Suffer Map

Suffer Map

To map our suffering with thought and laughter -- this is the task we have set before ourselves. With these tools, we resist the darkness, and declare war on despair, the only true absurdity. "All things will be made new." Amen, and at each moment they are.

In this podcast, two old friends Tyler and Matthew chart the wastelands together. Their conversations move from deadly serious to absurdly funny and back again. Matthew and Tyler challenge conventional ways of thinking with philosophy, theology, and psychology, which they combine with their experience in technology and business.

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Tyler brings his reflections from James C. Scott’s Seeing like a State, and sparks a conversation about the problems inherent to making things “legible.” The notion of legibility takes the dialogue beyond the production of governmental policy, and ultimately into the very structures of language and knowledge themselves.

Jul 25

51 min 44 sec

This week we discuss how the debates about expertise and fake news indicate a deeper crisis of trust in our society and its institutions.

Jun 17

1 hr 6 min

This week we talk about how the need to assign blame obstructs our ability to think sociologically, that is, to analyze and critique societal systems. We explore how the Right particularly falls prey to the logic of blame.

May 22

1 hr 9 min

This week we continue our conversation with Nathaniel Perrin. In part 2, we explore the need to constantly self-narrate, and its connection to pain and reconciliation.


May 8

52 min 36 sec

Join us for a conversation with our guest Nathaniel Perrin as we discuss his work on jealousy and knowledge. Live from Sweden!


May 1

50 min 49 sec

In this episode, we explore how the encounter with others is fraught with danger and anxiety, tempting us to flee the demands that the existence of other people places upon us.

Apr 17

58 min 1 sec

In our second episode, we explore Matt’s most recent essay on how bureaucracy springs up to manage the downsides of diversity. Be on the lookout for Matt's terrible impression of Slavoj Zizek at around 18 minutes in. 


Mar 21

56 min 57 sec

Welcome to Suffer Map! In our first episode, we discuss a concept that Tyler has been working on and studying for a few years - Sentimentalism.

Mar 7

52 min 29 sec