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29 June 2016

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In the beginning . . .

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Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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It’s not all about drugs

Suzanne Koven and Jo Marchant, author of Cure, discuss how a focus on pharmaceuticals limits medicine. Plus: The real effects of “fake” medicine.

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It’s less than a whisper

Meditation teachers Josh Summers and Kamala Masters discuss the meditation technique of “noting.” Plus: It’s not about you.

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A CEO’s path to meditation

Dina Kaplan, founder of The Path, describes her journey from panic attacks to a mindfulness startup.

Church for atheists

Robert Wright and Joseph Blankholm on the similarities between Sunday Assembly, an organization of non-believers, and some evangelical groups. Plus: Standing up for your non-beliefs.

Why is there consciousness?

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman ponder the mystery and the value of subjective experience. Plus: Quantum physics and a ‘new agnosticism

The shape of things to come

Robert Wright and science writer John Horgan contemplate how consciousness may evolve and whether we’ll live to find out. Plus: Is the force with us?

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

Online actions that hurt IRL

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Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.

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God and salvation in a scientific age

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In the last of five lectures on a spiritual worldview grounded in science, Robert Wright considers the viability of ancient religious ideas in the modern world.

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Are you ready for the giant global brain?

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In the fourth of five talks on his spiritual worldview, Robert Wright considers the next stage of social organization and the possibility of higher purpose.