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Choice Conversations is a personal development podcast, dedicated to helping you improve your life, one *choice* at a time! I cover the following topics: * Holistic health, including physical, emotional, and spiritual health. * Improving relationships, be they between parents and children, romantic partners, or friends and family. * Being successful with money and in business. * Having a purposeful, fulfilling life. * Finding peace and happiness. If you like the podcast and want to contribute, please become a patron. Anything you can give would be appreciated: https://www.patreon.com/ChoiceConversations If you’re temporarily short on cash, there are other ways to help out. One way is to go on itunes and subscribe, rate and review. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2&ls=1 Sharing on social media is another. This will help the show to grow, which helps me do what I want to do -> help as many people as possible. Thank you for your time and good will. Make the choice to be great!
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Dec 23, 2016
Critical Thinking and Personal Freedom with Richard Grove

Would you like more freedom in your life? How about better critical thinking skills? Richard Grove is your man! Richard is an author, film maker, podcaster, and entrepreneur. In today's episode, we discuss ways to free yourself from mainstream propaganda, see the world clearly, and improve your life. Some of the topics covered include:

  • how sales can be manipulative
  • mainstream media propoganda and fake news
  • the nature of self esteem
  • the failings of public school
  • David Allen's productivity system Getting Things Done 
  • the nature of personal freedom
  • how to develop critical thinking skills
  • parenting (and the book Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon)

You won't want to miss this entertaining and insightful conversation. Check it out!

Find more from Richard here:
https://tragedyandhope.com/ 
https://tragedyandhope.com/category/peacerevolution/ (his podcast)
On twitter @tragedyandhope

 

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Mar 21, 2016
Rising Above High School with Nick Hazelton

Nick Hazelton, the the Anarcho-Yakitalist, joins me for today's show. We talk about his inspiring story, how he left high school, taking his education into his own hands, and started his own business.

Find more from Nick here:
http://an-yak.com/
http://www.hazeltonfarm.com/
http://freedomfeens.com/
http://lolberts.com/
http://samplehour.com/index.php?podcast=168 (Nick interviewed by Drew Sample, as referenced during today's show.)


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Dec 24, 2015
Travel and Unschooling with Miro Siegel  - Reboot Your Kids Recast 011

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year. For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I have a discussion with Miro Siegel from the Raising Miro on the Road of Life blog. Miro tells us about his life style as an unschooler/world schooler. What are the pros and cons of his nomadic lifestyle? How did Miro and his mother Lainie obtain financial freedom? Where does Miro stand on freedom, liberty, and culture? All this and more in today’s show!

 

Find more from Miro here:
http://www.raisingmiro.com/

Find more from Kevin here:
http://rebootyourkids.com/
http://rebootedbody.com/


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Sep 1, 2015
Critical Thinking and Non-violent Communication -  Reboot Your Kids recast 005

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year.  For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I have a great discussion with Darrell Becker.  We cover parenting, the trivium, critical thinking skills, and non-violent communication.

 

Find more from Kevin here:

http://rebootyourkids.com/

http://rebootedbody.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/chasing-greatness-with-kevin-geary

 

Find more from Darrell here:  http://voluntaryvisions.com/

 

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Aug 17, 2015
Alternative Education - Reboot Your Kids recast 004

While the Reboot Your Kids website lives on, it no longer hosts the podcasts I recorded with Kevin Geary last year.  For posterity's sake, I'm putting those shows into the Choice Conversations feed.

In this episode, Kevin and I tackle the gargantuan topic of alternative education and the problems with modern schooling. The conversation explores: The proposed purpose of schooling.  The underlying purpose of schooling. Where did “the system” come from? Are public and private schools the same thing? The toxicity of an environment filled with broken people, be they teachers or students.  All of this and more!

Find more from Kevin here: 

http://rebootyourkids.com/

http://rebootedbody.com/

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/chasing-greatness-with-kevin-geary

 

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Nov 6, 2014
How to Live a Great Life with Miro and Kevin Geary

Kevin Geary joins me for a discussion with Miro from the Raising Miro on the Road of Life blog.  Miro tells us about his life style as an unschooler/world schooler.  What are the pros and cons of his nomadic lifestyle?  How did Miro and his mother Lainie obtain financial freedom?  Where does Miro stand on freedom, liberty, and culture?  All this and more in today’s show!

