Nov 8 • 1HR 9M

Awakening to the Meaning Crisis (Robert Wright & John Vervaeke)

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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
Episode details

0:00 Signs of the so-called “meaning crisis”
3:50 How John addresses the meaning crisis in his own life
10:04 Bob gets empathy-circled—live!
18:48 How much of the meaning crisis is a crisis of community?
25:29 Wisdom as the antidote to self-deception
40:54 Is technological change outpacing our ability to adapt?
45:48 How and where might new sources of meaning emerge?
53:08 The conundrum of collective intelligence (or how should we talk about demons?)
59:57 Can video games give us meaning?
1:04:05 John: “Enlightenment” that fails to confront cognitive bias is meaningless

Robert Wright (, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and John Vervaeke (University of Toronto). Recorded October 27, 2022.

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