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Rebecca Roache

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The Social Dilemma Part 3 - Dr. Rebecca Roache

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This week join Dr. Tim Scarfe, Yannic Kilcher, and Keith Duggar have a conversation with Dr. Rebecca Roache in the last of our 3-part series on the social dilemma Netflix film. Rebecca is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Royal Holloway, university of London and has written extensively about the future of friendship.  People claim that friendships are not what they used to be. People are always staring at their phones, even when in public  Social media has turned us into narcissists who are always managing our own PR rather than being present with each other. Anxiety about the negative effects of technology are as old as the written word. Is technology bad for friendships? Can you have friends through screens? Does social media cause polarization? And is that a bad thing? Does it promote quantity over quality? Rebecca thinks that social media and echo chambers are less ominous to friendship on closer inspection.  00:00:32 Teaser clip from Rebecca and her new manuscript on friendship 00:02:52 Introduction  00:04:56 Memorisation vs reasoning / is technology enhancing friendships  00:09:29 Word of warcraft / gaming communities / echo chambers / polarisation  00:12:34 Horizontal vs Vertical social attributes  00:17:18 Exclusion of others opinions  00:20:36 The power to silence others / truth verification  00:23:58 Misinformation  00:27:28 Norms / memes / political terms and co-opting / bullying  00:31:57 Redefinition of political terms i.e. racism  00:36:13 Virtue signalling  00:38:57 How many friends can you have / spread thin / Dunbars 150  00:42:54 Is it morally objectionable to believe or contemplate objectionable ideas, punishment  00:50:52 Is speaking the same thing as acting   00:52:24 Punishment - deterrence vs retribution / historical  00:53:59 Yannic: contemplating is a form of speaking  00:57:32 silencing/blocking is intellectual laziness - what ideas are we allowed to talk about  01:04:53 Corporate AI ethics frameworks  01:09:14 Autonomous Vehicles  01:10:51 the eternal Facebook world / online vs offline friendships  01:14:05 How do we get the best out of our online friendships 

1hr 16mins

11 Oct 2020

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The New Moralism | Matthew Taylor, Rebecca Roache, Hilary Lawson

Philosophy For Our Times

Many would argue that for at least a century we have been moving away from the moral certainties of traditional Christianity. Yet now a new form of moral certainty is reappearing, with much of our culture seemingly gripped by a focus on virtue and a tightly policed sense of right and wrong. Should we welcome this return to virtue and embrace a new moralism that will purge society of its newly found sins? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, Matthew Taylor, Rebecca Roache and Hilary Lawson grapple with the new moralism.


22 Oct 2019

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#147 Rebecca Roache: Philosophy of Psychiatry, Depression, Human Enhancement, and Crime

The Dissenter

------------------Support the channel------------ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedissenter SubscribeStar: https://www.subscribestar.com/the-dissenter PayPal: paypal.me/thedissenter PayPal Subscription 1 Dollar: https://tinyurl.com/yb3acuuy PayPal Subscription 3 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/ybn6bg9l PayPal Subscription 5 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/ycmr9gpz PayPal Subscription 10 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/y9r3fc9m PayPal Subscription 20 Dollars: https://tinyurl.com/y95uvkao ------------------Follow me on--------------------- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedissenteryt/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDissenterYT Dr. Rebecca Roache is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. She teaches practical ethics, logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of language, and early modern philosophy. She’s also been Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and Programme Manager of the Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme, at the University of Oxford. Before that, she was James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. Since 2013, Dr. Roache has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and since 2007 she has also been a contributor to Oxford's Practical Ethics: Ethics in the News blog. In this episode, the central topic of discussion is philosophy of psychiatry. We go through some of the difficulties in classifying something as a “mental disease”, and even the social and moral aspects of it. We also talk about certain specific issues, like depression, mental suffering, suicide and euthanasia; human enhancement in psychiatry, the difference between enhancement and therapy, and the ethics behind it; and also when and how people should resort to psychiatry and neuroscience in the penal system, and issue regarding free will and moral responsibility. Toward the end, Dr. Roache also tells us about her upcoming book on swearing. Time Links: 01:06 What is philosophy of psychiatry? 06:05 The problems with classifying something as a mental disease               13:34 Moralism in psychiatry           16:52 About evolutionary psychiatry and the evolution of mental conditions, like depression      25:37 How pathologizing certain conditions might serve the social interest of eradicating behaviors people don’t like   29:57 Depression, mental suffering, suicide and euthanasia   40:23 Human psychological enhancement       49:00 Psychiatry, neuroscience, free will, criminality and moral responsibility     59:18 Dr. Roache’s upcoming book on swearing   1:02:28 Follow Dr. Roache’s work!    -- Follow Dr. Roache’s work: Faculty page: https://tinyurl.com/yczpomcg Personal website: https://rebeccaroache.weebly.com/ Twitter handle: @rebecca_roache -- A HUGE THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS: KARIN LIETZCKE, ANN BLANCHETTE, SCIMED, PER HELGE HAAKSTD LARSEN, LAU GUERREIRO, RUI BELEZA, MIGUEL ESTRADA, ANTÓNIO CUNHA, CHANTEL GELINAS, JIM FRANK, JERRY MULLER, FRANCIS FORD, HANS FREDRIK SUNDE, BRIAN RIVERA, ADRIANO ANDRADE, YEVHEN BODRENKO, SERGIU CODREANU, ADAM BJ

1hr 4mins

7 Mar 2019

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Episode 40, 'Offensive Language' with Rebecca Roache

The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast

Rebecca Roache is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr Roache specialises in practical ethics, logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry and early modern philosophy, but in this episode, we’ll be speaking to Rebecca specifically about the philosophy of language and swearing.  In the words of Rebecca Roache: "With a little imagination, we can find limitless and powerful ways to offend people if that’s what we want to do. We don’t need to give a f*ck about whether our favourite swear words are declining in their capacity to shock." (Ethics Centre,2015  - click for full article) This interview is produced ‘in association with The Institute of Art and Ideas and the Philosophy for Our Times podcast’. A very special thank you to everybody at the Institute of Art and Ideas for making this interview possible. *We apologise for the audio quality of this episode. We recorded the interview at How the Light Gets In Festival, and although the rain had stopped for us momentarily, you’ll be able to hear festival-goers celebrating the outbreak of sunshine in the background. We’ll be back in the studio after this episode. Thank you, we hope you enjoy the show!


17 Jun 2018

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Dancing With The Devil | Simon Baron-Cohen, Rebecca Roache, Peter Dews

Philosophy For Our Times

We think we've grown out of the belief in evil. It's not in our genes and people don't get possessed. But across media and culture, from Star Wars to Isis, evil still holds us strangely captive. Why does the devil seem to have the best tunes? Is the battle between good and evil an essential part of being human after all?The PanelCambridge Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen joins philosopher Rebecca Roache and The Idea of Evil author Peter Dews to investigate the strangeness of evil.In association with the British Humanist Association


29 Nov 2016

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Rebecca Roache on Swearing

Philosophy Bites

Warning: this episode on the philosophy of swearing includes swearing. Rebecca Roache discusses swearing and whether there are good arguments for refraining from it. 


29 Mar 2015