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How to be an Atheist in Medieval Europe…


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Date: February 13, 2021

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“Alec Ryrie takes a tour of medieval unbelief, showing why some believed that God was being used to swindle and manipulate them.

A lecture by Professor Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 27 September 2018

https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/atheist-medieval-europe

There was no intellectually sophisticated or articulate ‘atheism’ in the Middle Ages, but there was plenty of raw scepticism and incredulity. Church courts regularly heard blasphemy cases which went as far as outright denial of God.

This lecture will take a tour of medieval unbelief, showing how and why some medieval people defied the powerful orthodoxies of their day: fired not by intellectual or philosophical doubts but by suspicion that ‘God’ was being used to swindle and manipulate them.

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.”

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#218 – WELCOME TO THE CULT FACTORY A Conversation with Tristan Harris…


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Date: January 12, 2021

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“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the ways in which social media is fracturing society.
They discuss:
the rise in teen depression and suicide
political polarization
conspiracy theories
information warfare
the decoupling of power and responsibility
the distinctions between platforms and publishers
the cancellation of Alex Jones
social media inspired ethnic cleansing
concerns about the upcoming presidential election
culture as an operating system
and other topics
Called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. He is now co-founder & president of the Center for Humane Technology, whose mission is to reverse ‘human downgrading’ and re-align technology with humanity. Additionally, he is co-host of the Center for Humane Technology’s Your Undivided Attention podcast with co-founder Aza Raskin. He also recently appeared as a central figure in the recently released Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma.”

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#227 – KNOWING THE MIND A Conversation with Steven Laureys…


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Date: December 08, 2020

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“In this episode of the podcast, Stephen Laureys interviews Sam Harris about meditation practice and the scientific study of the mind.

They discuss:

– why Sam began to practice meditation
– the difference between dualistic and nondualistic mindfulness
– the search for happiness
– wisdom vs knowledge
– our relationship with death
– the Buddhist doctrine of rebirth
– the hard problem of consciousness
– the role of introspection in science
– meditation and free will
– the self and the brain
– the difference between voluntary and involuntary actions
– dangerous knowledge
– the mystery of being
– the power of hypnosis
– and other topics

Steven Laureys, MD, PhD, FEAN (Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology), is a Belgian neurologist, neuroscientist, author, and speaker. He has written several publications including The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology and the well-received La Méditation, c’est bon pour le cerveau, which he is working to publish in English in 2021.

Dr. Laureys also maintains a clinical practice at the University Hospital of Liège where his research focuses on understanding consciousness, meditation, and the mind.

Website:

https://www.drstevenlaureys.org/

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#226 – THE PRICE OF DISTRACTION A Conversation with Adam Gazzaley…


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Date: November 30, 2020

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“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Adam Gazzaley about the way our technology is changing us.

They discuss:
– our limited ability to process information
– our failures of multitasking
– “top-down” vs “bottom-up” attention
– self-interruptions and switching costs
– anxiety
– boredom
– “digital medicine”
– neuroplasticity
– video games for training the mind
– the future of brain-machine interface, and other topics.

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and the Founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, Neuroscape Lab, and the Gazzaley Lab, which explores mechanisms of neuroplasticity and designs, develops and validates new technologies to optimize cognitive abilities.
He is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, a company developing therapeutic video games and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance.

Adam co-authored the award-winning MIT Press book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World with Dr. Larry Rosen.

Website: https://gazzaley.com/

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Evangelicals Freak Out…


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Date: November 20, 2020

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“After Trump loses the election, evangelicals go nuts! Pastors and prophets incorrectly prophesied Trump would win the election and get a second term. When the Trump prophecies failed, the evangelicals (some of whom sit on Trump’s evangelical advisory committee, like Paula White and Kenneth Copeland) had an absolute ballistic meltdown going into denial. When prophecy fails, evangelicals go ballistic! Here is a compilation of some of the best evangelical freak-outs. Enjoy!”

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