#149- Percy's Lost in the Cosmos Part 1


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This week, Scott and Karl pick up another book by a recurring guest on the show, Walker Percy. Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book is more of a mock self-help book, designed not to help but to provoke.

Part satire part deadly serious, Percy's goal is to explore ideas of the self and expose the social ills which plague society as a result of "humanity's epic identity crisis."

However, the duo disagrees on how one deals with this problem of introspection. Scott asks, "Do you think it's possible for the mindful person to be introspective and avoid the problem of existentialism?"

If you like to both chuckle and think hard, consider picking yourself up a copy, too. Don't forget to tune in next week for Part Two of Scott and Karl's discussion.

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