050: Ep46 – Philosophy at Home

Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

Amy Leask.In this forty-sixth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, we interview Amy Leask of Red T Media and Enable Education on the subject of “Philosophy at Home: Re-envisioning Philosophy’s Reach Beyond the Academy.” Red T Media is a publisher and Web and mobile application provider for parents who want to introduce their kids to Philosophy. Among Red T Media’s most successful books is Amy’s Think About It! Series, including their most popular edition called How Do You Know What You Know? The series is subtitled “Philosophy for Kids!”

An image featuring Sophie, the heroine of the Think About It series, put out by Red T Media. Next to Sophie is a robot and the word "Wiseland," related to several of Red T Media's projects.

Amy is an educator, writer, and children’s digital media producer from Milton, Ontario, in Canada. She is the founder of Red T Media, and co-founder of Enable Education. Enable Education is a provider of online educational content, mobile apps, as well as print and audio-visual educational material, in areas including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the so-called “STEM” fields from pre-school to post-secondary education. They are also industry leaders, keynote speakers, TEDx Talkers, and “edutech award winners.”

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.


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NotesCover of Amy Leask's book, "Think About It! How Do You Know What You Know?

  1. Enable Education.
  2. Red T Media.
  3. Amy Leask (author) and Mark Hughes (illustrator), Epistemology: How Do You Know What You Know? (Ontario, Canada: Enable Education, 2014).
  4. Amy Leask (author), Jane Li (illustrator), and Octavian Ciubotariu (photographer), Zoom In, Zoom Out (Ontario, Canada: Enable Education, 2017).
  5. Valerie Straus, “Local Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really.” The Washington Post, July 9, 2012.
  6. In this episode, we mentioned another episode (Ep37), with Nick Caltagiarone, who talked about teaching philosophy in high school. He was the one who mentioned the line, which he attributed to John Searle, about the importance of teaching young people how not to be taken in by nonsense.
  7. Michael Lynch, The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data (New York: Liveright, 2016).
  8. Amy references a poem, from a song, by Leonard Cohen, called “Anthem,” which includes the beautiful line: “There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.”


You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Amy posed the following questions in this episode:

“Are we entitled to our opinions?”

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