6 May 2016


In the beginning . . .

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Using psilocybin to give up smoking

Roland Griffiths, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, explains how going into a psilocybin experience with a specific intention can yield surprising benefits. Play entire video
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When you wish upon a tree

Scholar of religion Jenny Butler explains an Irish folk practice intended to bring good fortune. Plus: Environmentalism as a spiritual practice.

Do the right thing

Massimo Pigliucci explains how Stoics deal with competing moral obligations. Plus: The ethics of eating.

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Do yogis dream of illusory sheep?

Jay Mutzafi, host of The Lucid Dreaming Podcast, describes how Buddhists use lucid dreaming to subvert rigid perceptions of what’s real and what’s not. Plus: Virtual reality of dreams.

God is love, literally

Writer Gregg Easterbrook wishes for more radicalism in Christian theology, and proposes “God is love” as a centerpiece for left-wing theology. Plus: Killing Hitler for God.

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Don’t despair

William Irwin, author of The Free Market Existentialist, challenges the stereotype that existentialism leads to pessimism. Plus: The compatibility of existentialism and capitalism.

What is an authentic mystical experience?

Researchers David Yaden and Alex Belser compare the benefits of drug-induced and spontaneous mystical experiences. Plus: Positive outcomes of bad trips.

Life is but a dream

Philosopher Evan Thompson, author of Waking, Dreaming, Being, considers what the variety of dream states can teach us about the self. Plus: What is it like to die?

Welcome to MeaningofLife.tv 2.0

We’re delighted to unveil a new website devoted to issues bearing on the meaning of life. This raises several questions. Who is this “we” who is so proud of this site? “We” are the ones who have been putting out Bloggingheads.tv—whose sister site MeaningofLife.tv is—for lo these many years. Why do we call this a “new” website if we’re also calling it “MeaningofLife.tv 2.0”? Well, back in the primordial era of internet video, one of us created a website called meaningoflife.tv, which has been dormant for a decade. What is the meaning of life? Sorry, we don’t do plot spoilers. We’ll leave that question for the people who appear on the site. What kinds of people are those? Like BhTV, MoLtv will feature people with differing viewpoints who enjoy thoughtful discourse free from the constraints imposed by mainstream TV and radio. What can you do to help? Glad you asked! You can start by clicking “Like” on the Facebook button below. Happy pondering!

The Wright Show

Deed before creed

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Anne Klaeysen, a leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, contrasts the society’s values with those of some “New Atheists.” Plus: God-shaped hole.

The existentialism of Metallica

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David Masciotra and William Irwin get philosophical about heavy metal music. Plus: The libertarian safety net.

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The prescience of Teilhard de Chardin

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Krista Tippett, author of Becoming Wise, finds hope in a Jesuit paleontologist’s insights about the future. Plus: The need for poetic language in political discourse.