Society In Question

We use nuance to explore the social and cultural forces shaping the human condition.

Through freethought, philosophical inquiry, and intellectual rigor, we seek to improve ourselves, our society, and our sanity.

Recent Episodes

#13 – Vaush: The Failures of Capitalism, Political Discourse, & Culture Wars

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcast Today my guest is Vaush, a self-described left-wing Youtuber known for his advocacy for libertarian market socialism and debates with other YouTubers. Our discussion centers heavily around 3 keys topics: the culture wars, our current political discourse,...

Read More

#11 – Solo: Aggressive Activism & the Neuroscience Behind Why It Fails

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcast I recently wrote an essay exploring “How Ideological Extremists Are Undermining Their Own Goals” and I thought for this episode I would try something a little different, exploring this essay as a solo podcast. The main focus...

Read More

#10 – Eric Kaufmann: “White Shift,” Populism, and Immigration

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcast In this episode we sit down with Eric Kuafmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London who commonly writes on the dynamics of demographic change. In this episode we discuss these ideas as they...

Read More

#9 – Colin Wright: Exploring Sex & Gender

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcast In this episode, I’m joined by Colin Wright, who is an evolutionary biologist and the managing editor at Quillette–the online magazine dedicated to free thought. We discuss the sex and gender debate currently dominating much of social...

Read More

#8 – Donovan James: Randomly Selected Philosophical Questions

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcast In this episode, my good friend Donovan returns to answer questions randomly selected from a list of philosophical questions we found online. This takes us on a meandering tour through topics such as self-deception, self-actualization, immortality, suffering...

Read More

#7 – John Vervaeke: Wisdom vs Foolishness Amongst a Meaning Crisis

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcast In this episode, I’m joined by one of my favorite contemporary thinkers, John Vervaeke, a professor at the University of Toronto where he lectures on psychology, cognitive science, and Buddhism. John has a phenomenal series on Youtube...

Read More

Getting Social

I’m bad at social media, but if you want to stay in the loop, these channels are your best options outside of email.

Show Host

Since studying artificial intelligence, psychology, and computer programming at university, Steven Parton has been obsessed with understanding the human condition and society as a whole.

This has resulted in over a decade of experience as an independent psychology and neuroscience researcher, the lessons of which he’s channeled through numerous articles, podcasts, on-stage plays, science fiction novels, presentations, and many other forms of media and education.

Much of his work is now focused on removing the evolutionary, social, and psychological pressures that undermine our health, our freedom, and our ability to engage in the kind of civil discourse necessary to improve our society.