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The Partially Examined Life is a podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com. We also featu ...
 
In 2016, Meenal co-founded Desi Outsiders as a medical student in Prague with the desire to challenge the conventional thinking that embodies the South Asian community. Meenal is now working as a doctor in London and has branched off on a solo journey to start an alternative podcast, Meenal’s World. With new guests on the show every week, this podcast discusses issues that affect our generation of South Asians with the aim of providing a platform to allow young South Asians to feel comfortab ...
 
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We spoke with Noor Siddiqui about how Orchid is using polygenic risk scores for common diseases for preimplantation screening. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https://www.bioinformaticscro.com/…
 
On selections and commentary about Avicenna's argument from around 1020 C.E. for the existence of God as a necessary being, plus arguments to prove that God has the person-like properties that Islam imputes to him, and his "flying man" argument for the soul's essential independence from matter. Featuring Mark, Dylan, and our guest Peter Adamson fro…
 
In this story, there are two sisters: one introverted, frail, and bookish; the other dominant, opinionated, and politically active. In meeting them, an accomplished artist seems to be confronted with a dilemma. Should art subordinate itself to the project of creating a just society? Or should it focus on serving more spiritual needs? These question…
 
Animation is so labor-intensive that it seems designed for corporate domination a la Disney. Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by animator Benjamin Goldman to discuss doing animation on your own. What qualifies as "indie?" What are we as adult viewers looking from this medium? How do images relate to narration? How realistic should the animation lo…
 
In this story, there are two sisters: one introverted, frail, and bookish; the other dominant, opinionated, and politically active. In meeting them, an accomplished artist seems to be confronted with a dilemma. Should art subordinate itself to the project of creating a just society? Or should it focus on serving more spiritual needs? These question…
 
Kajal Odedra is the UK Director of Change.org – a platform that enables people everywhere to start campaigns, mobilise supporters, and work with decision-makers to drive solutions. It has become the world’s leading platform for change with over 200 million people in 196 countries creating change in their communities. You can get in touch with Kajal…
 
Matthew Holt, neuroscience professor at VIB-KU Leuven, explains the role of glial cells in neurodegenerative diseases and discusses boxing and motorbike racing. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https://www.bioinfo…
 
Lucia and Jimmy, co-founders of Osmind, discuss psychedelic therapies for mental illness, the future of the Bay Area, and public benefit corporations. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https://www.bioinformaticscro…
 
Dmitri Gurov does not take love seriously. His wife annoys him, long-term relationships scare him, and his love life consists of brief affairs with women he meets at vacation resorts. In Anna, he finds someone who appears to be the usual victim—traveling alone, tired of her husband, and unlikely to make any effective demands for intimacy, something…
 
On essays from Lear's Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul (1988): "Inside and Outside the Republic," "Eros and Unknowing: The Psychoanalytic Significance of Plato’s Symposium," and "An Interpretation of Transference," which compares Socrates' questioning with psychotherapy. Is Plato's analogy between mind and state in The Republic a good…
 
Our regular host, Grant Belgard, founder of The Bioinformatics CRO, talks about his career working remotely and how he expects technology to change the biotech industry. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https://ww…
 
We talk with Ambika Bumb, science and technology advisor to the department of state’s crisis management and strategy team, about nanotechnology, the pandemic, and biotech start-ups. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics…
 
On Plato's middle dialogue depicting the death of Socrates (390 BCE) depicting the death of Socrates. Should philosophers fear death? In the course of giving arguments for the immortality of the soul, we get an elaboration of the recollection theory of knowledge (from the Meno) into Plato's first full account of Forms. But how literally are we supp…
 
We talk with Lucas Steuber, clinical product and marketing director at Cognixion, about using a brain-computer interface and augmented reality to help people with speech disabilities communicate. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a foc…
 
The debut Disney+ Marvel series is... a tribute to classic sit-coms? Mark, Erica, Brian, and guest Rolando try to figure out whether this experiment was successful, whether you have to be a die-hard to get it, and the potential for future oddball superhero outings.. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.c…
 
Continuing on the Timaeus, we consider some quotes and details starting at the beginning of the dialogue where Plato argues for differences between the perceived, created, impermanent world and its perfect model. To hear this second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.…
 
We talk with Trevor Martin, co-founder and CEO of Mammoth Biosciences, about using CRISPR technology to detect SARS-CoV-2, his experience as a new CEO, and science education. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https…
 
On the later Platonic dialogue from around 360 BCE. How is nature put together? Plato speaks through the fictional Timaeus (not Socrates) to give a "likely story" about the universe, physics, and biology involving a Craftsman (Demi-Urge) who created everything based on a pre-existing perfect model (the Forms!). Timaeus derives his whole story from …
 
Out of the darkness of the opening frames comes a supplicant— Buonasera the undertaker. He pleads for the justice that the American legal system denied him. As the camera draws back, we see the outline of a face, a hand… Don Corleone holds court at the confluence of loyalty and duress, generosity and calculation, power and fragility. It is not mone…
 
Dan Geschwind, professor and associate vice chancellor at UCLA, shares his path to neuroscience, thoughts on precision medicine, and why one should use unbiased methods to prioritize hypotheses. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focu…
 
Listen to more episodes of (post)script at Patreon. Wes & Erin continue their discussion of Annie Hall; Wes pines to revisit his many unwritten essays, including the one about love and nostalgia in Woody Allen films. We discuss whether Mike Nichols used crack, and the way Google’s algorithms mercilessly hunt Wes down to forcibly dose him with infor…
 
Lauren Currie is the CEO of Stride - their mission is to democratise leadership development. Lauren is also the founder of UPFRONT, and her mission is to help hundreds of women find their inner confidence. Lauren has spent the last five years building her empire and still to this day, works extremely hard to make sure she uses her platform to raise…
 
In our first panel discussion, three COVID experts share their thoughts on emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 and the growing selective pressures for immune escape. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https://www.bioinf…
 
Alvy Singer is not, he tells us, a depressive character. It’s just that as a child he always worried that the expanding universe would one day break apart; and as an adult that romantic relationships must always fall apart. With Annie Hall, he thought he had finally found something that would last, in part because she could — like the audiences of …
 
On Warspeak: Nietzsche's Victory Over Nihilism (2020) with Dylan, Seth, and guests Michael Grenke and Jeff Black. What's a viable counter-ideal to the asceticism that Nietzsche thought is so pervasive? Lise's book works out strategies for re-valuing that emphasize Nietzsche's positive comments about the feminine and the power of words. Part two of …
 
Delian Asparouhov, co-founder of Varda Space Industries and principal at Founders Fund, talks about space manufacturing, economic bubbles, and tech investing. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on genomics. https://www.bioinform…
 
We chat with Vay Cao, founder of Free the PhD, about her journey from neuroscience to an MSL-like role and how PhDs can leverage their experiences to get that first job outside academia. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that serves the computational biology needs of biotechnology companies, with a focus on gen…
 
Maryam's work has focused on human rights violations against refugees, and has actively campaigned against sharia law. Maryam became well known for her critique of the treatment of women under Islamic regimes. We talk about her family history and her views on the right to speak up and appreciating the freedom we have in the west to voice our opinio…
 
We talk with Mark DePristo, founder and CEO of BigHat Biosciences, about building better antibody therapeutics using machine learning, overcoming the fear of failure, and the pros and cons of working in academia, for large companies like Google, and at a biotech start up. The Bioinformatics CRO is a fully distributed contract research company that …
 
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