Humanize Me Podcast 2018-08-06T15:38:40+00:00

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What does it mean to flourish? How can I make the absolute best of my one and only life? If love really is the most excellent way, well… how does it work? Every week, humanist community builder Bart Campolo and his incredible array of guests are all over those questions and more. If you want to pursue better relationships and a better world, join the party, for goodness’ sake!

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Humanize Me is a production of Jux Media.

1209, 2018

325: AA Beyond Belief, with Joe C

September 12th, 2018|

It’s often noted that Alcoholics Anonymous sounds like a religious movement, with its appeal to a ‘Higher Power’. But Joe C. is the founder of a group called AA Beyond Belief, which he says exists to provide a space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide.

Bart Campolo has wanted to have a conversation with a secular person deep in the AA world for a long time, and Joe C. is that person! Many people have been helped and find their community in groups like his, and Bart wanted to explore how it looks for Joe, people in recovery and those in his group in particular.

Find AA Beyond Belief at AABeyondBelief.org. See also SecularAA.org and follow Joe at Twitter.com/Rebellion_Dogs.

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2908, 2018

324: Is it really okay to favor our own groups?

August 29th, 2018|

Bart Campolo thinks his kids are the best in the world. Well, not objectively speaking. Well, sort of. I mean, he really prefers his kids to your kids. But he hopes you feel the same way about your own. Is that right? Is that okay? And is there any problem with that sort of ‘us-them’ mentality?

On this episode, Bart and Humanize Me producer John Wright attempt to answer a question from listener Daniel, who’s concerned that in-group/out-group thinking could have a dark side:

“A common critique I hear about religion is that it fosters an us-them mentality. Humanize Me, the episode with Charles Vogl in particular but in general also, says that ‘us-thems’ are not only fine but good. We should have ‘us’ groups, we just shouldn’t mistreat our ‘thems’.

Where it gets sticky for me is, at what point does a preference for one group of people become mistreatment of another? And to me that begins when we say that not only do we prefer a certain group but it’s right for us to prefer this group. When Bart talks about his instinct to treat his child better than another child, to me it sometimes sounds like he thinks that instinct is right, or justifiable. It’s one thing to not feel guilty about it and acknowledge that it’s perfectly natural, but it’s another to think of it as right.

So to me, when I cultivate loving relationships with people inside my group, goes to ‘It is right for me to favor my people’, it’s only a matter of time for me to mistreat someone without realizing it was mistreatment. The other problem I see when embracing us-thems too unreservedly is that when you feel justified sticking to your ‘us’ group, you don’t get challenged on your beliefs or values or ways of thinking and it becomes an echo chamber.

So, my question for Bart is: Do you see any problems with creating communities with distinct definitions and fostering loyalties to those communities and, if so, at what point does this whole thing become negative or unhealthy? Thanks guys.”

If you’re thinking it’s a damn good question, well, that’s what we thought too.

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2208, 2018

323: Street Epistemology with Anthony Magnabosco

August 22nd, 2018|

It’s not a term most people use every day, but street epistemology is a thing. Anthony Magnabosco is one of its more prominent ambassadors, largely because he routinely captures his efforts on video and posts them on the internet.

What is street epistemology? It’s a conversational tool which uses Socratic questioning to help people expose the underlying methods by which they arrived at their beliefs, thereby subjecting those beliefs to scrutiny. Examples of Anthony at work can be found on YouTube, and the website can be found at StreetEpistemology.com.

In this conversation, Bart Campolo talks with Anthony about his approach, what he hopes to gain from these conversations, beliefs and their rationality, how irrational beliefs can sometimes be held for understandable reasons, whether it’s fair to challenge someone’s beliefs if you can’t replace their faith-based communities afterwards, responsibilities to people after the conversation is over, and the difference between ordinary believers and professional apologists.

Humanize Me is now available on Spotify! Subscribers can listen right inside the app. Open Spotify, search for ‘Humanize Me’, select it under Podcasts and press ‘Follow’.

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Enjoy the podcast? Support it at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it! Please review us on iTunes (it really helps). And join 700 other listeners on the show’s Facebook Group.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

1508, 2018

322: How to be alone without freaking out

August 15th, 2018|

This week’s question comes from a listener who finds it hard to spend time alone without having a really difficult time over it:

“Hey Bart. Okay, so when my girlfriend goes away on business trips, I experience a ton of anxiety. And it isn’t that I’m jealous of her – I’m I’m totally glad that she’s having these experiences – but I get really anxious and my tendency is to want to immediately fill that space with with someone so that I don’t have to have that negative feeling of being all alone, which I really hate. Is there something wrong with me? Thanks.”

Both Bart and John relate to the question on at least some level, and think it’s a fairly common feeling. But is it fair to say that there’s something wrong with someone who feels this way?

Takeaways: Comfort being alone is harder in the digital age, it needs to be exercised and cultivated, sometimes we may be fleeing the sound of our inner voice, there are things we can do to be better at this.

NOTE: We have an issue with our podcast feed that is owed mostly to an ongoing issue within Apple’s podcast partners platform. This means you may be missing these latest episodes in your favorite podcast app, which upsets us greatly but is kinda out of our control. A fix should be coming soon.

Humanize Me is now available on Spotify! Subscribers can listen right inside the app. Open Spotify, search for ‘Humanize Me’, select it under Podcasts and press ‘Follow’.

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Enjoy the podcast? Support it at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it! Please review us on iTunes (it really helps). And join almost 700 other listeners on the show’s ‘secret’ Facebook Group. (See, we have some secrets of our own.)

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by Jux Media.

608, 2018

321: Secrets with Frank Warren

August 6th, 2018|

Curating peoples’ secrets. It’s a decidedly odd vocation, but Frank Warren has been doing it for a long time now through his ever-popular online art project, PostSecret. People anonymously send Frank their most intimate, private, beautiful, scandalous, horrifying, amazing, unspoken thoughts on postcards (yes, through the mail!) and Frank posts a new batch of them every Sunday on the site.

In this conversation, Bart aims to find out what

This podcast was just added to Spotify! Subscribers can listen right inside the app. Open Spotify, search for ‘Humanize Me’, select it under Podcasts and press ‘Follow’.

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Enjoy the podcast? Support it at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it! Please review us on iTunes (it really helps). And join almost 700 other listeners on the show’s ‘secret’ Facebook Group. (See, we have some secrets of our own.)

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by Jux Media.

108, 2018

320: Where do you get your morality?

August 1st, 2018|

In this episode Bart takes a question that, he joked upon hearing it, may easily have come from his Christian father:

“What is the basis for your morality? I am not asking what your morality says, such as ‘Do not gossip’, ‘Be trustworthy’ or ‘Be forgiving.’ I am asking the ‘Why?‘ question about your morality (‘Why should you not gossip?’, ‘Why should you be trustworthy?’, ‘Why should you be forgiving?’). For me, my ‘Why?’ used to be my belief that people inherently deserve to suffer the worst possible suffering for an endless amount of time. I no longer believe this, and I now recognize the harm that often results from my old moral foundation. My new moral foundation is, in part, the desire to decrease suffering. Why? Because a scenario where every conscious creature suffers as much as possible for as long as possible would be a bad thing. I can’t prove it, but I hope it is self-evident. So what is your moral foundation?”

Takeaways: There is no objective morality; the value of life is central; maximizing the flourishing of conscious beings is at the heart of it.

Got your own question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Enjoy the podcast? Support it on the Humanize Me Patreon and get extra content for it!

Review us on iTunes (it really helps). And join almost 700 other listeners on the show’s Facebook Group.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by Jux Media.

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