The human experience is rife with messiness and frustration, especially in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Trent Gilliss shares thoughts on embracing the turmoil and finding ways to grow from it.
To embrace life despite the truth of suffering is an audacious act. Jennifer Michael Hecht guides us through Albert Camus on the myth of Sisyphus, as a reassuringly contrary argument for life over death.
Confronted with the separate, psychological worlds of our thoughts, Syd Banks' mysticism influenced a generation of psychiatrists and offers an alternative to the chaos of individual thoughts.
Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.
The seventh of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on respecting eccentricity.
A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.
Can we make the world a better place if we change the way people think about honor? This is the question philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores in this smart, three-minute short film. He gives several examples of how customs that were once considered a matter of honor — challenging someone to a duel or foot-binding small girls — persisted for thousands of years but ceased after a few decades.
But why? Only when the fundamental dialogue in society is based on respect, Appiah says, can we change the way accepted practices, such as honor killings, are viewed by the people who carry them out.
The title we’ve given this week’s show, “The ‘Happiest’ Man in the World,” is slightly tongue-in-cheek. It appeared in a British newspaper after the publication of scientific study results on Matthieu Ricard’s brain. He dismisses this label and has issued many good-natured disclaimers. We’ve revived it here, however, because of the lovely way in which Matthieu Ricard fills that phrase with a whole new range of savvy, satisfying meaning.
Our robotic moment? Perhaps we need to be asking better questions of ourselves rather than the more simplistic ones when it comes to thinking about our relationship with technology.
Robert Sapolsky asserts that humans have one trait that best defines and distinguishes us from other species: the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in our head, and yet continue on in the face of it.