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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Huston Smith (Syracuse University)

Being good without God

Faith and reason

Limits of science

Mystical experiences

Quantum weirdness

Religion in a global age

The Godhead

The problem of evil

 

Huston Smith is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Syracuse University.

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MeaningofLife.tv | Aug 5, 2003 | Robert Wright & Huston Smith

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