1 December 2015


In the beginning . . .

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The liberal arts and a virtuous life

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider whether studying the humanities improves one’s character. Plus: Do the humanities make you a better citizen?

Teaching Zen meditation to troubled teens

Robert Wright speaks with Buddhist priest Greg Snyder about his work in Brooklyn public schools. Plus: From anger to Zen.

How to use the New Testament as a historical document

Daniel Kaufman speaks with biblical scholar Leslie Baynes. Plus: Did Jesus assert his own divinity?

Are mindfulness and creativity in conflict?

David Bryce Yaden speaks with neuroscientist David Vago. Plus: Teaching cognitive neuroscience to Buddhist monks.

The corrupting influence of friends

Jonah Goldberg on the dark side of bonding. Plus:Dogs choose people.”

The problem with positive thinking

Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, makes the case. Plus: What’s the worst that could happen? Imagine it!

Is moral judgment an evolutionary “spandrel”?

Robert Wright and Jeffrey Schloss on the origin of our sense of right and wrong. Plus: How likely was the evolution of intelligent life?

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

How Jesus became savior

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Theologian David Carr on how Jesus’ followers made sense of his unexpected death. Plus: Trauma and the making of Abrahamic monotheism.

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Jesus’ Buddhist nature

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Theologian Paul Knitter on how Jesus “fully woke up.” Plus: Integrating Buddhism and Christianity.

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The world is not as it seems

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Robert Wright and cognitive scientist Gregory Hickok on how “quantum weirdness” could shape our perception. Plus: The myth of mirror neurons.