The Voluntary Life: April 2016

30 April 2016

244 Thinking Rationally Part 2: Imaginary Creatures and Machines


The biggest challenge of thinking rationally is not learning new techniques, it is overcoming irrational and anti-rational ways of thinking. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about how religious faith conflicts with your rational faculty. This episode is about a secular way of thinking that will derail your rationality. It is a way of thinking about society that seems to be very rational, but is in fact an abuse of reason. Listen to the episode to find out more!

Show Notes:
The Counter Revolution Of Science by Friedrich Hayek

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23 April 2016

243 Thinking Rationally Part 1: Faith Versus Reason


Rational thinking is the engine behind all the great achievements of the modern world. It is the vital tool for making your own choices and for freeing yourself from prejudices and indoctrination. This series of episodes will summarise all the best ideas that I've found about how to think rationally. Part 1 uses the example of the history of Christianity in Europe to explain the conflict between religion and rational thinking.

Show Notes:
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14 April 2016

242 Financial Pros And Cons Of Home Ownership


Home ownership is often touted as a financially savvy choice, but is it? In this week's episode, I explore some of the financial pros and cons of buying your own home for those interested in financial independence.

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6 April 2016

241 Selling Our Home To Travel The World


As part of adopting a minimalist lifestyle and becoming expats, we sold everything that would not fit into one suitcase each. The biggest part of our downsizing was selling our apartment and all the furniture in it. This episode is about the practical and psychological lessons from selling the flat, getting rid of all our stuff, and changing from being homeowners to travelling renters.

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