Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren podcast #36 – [The Chapman Series, Pt. 1] Cognitivism, Representationalism, and Rationalism

This is part 1 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman’s two books: ‘Meaningness’ ( and ‘In the Cells of the Eggplant’ (

In the first episode they focus on problematic cognitivist assumptions that undergird much of Deutsch’s critical rationalism. They talk about Heidegger’s idea of coping with the world, the relationship between cognition, perception and action, how representations get their meaning, and how Wittgenstein got some shit right.

Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.