Vimoh Talks Podcast Episodes

The many definitions of god and what to do with them

March 2, 2022

This episode was about how many people define god in many ways and as an atheist having conversations about claims of god, how we should abide by rules of logic.

Charismatic babas, overconfident atheists, and the Hindu multiverse

Feb. 26, 2022

In this episode, conversations with listeners spanned the multiverse. We talked about agnostic atheism, why people fall for baba claims, and whether scripture says caste is assigned at birth.

1000 YT subscribers special AMA

Feb. 23, 2022

The live stream just crossed 1000 subscribers. So I had people call in with questions and comments and even disagreements. It was fun and 2 hours long.

Let's talk about knowing and believing

Feb. 19, 2022

This episode became, quite unwittingly, a QnA session with my listeners.

Conversations

Arpit Dwivedi on fighting superstition online

Feb. 16, 2022

YouTuber Arpit Dwivedi on his work on spreading rational thought and scientific literacy via his channel Aastha Mukti. We spoke about his personal history, his experiences, and the state of rational thinking in India.

Religion And Atheism

Hijab, hypocrisy, and a Hindutva hijack

Feb. 12, 2022

Girls in some Indian schools are not being allowed to enter their classrooms because they are wearing Hijab. Some call it the "Hijab controversy". But it's not that. It's just another dangerous Hindutva diversion designed to…

Conversations

Cartoonist Sumit Kumar on Bakarmax and Shark Tank India

Feb. 9, 2022

Cartoonist Sumit Kumar is the founder of Bakarmax and one of the most original voices in the ICU (Indian comics universe). He was recently on the TV show Shark Tank and we are going to talk about that. And more generally, ab…

Conversations

Magician Nakul Shenoy tells if hypnosis can prove reincarnation

Feb. 5, 2022

Nakul Shenoy is a magician as well as a critical thinker. In this session, we will talk about how people sometimes say that hypnotism reveals knowledge of one's previous lives. We talked about the ethics, efficacy, and effec…

Religion And Atheism

Is testimony evidence? Is dharma religion?

Jan. 27, 2022

This episode is about how sometimes religious people think testimony about supernatural claims is sufficient evidence. And about how they sometimes deflect genuine questions from atheists by changing the meanings of words.

Religion And Atheism Conversations

Indian atheist and Pakistani atheist talk about religion and culture

Jan. 22, 2022

Harris Sultan goes by Pakistani Mulhid on YouTube and dedicates his time to debunking dogma, fighting faith, and countering callous defences of religion. I sat down with him, in my capacity as an Indian atheist with far fewe…

Storytelling And Society

The attention economy is destroying us

Jan. 21, 2022

A single man spreading hate pretending to be many people is a problem, but it is also a symptom of a much bigger problem. And that bigger problem has to do with a much older strain of cultural damage we have suffered when ad…

Religion And Atheism

What if god was real?

Jan. 20, 2022

Let us assume, for argument's sake, that god is real and wonder what we might say to them if we ever meet them. Also in this episode, viewer questions and their answers.

Religion And Atheism

Religious brainwashing creates the illusion of natural identity

Jan. 15, 2022

We think our identities are natural and that conversion or leaving religion is an unnatural act that is brought about through brainwashing. But was the so-called natural religious identity not a product of brainwashing as we…

Storytelling And Society

We should be afraid of some things

Jan. 8, 2022

In this episode, I recommend the Netflix movie Don't Look Up, answer a question about how religions may react to the findings of the James Webb Space Telescope, and try to respond to a question about whether purpose exists s…

Religion And Atheism

We can't fight irrationality without fighting religion

Jan. 3, 2022

Many people, including many atheists, like to have a sterilized version of atheism around. They say the real fight is against irrationality and we should let religion be. I talk today, about why that is a misguided attempt a…

Storytelling And Society

Copy-pasting is our way of life

Jan. 1, 2022

We see copy-pasting as a thing that happens in the education system. But because of it, the people who emerge from that system become incapable of true innovation and even truly understanding ideas like democracy.

Religion And Atheism

You don't need permission to resist

Dec. 4, 2021

Oppressive systems don't always come in the form of sticks and stones and visible violence. They also come in the form of systems that place themselves in positions from which they give permission to break out. In truth, you…

Farm laws, trust, and obedience

Nov. 26, 2021

The reason farmers can't bring themselves to trust this government is because this government never asked for their trust. It has only ever wanted obedience. Trust can't be gained with violence and oppression.

Vir Das, Kangana Ranaut, and free speech

Nov. 20, 2021

We keep talking about free speech without considering the social climate that is necessary for it to flourish or even exist. I talk about free speech the concept as well as free speech the phrase and the context it needs to …

Religion And Atheism

The universe is probably not a simulation

Nov. 15, 2021

The simulation theory is becoming part of popular culture and even atheists seem sometimes agree that it is likely. But there is danger inherent in the propagation of this idea because it is at least somewhat adjacent to the…

Diwali, the pursuit of pleasure, and discount deshbhakti

Nov. 7, 2021

This episode is about why people burst firecrackers and why they lie - perhaps unconsciously - about their reasons for doing so. It features a boy who got beaten up for being good at studies, and it throws light on why we fe…

The radius of identity

Nov. 3, 2021

To the problem of nationalistic passions, the suggested solution is sometimes a greater identity - that of a human being - presumably because it will make the nation irrelevant. But such a solution is bound to create similar…

Facebook, the Metaverse, and a dangerously immersive future

Nov. 1, 2021

This episode is a recording of a live stream I did on youtube.com/vimohlive on October 30. It goes deeper into the Facebook Metaverse move and the perils it poses. Navigate the episode using the time stamps below: 00:00 Welc…

Facebook goes Meta: How you can save the future

Oct. 29, 2021

Corporations have always hijacked public tech to build their empires on top of them. The result is not always the death of open tech like email, podcasting, and RSS feeds, but it does invisiblise the importance of open proto…