr 19, 2011


What was it to be a slave in antiquity? How did ancient societies view their slaves, and how does this compare with antebellum slavers? What did Aristotle mean when he said some men were natural slaves? To discuss these and other questions, the ethicstalk team welcomes Dr. Greg Smith, professor in CMU's History Department, for this Human Rights Month special on Slavery.  

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The Ethics of Eating: Part 2

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Apr 03, 2011


Where did your dinner come from? Where should it come from? Who is impacted in what way when I eat? Are the ethical dimensions of food so grave as to implicate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed on this week's episode of Ethics Talk. In this show, we continue our conversation about the Ethics of Eating with special guests Campus Grow. In last week's show, we focused on some facts about the U.S. food system. This week, we aim to discuss the ethical dimension of those facts. This show will be simulcast on ModernRock 91.5. Listen in HD at http://ethicstalk.cmich.edu.

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The Ethics of Eating

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Mar 27, 2011


This show will be simulcast on ModernRock 91.5. Listen in HD at http://ethicstalk.cmich.edu. Join us tonight on Ethics Talk as we sit down with our friends from Campus Grow. We will discuss the current state of our global food system. We will take a look at the impacts of subsidies, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and the global dependence on imports/exports. Consider: Where did your dinner come from? Where should it come from? Who is impacted in what way when I eat? Are the ethical dimensions of food so grave as to implicate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed on this week's episode of Ethics Talk.

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The NCAA: A Monolithic Cartel of Private Justice?

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Mar 20, 2011


Ever wondered why Division 1 College Football has the Bowl Championship System instead of a true playoff series? Can you explain why some students athletes (Terrelle Pryor, Jeremy Bloom) seem to get the short end of the stick while others (Cam Newton, Tom Zbikowski) are treated like royalty? On this show, ethicstalk welcomes Dr. Adam Epstein live on 91.5 to discuss the NCAA as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation, it's role in collegiate America, and it's legislative history in U.S. courts.

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Universities Allied for Essential Medicines: Global Health as a Responsibility of Universities

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Mar 15, 2011


Universities Allied for Essential Medicine: Global Health as a Responsibility of Universities In this show, special guests Pratik Chhetri and Samik Upadhaya will discuss mission of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and most importantly, its core values. Our discussion will also revolve around some of UAEM's projects and their relevance and importance. We will talk about social justice regarding health equity globally. We will also discuss neglected diseases also known as "diseases of poverty" and UAEM's fight to promote access to essential medicines and health related technologies to help eliminate these diseases. Surrounding this premise, we will talk about a conference that UAEM Central Michigan University (CMU) chapter is organizing entitled "Improving Global and Local Healthcare Disparities: A Collaboration across Disciplines" and will be held on April 2nd and 3rd at CMU. The conference aims to raise awareness regarding global and some local healthcare disparities. We will also discuss about identifying and exploring resources available at CMU and beyond to tackle global issues such as healthcare.

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The International Criminal Court & The Situation in Libya

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Mar 09, 2011


This special episode of Ethics Talk will be airing from The Hague, Netherlands, home to many international courts of law. The International Criminal Court (ICC), a relatively new court, has officially decided to investigate the situation in Libya. This show will have special guests from the ICCSN (The International Criminal Court Student Network). Our aim in this show is to help our listeners understand the ICC's investigation of Libya and its significance.

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Alcohol & Drug Use: The Neuroscientific Perspective

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Feb 27, 2011


Note: This show is simulcast on an old fashioned radio station - for the best listening experience - go to: http://www.wmhw.org/modernrock/home.html (or click on the link for Modern Rock under our "links" section to the right) We continue our Modern Rock 91.5 format with a show that is fitting for the debauchery in which college students engage during Spring Break. Dr. Michael Sandstrom, of the CMU neuroscience department, will join the discussion about the neuroscientific dimensions of partying. Among the questions to be addressed will be the neuroscientfic definition of "addiction", and the relationship between the "drunken self" and the "true self." Our objective is to arm you with enabling knowledge in order make your Spring Break memorable, rather than something that you cannot even remember.

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The Art of Partying

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Feb 20, 2011


Note: This show is simulcast on an old fashioned radio station - for the best listening experience - go to: http://www.wmhw.org/modernrock/home.html (or click on the link for Modern Rock under our "links" section to the right) We begin this semester's Modern Rock 91.5 show with a show on the art of partying. We are all familiar with the term "binge drinking" but is there a happy medium between a quiet evening and a Dionysian keg party? If so, what would it look like? On this show, we'd like to discuss whether a "virtuous party" is possible, and how college students might achieve it. Please join us if you have some thoughts on the matter, or even if you'd like to discuss your brew of choice!

