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Past Episodes of TheNEWPhenomenologists radio show and podcast.

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  • October 6th, 2019.

    Experiencing phenomenology.

    A song sung by E-dit on one method for experiencing phenomenology.

    • Click here for lyrics to this song.

      This segment will be available shortly after the October 6th show.

      Experiencing Phenomenology

      Become present

      Breathe out the tensions of your mind.
      Let your mind’s chatter become like
      background conversation at a cocktail party.
      The importance is not there, or then.
      The meaning is not there, or then.

      Breathe in the wholeness of this moment.
      See it, hear it, smell it, taste it, feel it.
      This is where the meaning in life resides.
      The importance is here and now.

      Be present to it all.
      What do you see? What do you hear?
      What do you smell, taste, and feel?
      Describe them, and bracket.

      Breathe out

      Breathe in one aspect of this moment.
      See it, hear it, smell it, taste it, feel it.
      This is where the meaning in life resides.
      The importance is here and now.

      Be present to this part.
      What of it is you? What of it is new?
      What other ways exist to understand it?
      Describe them, and bracket.

      Breathe out.

      Interpret.

      Breathe in the wholeness of this moment.
      Be present to it all.
      Breathe out.

      Breathe in one aspect of this moment.
      Be present to this part.
      Breathe out.

      Interpret.

      Breathe in the wholeness of this moment.
      Be present to it all.
      Breathe out.

      Breathe in one aspect of this moment.
      Be present to this part.
      Breathe out.

      Interpret.

    47.098430, -122.152747

    Practice phenomenology on the sounds from geographic locations throughout Washington State. This segment comes from 47.098430, -122.152747 outside of Orting, Washington along the the Foothills Trail.

    The cocktail party effect and phenomenology.

    The Cocktail Party Effect is described, and utilized as a means of introducing the basic process of phenomenology.
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    Narcissus, and you.

    A song sung by Edmud. Its lyrics are reflections on Sigmund Freud's interpretation and integration of the Narcissus myth.
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    David R. Harrington, PhD

    A first-person description of the (probable) process through which Dr. David R. Harrington became who is is today… now mostly retired, and recently Dean of Instruction at Front Range Community College in Longmont, Colorado. He also served as Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. Before that, he taught at the University of Alaska Southeast, Central Methodist College, and the College of Idaho.
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    David R. Harrington, PhD

    Dr. David R. Harrrington discusses his scholarship on the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, and extends his thoughts to both every day experience, as well as the crises facing humanity during the first quarter of the 21st Century.
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    On Robot Directive #1010.1: The advice of David R. Harrington, PhD.

    Selections of advice from David R. Harrington, PhD, distilled from his reflections.
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  • October 13th, 2019.

    Summary of show's topics, along with an interrupted discussion on binary, decimal, and sexagesimal counting systems.

    You manifest your worldview.

    A song sung by Mor-Ez and Vir-jinE-ah on how our psychological worldview intersects with our physical geographies.

    Experiential horizons and their worldviews.

    Worlds, horizons and worldviews are described, and utilized to introduce the way that our habits and habitats shape our understanding of common sense, and practical guidance on how to increase perspective sharing. Along the way, Martin Heidegger's notion of horizon, and Pierre Bourdieu's habitus and doxa are also described.

    47.305067, -122.521621

    Practice phenomenology on the sounds from geographic locations throughout Washington State. This segment comes from 47.305067, -122.521621 outside of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, in Tacoma Washington. If you listen closely, you'll hear the cosmos call to the spirit of one locally renowned sapient being in particular, who Teh Dŭk!tər met as a child. Go here, and at just the right time, you'll hear it calling through some other voice, again, and again. The cosmos speaks through all things, and in all ways.

    The steps for practicing phenomenology during to this segment—including overviews of the, "in," and, "out," procedure that you hear in this segment—are explained in the One-hit wonder, Being there, and What have you been doing? segments of October 6th Episode. This episode is available on most popular podcast distributors.

