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Gregory Novak explores philosophy, psychology, and science with an emphasis on Hegel. For seekers and scholars alike. Continue Reading >>
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055 - Will Computers Ever be Alive? - Hegel, Self-Reference, and A.I. In the film &quot;2001, A Space Odyssey,&quot; H.A.L., an artificial intelligence character, loses its mind and begins killing people.  Did H.A.L. act on his own accord?  Interesting question.Everyday we hear more and more how artificial intelligence programs will soon be the equivalent of human beings and perhaps even smarter.   Is this true?Some theorists believe Hegel&apos;s dialectical approach, when added to a computer&apos;s binary operation, can provide a degree of self awareness to the machine.  But is this true self-awareness or just simulated self-awareness?This episode explores these questions and more. Listen to The Bearded Mystic Podcast Creating a community to deepen our understanding of Non-Duality in Hinduism Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify
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055 - Will Computers Ever be Alive? - Hegel, Self-Reference, and A.I. In the film &quot;2001, A Space Odyssey,&quot; H.A.L., an artificial intelligence character, loses its mind and begins killing people.  Did H.A.L. act on his own accord?  Interesting question.Everyday we hear more and more how artificial intelligence programs will soon be the equivalent of human beings and perhaps even smarter.   Is this true?Some theorists believe Hegel&apos;s dialectical approach, when added to a computer&apos;s binary operation, can provide a degree of self awareness to the machine.  But is this true self-awareness or just simulated self-awareness?This episode explores these questions and more. Listen to The Bearded Mystic Podcast Creating a community to deepen our understanding of Non-Duality in Hinduism Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify
054 - Can Hegel Save Us from a Brutal Return to Tribalism? The Electronic Revolution has dramatically changed how the world receives and processes information.  The previous print revolution helped usher in the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, nation-states, and individual rights through its emphasis on visual, linear thinking, i.e. left-brain thinking.However, the Electronic Age reintroduced the audio factor to mass communications beginning with radio.  This was followed by television bringing a return of both audio and visual in one package.  And this resulted in a step toward a nouveau-tribalism, harkening back to ancient tribal societies where the spoken word interacted with nature in one environment.The Internet added more fuel to the fire.  This has meant, among an increasing percentage of citizens, a loss of the ability to find much meaning in a big tent nation-state.  The fragmentation and specialization of media and politics has put identity groups, &quot;tribes,&quot; as a driving force today in many places.  History has shown that tribal societies often fought brutally for recognition, and the new tribes are increasingly doing so today.  Hegel, a pre-electronic literary man of letters, foresaw this problem.  And I believe his speculative philosophy, one that recognizes identity within differences, with its focus on the whole (right-brain) as well as the parts (left brain) can provide a useful guide for these trying times.
053 - Do We Have Free Will? Reason and Evolution Suggest "Yes" (with Qualifications) A question for the ages -  are we free?A recent survey of over 1,700 philosophers worldwide found that over 50% hold a compatibilist view, that both determinism and free will co-exist.  Hegel was a champion of freedom and made it the cornerstone of his philosophy.  He also recognized that much of our lives are also pre-determined.  In this episode I will argue that free-will  occurs in the present moment, where we have some degree of freedom to choose between alternative paths that we can envision.  Only humans have this capability of thought to look to the future.   Without  free-will, the universe becomes dead, with no purpose or no rationality behind it.   As Charles Peirce as well as Hegel have posited, this freedom is baked into the core of the cosmos itself.   The current episode discusses this important question from several different standpoints, including time, randomness, reason, purpose, and evolution.Transcript is available on the podcast&apos;s Facebook page, @cunningofgeist.
052 - Is Meaning Fundamental to the Universe? Synchronicity, Semiotics, Logotherapy, & Hegel We all have experienced synchronicity, where causally unconnected events have a unique meaning to us.  Psychologist Carl Jung proposed that there was indeed an acausal connecting principle behind such occurrences. In fact, &quot;meaning&quot; may indeed be fundamental to the cosmos.  American philosopher C.S. Peirce believed it was so.  And Hegel did as well, epitomized by his famous dictum, &quot;Substance is subject.&quot;  Even on an existential basis, many have argued that one must create their own meaning and purpose in life in order to thrive.  One such example is the best-selling book &quot;Man&apos;s Search for Meaning&quot; by psychiatrist Viktor Frankl about his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp and what he learned about survival. He developed a therapeutic approach called Logotherapy based on this.  This podcast explores this question from the persective of Jung, Peirce, Frankl, and Hegel.
