Square Brackets: a podcast about elisions, ambiguities and [our] confusions

Podcasts continue to increase in popularity, and after years of being encouraged to try my hand at producing one, Greg Andrews and I decided to do just that. Square Brackets is the result, and after releasing a weekly episode for the past two months, it’s probably time to announce it here on Synapses.

The premise of the show is that many things are left unsaid in contemporary debates on controversial issues, and that – much like my contributions on this blog – there is value in exploring the nuances and complexities of those issues, rather than focussing only on the attention-grabbing headlines or controversies.

So far, we have discussed topics including vegetarianism, who to vote for in South Africa’s National Elections on May 8, anti-natalism, white privilege, and epistemic humility, and the format is (currently) a half-hour of conversation between your hosts.

That may change in the future to include guests and the like, but if you’re a regular reader here, and also enjoy podcasts, it’s likely that you’ll enjoy at least some of the conversations we’ve had so far.

The podcast is available on all the major platforms, and you can find links to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, and a simple RSS feed under each episode (or by clicking the links above, to subscribe to the show).

The website also lists the podcast’s email address – please be in touch with any suggestions for topics, or any constructive feedback. We’re well-aware that the content won’t be to everyone’s taste, so if that’s all you want to say, thanks, and your view is noted!

By Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau teaches critical thinking and ethics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is the founder and director of the Free Society Institute, a non-profit organisation promoting secular humanism and scientific reasoning.