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Who are you? Who are any of us? Why do we feel, act and behave the way we do? Why are things this way and not that? What is really going on, just beneath the surface? What makes life worth living? The Here and Now Podcast sets out to explore these questions and many others, always asking the question, why?

Each week a new topic is explored through the lenses of psychology and philosophy. Drawing from academics, scientists and histories greatest thinkers, The Here and Now Podcast sets out to ask the big questions and explore the many ways they can be answered. There is never just one answer, life is messy, confusing and complicated, but the search continues…

In philosophy, the Other is the conception of the self as a distinct entity, but it is has another more sinister connotation in psychology and sociology as the subjugated altern characterised by difference. We explore the Other through the lenses of colonisation and neoliberalism and discuss how the western history of othering has influenced society in myriad ways, from racism and inequality to world war. I’ve included chapter markers in this episode so you can navigate your way to the sections that interest you or skip the long reading from James Bradley’s ‘Flyboys’. Let me know if you’d like me to add markers in future episodes. Show notesOther – WikipediaThe problem of othering – Powell and MenendianOrientalism – Edward W. Said (1978)Edward Said and the production of knowledge (author unknown)Flyboys – James Bradley (2003)A critique of postcolonial reason: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999)Structural discrimination in New Zealand – WikipediaThe Here and Now Podcast on Facebook The Here and Now Podcast on Twitter Send me an emailSupport the show (
  1. The Other
  2. Regret
  3. Anxiety
  4. Moral Relativism
  5. The Big Five