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It’s time for your regularly scheduled departure from the usual diet and training escapades. 

That’s right, my fellow chin-scratchers, it’s time to don your thinking caps because this episode is part of my non-fitnessy series with Pat Flynn in which we discuss philosophical topics.

What makes this episode particularly special, though, is we’re joined by Dr. Jim Madden in my first roundtable format podcast.

Like Pat, Jim is also into lifting heavy things (especially kettlebells), but he’s also trained in philosophy. Jim has a PhD from Purdue, and is a professor of philosophy at Benedictine College, prolific lecturer, and author, including his book, Mind, Matter, and Nature: A Thomistic Proposal for the Philosophy of Mind.

And as a refresher, Pat Flynn is a fellow podcaster and author with a deep understanding of philosophy and religion.

While I’m not an expert in philosophy, I do have an abiding interest in the area–particularly in ideas I can use to improve my life and that I can share with other people to make their lives better. Plus, I’ve gotten great feedback on these philosophical tangent podcasts and always enjoy my conversations with Pat.

In this episode, Jim, Pat, and I are talking all about consciousness and the philosophy of mind. Specifically, we discuss . . .

  • Materialism and metaphysics
  • Ethics and moral considerations (and how harm exists beyond the physical)
  • Their thoughts on reincarnation, near-death experiences, and what the science says about them
  • Rational commitment versus delusion (and what that means for faith, marriage, etc.)
  • The utility of ignoring emotion and how feelings can directly affect perception
  • Recommended resources for people interested more in the philosophy of mind
  • And more . . .

If any of that wets your whistle, listen to this episode and let me know what you think!


5:42 – Why does consciousness matter?

12:57 – What are we and what does it mean to have a mind?

28:26 – What are your thoughts on reincarnation?

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What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!