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Is the World Getting Better or Worse? - A Feisty Discussion on the Myth of Progress - 044

By Jeff Manildi & Allen O'Brien

For the first episode of 2016, Jeff, Mona and Allen attempt to answer the question: Is the world getting better or worse? What is the purpose of history, humans, and the future? Otherwise known as the ‘Myth of Progress,’ the team touches on philosophy, theology, calculus, and disobedient robots in this week’s somewhat contentious conversation. The episode finishes with a segment where the hosts discuss their New Year’s Resolutions... and the conversation takes an unexpected turn into debating the merits of cannibalism. Enjoy!   Is the World Getting Better or Worse Discussion (00:32) New Year’s Resolution Segment (56:41) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Is the World Getting Better or Worse Conversation: The Surprising Decline in Violence, Steven Pinker (TED Talk) Is War Over - A Paradox Explained (YouTube Video) Teleology (Wikipedia Article) Nihilism (Wikipedia Article) Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (Wikipedia Article) John Stuart Mill (Wikipedia Article) Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche (book) Immanuel Kant (Wikipedia Article) Progress and Colonialism (article) Introduction to Limits in Calculus (Video) Philosophy and Myth of Progress (article) Have #Brands™ Become Mythological? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios (youtube video) Robots Can Say No (article) The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies (Chris Hedges article) Who is G.K. Chesterton? - The American Chesterton Society (article) Does Divestment Work  (article) Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Noam Chomsky (book)   From Our New Year’s Resolution Segment Carrots in a remote this meme has swearing in it... THANK YOU Thank you Mike Golin for our intro and outro music.  Check out his band Soulwise. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.   Join our conversations on faith and culture by interacting with us through the following links:   Read Us on our blog An Irenicon Email Us at podcast@irenicast.com Follow Us on Twitter and Google+ Like Us on Facebook Listen to Us on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and TuneIn Speak to Us on our Feedback Page See Us on Instagram Love Us

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