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MeaningofLife.tv | Jun 22, 2017 | Josh Summers & Linda Blanchard

The Wright Show

Zen at war

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Religious scholar Dale Wright explains why Japanese Buddhist masters did not oppose 20th-century wars. Plus: Mindful killers and thieves.

The Wright Show

Do our intentions matter?

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Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss why we punish people for unintentional transgressions.

The Wright Show

Approaches to ultimate reality

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Robert Wright and John Thatamanil, author of the new book Circling the Elephant, discuss how different religious traditions try to access divinity

Mind-Body Problems

The agnosticism of the novelist

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John Horgan talks with novelist and neuroscientist Erik Hoel, author of the new novel The Revelations, about how to reconcile science and fiction.

Psychopolitica

Reframing the DMT experience

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Nikita Petrov describes his conflicted relationship with “DMT entities” and how encountering them changed his thoughts on Scientology.

The Wright Show

How meditation can make us better global citizens

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Robert Wright explains how mindfulness could help humanity overcome destructive cognitive biases.

Psychopolitica

Is humanity making progress?

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Nikita Petrov and John Horgan provide a mystical perspective on Steven Pinker’s case for informed optimism.

Mind-Body Problems

Rejecting “shut up and calculate”

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Philosopher Tim Maudlin explains why he thinks that quantum mechanics is not as resistant to interpretation as some people think.

The Wright Show

The Copernican revolution in philosophy

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Robert Wright and David Ottlinger discuss Kant’s understanding of the relationship between the mind and the world.

The Wright Show

Solving the mystery of dark matter

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Robert Wright talks with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek, author of the new book Fundamentals, about the axion, a hypothesized particle that could explain why much of the universe’s mass seems to be missing.