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MeaningofLife.tv | Jan 10, 2016 | Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jason Eberl

Sophia

“Culture makes people”

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Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger on ideas that caused the decline of American liberalism. Plus: The illiberalism of the social justice movement.

Sophia

What the hell is a law?

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Crispin Sartwell, author of Entanglements, describes a materialist view of social realities. Plus: Penetrated by reality.

Robots who reject polyamory

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Bioethicists James Hughes and Regina Rini explain how artificial intelligence could shape the future of human morality. Plus: Raising moral machines.

Skimming the surface of sleep

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Jason Siff, author of Thoughts Are Not The Enemy, explains why he allows his students to fall asleep during meditation. Plus: Think again, meditators!

The Wright Show

The origin of free will

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Philosopher Jay Garfield puts the notion of “free will” in historical context and explains why it doesn’t get much attention in Buddhist philosophy. Plus: Selflessness through selflessness.

Sophia

The theatrical paradigm of the sitcom

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David Ottlinger looks at how the small TV screens of the 70s affected the medium. Plus: TV that Americans used to share.

Love-Driven Politics

What are the limits on religious liberty?

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Professor of Religious Studies David Kim and Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, consider quandaries of religious pluralism. Plus: Loving a country that doesn’t love you back.

The Wright Show

The orderly universe

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Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci, author of the new book How to Be a Stoic, compare the metaphysics of Buddhists and Stoics. Plus: Seneca’s tips for anger management.

The origin of suffering

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Linda Blanchard, author of Dependent Arising in Context, explains a central Buddhist teaching. Plus: What do feelings do?

The Wright Show

The art of letting go

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Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on what Buddhists mean when they warn against emotional attachments. Plus: What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?