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MeaningofLife.tv | Mar 10, 2016 | Nikita Petrov & Eric McLuhan

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.

The rise of Buddhist nationalism?

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson on what happens when Buddhism and politics mix. Plus: The Buddhists who hate.

The Wright Show

Time is money, or vice versa

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Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine, discusses Silicon Valley’s inordinate interest in immortality. PlusSelf-made cyborgs.

Sophia

Does art have to elevate humanity?

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Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose. Plus: What art tells us.

The Wright Show

How Luther made Christianity personal

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Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.

The Wright Show

More atheists, fewer foxholes

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Historian of science Peter Harrison asserts that basic personal security, rather than science, is responsible for religious decline around the world. Plus: The elusive “rational” religion.

The Wright Show

“As you wish!”

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Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book The Dharma of The Princess Bride, explains how the movie’s “optimistic deconstruction” of conventional narratives sets it apart from other ironic films. Plus: “Making friends with desire

Why Buddhism is True

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In a talk at Google, Robert Wright discusses the thesis of his new book on the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment.

Finding community in secular society

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Sociologist Joseph Baker, author of the book American Secularism, explains why the Unitarian Universalist church is growing while church attendance remains in decline nationally. Plus: Is Richard Dawkins bad for secularism?

Sophia

Order from inequality

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Daniel Kaufman and Daniel Tippens argue that the concept of justice must arise under conditions of scarcity. PlusDo comedians have a moral responsibility?