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).
- Confirmation bias
- Appeal to authority
- Appeals to groups
- Realism and idealism
- Belief in the fixed self
- Falsifying the past
Podcasts: Link to sequential index of all podcasts
Classified by theme:
- Conflict resolution
- Economics and business
- Integrative practices
- Member profiles
- Objectivity Training and critical thinking
- Round Table Discussions
- 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 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