Neuroscience: Consciousness, Death, and Meaning in the Universe http://mys.tc/2fs
Neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses the search for meaning in the world of science, and the philosophical influence of working with Francis Crick.
Do you balance spirituality and science in your personal life and beliefs?
All attempts to control the universe, to play God, to become the arbiters of life and death, have been carried out by moral idiots.
Is there a way to prevent the weaponization of science whilst not hampering breakthroughs?
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The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die ~Bob Dylan http://mysticpolitics.com
Thoughts of death make people more religious? http://mys.tc/2by
Subliminal reminders of death caused subjects to report being more religious, suggesting that fear of death strengthens belief in God.
Do you not believe? Do you think you could be swayed in your last moments?
Sam Harris attends the 2012 Global Atheist Convention and gives a lecture on death, consciousness, and living in the present moment.
Can a neutral belief in the afterlife prompt you to use your time better in this life? How do you create a life worth living?
Is There an afterlife? -a discussion featuring Christopher Hitchens, Rabbi David Wolpe, Sam Harris, & Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson -Moderated by Rob Eshman
This is one of our favorite debates at Mystic Politics- distinguished by its affability and easy conversation despite severly disparate views of what transpires upon termination of the human body. There is the feeling when watching that this is one of the rare moments in debates where the debaters are talking to each other and not at each other, and the focus is on exploring- and not racking up points.
Is religion totalitarian and presumes to have answers beyond what it’s capable of? Or have certain people experienced bits of truth, which- when taken together- might highlight what lies just beyond the periphery of the minds eye?
Read more: [Debate] Is There an Afterlife?
'The vast majority of religious believers hold on to scriptures as sacred, as profound revelations, as precious guides to the mysteries of life and death. Believers believe that their stories are true — for instance, that Moses was a real person who led the Hebrews out of slavery and received the Torah directly from God on Mount Sinai or that there really was a Prince Siddhartha Gautama who searched for and found enlightenment in the sixth century B.C.E. Moreover, they believe that contained in these ancient stories is information vital to contemporary humans.
The truth is, we really don’t know much about the historical Moses or the historical Buddha. The evidence for these persons from the ancient past is quite sparse and filtered largely through centuries of oral history, mythological elaborations and sectarian biases, before they were even recorded in written form by religious partisans.’
Read more: The Sciences of Sacred Scriptures