Medicare open enrollment has begun! Learn all about it in AARP's guide to Medicare made easy.
by Mike Cuthbert, January 12, 2010
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein were philosophy classmates at Harvard and have created something of a cottage industry using their philosophical credentials and their fine sense of humor to explore complex issues. Their latest work is: “Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between”.
As Thomas Cathcart tells host Mike Cuthbert, we are the only animals who know we’re going to die, and can also imagine living forever.
“The combo is really deadly,” he says, in terms of anxiety we experience about what’s next.
They explore how we have addressed that anxiety, from the words of Heidegger and Freud … to the musings of Woody Allen.
Press play on the audio player to join in on what Mike calls a fun and thought-provoking conversation about some of life’s biggest questions.
And, you may learn a few new jokes along the way.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Members save 10% every day at the McCormick family of seafood and steak restaurants.
Members save 15%-20% on tickets to select shows.
Members save 15% on in-store purchases of frozen yogurt, treats and apparel.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at