Meaningoflife.tv: Philosophy, Science, Spirituality, And Psychology (fast)

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Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

Episodios

  • Debating the Sexual Psychology of Men and Women (Robert Wright & Agustín Fuentes)

    25/08/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Disavowing the naturalistic fallacy ... Why “sex” may not mean what you think it means ... Did evolution make women “choosier” about sex partners than men? ... Haggling over the price of sperm and eggs ... Agustín: Empirical studies complicate evolutionary psychology’s theoretical models ... The evolutionary significance of non-reproductive sex ... Why are males bigger than females in our species? ... Looking at pornography (for insights into human evolution) ... Are male and female sexual jealousy systematically different? ...

  • Consolations of Physics (John Horgan & Sabine Hossenfelder)

    05/08/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Sabine inspires John's quantum experiment ... Sabine previews her book-in-progress ... Isn't quantum mechanics non-deterministic? ... Is consciousness conserved? ... John and Sabine tangle over free will ... Physics creationism ... Will quantum mechanics be replaced? ...

  • Time Management for Mortals (Robert Wright & Oliver Burkeman)

    04/08/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Oliver’s new book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals ... Why is it so hard to accept the limits of our productivity? ... Prioritizing mindfully ... Heideggerian time management ... Finding value in even "meaningless" work ... Reducing the lure of distractions ... Ten tools for embracing your finitude ... Five (pretty intense) questions for reflection ...

  • The Dharma of Bob 6: The Explain/Excuse Conflation (Robert Wright & Josh Summers)

    06/07/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Josh's aversion to the term "guru" ... Explaining the explain/excuse conflation ... The (possible) evolutionary origins of (biased) arguing ... Are humans mismatched to their modern environment? ... Building strengths vs. addressing deficiencies ... Defusing attribution error ... Making cognitive empathy cool ... Using meditation to strengthen cognitive empathy ... The mythical side of Bob ... Rationalists, effective altruists, and other possible fellow travelers ...

  • Should Darwin Be Cancelled? (Robert Wright & Agustín Fuentes)

    08/06/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Agustín on what he was and wasn’t saying in his controversial Science piece on Darwin ... What is biological anthropology? ... What social media critiques of Agustín’s editorial missed ... Untangling Darwin’s attitudes toward race and genocide ... Darwin’s worries about his theory’s acceptance ... What do female gibbons want? ... Agustín: Commonly used racial categories are unscientific ... The changing rules for competition among males ... Okay, so should we cancel Darwin or not? ...

  • Quantum Mechanics and the Quest for Final Knowledge (John Horgan & Philip Ball)

    07/06/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Will science ever absorb the arts and humanities? ... Why Phil wrote a book about quantum mechanics ... Knowing quantum math doesn’t necessarily help ... Is "information” the key to quantum mechanics? ... What quantum computing can and can’t do ... The weirdness and arbitrariness of existence ...

  • Saving the World One Podcast at a Time (Robert Wright & Rob Wiblin)

    25/05/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Defining effective altruism ... Rob explains the meaning of ‘80,000 Hours’ ... Should young people dedicate their careers to fighting climate change? ... The Apocalypse Aversion Project ... How cognitive biases fuel tribalism ... Bob: We need a psychological revolution ... Are external threats the best way to bring people together? ... The balance between surveillance and public safety ... Bob: Let's retire the word 'apologist' ... Making rationality cool ... Rob challenges Bob to find flaws in "The Moral Animal" ...

  • The Dharma of Bob 5: Mindful Defiance (Robert Wright & Josh Summers)

    11/05/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Josh tries to help Bob retool his meditation practice ... Identifying the purpose of your practice ... What to do when your mind wanders ... Tuning your mind ... The Four Rs ... Can mindfulness help us bolster our courage? ... Learning to tolerate blowback from your tribe ... Suffering and the psychology of tribalism ... Developing a non-zero-sum relationship with your own mind ... So you say you've been called a neofascist... ...

  • Despite Our Best Intentions (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

    05/05/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    The value of defying your tribe ... Egocentric bias and attribution error ... The thin line between between courage and acting like an asshole ... Why do we punish people for unintentional transgressions? ... To understand all is to forgive all … ... … but forgiveness won’t get you retweets ... Are people’s politics as irrational as they seem? ... William James’ preternatural insight into human psychology ... Should the Philip Roth biography have been pulled? ... Reliving the worst day of your life ...

  • Circling the Elephant (Robert Wright & John Thatamanil)

    27/04/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    John’s new book, Circling the Elephant: A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity ... John’s early religious sensibility ... The Advaita Vedanta tradition in Hinduism ... Grappling with the human predicament ... Approaches to ultimate reality ... John’s brush with non-dualistic experience ... Why John doesn’t consider himself a perennialist ... Touching the infinite elephant ...

  • Science, Fiction, and the Mind-Body Problem (John Horgan & Erik Hoel)

    12/04/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Erik's new novel, The Revelations ... How Erik became a writer and a neuroscientist ... Erik defends integrated information theory ... The agnosticism of the novelist ... Should the mind-body problem have a single solutions? ...

  • The Dharma of Bob 4: Averting the Apocalypse (Robert Wright & Josh Summers)

    23/03/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Who you callin' bodhisattva? ... Outlining the Apocalypse Aversion Project ... How meditation can make us better global citizens ... Why we need “cognitive crampons” ... Transcend and include ... The varieties of meditative experience ... Achieving micro-enlightenment ... The benefits of confronting your dark side ... Building a cognitively empathetic grassroots movement ...

  • Explaining Quantum Mechanics (John Horgan & Tim Maudlin)

    08/03/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Why Tim became a philosopher ... John gets entangled in superposition ... Tim explains Bell’s Theorem with diagrams ... Tim rejects shutting up and calculating ... Will quantum computers lead to a better quantum theory? ...

  • Kant’s Transcendental Philosophy (Robert Wright & David Ottlinger)

    02/03/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Distinguishing between the numinous and the noumenal ... Kant’s religious vision ... The Copernican revolution in philosophy ... What, if anything, does the Buddhist idea of emptiness have to do with Kant? ... The transcendental status of space and time ... Can the Matrix help us understand Kant? ... Distinguishing between the noumenal and the phenomenal ... Can we transcend our phenomenal experience of the world? ...

  • Ten Keys to Reality (Robert Wright & Frank Wilczek)

    23/02/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    What got Frank his Nobel Prize ... Frank's new book, Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality ... Solving the mystery of dark matter ... Can quantum physics make sense? ... Frank: Mind emerges from matter, not the other way around ... Can you love an automaton? ... Complementarity as scientific concept and everyday attitude ... How Frank's Catholic upbringing influenced his scientific thinking ... Is reality an algorithm? ... The limits of human intelligence ...

  • Questioning the Practice of Grading in Schools (Robert Gressis & Kevin Currie-Knight)

    18/02/2021 Duración: 01h00s

    Rob and Kevin make small talk ... Kevin describes and laments the grade economy ... What's the relationship between grades and learning? ... Bryan Caplan's "The Case Against Education" and how it has traumatized Rob ... Unschooling ... If schools suck so much, how did Rob and Kevin learn? ...

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