Episode #78 – To Bring into Being, or Not to Bring into Being

The Star Child from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 epic sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey

In the near future Steveocrates will be fathering a new baby human earthling. Congratulations? Was it morally right for him to bring new life into an ephemeral material existence in light of the undeniable fact that the world is filled with very bad things that will inexorably lead to misfortune, misery, pain and suffering? Very few ponder this question as it would seem to undermine our compelling biological instinct to procreate and promote the survival of our human species. In this episode the trio of minds discuss the philosophical view known as anti-natalism and other being-related questions: does a baby human know that it is a human being (and not a cat or woolly mammoth) and more important, what features constitute a good parent of a newly created human being?

Speaking of ontology, this episode concludes with a unique game called “Guess that Bean!” where Alberotle, Steveocrates and Paulato have to guess the other person’s bean (or legume) of choice with the aid of an original short story, poem or list of bean-related fun facts.

Enjoy the show, and remember: be all that you can be!

Download and listen to episode #78!

Credits:

Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” performed by Kevin MacLeod

“Floating Up From the Cubicle” by Podington Bear the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

“Organisms” by Chad Crouch the Free Music Archive Attribution CC BY

“The Light-filtering Canopy (Instrumental)” by Chad Crouch the Free Music Archive Attribution CC BY

“Drifting” by Chad Crouch the Free Music Archive Attribution CC BY

“Snowfall” by TRG_Banks the Free Music Archive Attribution CC BY

“Tamys Polka (ID 20)” by Ludwigs Steirische Gaudi the Free Music Archive Attribution CC BY

“Quit the World” by Bad Ronald the Free Music Archive Attribution CC BY

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