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10 December 2016

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Killing the saints

Rory Dickson, author of Living Sufism in North America, explains why ISIS targets Sufi shrines. Play entire video

The case against compassion for Trump

Rabbi and meditation teacher Jay Michaelson explains his resistance to the maxim “love your enemies.” Plus: Combating Trump-induced angst.

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Beyond the philosopher’s stone

Robert Place, author of The Alchemical Tarot, explains how ancient esoteric ideas gave rise to a variety of alchemical practices. Plus: The Fool’s journey.

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Virus-proofing your genes

Geneticist George Church on the future of genetic engineering. Plus: Resurrecting the mammoth.

Immoral empathy

Paul Bloom, author of the new book Against Empathy, argues that feeling other people’s pain can lead us astray.

Bringing virtues back

Massimo Pigliucci on why an ancient ethical system makes sense in modern times.

What is your biggest fear for the future of humanity?

Fourth in a series of video mashups in which some people you know, and some people you don’t know, are put on the spot.

Trump and tribalism

Introducing a new MeaningofLife.tv feature: Sixty-Second Sermons.

What magic mushrooms can teach you

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Shane Mauss, host of Here We Are, explains how he uses psychedelic drugs as a meditative aid.

MeaningofLife.tv Asks...

If aliens visited Earth, what would they find most surprising?

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Fifth in a series of video mashups in which some people you know, and some people you don’t know, are put on the spot.

Sixty-Second Sermons

How being differently-abled taught me about radical love

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In this Sixty-Second Sermon, Isabel Mareş asks white Americans to reconsider how they see the world.