 

Find more from Miro here: 

 

http://www.raisingmiro.com/

 

http://projectworldschool.com/

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-world-is-our-classroom-with-miro-and-lainie

 

                                                                                                               

 

Follow me on twitter:   https://twitter.com/ChoiceConvo

 

 

 

Join the conversation on facebook: 

 

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/rebootyourkids/

 

 

 

Check out my parenting podcast with Kevin Geary, Reboot Your Kids:  http://rebootyourkids.com/listen/

 

 

 

You can find me on itunes as well: 

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764?mt=2

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reboot-your-kids-podcast-intersection/id903517694?mt=2

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 23, 2014
The Montessori Method with Anna Perry

 

 

Anna Perry, Executive Director of Seton Montessori Institute and Seton Montessori School, joins me to talk about the Montessori Method of education.  We discuss the pros and cons of Montessori and relate some of our personal experiences with Montessori schools.

 

 

 

Find more from Seton Montessori here:  http://setonmontessori.org/

 

 

Montessori Madness with Trevor Eissler:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcgN0lEh5IA

http://www.montessorimadness.com/

 

 

 

American Montessori Society:  http://amshq.org/

 

 

 

Links to several research papers on Montessori, including the one from Angeline Lillard mentioned during the show:  http://amshq.org/Publications-and-Research/Research-Library/Journal-Articles.aspx

 

 

 

In my first ever appearance on Two Beers with Steve I talked about Montessori schools:  http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/listener-interviews-part-1

 

 

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

 

 

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Dec 17, 2013
The World is Our Classroom with Miro and Lainie

 

Miro and Lainie from the Raising Miro on the Road of Life travel blog and podcast join me for a wonderful conversation.  Lainie and her son tell me all about their life on the road in South America, living outside of the main stream, unschooling, or “world schooling” as they call it, using travel as a tool for education for both son and mother.  In addition to education, much time is spent discussing the partnership that is required for successful, fulfilling parenting.

 

Plus we find out which HP Lovecraft tale is Miro’s favorite!  :)

 

Find more from Miro and Lainie here:  http://www.raisingmiro.com/

 

Previous podcasts on travel: 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-search-for-greener-pastures-with-erik-townsend-part-1

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-search-for-greener-pastures-with-erik-townsend-part-2

 

Choice Conversations is now on Facebook.  Stop in, say hi, discuss the shows, and more!  If you like Choice Conversations then "like" me on facebook, get notifications, and then share the page with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/ChoiceConversationsPodcast

 

Help the Podcast!  I would greatly appreciate it if you went to itunes, wrote a quick review and rated the show.  This is a great way to increase downloads and to help the show grow.  The more downloads, the more easily I can book high profile guests:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/choice-conversations/id315666764

   

             

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Jul 8, 2013
Rhetoric with Gene Odening

 

Gene Odening comes back to continue the discussion of the trivium, this time focusing on rhetoric.  Gene takes us on a walk through many topics: history, philosophy, psychology, politics, education, Non-violent Communication, and tying all of it back to the trivium.  The show ends with Gene detailing ways you can increase your skill with rhetoric.

 

 

 

Trivium Resources:

 

http://www.triviumeducation.com/

 

http://www.gnosticmedia.com/triviumstudy

 

http://triviumbinder.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.unpluggedmom.com/tag/trivium/

 

http://www.triviumpursuit.com/

 

http://board.freedomainradio.com/forums/t/29741.aspx

 

 

 

Rhetoric Resources:

 

http://librivox.org/rhetoric-by-aristotle/

 

http://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Book-Intelligent-Touchstone/dp/0671212095/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373312561&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+read+a+book

 

http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Rhetoric-Aristotle-Student-Guide/dp/1930953445/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373308400&sr=8-1&keywords=rhetoric+aristotle+student+guide

 

 

 

Also discussed during the show:

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/who-is-chris-stefanick

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/five-personal-marital-and-family-hazards-with-pete-gerlach

 

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/radical-unschooling-with-dayna-martin

 

http://www.cnvc.org/

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle/dp/0345409469

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemony

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cartoon-History-Universe-Volumes-1-7/dp/0385265204

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cartoon-History-Universe-Volumes-8-13/dp/0385420935/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cartoon-History-Universe-III/dp/0393324036/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

 

 

 

Here are the show notes Gene promised during the interview:

 

“The comprehensive self-study course on Rhetoric is:

 

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Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle, Student Guide - by Martin Cothran (Note: the books Rhetoric by Aristotle & W. Rhys Roberts, as well as How To Read a Book by Adler & Van Doren are also required for this course.)

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Thumbnail sketch of Formal Rhetoric

 

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RHETORIC - Systematic Wisdom - persuasively expressing or using Knowledge (general grammar) and Understanding (Aristotelean logic).

