In this episode of Vernacular, we discuss the question: what is a human person? Are we pure soul? Spirit? Mind? Just a body? We describe the human person as a union of soul and body--an embodied soul and an ensouled body--in which both elements are good. Then we identify competing ideas and misconceptions about the nature of the human person. Finally we explore our experience of embodiment and how embodiment should impact how we treat ourselves and others. If you enjoyed this discussion, we recommend Gilbert Meilaender's book Neither Beast Nor God.
In this episode, we chat with Tsh Oxenreider about mental health and how travel can help us be more fully human. Tsh is an Austin, TX native, podcaster (creator and host of The Simple Show and Women's Work), author, entrepreneur, wife, and mom who traveled with her family of five around the world to 30 countries in 9 months. We end the show with a lightning round and Tsh gives us her take on Austin. If you enjoy this conversation, we recommend you check out The Simple Show archives for more travel tips, especially episodes 117-120, 68-72, and 34-37.
In this third installment of our series on the art of being human, we discuss the end (or purpose) of medicine. What should medicine aim to do? What does it mean to be a healthy human person? We also answer a listener question about science and the space race, and talk about why we're not gnostic. If you like this episode, be sure to read Leon Kass' 1975 article, "Regarding the End of Medicine and the Pursuit of Health."
In episode 78, the second in our series on the art of being human, we discuss the relationship between science or scientific pursuits and what it means to be human. We do not address medicine or healing (next episode!) or delve into specific technologies or applications of science. Instead, after defining science, we spend this episode answering two questions: what are the possible aims of a scientific project and which of those aims comport with what it means to be human--which of them are "truly human" aims? Finally, in light of episode 77, we touch briefly on the limits of science. Once again, all in under 20 minutes!
In this episode of Vernacular, we discuss the fact that all human beings fall short of perfection and yet we want to be perfect in some or all areas of our lives. What does it mean to live a fully human life and accept imperfection? How do we balance a desire to better ourselves with the importance of finding genuine contentment with our failures and possibly even celebrating our imperfections? What is the relationship between beauty and human imperfection? We relate these questions to a short story, movie, and book as well as real life--all in under 20 minutes!
In this episode, we introduce our plans for the new Vernacular Podcast, which will air every other week going forward. Then we chat about why you shouldn't make New Year's "resolutions" and share things we want to carry over from 2017 and things we want to do differently in 2018. We will be back in two weeks with a new episode exploring a topic and how it relates to what it means to be human.
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we're re-airing this episode from our second season, in which we examine abortion's legal history in the United States, focusing on the flawed reasoning in Supreme Court decisions and the faulty data on which the justices have relied, abortion's medical, emotional, and psychological risks to women, sex-selective abortion, Planned Parenthood, and public opinion on the topic in America today. Let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by reaching out on Twitter or Instagram.
We ring in the new year with a conversation about mental health and self care with Julia Hogan, a License Clinical Professional Counselor, psychotherapist, speaker, and writer. Julia chats with us about the value of therapy, the ubiquity of mental health challenges (especially in younger generations), and the importance of prioritizing self care. As you head into 2018, hopefully you can gain some insights from this conversation! For more of Julia's work, you can check out her website or read her articles on Verily.