Exploring the intersection where theory meets life.


Beyond the Conjunction

Further thoughts from the ‘cast

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.
— Brené Brown

We decided to go a little obscure for this week’s episode! Have you heard of this great researcher and presenter, Brené Brown? She’s fabu. Read more…


[T]o be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not easy.
— Aristotle

I’m currently irked by the expression “feel better.” Join me, won’t you?! Read more…


The story of an emotion [...] is the story of judgements about important things, judgements in which we acknowledge our neediness and incompleteness before those elements that we do not fully control.
— Martha Nussbaum

It’s a new year and a new season here at A/O/V! We kick off our inaugural 2019 podcasting with an exploration of Emotions, starting with the fabulous Martha Nussbaum who shows us that, far from being divorced fro rationality, our emotions are constituted, in part, by reasons. Spoiler alert: I LOVE THIS. Read more…


And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s that time of year! An opportunity to look back at the previous 12 months of life (no small amount of time) and think about what we’d like the next 12 to look like. As Diane said, how great would it be to make all our intentions positive rather than punitive? Read more…


We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.
— Martin Buber

It’s the holidays! We are getting into the spirit with Charles Dickens, and his namesake, Charles Duckens, III. Just like a certain man in a red suit with a reindeer hoarding problem, HE REALLY DOES EXIST! Read more…



Dec. 5, 2018

At some point, I don’t want to have any obligations. And just chill out.
— Charles Barkley

Leave it to Derrida to show how complicated something as simple and sweet as gift-giving can actually be! But at least there’s always hummus. Read more…



Nov. 20, 2018

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
— Marcel Proust

WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR THANKSGIVING. Can you feel our waistlines expanding with pie? (Pie we've eaten, not pie we've stuffed down our pants.). Read more…


Imagine you’re a fish, swimming in a pond. You can move forward and back, side to side, but never up out of the water. [...] To you, that little pond is an entire universe. Now imagine that someone reaches down and lifts you out of the pond. You see that what you thought was the entire world is only a small pool. You see other ponds. Trees. The sky above. You realize you’re a part of a much larger and more mysterious reality than you had ever dreamed of.
— Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

This reality that we’ve talked about for our season on Metaphysics is the only reality we know, but that doesn’t mean it’s the whole of reality. How trippy is it to think there is a reality out there, totally out of reach?! Spooooooooky….


Beyond the conjunction: MIND/BODY

Oct. 17, 2018

How does the water of the brain turn into the wine of consciousness?
— David Chalmers

It’s that time of year: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and… zombies. Just when you thought it was safe to philosophize... Read more…


Beyond the conjunction: Space/Time

Oct. 3, 2018

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
— Albert Einstein

We had our first guest on the pod! And, if I (Jana) may say so, we started off with the best. Read more…