The Existential Files


We are joined for this episode by PhD student Ann Winsper. Ann is an old buddy from the parapsychology days, and joins us to chat about a variety of topics including ghost hunting, parapsychology, paranormal experiences, and electronic voice phenomena. Although we are not a parapsychology podcast, we do sometimes like to chat about these things, and we debate some normal explanations for some of the strange experiences people report (e.g. apophenia). You can learn more about Ann at www.parascience.org.uk and if you’d like participate in her research you can email her at evpstudy@gmail.com

In this episode we chat about Terrence Malick’s movie The Tree of Life. The movie is ostensibly about existence, and we debate some of our interpretations about what the film is trying to convey to the audience.


In this episode we are joined again by a very special guest, philosophy professor and self-confessed nihilist John Marmysz. In this episode we chat about John’s book, The Nihilist: A Philosophical Novel. And we also have an extensive discussion about his upcoming book, Cinematic Nihilism. John tells us about nihilism in cinema, and offers his opinion on some favourite examples of cinematic nihilism. You can learn more about John at his blog, The Nihilist Void @ https://marmysz.wordpress.com/


In this episode we are joined by a very special guest, philosophy professor and self-confessed nihilist John Marmysz. John joins us to discuss amongst other things, what nihilism is, and his book Laughing at Nothing: Humour as a Response to Nihilism. We also chat a bit about existentialism. You can learn more about John at his blog, The Nihilist Void @ https://marmysz.wordpress.com/

Ah. Sweet 42. [We really didn’t schedule these podcast episodes in advance, otherwise this would be a more special episode than it is!] Continuing on from Episode #41, we are joined by our not-so-special guest, who is just a listener of the podcast (maybe our only one), to chat about how the podcast has been going so far. Again we cover a variety of different topics including philosophy and psychology, Popper and falsifiability, Vygotsky, questioning psychologists' motivations in psychology, and positive psychology and happiness. Thanks to Elizabeth Grant for asking us some very interesting questions

A different type of episode for this one. Today we are joined by a not-so-special guest, somebody who is just a listener of the podcast (maybe our only one), to chat with us about how the podcast has been going so far. We talk about a variety of topics including artificial selection and evolution, the different types of nihilism, love, and epistemology and objective truth. Thanks to Elizabeth Grant for asking us some very interesting questions.

In this episode we continue our previous discussion on the essay by Louie entitled 'Misery in the Brain of the Earth Ape' (which can be found on his blog everythingispointless.com). We chat about a variety of topics, including freewill and determinism, existential responsibility, morality, genes and psychopathy.

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