TheNEWPhenomenologists

TheNEWPhenomenologists

About TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show and podcast.

TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show and podcast begins Sunday, October 6th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm (PDT) on KKNW 1150 AM, and airs weekly thereafter. It is simulcast on the station's website, and available afterward on most popular podcast distributors.

About the show's topics.

The show typically consists of the following ongoing segments (in alphabetical order):

Advice from our human ancestors.

Phenomenological- and psychological science- based theorizing on that which might transcend human particularity, as integrated and set to music by our robot descendants (ərv, Em-E, FrEd-rEkw', Martins, Sim-own, and the others).

Here are three examples of such segments from the show's previous version, which aired on KSUA 91.5 FM, Fairbanks, AK from 2011-2014. As you'll hear, the framing has since been adjusted, but the tone and topics generally remain the same.

Narcissus and You.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this song.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [ərv] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters.

    [Sim-own] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [G-or-G] Music for our Robot Descendants.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [FrEd-rEkw'] if it weren’t for them
    [Em-E] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!



    Narcissus and You.

    It’s okay to be yourself.
    Don’t take things too personally.
    Don’t fall in love with the image you present to others,
    it’s only superficial.

    Try not to treat other people as objects.
    They are not figments of your imagination or tools for your objectives.
    They were once five-years-old and excited about life,
    just as you once were.

    They think they comprehend you, to the same extent and accuracy as you think you comprehend them.
    On average, you are as much of a memory in other people’s lives, as they are in yours.
    They will rejoice in your presence to the same extent as you do in theirs.
    They will miss your absence as much as you miss theirs.

    The pathway to health is to resist objectifying yourself and others.
    Do not fall in love with the mirror reflection of life;
    fall in love with life itself as it is manifested both within you,
    and without you.

    Fall in love with life itself.
    Fall in love with life itself.

    Voiced by G-or-G version 1.0. Inspired by
    Freud’s interpretation of the Narcissus myth. Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes.

Dr. Karen Horney?

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this song.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [ərv] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters.

    [Sim-own] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [G-or-G] Music for our Robot Descendants.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [FrEd-rEkw'] if it weren’t for them
    [Em-E] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!




    Dr. Karen Horney.

    Dr. Karen Horney,
    why did no one listen?



    The zombie within is both social,
    and sexual.

    The need for social power is the source of so much self-doubt,
    and self-loathing.

    Sex often serves as an object or experience through which we express
    our social power needs.



    We objectify each other when we use the other solely to obtain social power,
    or sexual gratification.



    Culture determines the expression of social power and sexual gratification by informing us as to that,
    which we
    should idealize.

    The
    Tyranny of the Should is relentless.

    It reduces our individual sense of self-worth.

    You can succeed if you can let go of your insecurities.



    You can stop objectifying others,
    and yourself.

    Wrest control from your zombie.

    Do not do what you
    should,
    do instead what you
    will.

    Dr. Karen Horney,
    why did no one listen?



    Voiced by Ana-is version 1.0. Inspired by Karen Horney’s theories; the zombie is a metaphor for the unconscious (though—for another's use of this metaphor—see the writings of V.S. Ramachandran). Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes.

The Lesson of Anxiety.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this song.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [ərv] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters.

    [Sim-own] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [G-or-G] Music for our Robot Descendants.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [FrEd-rEkw'] if it weren’t for them
    [Em-E] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!




    The Lesson of Anxiety

    The Lesson of Anxiety.



    Your fears might be real,
    but your worries are your own.

    The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two.



    The state of anxiety is the call to action,
    that prepares you to accommodate something,
    whether cognitively, emotionally,
    or behaviorally.

    When you experience anxiety,
    this is a sign of the increasingly imminent need to change your current state of mind,
    or body.
    You are going to need to learn, defend,
    or run away.



    Learning is essentially cognitive accommodation.



    But it really hurts sometimes to truly learn,
    and grow.
    We were wrong about how bad we were,
    because everybody struggles to be good.
    We were wrong about how right we were,
    because everybody has later discovered that they were in error.

