In an age of microaggression and political correctness, Kazingram Dialogue exists to have honest conversations with the sharpest minds on neuroscience, religion, philosophy, and culture.
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Gaven Kerr is a lecturer in Philosophy at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth in Ireland. His areas of expertise are in medieval philosophy (especially the work of Thomas Aquinas) and modern philosophy (with a focus on Immanuel Kant). He is the author of Aquinas’s Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia, a study of St. Thomas Aquinas’s existential proof for the existence of God, and Aquinas and the Metaphysics of Creation.
In this episode, our host, I.J. Makan, sits down with Amos Dowber, the editor, to talk about the long-term effects of the lockdowns, Small towns, and Localism.
In this episode we talk about training and self-mastery, the role of unsupervised play and bullying in socialization, life lessons Darnell learned working in Ontario subsidized housing projects and as a basketball coach, and the importance of competition in society.
Welcome to our first Kazingram Roundtable. We decided that in addition to our regular podcast we wanted to have a forum where both of our editors could sit down and have more personal discussions with friends of the Podcast.
Axel is a PhD student in theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He specializes in the theology of John Calvin.
In this episode Jim returns to discuss Covid-19 and the future of education, Ancient Greek and early Christian ideas of freedom, discipline, the good life (and how these relate to practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), psychedelic, and the role contemplating death plays in living the good life.
Joshua Hochschild is a professor of Philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s University.
Priit Mihkelson is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under SBG Founder Matt Thornton. Priit is also one of the main instructors for BJJ Globetrotters and he is the head coach of the largest Estonian Grappling and MMA school, 3D Treening.
Jason Manning is a professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He is an expert on the sociology of conflict, social control, and the sociology of suicide. Together with our last guest, Bradley Campbell, Jason is co-author of The Rise of Victimhood Culture.
Bradley Campbell is a Professor of Sociology at California State University in Los Angeles. He specializes in the sociology of moral conflict. Much of his past work has focused on the sociology of genocide but he has recently begun to study moral conflict on modern college campuses.
Axel Kazadi is a PhD student in theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He specializes in the theology of John Calvin.
Jibb Smart is a programmer, game maker, and the creator of GyroWiki, where he explains and advocates for new and better ways to play games.
Zuby is a rapper, podcaster, author, and outspoken critic of political correctness. He has released 3 eps and 5 albums including most recently, Perserverance. He is the host of Real Talk with Zuby, a podcast discussing contemporary cultural issues and the author of Strong advice: Zuby’s Guide to Fitness for Everybody.
Jason T. Eberl is an author, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University.
Amos Dowber is a theologian, philosopher, and editor at Kazingram Dialogue.
James Madden is an author, speaker, martial artist, and Professor of Philosophy at Benedictine College. Check out his book on the philosophy of mind “Mind, Matter, and Nature: A Thomistic Proposal for the Philosophy of Mind (Catholic University of America Press)”.
Frances Widdowson is an author, a public intellectual, and Associate Professor of Political Science at Mount Royal University. Her new book is “Separate but Unequal: How Parallelist Ideology Conceals Indigenous Dependency” (University of Ottawa Press)
In Canada, one of the foundational provisions made under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the fundamental freedom of conscience and religion. An integral component of Canada’s national makeup is the commitment to tolerance and diversity.
Armel “VNCHY” Kazadi is a rapper. You can find Armel’s music on Spotify and Apple Music under “VNCHY”.
Amos Dowber is a theologian and philosopher (A thomist to be specific).
Rick Metha is a former Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. He was dismissed for exercising his academic freedom.
Jian Guo is a computer scientist and an engineer. He practices Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Carlos Parra is completing his philosophy degree and works for Air Canada. Carlos skydives and travels all the across the globe.
Michael Adam Ferguson is a Cognitive Neurology, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Brain Network Imaging and Modulation–Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology. He is the host of the Luminous Brain Podcast.
Frances Widdowson is an author, a public intellectual, and associate Professor of Political Science at Mount Royal University. Her upcoming book is “Separate but Unequal: How Parallelist Ideology Conceals Indigenous Dependency”.
Zach Reimer will be starting his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma in the Fall of 2019. Zach is also a contributing author at Kazingram Dialogue. You can read his latest article “A Silent Saviour”.
Darnell Samuels is the co-host of ‘The Six Cents Report’ podcast.
Craig Carter is Professor of Theology, Theologian-in-Resident, and an author.
Jordan Franck is an educator and a professional photographer. We discuss his departure from Christianity, what led to that, and what he holds to now.
Hugh Hunter has a Phd in the History of Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He was a Post-Doc at Humboldt Universität, Berlin, and has taught philosophy at seven universities.
Mark Mercer is Professor of Philosophy, President of Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, and a public intellectual.
Scott Masson is Associate Professor of English Literature and a public intellectual.
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I was surprised when my historian friend informed me that, unlike our American counterparts, Canada doesn’t legally have separation of church and government because of its connection to the British monarchy. As “Defender of the Faith,” the reigning monarch is the head of both institutions–church and state. Canada’s Church is symbolically protected as a member of the Commonwealth.
One of the greatest challenges of the spiritual life, the study of theology, and the work of philosophy is when the expected is absent or silent. Some have talked about the problems of evil as problems of absence – of the lack of health, or protection from harm, or even apparent meaning in the cascade of pain that we experience and witness. Another expectation is seen in the problem of divine hiddenness.
There is an imminent groundwater crisis and the Indian government must take immediate steps to save the country from a disaster. Given its severity, changes in legislation must be made to allow everyone, not merely landowners access to groundwater resources.
Is there a human nature? This question has been answered in various ways over the course of history. Some individuals believe that what makes us human is our DNA or our biological characteristics. Other individuals believe that humanity is a social construct – we are human because we engage in human activities in society.
In pursuit of equality in all measurable outcomes, the modern equivalent of spells, sacrifices, and rituals to manipulate the gods are diversity quotas, equity programs, redistribution of resources, reparations, and affirmative action.
While India’s emergence as a hub for commercial surrogacy has given couples a renewed hope of parenthood, several ethical issues have emerged. One, in particular, is the manner in which these surrogate mothers are chosen. Often the women selected as surrogates are poor and illiterate but select surrogacy of their own volition.
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax recently came under criticism because a non-indigenous scholar, Martha Walls, was chosen to teach Selected Topics in North American History: Residential Schools. Consequently, the university called for a meeting between Indigenous faculty and staff and Martha Walls to “discuss a way forward”.
It has become almost indisputable that the typical humanities university student of today has become incapable of tolerating ideas and opinions that are contrary to theirs. Any dissenting idea is viewed as a threat of harm and is responded to accordingly; whether it involves blasting air horns and screaming expletives at professors, spitting on guest speakers, or preventing a planned event from taking place using commercial-grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails, ideologically-driven student groups are determined to use any means necessary to shut down the vocalization of views they deem offensive.
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