8 October 2015


In the beginning . . .

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“Life is too damn complicated”

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci argue that when it comes to making moral decisions, relying on general rules just won’t work.

A double life

Glenn Loury describes a period in the late ’80s when he was both a Harvard professor and addicted to crack cocaine. Plus: How Glenn lost his faith.

The darkest fifteen minutes of Andrew Sullivan’s life

Sullivan describes a crisis of Christian faith he experienced in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. Plus: Why Pope Francis is so beloved.

Evolution as politics

Astronomer Salman Hameed argues that colonialism galvanized Muslim arguments against evolution. Plus: When new atheism backfires.

Do we place too much trust in the social sciences?

Dan Kaufman and Glenn Loury consider. Plus: What can economics really tell us about human nature?

Would living forever be kind of a drag?

Robert Wright and Matt Yglesias reflect on life and death. Plus: Is loving your kids just your genes helping themselves?

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Preparing autistic children for successful lives

Autism advocate Temple Grandin speaks with Steve Silberman, author of the new book NeuroTribes. Plus: The immortal life of Oliver Sacks.

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

David Foster Wallace’s search for meaning

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Robert Wright and D.T. Max, author of the Wallace biography Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, discuss “This Is Water,” the writer’s famous commencement address.

The Wright Show

Are we hard-wired for random acts of kindness?

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Robert Wright and David Sloan Wilson debate human nature. Plus: What The Selfish Gene leaves out.

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Wrestling with the problem of evil

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Robert Wright speaks with John Thatamanil about theologian Paul Tillich’s beliefs. Plus: God as “the ground of being.”