May 23 • 1HR 8M

In Defense of Crying (Robert Wright & Benjamin Perry)


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Robert Wright
Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
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0:00 The watershed moment that led Ben to write his new book, "Cry, Baby"
10:55 Does meditation make you less emotional?
16:37 How different socio-cultural groups feel about crying
23:18 Why do we cry anyway?
36:42 Transformative and performative weeping
42:29 Putting Joel Osteen’s tears under a microscope
54:50 How does the nature of crying change over a lifetime?
1:03:33 Overtime preview: Bob’s most embarrassing adult crying experience, psychedelics and crying, and more!
1:06:03 Ben delivers a benediction on crying

Robert Wright (, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Benjamin Perry (Middle Church, "Cry, Baby"). Recorded May 22, 2023.

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