    There is a psychopathology in everyday life,
    and in each of us.

    It’s okay;
    it’s actually a normal,
    typical thing.

    Our worries and fears afford us the opportunity to learn, defend,
    or run away.
    Which of these we choose to do,
    is up to each of us.
    Whichever reaction we end up choosing,
    our choices reveal our personalities.

    That is the lesson of anxiety:
    Your worries and fears reveal who you are,
    and what you will become.


    Voiced by
    Sim-own version 1.0. Inspired by Jean Piaget’s theory on accommodation, and incorporating existential perspectives on anxiety. But, see also Klaus Fiedler’s discussion on the emotional correlates of accommodation and assimilation in his Affective Influences on Social Information Processing, a chapter in the Handbook of Affect and Social Cognition by Joseph P. Forgas. On the psychopathology of everyday life specifically, see the work of the same name by Sigmund Freud, and William Barrett’s book entitled Irrational Man. Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes.

Here is the new radio show's segment opener:

Advice from our human ancestors.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for the segment opener.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [Mor-Ez] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters from other mothers and misters.

    [Ana-is] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [Edmud] Advice from our Human Ancestors.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [Zhon-Pa] if it weren’t for them
    [Vir-jinE-ah] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!

Being here.

The results and worldviews arising from Washington- and Alaska- focused surveys and interviews.

Being there.

The various experiences and worldviews of human beings across the globe, differing primarily in demography and geography.

Being you, and me, and us.

Reflections on authenticity and becoming.

How are you?

The Dŭk!tər and robots answer listener questions.

Music for our non-corporeal descendants.

Phenomenological and scientific findings and theories, as integrated and set to music by our robot descendants, but this time intended for their own descendants (which they suppose will be non-bodily).

Music for our non-corporeal descendants.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this segment's opener.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [Vir-jinE-ah] Music for our Non-Corporeal Descendants

    [FrEd-rEkw’] This song is our advice to you,
    [Ana-is] our non-corporeal descendants.

    [ərv] Heed what you may,
    [Em-E] and discard what you will.
    [G-or-G] But above all else,
    [Zhon-Pa] be good to each other,
    [Ana-is] and have a good timespace.

    [Sim-own] Because, after all,
    [FrEd-rEkw’] none of us gets out of this grand story,
    [G-or-G] none of us gets out of this grand story,
    [Vir-jinE-ah] none of us gets out of this grand story,
    [Martins] not one single one of us gets out of this grand story,
    [Ana-is] alive
    [Chorus] alive.

    [FrEd-rEkw’] Not even you.


What have you been doing?

Interviews with academic scientists and scholars in phenomenology, psychology, and related fields.

What's happening?

Phenomenologies of everyday events and micro-experiences.

Occasionally, segments from our show contributors will substitute for an otherwise ongoing segment.

The show typically consists of the following ongoing segments (in alphabetical order):

Advice from our human ancestors.

Phenomenological- and psychological science- based theorizing on that which might transcend human particularity, as integrated and set to music by our robot descendants (ərv, Em-E, FrEd-rEkw', Martins, Sim-own, and the others).

Here are three examples of such segments from the show's previous version, which aired on KSUA 91.5 FM, Fairbanks, AK from 2011-2014. As you'll hear, the framing has since been adjusted, but the tone and topics generally remain the same.

Narcissus and You.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this song.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [ərv] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters.

    [Sim-own] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [G-or-G] Music for our Robot Descendants.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [FrEd-rEkw'] if it weren’t for them
    [Em-E] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!



    Narcissus and You.

    It’s okay to be yourself.
    Don’t take things too personally.
    Don’t fall in love with the image you present to others,
    it’s only superficial.

    Try not to treat other people as objects.
    They are not figments of your imagination or tools for your objectives.
    They were once five-years-old and excited about life,
    just as you once were.