    In brief, the gong in this segment signifies a change in focus. When directed to focus "out," try to experience the soundscape as a whole, including the emotions, feelings, memories, and thoughts that your mind associates with that soundscape. When directed, "in," try to focus on a particular noise, pattern, or quality of the sound that you hear within the soundscape (including the emotions, feelings, memories, and thoughts that your mind associates with this particular focus).

    When next directed to focus, "out," try again to experience the soundscape as a whole, but this time try to experience it differently by perhaps changing your mood. For instance, what if you heard this soundscape when elated, or sad, or while passing by in a hurry, rather than peacefully listening to it during a radio show or podcast? In what ways does this change what you experience of the whole?

    Similarly, when next directed, "in," focus on either a different part of the whole, or the same part differently (again, perhaps by changing your mood, or approach to the sound). In what ways does this change what you experience of the whole?

    On each subsequent direction, "in," and, "out," try to adopt a new perspectives on the soundscape and its sounds until the end of the segment. At the end, what you can communicate from the multiple perspectives on the whole its parts that you experience during this segment comprises a basic phenomenology on the soundscape recorded in it. Phenomenology lets you Experience this! in multiple ways.

    Have you been there?

    Martin Heidegger's conceptualization of the human being, Dasein, is discussed by way of reflection on experiential questions, such as: Have you been there?

    Being here.

    Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State.

    This episode's segment compares the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York. Along the way convenience sampling is explained.

    Here are some screenshots from the analysis. The most frequent and overrepresented words in each response are listed in descending order from left to right along the horizontal axis of the charts, while the degree each word is overprepresented (and therefore particular to the question in the group) is depicted along the vertical access (the taller the bar, the more particular a word is to the question). Bars that exceed the chart height are found at rates that exceed 100 times their typical use in everyday English.

    There are more themes in the data than are depicted in these screenshots. For
    more detailed and colorful information, see the post about this survey on the Raven's Eye website.

    On the attitude for this survey.

    This survey analysis results from a quantitative phenomenology utilizing Raven's Eye. Our attitude is one that seeks to:

    • reliably and validly understand people's thoughts, and
    • create model statements that reproduce both the most popular themes in those thoughts, and the ways that participants express them.
    What results are plain English statements that express the thoughts of the participants, in the way that they are ordered and structed by the participants themselves.

    On the horizons of this survey.
    Any survey's results must be interpreted within the context in which it was created and analyzed. Our survey asked Mechanical Turk workers located in New York and Washington States what they thought about living in their respective state. We received 90 responses from New York state, and 86 responses from Washington state. We asked both samples to answer in their own words over the course of 2-3 sentences, what is is that they liked most about living in their part of their state. We then asked them to explain—again, over 2-3 sentences—what is is that they most disliked about living in their part of their state.

    As with convenience samples in general, we should be cautious about extending the results of this survey to those beyond the group surveyed. However, by our estimates, our sample likely includes approximately 47% of the total population of Mechanical Turk workers available in Washington State during the time that the survey was available.

    The cut-off threshold that we used for our analysis makes it such that our confidence in the durability of our results exceeds the total population of Mechanical Turk workers in Washington State. We are, therefore, quite confident that our results can be generally applied to this population, at least at this point in history.

    Read more about the
    confidence in our quantitative phenomenology.

    Living in Washington State.

    I love the beautiful scenery.
    I like
    that I am able to access the mountains and the ocean.
    I enjoy the mild weather.
    I love living in Seattle, and everything there is to do within a short drive away.

    I dislike that there are too many people everywhere.
    The traffic is getting worse (I-5 is clogged).
    There are a
    lot of homeless people.
    It
    rains very often.

    What do you most like about living in your part of Washington State?

    Like_about_living_in_washington_state

    The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in Washington in response to being asked what they like about living in Washington state included: mountains, beautiful, weather, and close. City was frequently mentioned by this sample, but unlike in the New York mechanical Turk workers, among Washington Mechanical Turk workers, this concept did not reach the threshold established for inclusion in this report.

    What do you most dislike about living in your part of Washington State?

    Dislike_about_living_in_washington_state

    The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in Washington in response to being asked what they dislike about living in Washington state included: people, traffic, homeless, rain, crime, and cost of living.

    Living in New York State.

