Episode 18

What Science and the Humanities Offer Each Other (with Edward Slingerland)


January 30th, 2019

1 hr 18 mins 4 secs

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About this Episode

Yoel and Mickey welcome Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, Edward (Ted) Slingerland from the University of British Columbia to the podcast. Ted discusses what the sciences can offer the humanities, but also how the humanities can enrich science. Ted then discusses his popular book, "Trying Not To Try", where he describes the Chinese concept of Wu-Wei, which can be defined as effortless action or spontaneity and proposes that the ever-striving West could use a lot more of it. Finally, Ted tries in vain to convince Mickey that intoxication is an important, critical part of culture.

Bonus: Did Ted actually say there are downsides to being Dude-like?

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