Julian Baggini is a writer, best-selling author, and philosopher. This is a discussion that explores the dimensions of reason, rationality, critical thinking. Why it’s important and how we can establish more healthy debate that may just be critical of our continual progress.
We then discuss the topic of “truth.” What it is, why it’s relevant and how we can go about establishing the truth. Two very important themes form this wonderful conversation.
Julian is passionate about small thoughts about big things; big thoughts about small things; expansive ideas in few words; seeds of thought, scattered to either take root or not. Welcome the website of the writer Julian Baggini.
- The edge of reason. What is rationality and reason? How does this relate to critical thinking? Why is it healthy? And how to develop and encourage healthy conversation/reasoning.
- Truth. What is it? How do we define it – or indeed should we? How can we establish truth in our own lives? Why is this relevant and to who?
Quick round questions
Do you have any routines and rituals that you believe contribute to your success?
Getting outdoors. Activity. Square meals. Coffee.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
No advice. I wouldn’t dare to.
What is the meaning of success?
Leave the world a better place then you went into it but more realistic is being able to do whatever it is that you love doing. It isn’t important if you earn money, get recognized of received acclaim for that.
What is your number one productivity advice?
Stop when you are beginning to wane. Refresh and come back later (or not at all).
What advice would you give someone that needing/wanting to make a change?
Firstly ask, is the change a good one and why? Then ask, is it going to be sustainable?
Favourite Leisure Activity
The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
The View From Nowhere by Thomas Nagel
A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-Truth World by Julian Baggini
The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World by Julian Baggini
“It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of thing in so far as its nature admits.” Aristotle
Do we all have a why?
Not preexisting or given to us but we need to work out our own why otherwise why get up in the morning.
What does living with passion and purpose mean?
Perhaps there is too much emphasis on “passion.” It puts pressure on people. I think it’s best to find what motivates you, enriches you and nourishes you.
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