005: Ep1 – The Molemen and Plato’s Cave Today

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Photo of Dr. Anthony Cashio.This first episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Anthony Cashio of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (@anthonycashio), on the topic of the relevance of Plato’s Cave today, in the time when we’re told that “there are no facts.”

The audio quality gets better in the next two episodes following this one, as we start here with not the best online voice quality. Feedback has been good so far nonetheless, so please bear with us as we philosophers are learning. Enjoy a fun conversation with a lively philosopher who after Episode 1 serves as co-host for the show.

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(1 hr 11 mins)

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  1. In the episode, we spoke vaguely about the scandalous essay that purported to find a connection between autism and vaccinations. As we noted on the show, the piece was retracted. You can read about that retraction here on CNN: “Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds.
  2. We also talked about the uncontroversial fact that the average global temperature is rising. There are various debates about what to do and to say about how to combat climate change, but the science is clear that we’re getting warmer, overall. Here’s a simple site from NASA that makes it clear: “Global Temperatures.”

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2 thoughts on “005: Ep1 – The Molemen and Plato’s Cave Today

  1. How easily we ridicule those who disagree with us. Whether it’s Plato’s cave or Flatliners, we try to “illustrate” that we are right and those who disagree are just missing the point. If they were as clever as we were, they could see the truth as we see it. How rarely we take the position, required by intellectual humility, that what we see is actually the shadow.