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Trust Thyself: Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 16, 2011


At a time in which Lady Gaga is seen as an agent who awakens the "True Self" of her fans, we go back in time to 1841, when Ralph Waldo Emerson penned "Imitation is Suicide" and "Trust Thyself," and "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself" in his essay "Self-Reliance". In this week's episode, we will make an attempt to discuss Emerson's important essay and, in the spirit of Emerson, will leave it to the listener to decide whether Emerson or Lady Gaga better delivers the message that the true human being is a non-comformist.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson's: The American Scholar: Part 2

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 09, 2011


In this show, we continue discussing Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1837 essay "The American Scholar." Last week, members of Ethics Talk decided to all read "The American Scholar" and we began to discuss the lessons we learned from "The American Scholar". One hour was not long enough, so we continue the discussion today. Although this show is a continuation of last week's show, it will be "self-sustaining" and comprehensible on its own.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson's: The American Scholar

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Feb 02, 2011


Ralph Waldo Emerson's: The American Scholar In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a famous lecture entitled "The American Scholar". In the essay, Emerson notes (among many other things) that there is "creative reading" as well as "creative reading". To that end, the members of Ethics Talk decided to all read "The American Scholar" - an essay which no one of us has yet read. Nor are any of us "experts" on Emerson. We think, though, that Emerson may approve of our effort to come together and discuss the ideas within the essay. So, in this show, we discuss what lessons we learned from "The American Scholar" not just for "Americans" but for all human beings yearning for the True, the Good and The Beautiful.

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Philosophy, Psychology & Religion

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Jan 26, 2011


Philosophers have a developed a number of arguments which pertain not only to the existence of God, but also to the question of whether, even if God's existence cannot be proven with logical methods, we should believe in God nonetheless. In this show, we will not only explore the so called 'analytical approach' to the existence of God, but will also discuss a number of pragmatic and psychological considerations in believing that there is a 'higher power'.

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The Role of The State in Perfecting Human Nature

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Jan 19, 2011


Can every citizen of a free society community have access to health care, education, or capital for investment? How much can truth and knowledge offer to political theory? Can certain positive freedoms be considered inalienable human rights? On tonight’s show we discuss the alternative views on the duties of the government and how these alternatives are rooted in different views of human nature and the needs and wants of human beings. Founded in the idea that truth is a rare ideal outside of mathematics, this conversation is meant to explore some idealizations people might share or disagree about. Let us know your thoughts tonight on Ethics Talk.

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Human Nature & Political Theory

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Jan 12, 2011


In this show, we discuss the connection between human nature and the "political ecosystem" in which a human being finds itself. Views of human nature have political consequences. In addition to exploring the political consequences of some rival theories of human nature, we will also explore the question of whether the political system in the United States rests on an adequate view of human nature.

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Postmodernism and the Critique of the Enlightenment

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Jan 05, 2011


In this show, we discuss the postmodern critique of the enlightenment and western reason. Postmoderns eschew notions like 'absolute truth' and certainty. We discuss the merits of the postmodern position.

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All About the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Dec 22, 2010


Thinking about going to law school and taking the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)? Wondering when, what, and how hard to study? In this show, some of the Ethics Talk hosts discuss the LSAT and our recent experiences preparing and taking it. More so than usual, we'd love for our listeners to call in and have their questions fielded for this week's episode.

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Financial Literacy 101: Wisdom from an "Are You Credit Wise?" Student Intern

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Dec 15, 2010


Join us for a conversation with Krystal Penrose, who is a 2010/2011 "Are You Credit Wise" intern and a student at Central Michigan University. With the support of national student leaders, MasterCard Worldwide developed "Are You Credit Wise?" (AYCW), a campus-based, peer-to-peer education program that provides money management information to college students. There are 10 AYCW interns throughout the country who are trained to lead campus-wide education campaigns focused on the fundamentals of good credit habits. Join us for a conversation with a student expert who will provide us information on the alarming financial status of college students, the recently enacted "Card Act", and why it is important for young people to be "Credit Wise".

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The Middle Class and The Health of our Constitutional Democracy

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Dec 08, 2010


Join us for a conversation with Dr. Nolan Kaiser, an expert on political philosophy and constitutional jurisprudence who taught at Central Michigan University for over 40 years. Dr. Kaiser lost his sight and left hand in a tragic accident when he was 14 years old, but was nevertheless able to obtain a doctorate in philosophy and become an important figure in protecting the rights of the disabled. In this show, we discuss the United States' Constitutional Democracy and its relationship to the middle class. The show will provide the listener with a brief overview of the history of our constitutional democracy, including important judicial and legislative acts aimed at the promotion of individual autonomy. Dr. Kaiser will argue that the health of the middle class is evidence that our constitutional democracy is working. And given that the middle class continues to suffer, Dr. Kaiser will argue that the values that allowed this country to flourish are no longer respected.

