Patterson in Pursuit

Steve Patterson

Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Exploring philosophy, politics, religion, and rationalism. Steve Patterson is an independent philosopher currently traveling the world to interview people in the pursuit of truth. Topics include logic and epistemology, skepticism, metaphysics, ethics, science and religion, truth, Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, culture, economics, the philosophy of mathematics, and every other topic that's important to humans.

  • 6 minutes 43 seconds
    The Objectivity of Structure Outside our Concepts [Narration]

    The world outside our mind is actually glued together; relations are mind-independent; and patterns are objectively real.

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    6 May 2023, 8:58 pm
  • 1 hour 43 minutes
    Ep. 106 - Living with the Robots | Dr. RollerGator

    Trying to envision life alongside AI. How will our culture change?

    What will the norms be around beloved robots? 

    Should we let the machines hijack our emotional circuitry? 

    Will AI become the highest-level decision makers within governments?

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    2 April 2023, 11:40 pm
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
    Ep. 105 - The Philosophy of AI (pt 1) | Alexandros Marinos

    The world is ablaze with discussion about the risks and benefits of AI like ChatGPT

    I have not been persuaded by the doomsdayers concerns about rogue AI, but that doesn't mean the technology is actually safe.

    I investigate some philosophical concepts surrounding AI with Alexandros Marinos.

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    24 March 2023, 11:10 pm
  • 1 hour 51 minutes
    Ep. 104 - "No Longer a Christian" | Isaac Deitz

    Wonderful conversation with my old friend Isaac Deitz who shares his personal religious journey. After decades of being a Christian, he no longer identifies with that label.

    In my opinion, that's only because "Christian" is a terrible term nowadays. By some metrics, Isaac is a raging Christian. By others, he is a heretic. In that respect, I am coming to many of the same ideas about religion and truth--spiritual truth is often at odds with religious dogma. Better to give up a label than give up the pursuit of truth.

    Isaac's website:

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    26 November 2021, 4:36 am
  • 20 minutes 16 seconds
    Our Present Dark Age

    The best explanation for the current madness of the world is that we're in a dark age and have been for at least a century. The epistemic standards of the 20th century were not high enough to overcome social, psychological, and political entropy.

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    6 July 2021, 1:44 am
  • 48 minutes 46 seconds
    Ep. 103 - "Mad at Mathematicians" | Isaac Morehouse

    A couple of months ago, my friend Isaac Morehouse asked me to talk about the philosophy of mathematics and why I consider it so important.

    Appeals to mathematics are everywhere, from COVID lockdowns to NFL play calling, and if our concepts about math are flawed, we make the world a significantly worse place.


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    21 January 2021, 1:30 am
  • 1 hour 50 minutes
    Ep. 102 - Scientific Progress and Intellectual Schelling Points | Dr. Geoff Anders
    What does scientific progress look like? Is it steady progress, getting ever closer to the truth? Or does it go through waves?   What about cases where we seem to have lost knowledge or the foundations of a theory we’ve been building on turned out to be wrong? Can that still be useful? Is that still progress?   These are some of the questions I explore with Dr. Geoff Anders.

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    19 April 2020, 5:54 pm
  • 8 minutes 58 seconds
    Critical Thinking | Zooming In and Zooming Out

    A critical thinker must have the ability to zoom in and zoom out - to hyper-focus on cause and effect and to see how things interconnect in the big picture.

    It's a common and critical error to be too-zoomed-in or too-zoomed-out. The over-focused mind is like the mathematician who doesn't realize the assumptions of his model are non-mathematical and likely wrong.

    The under-focused mind is like the mushroom-enthusiast that's content concluding "All is one", with no finer-resolution of analysis.

    The careful thinker must be constantly zooming in and zooming out, gathering ideas from all levels of resolution.

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    31 March 2020, 9:49 pm
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    Ep. 101- Is a Ruling Class Inevitable? | Samo Burja

    Libertarians like myself tend to focus on the abuse of power hierarchies. The existence of a "ruling class" makes most of us uneasy. However, might these sociological structures serve a valuable purpose? Are they inevitable parts of human society?

    Samo Burja joins me to discuss.

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    8 March 2020, 10:30 am
  • 26 minutes 54 seconds
    Coming Around to Platonism

    For years, I've been making anti-Platonist arguments. Now, I think I was wrong. The universe seems to be composed of both concrete and abstract stuff.

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    10 January 2020, 10:00 am
  • 45 minutes 23 seconds
    Ep. 100 - Trying to Solve Philosophy | Patterson in Pursuit

    Episode 100 of Patterson in Pursuit! Wow, what a milestone. Thanks to everybody who has listened to and supported the show. I hope it's created value for you.

    In this episode, I share my personal thoughts about the show, some of my motivations, the conversations that were impactful to my own philosophy, and some funny experiences along the way. And of course, more heretical thoughts about the philosophy of mathematics.

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    19 November 2019, 1:49 am
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