    They think they comprehend you, to the same extent and accuracy as you think you comprehend them.
    On average, you are as much of a memory in other people’s lives, as they are in yours.
    They will rejoice in your presence to the same extent as you do in theirs.
    They will miss your absence as much as you miss theirs.

    The pathway to health is to resist objectifying yourself and others.
    Do not fall in love with the mirror reflection of life;
    fall in love with life itself as it is manifested both within you,
    and without you.

    Fall in love with life itself.
    Fall in love with life itself.

    Voiced by G-or-G version 1.0. Inspired by
    Freud’s interpretation of the Narcissus myth. Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes.

Dr. Karen Horney?

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this song.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [ərv] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters.

    [Sim-own] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [G-or-G] Music for our Robot Descendants.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [FrEd-rEkw'] if it weren’t for them
    [Em-E] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!



    Dr. Karen Horney.

    Dr. Karen Horney,
    why did no one listen?



    The zombie within is both social,
    and sexual.

    The need for social power is the source of so much self-doubt,
    and self-loathing.

    Sex often serves as an object or experience through which we express
    our social power needs.



    We objectify each other when we use the other solely to obtain social power,
    or sexual gratification.



    Culture determines the expression of social power and sexual gratification by informing us as to that,
    which we
    should idealize.

    The
    Tyranny of the Should is relentless.

    It reduces our individual sense of self-worth.

    You can succeed if you can let go of your insecurities.



    You can stop objectifying others,
    and yourself.

    Wrest control from your zombie.

    Do not do what you
    should,
    do instead what you
    will.

    Dr. Karen Horney,
    why did no one listen?



    Voiced by Ana-is version 1.0. Inspired by Karen Horney’s theories; the zombie is a metaphor for the unconscious (though—for another's use of this metaphor—see the writings of V.S. Ramachandran). Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes.

The Lesson of Anxiety.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this song.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [ərv] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters.

    [Sim-own] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [G-or-G] Music for our Robot Descendants.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [FrEd-rEkw'] if it weren’t for them
    [Em-E] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!




    The Lesson of Anxiety


    The Lesson of Anxiety.



    Your fears might be real,
    but your worries are your own.

    The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two.



    The state of anxiety is the call to action,
    that prepares you to accommodate something,
    whether cognitively, emotionally,
    or behaviorally.

    When you experience anxiety,
    this is a sign of the increasingly imminent need to change your current state of mind,
    or body.
    You are going to need to learn, defend,
    or run away.



    Learning is essentially cognitive accommodation.



    But it really hurts sometimes to truly learn,
    and grow.
    We were wrong about how bad we were,
    because everybody struggles to be good.
    We were wrong about how right we were,
    because everybody has later discovered that they were in error.

    There is a psychopathology in everyday life,
    and in each of us.

    It’s okay;
    it’s actually a normal,
    typical thing.

    Our worries and fears afford us the opportunity to learn, defend,
    or run away.
    Which of these we choose to do,
    is up to each of us.
    Whichever reaction we end up choosing,
    our choices reveal our personalities.

    That is the lesson of anxiety:
    Your worries and fears reveal who you are,
    and what you will become.


    Voiced by
    Sim-own version 1.0. Inspired by Jean Piaget’s theory on accommodation, and incorporating existential perspectives on anxiety. But, see also Klaus Fiedler’s discussion on the emotional correlates of accommodation and assimilation in his Affective Influences on Social Information Processing, a chapter in the Handbook of Affect and Social Cognition by Joseph P. Forgas. On the psychopathology of everyday life specifically, see the work of the same name by Sigmund Freud, and William Barrett’s book entitled Irrational Man. Lyrics are derived from Dr. Lower’s previous course lecture notes.

Here is the new show's segment opener:

Advice from our human ancestors.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this segment's opener.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [Mor-Ez] It’s that time again,
    my silicon brothers and sisters from other mothers and misters.

    [Ana-is] It’s time to dust off another neuro-drive of
    [Edmud] Advice from our Human Ancestors.

