In this episode we sit down with Miriel Thomas Reneau to talk about what disability has to do with living a truly human life. Miriel, as the parent of a disabled child, shares a bit of that experience with us as we talk about unfair parental expectations, the social model of disability, respecting body diversity, and raising our children to understand that different doesn't mean worse. Let us know what you think!
In this episode, we sit down with filmmaker Chandler Ryd to talk about his latest project, Into the Plains. Along the way, we ask Chandler about the task of the filmmaker in conveying truth through the lens of experience, and get his thoughts on the effect of YouTube and Instagram on modern filmmaking.
In episode 86 of Vernacular, we discuss yet another essential aspect of being human: living immediately. We unpack the concept, give a defense of why it is essential to a truly human life, consider the numerous challenges that modern life poses to the goal of living immediately, and address possible objections. We share some of the ways we have personally found it difficult to live immediately and the steps we've taken to start to overcome those difficulties. Let us know your thoughts and what you do to live immediately in your own life!
Why is suffering important for our understanding of what it means to be human? Would a life devoid of suffering be a life without meaning? Can our suffering be redeemed? In the latest episode, we examine all of these questions and more, arguing that suffering--just like mortality--is essential to being human.
In the latest episode of Vernacular, Zac and Sally talk to Catherine (@ashortblonde) and Jordan (@JordanDShort) Short about season two of The Crown, why it's the best show on television today, its portrayal of marriage, and the power of its wordless scenes. To hear our season one discussion from last year, "it's not easy being queen," head here. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!
In this episode of Vernacular, we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to talk to contributor/listener/Patreon supporter Joshua de Gastyne and put him through the paces of our lightning round. Then we talk about what books, movies, podcasts, and food that we've been enjoying lately.
In this episode, we discuss the attraction and hope of immortality: a life without death and possibly a life without aging and the suffering that accompanies aging. For the sake of this conversation, we assume that eventually medical technology will make immortality an option for people. So we ask and answer Leon Kass' question: why not immortality? The costs of immorality (the Justice Cost, Personal Cost, and Intergenerational Cost) are such that an immortal life is no longer a truly human life. Ultimately, we conclude that immortality is not compatible with a truly human life, would instead rob us of our humanity, and would not fulfill our deepest human desires.
In episode 82, we discuss the stages and span of a human life. What are those stages? Do we see and experience them as discrete units on a timeline? Or is there an overall shape to the human lifecycle that all people share and that gives it meaning as a whole? We argue for the latter view and also share our favorite/least favorite life stages. Finally, we address possible objections to the shape view. If you want to explore this topic more, we recommend the chapter on "ageless bodies" in Beyond Therapy. Stay tuned for the next episode when we take this conversation a step further and discuss aging, death, and immortality.