 

> (Definition of Art - Anything produced by the "arm" of man ["arm" is being used metaphorically to reference etymology]. This is, again, a broad definition that includes the concept of "fine art" which is the most popular connotation of "art". It can be either an idea having only mental existence or a physical art-ifact produced by the "arm" of man from an idea. An unwritten poem passed on from one person to another is an example of the former; a novel, an opera, a sculpture, a space shuttle, or the protocols of medicine are examples of the latter.)

 

Systematic Wisdom is not the art of persuasion and explanation itself, but the art of selecting the best means of persuasion and explanation from a set of known principles. 

 

As a body of Knowledge has been gathered and arranged, and an Understandable summary or conclusion has been made from that arrangement, the choice of how best to communicate this information to others must be considered and, in the process, the subject being examined usually comes into a still sharper focus to the author of the propositional argument. At this point of clarity, the entire propositional argument can be called a "Statement of Rationale". That is, the conclusion, and - of equal importance - the thought processes behind that conclusion have been stated. In a modern context, what is often overlooked when considering the Wisdom Phase is that it can be more than a form of conceptual expression; i.e., of simply being the Art of Persuasion. In times past, civic matters were the major concerns, and the art of having others come to one's point of view was of paramount importance. Today, due to its product of mental clarity, rhetoric can also be used to provide a physical outcome by deducing a "Statement of Protocols" (a set of instructions) from the Statement of Rationale. A physical result or a man-ufactured artifact can be actualized by proceeding from Knowledge, to Understanding, and on through the Wisdom Phase. Again, this is a broader view of rhetoric than the view proposed by the ancients. 

 

The elements of Systematic Wisdom are:

 

1. The five stages (or what are called "canons") of composition:

 

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1] invention, 2] arrangement, 3] style, 4] memory, and 5] delivery.

 

2. The three types of discourse: deliberative (political), judicial (forensic), and ceremonial (epideictic). They are related to time: future, past, and present tense, respectively. 

 

The Past and Future belong to men; the eternally present Now belongs to the gods.

--Aristotle

 

3. The three appeals: rational, emotional, and ethical. Stated more succinctly in Classical terms: the rational is the Logos of the proposition or argument being presented, the emotional is the Pathos of the audience, and ethical is the Ethos of the author or orator of the proposition. 

 

4. Types of proofs: inartificial (which is external, objective evidence), artificial (is subjectively devised or invented by the author of the proof or argument). 

 

5. The topics --

 

The common topics: genus or kind, comparison, and consequence.

 

The special topics: the right and expedient (deliberative), the just and unjust (forensic), praise and blame (epideictic). 

 

> Oration (Wisdom presented in formal speech)

 

6. Arrangement: the five parts of classical oration: introduction (exordium), statement of facts, confirmation, refutation, and conclusion (peroration).

 

7. Style: diction (selection of most appropriate words), sentences (length, type, and variety), rhetorical figures (schemes and figures of speech or tropes).

 

Skilled Wisdom authors can use the discipline in two senses. In its most fundamental form, Systematic Wisdom is the art of efficiently passing thoughts from one person to others. In its most effective form, it is the art of passing "validated" thoughts from one person to others. 

 

The internet is a valuable adjunct to the concepts presented above. A simple word search on any of the technical terms listed should suffice to bring the proper clarification needed to implement a useful rhetorical dissertation.

 

A SUMMARY OF WISDOM / RHETORIC

 

> The work of Wisdom is the cogently expressed communication of Knowledge and Understanding. It leads to a higher levels of knowledge and understanding: the knowing of Knowledge and the understanding of Understanding.

 

> The effect of Wisdom is to demonstrate the usefulness of Knowledge and Understanding. That is, it is to display the insight - the thought process - in an article of persuasion or in the formulation of an outcome.

 

>Through the skilled use of rhetoric, all planned human activity can be communicated and directed. This is a two edged sword. Rhetoric / Wisdom can be directed to beneficial or to malevolent goals.