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Stories from the National Day of Listening

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Dec 01, 2010


This week's episode is a special episode of Ethics Talk. The Center for Professional and Personal Ethics at Central Michigan University was a participating organization in Story Corps' 'National Day of Listening'. As such, Hope May, Director of the Center interviewed 5 important individuals within her community about defining moments in their lives. Among the interviewed are Dr. Nolan Kaiser, who lost his sight and his left hand at age 14 whilst replicating one of Thomas Edison's experiments. Nevertheless, Nolan earned a doctorate in philosophy and taught at CMU for over 40 years. Nolan explains how losing his accident actually helped him to see more clearly. Next, Deanna Heath, a remarkable woman who was formidable in raising the funds for Mt. Pleasant's Woodland Hospice, where she served for its Director for several years. Despite her success in this role, she left to return to earn Masters in Social Work. In the interview, she explains why. After Deanna, we hear from Bruce Roscoe, who has served as the Dean of Students of CMU since 1997. In this interview, we learn that although there is a dark side to Bruce's work, it has given him both professional and personal insights. Sally Goodrow's interview follows Bruce. Sally's husband, John, was rector at St. John's Episcopal parish, whose mission included helping those in the community. Sally discusses the unexpected death of her husband in 1987 and how she decided to preserve his legacy by forming the "Goodrow Fund" which continues to provide critical services to the community. Finally, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, subject of the academy award nominated film 'The Insider', discusses how the lessons learned in childhood played a role in his decision to tackle the tobacco industry, and his commitment to education.

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The Darfur Stoves Project: Why a stove plays a powerful role in protecting the women affected by th

Author: Ethics Talk
Wed, Nov 24, 2010


Join us for a conversation with Andree Sosler, Executive Director The Darfur Stoves Project. As we have discussed on previous shows, the situation in Darfur is a genocide happening "on our watch". The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrants for top ranking Sudanese officials, but millions of Darfur is continue to be affected and displaced. The two million displaced Darfuris currently living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps receive food aid and cooking oil from a variety of humanitarian aid organizations. However, they are still responsible for gathering firewood as fuel for cooking. Due to the aridity of the land and the size of the camps, wood is scarce and growing scarcer. With deforestation, women and young girls must walk further and further from the relative safety of the camps in search of wood. Today, Darfuri women must walk up to seven hours, three to five times per week, just to find a single tree. These searches are the main reason why Darfuri women and girls leave the relative safety of the camps for the open countryside, where they are vulnerable to violent attacks and sexual assault. The mission of the Darfur Stoves Project is to improve the safety and wellbeing of internally displaced persons in Darfur by providing fuel-efficient cookstoves. The Berkeley-Darfur Stove reduces the quantity of firewood women need to cook for their families by at least 50 percent. This allows Darfuri women to dramatically reduce the amount of time spent outside the camps collecting firewood. Join us for a conversation with the Executive Director of the Darfur Stoves Project, Andree Sosler, as she discusses he recent 3 week visit to Darfur, as well as the impact that her organization is having is mitigating the atrocities caused by the Darfur tragedy.

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Norm Entrepreneurs: The Journey of the Creative Minds Behind Skylight Pictures

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Nov 14, 2010


Philosopher Cass Sunstein describes a "norm entrepreneur" as an individual who recognizes that the commitment to existing norms is a fragile thing. Further, norm entrepreneurs harness this fragility to move society to express a different set of norms. Mohandas Ghandi, for example, was a norm entrepreneur, a change agent. In ths show, we are joined by special guests and norm entrepreneurs: Director Pamela Yates, Producer, Paco de Onis, and social media guru, Alejandro de Onis, all of Skylight Pictures. Collectively, these three talented individuals are spearheading a formidable movement to raise awareness about human rights abuses and International Justice. Their latest film, "The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court," tells the incredible story of how the international community came to together to form the first "Court of Humanity". International Justice Central (ijcentral.org), an outgrowth of Skylight Pictures, harnesses the power of social media to build a community that supports the Rule of Law. Join us as we discuss how the lives of Pam, Paco and Alejandro led them to use their creativity and innovation to raise consciousness about International Justice and Human Rights.

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Invisible Children: The Movement to End the use of Child Soldiers in Uganda

Author: Ethics Talk
Thu, Nov 04, 2010


Lauren Henke, movement coordinator of Invisible Children joins us for a special episode of Ethics Talk. Invisible Children is a movement that uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore Northern Uganda to peace and prosperity. In this show, Lauren will tell us about the latest developments regarding the powerfully inspiring actions of Invisible Children.

