We've listened to lots of great discussions at conferences and universities. This timeless, 1968 discussion between Pulitzer Prize winner, Norman Mailer and Marshall McLuhan, which we discovered last month, is one of the all-time greats. What triggered the idea to post this was the publication of Mailer's new novel The Castle in the Forest about Adolph Hitler's youth (see the Charlie Rose Interview with Mailer about the book).
In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his eleven-year-old son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that would become the inspiration for Pirsig’s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a powerful blend of personal narrative and philosophical investigation that has inspired generations.
We loved this unusual compilation and analysis of the questions asked by history's great thinkers, ranging from Socrates "The unexamined life is not worth living" to William of Occam's Razor-"entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily," to Nietzsche's “God is dead" (or, as Gore Vidal answered when asked if he thought God existed in the modern world, replied "No, but I miss him"). Posted by Casey Kazan.