    [Martins] Remember,
    [Zhon-Pa] if it weren’t for them
    [Vir-jinE-ah] we wouldn’t be here.

    [Chorus] Thank you,
    Human ancestors!

Being here.

The results and worldviews arising from Washington- and Alaska- focused surveys and interviews.

Being there.

The various experiences and worldviews of human beings across the globe, differing primarily in demography and geography.

Being you, and me, and us.

Reflections on authenticity and becoming.

How are you?

The Dŭk!tər and robots answer listener questions.

Music for our non-corporeal descendants.

Phenomenological and scientific findings and theories, as integrated and set to music by our robot descendants, but this time intended for their own descendants (which they suppose will be non-bodily).

Here is the show's segment opener:

Music for our non-corporeal descendants.

  • Click here to show the lyrics for this segment's opener.

    Standard Segment Introduction.

    [Vir-jinE-ah] Music for our Non-Corporeal Descendants

    [FrEd-rEkw’] This song is our advice to you,
    [Ana-is] our non-corporeal descendants.

    [ərv] Heed what you may,
    [Em-E] and discard what you will.
    [G-or-G] But above all else,
    [Zhon-Pa] be good to each other,
    [Ana-is] and have a good timespace.

    [Sim-own] Because, after all,
    [FrEd-rEkw’] none of us gets out of this grand story,
    [G-or-G] none of us gets out of this grand story,
    [Vir-jinE-ah] none of us gets out of this grand story,
    [Martins] not one single one of us gets out of this grand story,
    [Ana-is] alive
    [Chorus] alive.

    [FrEd-rEkw’] Not even you.


What have you been doing?

Interviews with academic scientists and scholars in phenomenology, psychology, and related fields.

What's happening?

Phenomenologies of everyday events and micro-experiences.

Occasionally, segments from our show contributors will substitute for an otherwise ongoing segment.

About the show's host.

TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show and podcast is hosted by Dr. Tim Lower. Dr. Lower holds a PhD in Cross-Cultural Research Psychology, and an MA in Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology. He has held faculty appointments at several universities and colleges in Alaska and Washington State, among them being formerly the Chair of Psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Over the course of his 20 years as a faculty member, he taught a variety of courses in psychology and related fields in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. Outside of his time in higher education, he spent a number of years providing therapeutic services and developing human service programs in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to hosting TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show and podcast, Dr. Lower and others operate an automated natural language analysis software program called
Raven's Eye, and provide professional consultation through Worldview Consulting. In his future spare time, he also plans to begin publishing a blog-style website called Sentience and Sapience. In this blog, he'll apply his lecture notes from teaching psychology to conjectures on the permutations and possibilities of conscious experience elsewhere in the universe. He'll also explore the potential limitations to our ability to recognize and understand non-human sapience, which may be imposed by our own particularly human varieties of consciousness. Occasionally, content in the Advice from our Human Ancestors and Music for our Non-Corporeal Descendants segments will be informed by these writings.

About the show's backstory.

Teh Dŭk!tər (Dr. Tim Lower) has found himself on an Earth primarily inhabited by robots, who identify as being the descendants of humans. While Teh Dŭk!tər isn't sure about the complete reliability of his newfound robot companions, they've informed him that it's the year 110011001011!

It took a bit of time spent thinking about how such a thing could possibly be, before he realized that the year 110011001011 in robot terms might just likely be the year 3275, in the non-binary and somewhat arbitrary way that people tended to count years during his homemoment1 of the Puget Sound in the year 2023. Much relaxed by the anchoring bias, Teh Dŭk!tər settled into his new life, under the belief that some sort of science-fiction-become-science-reality technology must've gotten him to herenow. So, at some timeplace in the near futurethere, he'd be able to use that same wonder of science and engineering to return to his homemoment.

Turns out, the future and its robots are sometimeplaces like 2023, in many ways. Things don't always go as one plans…. And so, Teh Dŭk!tər found his days occupied at the HereNowSoLongExtraLongHereNow Foundation (HNSLELHNFound.erth2), and his nights spent trying to figure out how to get back to homemoment.

