Ep. 40: “Karma Police,” by Radiohead / “Sexy Sadie” by the Beatles

What is karma, how does it work, and do you have a self? Indian philosophers dialogue with Descartes, Hume, and the Beatles. Notes: https://www.top40philosophy.com/ep40notes Previous episode | Next episode ________ Featured image by Daniele Dalledonne, who provides it under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

a-ha in concert
Tyler Joseph on his piano during a Twenty One Pilots concert.
Lady Gaga looks into the camera.
Snoop Dogg at his SXSW keynote.
The "Make America Rage Again" sign from a Prophets of Rage concert
A composite image of Carrie Underwood and Chuck Berry, in concert
A statue of Paul Revere.
Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, and Michelle Williams
Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, in concert
Bernard Sumner, of New Order, in concert
Outkast, in concert.
Two children walking down a road together.
Picture of Ludacris
A dalmatian
The shore
50 Cent at a table with headphones in boxes

Ep. 16 Notes (“In da Club,” by 50 Cent)

Authenticity: can you change while remaining true to yourself? And what makes you yourself, anyway? Listen to the episode and explore background material.

A horse looking dramatic in front of fallen tree limbs.
An oasis in the desert.
A tiger and tiger cub in the snow.

Ep. 13 Notes (“Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor)

Does virtue change? Do cultures make progress in understanding virtue? Might “Eye of the Tiger” represent a regress? Drama! Listen to the episode and explore background material.

Coolio at a festival.

Ep. 12 Notes (“Gangsta’s Paradise,” by Coolio, ft. L.V.)

What is the connection between free will, creativity, and redemption? Are they possible? How do they work? Listen to the episode and explore background material.

Robert Smith, of the Cure

Ep. 11 Notes (“Friday I’m in Love,” by the Cure)

Are emotions active or passive? Do we impose them on the world, or does the world impose them on us? Also, the difference between harmony and counterpoint. Listen to the episode and explore background material.

A picture of Prince on stage.
Garth Brooks in concert.
Two people put up a stop sign on a snowy slope.
A statue of Freddie Mercury.
A picture of Olivia Newton-John.
The Police, in concert.

Ep. 2 Notes (“Every Breath You Take,” by the Police)

In this episode, we explore the topics of ownership, belonging, and being together/alone in the Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Listen to the episode and explore background material.

Joan Jett, in concert.