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In Honor and Respect: Returning the Remains of Native Americans to their Ancestors

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Oct 31, 2010


On November 4th and 5th, 2010, Central Michigan University will return the remains of 144 Saginaw Chippewa tribal ancestors and associated funerary objects to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, for proper burial. This historical event has been years in the making, mainly due to the Federal Guidelines that govern the return of ancestral remains under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). In this special show, we are joined by special guests Dr. Pamela Gates, interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University and Shannon Martin, Director of the Ziibiwing Center. Both individuals were instrumental in the organization of this historic event. Prepared to be moved as we will discuss how this poignant event came to pass, and what it means for CMU and the Native American Community. Note: This show will be simulcast on Modern Rock 91.5. If the sound quality on BTR is suboptimal, you can listen in HD at: http://www.bca.cmich.edu/WMHW/WMHW-HD1.mov

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Ethics & Alcohol

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Oct 24, 2010


How should we think about alcohol? Can consumption of alcohol be a good thing, from an ethical perspective? Is there a ‘best’ alcohol? What interests are served by our minimum drinking age, and how should we think about exceptions? (i.e, Wisconsin) Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to beer than getting drunk, and we eve plan to consult Aristotle on the topic. Join special guests Dr. John Meixner, Dr. Joshua Smith, and the rest of the EthicsTalk team on this week’s 91.5 episode Note: This show will be simulcast on 91.5. and the audio on BTR will be suboptimal. To listen to this show live in HD, go to: http://www.bca.cmich.edu/wmhw/WMHW-HD1.mov

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A History of the Soul

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 19, 2010


Today, the average understanding of the soul can generally be categorized one of two ways: either we see the soul as some mystical or metaphysical entity which is separate from the body (dualism), or we deny the existence of a soul altogether. Historical views of the soul, as it turns out, are not so neatly categorized. On this week’s show, the Ethics Talk team is joined by special guests Dr. Gregory Smith and Dr. Michael Russo on a tour of ancient views of the soul from a variety of periods and cultures. Before tuning in, ask yourself a simple question: “How much does a soul weigh?”

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The Ethics of Sports

Author: Ethics Talk
Sun, Oct 10, 2010


Where do the rules for our favorite sports come from? What is really going on when referees get the call 'wrong' (think Armando Galaragga, Calvin Johnson, and Frank Lampard.) How should we think about the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports? How do the rules of a game, the referee, and instant replay interact? If you're interested in seeking the answers to these questions, please join guest hosts Dr. Joshua Smith and Dr. Adam Epstein for our first Modern Rock 91.5 show of the season.

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Neuroscience & Morality: Part II

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Oct 05, 2010


Tonight's show will focus on how neuroscience is helping us to appreciate the role that reasons and emotions play in moral behavior. Once again, we will be joined by Dr. Michael Sandstrom, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Central Michigan University.

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Freedom & Responsibility: The Neuroscientific Perspective

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Sep 28, 2010


Ethics Talk welcomes Dr. Michael Sandstrom, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Central Michigan University. Dr. Sandstrom will discuss how, if at all, findings in neuroscience shed light on the debate about free will and responsibility. Dr. Sandstrom earned his doctorate in Neuroscience from Ohio State University in 1998. He has focused his career on understanding the mechanisms of plasticity and compensation in the brain, and how brain function modifies itself to continue to support important goals even in circumstances of disease and damage.

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Darfur, The United Nations and The International Criminal Court

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Sep 21, 2010


Special guest Jennifer Schense, joins us in a conversation about the Darfur Tragedy. Ms. Schense is International Cooperation Adviser and specialist on Darfur at the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has been investigating the tragedy for a number of years. In addition to discussing the status of the ICC investigation, Ms. Schense will discuss a momentous meeting on September 24, 2010 of the UN General Assembly. At that meeting, members of the U.N. Security Council and other parties interested in Sudan will focus on the current state of Darfur. President Obama will attend this meeting in an effort to focus international attention on Darfur. Ms. Schense will discuss the importance of the 9/24 meeting and the efforts of both state and non-state actors in attempting to address the human tragedy that continues to happen "on our watch".

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Darfur: An Introduction to the Issues

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Sep 14, 2010


Chances are you've heard snippets about Darfur - in the classroom, at work, on the news. But how much do you really know? If you're like us, you know that bad things are happening there; child soldiers, genocide, and war crimes come to mind. But how did the conflict start? Who is responsible? What can we do to help? In tonight's episode of Ethics Talk, we ask you to join us in reviewing the film 'Darfur Now' and in discussing these and other questions. 

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Justice: Ancient and Modern Perspectives

Author: Ethics Talk
Tue, Aug 31, 2010


One of the perennial questions that vexes moral philosophers is "why be moral?" Thinkers from Ancient Greece (at least some of them), equated this question with "why be just"? In this show, we will address the answer to this question that is offered by Plato and Aristotle. Throughout the show, we will highlight similarities and differences between ancient greek conceptions of justice and morality, on the one hand, and our modern conceptions of justice and morality, on the other.

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