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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jul 19, 2020

On episode 59, we welcome philosopher Samir Chopra to discuss the importance and utility of anxiety in self-discovery, how philosophy helped him cope with the untimely deaths of his parents, the influence our beliefs have on our perceptions and conceptions of the world, why emotional intensity should be redirected rather than suppressed, the universality and inevitability of existential anxiety, human diversity and our inherent inability to fully capture an individual's essence, the fluctuating history of our understanding of mental illness, how normality is used to sustain power structures, overcoming false dichotomies to see the strengths in our weaknesses and vice versa, and the sense of relief and freedom accompanying one's acceptance of the inherent meaningless of the universe.

Samir Chopra is professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is the author of several books, including A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents (2011).

Leon Garber is a philosophical writer, contemplating and elucidating the deep recesses of man's soul. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist — specializing in Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Therapy — and manages a blog exploring issues of death, self-esteem, love, freedom, life-meaning, and mental health/mental illness, from both empirical and personal viewpoints.

Alen D. Ulman is a content creator and life long auto-didact. Alen manages the page Ego Ends Now which is a growing community for expanding consciousness with vital information about science, medicine, self actualization, philosophy, psychology and methods to overcome identification with compulsive thought. The purpose of Ego Ends Now is to make sure to give everyone in it's community every tool available to add levity in their own lives, making it a very real possibility for them to create a life of their own design, and help impact the world and our global community positively.

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