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7 July 2015

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In the beginning . . .

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Would taking a “morality pill” be immoral?

Joshua Knobe and Molly Crockett discuss the possibility of pharmaceuticals that would make you a better person.

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The problem with a “universe from nothing”

John Horgan and George Johnson critique Lawrence Krauss’s explanation for why there is something rather than nothing.

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As we age, does our true self change?

Psychologists Jonathan Phillips and Nina Strohminger consider personality changes in people with dementia.

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The great “atheist megachurch” schism

Sarah Posner and Katie Engelhart discuss the Sunday Assembly, and a group that split from it.

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How immutable is human nature?

Paul Bloom and Steven Pinker consider whether there are aspects of human nature that will never change.

Achieving nirvana

What do we have to give up to liberate ourselves from suffering? Robert Wright asks Bhikkhu Bodhi, a Buddhist monk and scholar.

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What makes people nice?

Joshua Knobe talks to David G. Rand about why we do or don’t help others.

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!

Note  Some of the videos in this site’s archives first appeared on Bloggingheads.tv.

Sophia

Mindfulness vs. mindlessness

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Massimo Pigliucci describes how a modern Stoic meditates: “exactly the opposite” of how a Buddhist does it.

The Wright Show

How your “self” makes you suffer

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Philosopher Miri Albahari talks about the Buddhist doctrine of no-self and explains how a sense of self can cause unhappiness.

The cheating feedback loop

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Are social scientists unwittingly leading regular people to have looser morals? Laurie Santos and Dan Ariely, author of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, discuss.