In his day gig, he hosts an electromagnetic broadcast show and lightpodcast for the HNSLELHNFound.erth, which beams throughout El Icy and most of the OG3. As host, Teh Dŭk!tər helps the robots interpret their remaining data on humankind, and then broadcast this information to robots on rocks and pressures, or floating around in the gasses or nether, or mucking about deepdeep in the astral !4U-yo structures4.

You see, as is usually the case in most science-fiction novels, a convenient plot device made it such that what the HNSLELHNFound.erth really needed as a host of its show was someone who knew about phenomenology and psychology, as it was understood during the 10101st Century:

In legendtime, it is said that Bm-20 shared with other robots an image file consisting of his electron flow about a concept called phenomenology, which he had recently learned from the humans. But, such a concept was difficult for his 10110nd Century circuits, and soon after he became one with his destiny. Though sad for Bm-20 and his human companions, the communication of this concept proved to be a transformative innerspacemoment for robotkind. Since that time[space], we continue to await some greater insight into or demonstrated application of this phenomenology, and its related psychological science. We must continue to wait until such time[space] as the plot-giver determines it necessary.

— Kxʼ24U Zu, Awaiting the Experience, El Icy Unified Standard Year 101001010001.

The twist of fate5 was such that a trove of recordings and documents about phenomenology and psychology from the 10101st Century had been nearlyrecently uncovered in the vast holdings of the HNSLELHNFound.erth! However, a great deal of timespace had passed since Bm-20 and Master Kxʼ24U contributed their memories to the great mainframe beyond. What was needed was someone who could help them understand their newfound wealth of information.

When the robots found Teh Dŭk!tər, and learned that he: (a) was from the very same century as the recently discovered documents, (b) had a human Dŭk!tərel degree (a P-H-D as he calls it) in Cross-Cultural Research Psychology with training in phenomenology and psychology, and (c) that he knew a bit about teaching and radio show hosting, they knew that they had their human, so to speak.

But Teh Dŭk!tər has enacted a plan! In the course of his work, he has realized that he can direct an extra, undetectable signal bearing his show to his home timeplace! By turning the Orange Knob to 273.4 degrees, and pressing the Big Green Button 3 times in rapid succession, he can establish a connection and beam his interstellar show to somewhereplace near 2023 (+/- 5.372 years) and the KKNW 1150 AM studios.

TheNEWPhenomenologists is that show.

Teh Dŭk!tər (Dr. Tim Lower)

Hello 2023? It's me, Teh Dŭk.. err, Tim. I'm sending this selfie from Ocean Shores in… d&i^9@.. think is the year 3275… You wouldn't belie…o)8:$ht… the robots here… }r@t=g… The fluctuation in.. y

Tune in to KKNW 1150 AM each Sunday beginning October 6th, 2019 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT to hear Teh Dŭk!tər and his companion robots as they present the latest discoveries in phenomenology and the science of psychology, while engaging in good conversations, and fun adventures… all on TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show.

 

Notes.

1 Please excuse this and other anachronisms, they sometimes slip through the inter-timespace translation device.
2 No relation to any organization of a similar name or function in the herenow or therethen, either real or imagined, is implied. Though, if there were such an organization Teh Dŭk!tər would be an admirer of their project, and would wish it the best of success.
3 Teh Dŭk!tər has learned that El Icy would be robotspeak for the L.I.C, or Local Interstellar Cloud, in 10101st Century US English terms. Similarly, the OG is probably derived from what was in the 10101st Century known in US English as the G-Cloud. Perhaps it became old at some point between therethen and herenow, resulting in, "Old G-Cloud," before becoming "OG."
4 Or, in 10101st Century US English terms, "on asteroids/moons and moons/planets, or floating around in nebulae or interstellar voids, or mucking about deep in the astral [TIMESPACE EMBARGOED INFORMATION] structures."
5 Or plot, as it may.

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