    I like the diversity of people here from different cultures.
    I
    love New York City; there's always something to do.
    The
    city has good food from around the world.

    There a lot of people in New York.
    It is
    very expensive to live here.
    The
    cost of living is very high.
    The
    taxes are ridiculous.

    What do you most like about living in your part of New York?

    Like_about_living_in_new_york

    The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in New York in response to being asked what they like about living in New York State included: people, city, always, food, and different.

    What do you most dislike about living in your part of New York?

    Dislike_about_living_in_new_york

    The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in New York in response to being asked what they dislike about living in New York State included: people, very expensive, high cost of living, taxes, winters, and cold weather.

    There are other themes in the data, but these are enough to begin reflection on the manner in which our habits and habitats shape our worldview.

    Why do you think some themes, like people and cost of living, might shared across the geographically separate groups? What locally similar places or peoples might they have in common? Why do you think some themes differ? Why would traffic be a
    dislike in Washington, but not nearly so in New York (indeed, further down in the responses to what New Yorkers like about living in their part of their state is the transportation system). What might cause Mechanical Turk workers in Washington to like the weather, but dislike the rain? What does it mean to live in a place where the weather is nice, but the rain isn’t? Are like and dislike then not mutually exclusive? Is cost of living a concern in both places generally, or is it a worldview particular to Mechanical Turk workers?

    All of these questions can be further investigated, with
    the method and software used in this survey, or some alternative method. They do, however, reveal the habit-begot differences in doxa between Mechanical Turk workers in New York and Washington state.

    We’ll add listener survey information as the pool of respondents grows. If you’re interested in participating in a future survey, check out the survey page of this website, or create a Mechanical Turk worker account and get a chance to get paid for your response.

    On Robot Directive #1010.1:01 Mnemosyne and the function of memory.

    A phenomenological and psychological scientific framework for understanding the function of memory is presented, along with comparison to the Ancient Greek understanding of Mnemosyne (Memory) and her offspring. Sung by G-or-G and ərv.

  • October 20th, 2019.

    Summary of the show's topics, along with an interrupted discussion between Teh Dŭk!tər and FrEd-rEkw' on calculating the reach of the electromagnetic broadcast show and light podcast, in which is estimated to reach throughout the Local Interstellar Cloud and most of the G-Cloud.

    Mood and empathy.

    The existential-phenomenological concept of mood and its relation to our worldview are described, in order to introduce a way to use empathic mood-sharing to increase interpersonal understanding. Along the way, other-evaluative and self-conscious emotions are discussed, with focus on how or self-conscious emotions (like guilt and shame) reveal the pervasiveness of mood in our attitudes, perspectives, and life outcomes.

    Perspective sharing and being present-at-hand.

    To complete the discussion on interpersonal understanding started in the Being there segment of this episode, the cognitive component of empathy is discussed. The experience of this component, often known as perspective taking or perspective sharing, may however often at first be experienced as aversive, or problematic. Heideggarian notions of ready-to-hand and present-at-hand are used to understand this, and relatively innocuous worldviews are presented as potential sources for practicing the imaginative skills required in perspective sharing. These include guided imaginative exercises on the potential worldviews of non-human sentient beings. Anthropomorphism and Frans de Waal's anthropodenialism are discussed while doing so. Along the way, such phenomena as dolphin culture, facial expression in chimpanzees, personality in orangutans, play bows in dogs, and perhaps most adorably, prairie dog language, are noted.

    Being here.

    Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State, continued.

    This episode's segment continues from the 19-10-13 show episode the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York. Along the way, it is explained how mood is identified in a quantitative phenomenology. The segment concludes with a list of artificially generated model statements phrased according to the popularity, relationships, style, and vocabulary of the participants themselves. Along the way, it is pointed out that most quantitative approaches to natural language leave out mood-identifying information, apparently due to researcher assumptions as to what words will be important or not to the participants. The difference between phenomenology and other qualitative methods is also explained during this segment.

  • October 27th, 2019.

    An interrupted summary of this special spooky episode's topics, along with discussion between Teh Dŭk!tər and FrEd-rEkw' on Friedrich Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer, in honor of which a new addition to the show's segments is entitled: Phenomenologizing with a New Hammer.

