3 September 2015


In the beginning . . .

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What’s so great about volition?

Robert Wright and John Horgan discuss the pros and cons of believing in free will. Plus: Theology via drug trip.

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Confronting grief and loss in the humanist tradition

Michael Price speaks with Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard. Plus: A humanist’s perspective on the meaning of life.

Do “core memories” exist?

Psychologist Dacher Keltner, an adviser on the Pixar movie Inside Out, discusses the science of memory and emotion. Plus: Finding the positive in negative emotions.

Xena the gay icon

Lucy Lawless, who portrayed the title character on Xena: Warrior Princess, discusses why the show developed a cult following. Plus: How Lucy Lawless makes herself happy.

Grappling with the Buddhist doctrine of “emptiness”

Robert Wright speaks with theologian John Thatamanil. Plus: Why people of different faiths are not all “climbing the same mountain.”

Changing paradigms in the cognitive sciences

Daniel Kaufman and Ian Ground discuss the legacy of Wittgenstein. Plus: Why your money has value, and your mind has meaning.

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!


“Knowing how” vs. “knowing that”

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci examine a key distinction raised by the philosopher Gilbert Ryle. Plus: The legacy of Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian.”

The Wright Show

What the Koran says about the salvation of non-Muslims

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Robert Wright speaks with Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey. Plus: A path toward Islam.

The Wright Show

Pain without suffering

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Allan Lokos on what meditation can and can’t do. Plus: Maintaining mindfulness while surrounded by flames.