 

Let us end by reviewing some of the personal benefits which are inherent in the Trivium Method. The following will be most efficiently and effectively realized by using the trivium to train the mind for critical and creative thinking: 1] the path to a challenging, productive livelihood can be intelligently defined; 2] sound physical and psychological health, a judicious ethical standard, a high level of self esteem and the sense of well-being can be optimized; 3] rewarding personal relationships will manifest through the cultivation of beneficial ethics and well being; and 4] the astuteness to best discern the issues (i.e., the quality of information) regarding security will be developed. That is only the beginning. An adherent of the Method can acquire elevated levels of penetrating insight which would otherwise not be available. Through that insight he can also self-teach the contents of a propositional argument or of an entire, formalized subject of knowledge if he chooses to bring his - likewise - heightened focus to doing so. When a culture's government, education systems, and news media are not corrupt, the constant need for "fact checking" is not as critical as it is during the periods of dis-information and propaganda like that which we are currently experiencing. The trivium is the premier method for independent fact checking. The next two benefits of insight are corollaries: 1] a person is truly educated in that he can now thoroughly entertain any idea without necessarily embracing it (this was an observation made by Aristotle); and, 2] traveling somewhat in another direction, he becomes free from the prison of his own prejudicial opinions ... he obtains an open mind. Because the trivium harmonizes subjective thought with objective reality, he could, in fact, develop new and original propositional arguments and entire bodies of knowledge as competently as those respected people who have preceded him. An integral person, one who is fully mindful, is limited only by his or her interests and ambitions.

 

He is happy, as well as great who needs neither to obey nor to command in order to be something -- 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ”

 

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Feb 19, 2013
Radical Unschooling with Dayna Martin

On today’s show we talk to Dayna Martin, the UnNanny.  We discuss her book, Radical Unschooling, and the odyssey she has been on with her family living the life style.  It was amazing to hear how different life can be if you do not follow the main stream paradigm.

 

 

 

I encourage you to check out more of the great work she is doing:

 

http://daynamartin.com

Jan 23, 2013

Brett Venoitte of The School Sucks Project joins us to discuss the reason why he does not call our school system the 'Education System', the chief reason is that education is not the goal of our current school system. Brett elaborates on how he does not think reforming our current system will do any good. 

Along with many criticisms of the current public school system Brett also gives his vision of restoring critical thinking skills into a truly educational system, something our current system lacks. 

May 22, 2012

Why is it that I've focused the last two podcasts on the Trivium (and soon to be three podcasts)?

The reason is that I think it is vitally important to understand this ancient form of understanding so that we may better interpret the world around us. The Trivium teaches a systematic and methodical approach to learning.

Whenever we come upon new information our minds intuitively begin dissecting it, but can our intuition (or gut feeling) be trusted? Are we wired correctly? Where did we receive our intuition? These are questions I cannot answer completely. Is it our culture? Is it our education? Is it genetic?

The Trivium is a conscious thought based approach to overcome our built-in programming. We can consciously make a choice to re-wire our intuition so that we categorize information and then dissect it from a more methodical standpoint. 

This is mind-altering stuff, yet it seems so simple and basic. I know that many listeners feel the same way because after the last show with Jan I received more thank-you's than I have ever had about a podcast. Many of the comments were similiar to mine, the Trivium is simple and basic yet mind-blowing.

Steve

Apr 10, 2012

Jan Irvin, host of the popular Gnostic Media podcast stops by to talk about the Trivium education. This podcast covers a general overview of what the Trivium is and how a knowledge of the Trivium can help you discern what is 'true' from what is fallacious. 

The Trivium is an ancient method of critical thinking that has three components; grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These three components make up the only three of the seven Liberal Arts. The other four concepts are covered in the Quadrivium (but we did not cover that in this episode).

Jan explains how the sophisticated class (the elites, the sophists, the powerful) has employed the Trivium to use mind control over the lower classes of society. Due to the fact that the educated class has access to better critical thinking skills they employ techniques to manipulate the minds of the less educated. Think of advertisements, campaign slogans, and government propaganda.

With a knowledge of the Trivium (which can be self-taught and is easily accesible) anyone can quickly learn techniques to identify logical fallacies and propaganda. 

Jun 2, 2011

In the next couple of episodes I will be talking to members of the 2BwS audience as we approach the 100th episode of the show. I am always interested by the level of honesty and intelligence of the people that listen to this show. A few times a week I receive emails from listeners where they detail their life, it always fascinates me. it reminds me that my show goes out into the internet cyberspace but yet lands into the Ipods, MP3 players, computer speakers of real people, who seem to think along the same lines as me.

In this episode I speak with sculptor Bill Hopen of Hopen Studios. Please check out his website for images of his work. I was blown away by the quality of his works, if I had known the scale of his works I would've spent more time discussing his body of work. Guess we'll have to talk to him again...

I also speak with Chris Stefanick in this episode, an IT manager from Durham, NC. Chris is a long time listener who I met up for lunch one day while I was in NC. Not so great food but the conversation was hard to pull myself away from. I always like to engage with listeners. Chris is a fellow peer who is raising children during this period of massive social change. His constant reminders that I should consider a guest on education are finally starting to throttle me into action. I think he's right on about that.

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