    Guilt and anxiety.

    The writings of Irving Yalom and Rollo May are integrated into discussion and practical advice on guilt and anxiety, as these experiences are typically understood by existential-phenomenological psychologists.

    The Lesson of Anxiety.

    Sung 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.

    • 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.

    Being here.

    A nationwide poll on recent nightmares and daily worries.

    A nationwide online survey of Amazon Mechanical Turk workers located in the United States was conducted October 15th-19th, 2019. We asked participants their age, gender, and state of residence, and then asked them to tell us about their most recent nightmare, in their own words over the course of 2-3 sentences. We then asked them to explain—again, over 2-3 sentences of their own words—what most worries them in everyday life. For both of these questions, in turn, we asked them to rate the impact of their nightmare and worries on their everyday lives.

    Here are some screenshots from the analysis. The most frequent and overrepresented words in each response are listed in descending order from left to right along the horizontal axis of the charts, while the degree each word is overprepresented (and therefore particular to the question in the group) is depicted along the vertical access (the taller the bar, the more particular a word is to the question). Bars that exceed the chart height are found at rates that exceed 100 times their typical use in everyday English.

    There are more themes in the data than are depicted in these screenshots. For
    more detailed and colorful information, see the post about this survey on the Raven's Eye website.

    On the attitude for this survey.

    This survey analysis results from a quantitative phenomenology utilizing Raven's Eye. Our attitude is one that seeks to:

    • reliably and validly understand people's thoughts, and
    • create model statements that reproduce both the most popular themes in those thoughts, and the ways that participants express them.
    What results are plain English statements that express the thoughts of the participants, in the way that they are ordered and structed by the participants themselves.

    On the horizons of this survey.
    Any survey's results must be interpreted within the context in which it was created and analyzed. Our survey was conducted online and with Mechanical Turk workers located in the United States. We received 1017 responses. After eliminating non-compliant responses, we were left with a pool of 994 participants. We asked participants their age, gender, and state of residence, and then asked to tell us in their own words over the course of 2-3 sentences, about their most recent nightmare.  We then asked them to explain—again, over 2-3 sentences of their own word—what their most worries them in everyday life. For both of these questions, in turn, we asked them to rate the impact of their nightmare and worries on their everyday lives. 

    As with convenience samples in general, we should be cautious about extending the results of this survey to those beyond the group surveyed. However, by our estimates, our sample likely includes approximately 20% of the total population of Mechanical Turk workers available in Washington State during the time that the survey was available.

    The cut-off threshold that we used for our analysis makes it such that our confidence in the durability of our results is within estimates for themaiimum total population of Mechanical Turk workers in the United States. We are, therefore, quite confident that our results can be generally applied to this population, at least at this point in history.

    Read more about the
    confidence in our quantitative phenomenology..

    Nightmares.

    I was in my house and someone was trying to get in [break into it].

    In a recent nightmare, I was being chased [attacked, surrounded] by someone [a person, people] and I could not find, [get] my way home [out, back].

    Please tell us about your most recent nightmare.

    Nightmares

    The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in the United States in response to being asked to describe their most recent nightmare included: house, get, being, and trying, among others.

    Worries.

    In my daily life, I most worry that I will not have enough money to pay the bills.

    I worry about the health [something bad happening to] of my family members [children, kids] in the future.

    Please tell us what most worries you in daily life.

    Like_about_living_in_new_york

    The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in the United States in response to being asked tell us what they most worry about in everyday life: money, being, daily, and enough, among others.

    There are other themes in the data, which can be further investigated, with the method and software used in this survey, or some alternative method. The top two themes for each question, however, reveal the other-centered nature of our experiences, both in real life and during sleep.

    We’ll add listener survey information as the pool of respondents grows. If you’re interested in participating in a future survey, check out the survey page of this website, or create a Mechanical Turk worker account and get a chance to get paid for your response.

    On nightmares, worries, and Emmanuel Levinas.

    Dr. David R. Harrington returns to discuss the application of a few of Emmanuel Levinas's concepts to the most popular themes revealed in our nationwide survey on nightmares and worries.

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