Episode 16 – Memorization

In episode 16 Kevin Patrick discusses mneme and maxims.

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Doctrines

  • Virtue
  • Oikeiosis
  • Nature
  • Determinism
  • Dichotomy of Control
  • Indifference
  • Duty

Exercises

  • Desire / values
  • Impulse to act
  • Examine impressions
  • Simplicity / frugality
  • Negative visualization
  • Self-denial
  • Contemplation of the sage
  • View from above
  • Contemplation of death
  • Morning preparation
  • Evening review
  • Journaling
  • Overcoming fear
  • Overcoming shame
  • Self-control

Tools

  • Stripping down impressions
  • Attention
  • Postponement
  • Empathy
  • Pause and take a deep breath
  • Speak little and well
  • Choose your company well
  • Speak without judging
  • Dealing with guilt
  • Cognitive distancing
  • Objective representation
  • Visualize the situation happening to someone else
  • Remind self of the impermanence of things
  • Don’t speak too much about yourself
  • Respond to insults with humor

Maxims

  • Virtue lies in present choices. There is only now
  • It seemed so to him.
  • I may not yet be a Socrates, but I will live as one who wants to be a Socrates.
  • In what duties did I fail today? What goodness did I do? What will I fix tomorrow?
  • It’s nothing to me.
  • How can I use virtue here and now?
  • You are only an impression and not what you seem.

Everything that happens to you is an indifferent. These should all be dealt with as impressions.

Everything that you choose to do (including which tool you decide to use) is an impulse to act.

Episode 15 – Beer and Pistols

In episode 15 Greg discusses attention while driving.

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Episode 14 – Back in business

In episode 14 Mark explains the long gap between episodes and announces upcoming changes. Please send feedback to podcast@paintedporch.org

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Episode 13 – LeBon

In episode 13 we interview therapist Tim LeBon [0:57:15] . Mark talks about role models [0:16:00] and Matt talks about consumerism and soylent [0:37:33].

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Episode 12 – Somers

In episode 12 we interview Phil Somers, creator of the Cynic TubCast [0:44:20]. We also discuss the discipline of attention, art, shaming and gambling.

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Episode 11 – Robert Colter

In episode 11 we interview Dr. Robert Colter from the University of Wyoming about Stoic Camp [0:53:00]. Matt discusses theories of violence [0:17:30]. Mark discusses who should not be a Stoic [0:26:00].

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Episode 10 – Marije van Wieringen

In episode 10 we interview artist Marije van Wieringen [1:04:30]. Mark rants on the McKinney pool party and Kevin asks a difficult question about expatriation.

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Episode 9 – Michael Baranowski

In episode 9 we interview political scientist Michael Baranowski [38:30]

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Episode 8 – Do Stoics need to believe?

In episode 8 we respond to some recent heavy drama on the forums and blogosphere about whether or not believe in God is necessary for someone to be a Stoic.

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Episode 7 – Wiegardt

In episode 7 we have an interview with Erik Wiegardt [43:30] about the Society of Epictetus. Also we discuss the Tablet of Thebes [17:20] and commonplace books [29:45].

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