Infants on Thrones

The Philosophies of Men, Mingled with Humor

Author: Glenn Ostlund (page 1 of 66)

Ep 751 – Infants on COVID: A 5-D Perspective (with Mormons on Mushrooms)

I am beyond thrilled to welcome back the full Mormons on Mushrooms panel of Mike, Shelise, and Doug – yes, welcome back Doug!  And yes, it is another episode where we play in the sandbox of symbols and stories and fictions that are probably a little different – or maybe very very different – from the normal symbols and stories and fictions of everyday discourse that we rarely stop to recognize as symbols and stories and fictions because we just think of them as “reality” – which, when you really stop to think about it, is only experienced and communicated through multiple competing systems of symbols, stories, and fictions.  Stop.  Take a breath.  This is fun, right?  Playing with symbols and stories and fictions all in the service of learning how to become a more kind, compassionate, understanding, accepting, nurturing, joyful, peace-making human being.

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Ep 750 – Infants on COVID: An Introduction to Steel-Manning

Can steel-manning an argument help me change my partner’s mind?
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Ep 749 – Free Will Revisited: A Discussion on Certainty, Black & White Thinking, and the Interconnectedness of All Things

Does “Free Will” mean that your choices are independent from everything that is?
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Ep 748 – John’s God, Randy’s God, and Optimistic Nihilism

Welcoming back beloved Infant brothers John Hamer and Randy Snyder to talk about God, meaning, and Randy’s miraculous conversion to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 

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Ep 747 – An Open Letter to Elder Jeffrey R Holland

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.  Yes, a smackdown of Holland’s recent talk.  Also known as Musket Love.

 

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Ep 746 – What’s the deal with Synchronicity?

Glenn is joined once again y Shelise and Mike from the Mormons on Mushrooms podcast to talk about synchronicity and whether or not the still small voice is what lead them out of the Mormon Church.

 

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Ep 745 – How to Walk Away from the Mormon Church without Burning so many Precious Bridges

Ryan is a listener of Infants on Thrones.  Ryan is super angry at the Mormon church.  Ryan wants to burn it all down, but all of Ryan’s family and friends are still in the building and are absolutely loving it.  What should Ryan do?  Glenn shares some personal experiences from his 2008 exit of the Mormon church.

 

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Ep 744 – The Glass Looker: Collected Tales of Joseph Smith, A Graphic Novel by Mark Elwood

Wouldn’t it be cool if there was gorgeous graphic novel telling the magical stories of Joseph Smith as a treasure digger?  Well, now there is.  Thank you Mark Elwood.

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Ep 743 – Confessions of a Millennial PIMO

Can logic and faith co-exist?  Zach really wants to know.  Zach is a 31-year old actor, teacher, and father of two with one foot in the LDS church and one foot out.  He wants to effect positive change within the LDS church.  Will he do it by reinforcing the seven deadly habits of external control psychology (criticizing, blaming, complaining, nagging, threatening, punishing and bribing) or by developing seven caring habits  instead (supporting, encouraging, listening, accepting, trusting, respecting and negotiating differences)?  And which one of these approaches do you think that Brigham Young took when he taught the one-time LDS doctrine of blood atonement?  Listen in to find out.

 

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Ep 742 – Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace (a conversation with author Katie Langston)

Glenn interviews Katie about her book “Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace,” which feels the story of an anxious devout young Mormon girl who grows up to become a Lutheran preacher.  Find more from Katie at her website here.

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