051 - Realizing Reason in History - Not by Proclamation but by Action Hegel was clear: history is a slaughter-bench.  Depressing?  Of course.  But does history also allow the increase of rationality and freedom?  Indeed it does. This is often accomplished by world historical figures who inspired great battle victories such as Alexander, Washington, Lincoln, and Churchill.  And it was often unknown to themselves just what great forward progress they enabled.This episode discusses war from the standpoint of conflict resolution resulting in a better outcome. The opposite being a regression, not a progression. .Freedom is not something to just shout from the mountain tops,  It must be earned, fought for.  And those cultures that embraced it often had the upper hand in warfare, starting with the Athenians at Marathon.  They had a purpose - a reason - not just an order.
050 - Say Goodbye to the End of History: Clausewitz, Hegel, and War The tragic events in Ukraine have brought to the surface many old quandaries of war.  The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 caused some to believe that a new world order had arrived.  A few scholars even claimed it to be the &quot;end of history.&quot; Francis Fukuyama published his book &quot;The End of History and the Last Man,&quot; in 1992, where he presents the thesis that humanity had reached &quot;not just ... the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: That is, the end-point of mankind&apos;s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.&quot; (National Interest, #16).  His work his based largely on Hegel&apos;s philosophy. Fukuyama has since backed down from this claim, given the rise of identity groups fueled by the Internet.  And it appears that  the WWII-style invasion of Ukraine by Russia is the final nail in the coffin of this theory.  This episode explores the philosophy of war with a review of Clausewitz&apos;s work, a contempory of Hegel, as well as an analysis of how Hegel actually viewed war.
049 - Conscious & Unconscious Mind: the Shadow, Jung, and Hegel &quot;Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? . . . The Shadow knows&quot; began a famous U.S. radio show from the 1930s and 40s.  The Shadow is also a psychological term used by Carl Jung to describe those parts of us  that we do not want to recognize in ourselves and in effect, bury.  While it is most associated with our baser instincts and unattractive parts of our personality, we can repress worthy aspects as well.  This can lead to projection of these traits on to others.  The notion of the Shadow involves an unconscious part of our mind.  Jung held that a process of &quot;individuation&quot; would benefit individuals by bringing some of these unconscious elements to light and intergrating them in one&apos;s personality.  He felt this would allow personal growth of the individual psychologically.  In a way this is similar to Hegel&apos;s account of sublation, where notions are negated, and then transformed by bringing the notion and its negation together on a higher level.  From a broader perspective, this is occurring in history, as conscious humans strive, within unconscious Nature, for greater freedom, consciousness, and rationality.  This episode explores the Shadow from personality theory, the collective unconscious, projection, and Hegel&apos;s Lordship/Bondage dialectic.
048 - Recognition: E-Tribalism vs. the Nation-state Hegel foresaw a problem with the advanced liberal democracies of his day.  It is when the self interests of groups within the nation become more important than the principles that uphold the state itself.  He called it a &quot;knot&quot; that will need to worked out in the future.Well the future has arrived and the problem remains. In fact it is much worse than in Hegel&apos;s day.  The Internet has fostered a return to tribalistic identity groups that threaten the very concept of the nation-state.Media scholar Marshall McLuhan also saw this trend occurring, as the individual of the print age loses out to the group-think of the electronic age.  This episode explores how and why this is occurring, and what we can do about.
047 - Is There a Method to Hegel's Philosophy? No. And Yes. Does Hegel have in mind a systematic procedure, technique, process, or plan underlying his philosophy?  Some say yes, others say no.It is my belief that there is in fact a method; and it is the movement, the life, the evolution of thought itself.  Hegel referred to this a dialectics.  And his important notion of sublation plays a crucial role in dialectical thinking.  Some say Hegel&apos;s method develops as his logic unfolds, but that at the beginning of his Science of Logic  Hegel&apos;s philosophy is presuppositionless.  While this is true in a certain sense this beginning is also the result of a sublation of immediate  consciousness and reason.  So the dialectic is there at the beginning.  If there is a &quot;method&quot; in Hegel&apos;s philosophy it is this.This episode explores what Hegel has to say about this in detail.
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