Ministry of Ideas

19 EpisodesProduced by Zachary Davis

A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.

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Spiritual Machines

August 31st, 2018


Ever since early scientists began experimenting with immortality elixirs in the middle ages, religion has been influencing transhumanism. Now, we’re …

Shifting Blame

July 25th, 2018


We claim to judge people for what they intentionally do, but accidents often influence our judgments. In our justice systems, people can be harshly and unfairly blamed for bad luck—but in our personal lives, taking on …

Nothing Matters

July 10th, 2018


Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s …

Tomorrow, Today

June 15th, 2018


World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques …

Apocalyptic Politics

May 25th, 2018


Evangelical voters made up a significant portion of Donald Trump’s base in the 2016 presidential election. Their political agenda may not be peace or …


May 10th, 2018


Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, …

Child's Play

April 26th, 2018


We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes …

Forbidden Fruit

April 12th, 2018


Contemporary diet culture is only the latest manifestation of a long history of religious fervor about food.


  • Isabel Foxen Duke, health coach

Enlightened Cynicism

December 28th, 2017


Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in …


December 18th, 2017


Total faith in meritocracy leads to the dangerous belief that all social winners and losers are wholly deserving. Instead, we need an economy of …

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