23 January 2018
Science of Spirituality
The Wright Show
The Meaning of Future Life
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Jan 22, 2018 — Robert Wright & Stephen Batchelor
The Wright Show
Striking parallels between Buddhism’s Mara and Christianity’s Satan
How Stephen’s opera
came to fruition
Bob and Stephen argue about the true meaning(s) of “enlightenment”
How much authority should a secular Buddhist ascribe to the Buddha?
The perils of clinging to the dharma
Stephen’s unusual place in the Buddhist world
Jan 19, 2018 — Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Liz Wolfe
Why the Aziz Ansari story blew up
Are women like “Grace” damned if they do, damned if they don’t?
Libertarianism and consent
Katie Roiphe vs. the creator of the Shitty Media Men list
Is giving the benefit of the doubt possible in the age of the Twitter mob?
Having good politics vs. being a good person
Jan 17, 2018 — Nikita Petrov & Tanya Luhrmann
How psychosis and prayer can make invisible entities ‘real’
Why the voices heard by American schizophrenics are especially mean
Turning madness into vocation: the shamans of West Africa
Why talking to one’s hallucinations is a good idea
How evangelicals shape their God
‘Remembering’ past lives in Scientology and ‘satanic ritual abuse’ in therapy
Jan 13, 2018 — Josh Summers & Thomas Joiner
Thomas describes a modern narcissism epidemic
Does a lack of self-esteem fuel narcissism?
Why is a focus on the “self” ubiquitous in mindfulness?
Challenging the health claims of mindfulness meditation
Why “self-compassion meditation” makes both Josh and Thomas uncomfortable
The common ground between mindfulness and stoicism
Jan 10, 2018 — Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel
Stephen and Rami present: “The Evolution of Emotion” puppet show
How ancient societies managed their earthly impulses
The human anger displayed in Greek mythology
Marcus Aurelius’s concept of the “wise man”
Hafez, the drunk Sufi poet
How does culture influence our core emotions?
Are animals capable of feeling anger?
Stephen on how horror plays on our most primal fears
Jan 8, 2018 — Philip Menchaca & Jonathan Young
Who was Joseph Campbell?
Applying the idea of the monomyth to
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Can we disentangle myths from culture?
Cinderella and mental health
How Jonathan uses mythology in psychotherapy
Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?
Religion and the experience of meaning vs. the idea of meaning
Jan 4, 2018 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
Dan and Massimo’s dueling essays on the Greek concept of eudaimonia
Who can claim to be truly satisfied with life?
What Kant and the Stoics have in common
Are humans more than their internal moral lives?
Dan: Building moral character requires interaction with society
Is philosophy going corporate?
Jan 1, 2018 — Robert Wright & Timothy O'Connor
The Wright Show
Tim explains what it means to believe in free will
Biology and free will
Science and casuality
Why Tim takes seriously the “naive stance” on free will and moral responsibility
Is subjective experience irreducible?
Determinism and deism
Philosophy departments aren’t as atheistic as you’d think
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