A Conversation on Intellectual Optimism with Steve Patterson

I recently appeared on the Patterson in Pursuit podcast to discuss a little philosophy with Steve Patterson.

Here are a few of the topics we discussed:

  • What does it mean to be an optimist?
  • Must one deny reality in order to be positive?
  • Do most people examine their beliefs?
  • What’s the best way to show someone that they have errors in their beliefs?
  • Why it’s so important to focus on the meaning of words.

Steve describes himself as somewhat pessimistic about others while I tend to be more optimistic. Here’s what he had to say about our discussion:

It’s no secret that I am a curmudgeon. My motto is that “everybody is wrong all the time about everything.” However, this extreme skepticism might be a mistake. To challenge me, I’m joined by T.k. Coleman, who is arguably the most positive and optimistic thinker around. While I say, “People contradict themselves all the time!” TK says, “People don’t actually contradict themselves.” Great interview.

It was a fun discussion indeed. I hope you enjoy.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman