CRITICAL THINKING: “Why Skepticism is the Right Approach to the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia” / Michael Shermer ☮

Bear with us for a second, but do you know the Belinda Carlisle song “Heaven is a Place on Earth”? It’s actually scientifically accurate. American public intellectual Michael Shermer says that any idea of the afterlife makes zero sense: your mind and therefore your memories are beholden to your body and that any version of you that made it into heaven, should there actually be one, would just be a copy of you and unable to register that they were actually in heaven. Likewise, should you be able to scan your brain and “live forever” by being uploaded to a body in the future, it still wouldn’t be you, just a copy. Confused? The explanation makes more sense from the mouth of Shermer himself… writing the theory behind multiple you’s living in various timelines gets a little too Back to the Future… another sweet ’80s reference if we do say so ourselves.

WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: “What is Utilitarianism?” / Philosophical Definitions Series / Carneades ☮

An explication of Utilitarianism, the most well known of the versions of Consequentialism, including where it stands on the ten distinctions outlined in the previous video on the Map of Consequentialism. Distinctions include, act vs rule, actual vs expected, hedonistic vs pluralistic, and more!