E7 Freedom and Happiness

To be (free) or not to be (free)?

Aldous Huxley wrote a novel Brave New World, set in a futuristic society in which the citizens have everything they could ever want handed to them on a silver platter by the government. Although, the people don't have a choice but to accept this one-size-fits-all perfect life - they might be happy but they're not free to choose otherwise. In 2019, in a world in which insights from the behavioural sciences and big data are beginning to allow the government to exert more control over our lives, but in ways that might make our lives go better, how should we approach this trade-off between our freedom and our happiness?

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E6 The Psychedelic Experience: The Acid Tests

What is this, a cross-over episode?

In today's episode, we'll finish off the two-part mini-series on the psychedelic experience. This 'cross-over episode' will see many of the characters from the last 4 episodes of this podcast come together on a legendary bus trip, wild parties, and sharing mind-bending properties of LSD-laced Kool Aid. Join us to learn why they did this, and what they discovered.

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E5 The Psychedelic Experience: Psychedelic Music and the Grateful Dead

What happens when you cross a bunch of hippie musicians with an unlimited supply of LSD?

Join us in the first of our 2-part mini-series on the psychedelic experience. We'll begin today by exploring one of the most influential and unique bands in rock history: the Grateful Dead, and how they could induce a 'psychedelic effect' in the listener. But what is a psychedelic experience, and how can listening to music have such a strange effect on us? Tune in to find out!

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E4 Living Deliberately

Learning to take control of your life with a bit of help from Thoreau, Kerouac, and Into The Wild

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Thoreau, Walden.

In this episode, we'll be looking at the idea of living deliberately, and how it can help us to make the most of our limited time on this planet. We'll begin by exploring this idea through Thoreau's hugely influential book Walden, before thinking about how we can apply this lifestyle to our own lives in a world defined by consumerism and technology.

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E3 Jack Kerouac: Beyond the Road

Exploring beyond the road with Jack Keroauc

In the last episode we took a look at Neal Cassady, the living embodiment of 'it' in the eyes of Jack Kerouac. Today, we'll move beyond the passion and the frenzy exuded by Cassady in On The Road to explore the path to transcendence that Kerouac found elsewhere. We'll find out how Kerouac progressed from a hunger for pleasure and kicks to meditation, solitude, and an inner tranquillity.

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E2 Jack Kerouac: On the Road

Going on the road with Jack Kerouac

In the Beatnik classic On The Road, Jack Kerouac wrote explicitly about the "it" that his buddy Neal Cassady seemed to have found and embody. In this episode, we're going to explore whether Kerouac was really on to something here, and whether there are any lessons that we can take from his adventures with Cassady.

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E1 Suicide and the Absurd

Albert Camus and the Myth of Siyphus

Albert Camus once described the problem of suicide as the "one truly serious philosophical problem". In this episode, we'll investigate why Camus found the question of suicide so important, how he answered the question, and the way in which his answer lays the foundation for the rest of this podcast.

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0 - Introduction

Welcome to Searching For It

Welcome to Searching For It.

Our search for 'it' will explore the most insightful thoughts from philosophy, literature, and elsewhere that provide a meaning or purpose to our lives. Each episode will uncover a new idea or way of life that brings us closer to transcendence. You don't need to have a degree in philosophy to listen to this podcast - just an open mind and a desire to learn more about the meaning behind human existence.

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