In this section of the site we will post our regular podcasts, and also recorded talks and videos about Middle Way Philosophy, objectivity training, and other related issues. Where possible these will be available both in audio form and as ‘augmented podcasts’ in video with pictures. Our video and audio can also be accessed on YouTube and iTunes respectively: click the icons on the right.

Middle Way Philosophy: Short Introductory videos

These videos by Robert M Ellis present Middle Way Philosophy in terms of 5 key principles that are specific to the approach (scepticism, provisionality, incrementality, agnosticism and integration). If you’re new to Middle Way Philosophy, you’re recommended to start with the introduction and main videos (1,2,3 etc) before going on to the  tributary videos (1a,1b etc).

  1. Introduction
Mistakes we make in thinking: videos on cognitive errors and how to work with them
These videos made by Robert M Ellis can especially offer a resource for objectivity training, and can also be seen as a practical development of the provisionality principle in Middle Way Philosophy.
  1. Confirmation bias
  2. Appeal to authority
  3. Appeals to groups
  4. Realism and idealism
  5. Belief in the fixed self
  6. Falsifying the past
The Middle Way Society podcasts, conducted by Barry Daniel (with a few more recently by Susan Averbach), aim to engage a wide range of thinkers and practitioners in discussion that is broadly connected to and conducive to the Middle Way. Some of the podcasts are with relatively well-known figures in psychology, philosophy, Buddhism and various other areas of thinking or integrative practice. These include quite a wide range of areas, which illustrate how widely the Middle Way can be applied. Others are with members of the society discussing their personal experience.

Podcasts: Link to sequential index of all podcasts

Classified by theme:

  1. Conflict resolution
  2. Economics and business
  3. Education
  4. Health
  5. History
  6. Integrative practices
  7. Member profiles
  8. Objectivity Training and critical thinking
  9. Philosophy
  10. Politics
  11. Psychology
  12. Religion
  13. Round Table Discussions
  14. Science
  15. The Arts


August Retreat 2013 talks and discussions:

These talks took place on the initial retreat at which the society was founded in 2013. The talks are by Robert M Ellis and have been edited into relatively short thematic sections. There are also related discussions involving other people present on the retreat.

Day 1/1: Buddhism and the Middle Way This includes the Middle Way in Buddhism, conflicts between the Middle Way and Buddhist tradition, and more general principles of the universal Middle Way

Day 1/2: What is the Middle Way? This explains the basic features of the Middle Way beyond the Buddhist tradition, including its links with the ideas of objectivity, adequacy to conditions, and scepticism. It can provide a basis of ethics and is universally applicable.

Day 2: Desire and integration We are egoistic creatures with conflicting desires, but we cannot destroy our egos. Instead we can gradually integrate the conflicting desires.

Day 3: Meaning The importance of embodied meaning, which brings together cognitive and emotive types of meaning and challenges the basis of metaphysical beliefs

Day 4: Belief, metaphysics and science Discussion of what metaphysics is, how we can have beliefs without it and how science can work without it.

Day 5: Ethics Why we need a new approach to ethics based on the Middle Way rather than the metaphysical assumptions that create absolutism and relativism

August 2014 talks and discussions

The talks by Robert M Ellis on the 2014 summer retreat approached Middle Way Philosophy in relation to cognitive biases and practice. These also include discussion with others present on the retreat.

Day 1, part 1: Four Key Concepts in Middle Way Philosophy

Day 1, part 2: Attention

Day 2, part 1: Embodied Meaning (2014) – this is much more detailed than the 2013 talk on embodied meaning

Day 2, part 2: Archetypes (2014) – again, more detailed than the 2013 talk on archetypes

Day 3, part 1: Self and ego

Day 3, part 2: Objects, Theories and ‘Nature’

Day 4, part 1: Responsibility

Day 4, part 2: Value Judgements

Day 5, part 1: Authority

Day 5, part 2: Groups

Day 6, part 1: Time

Day 6, part 2: Middle Way Practice

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