The Buddha and His World

Tides of History | 7 March 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Patrick Wyman discusses the life and times of The Buddha – born Siddartha Gautama. Considers what we can know about the Buddha’s world and how it shaped him and his message.

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The Religious Roots of Economics feat. Benjamin M. Friedman

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 5 June 2023 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benjamin Friedman about his book Religion and the Rise of Capitalism. Discusses how the religious beliefs of the Enlightenment Age influenced the evolution of modern economic theory; how the Scottish Enlightenment, in particular, became a hub for social scientific thought; what the belief in Calvinism had to do with the rise of capitalism; and the correlation between economic growth and positive moral changes in society.

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Tom Holland on Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

The Book Club | 4 December 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tom Holland about his book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind. Explains the myriad ways, many of them invisible to us, that Christianity has shaped and continues to shape Western culture. Argues that there is a single distinctive Christian way of thinking.

I mistakenly triaged this out in 2019 but returned to the episode after reading Misha Saul’s excellent review.

 

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Why Are Most Humans Religious? Professor Robin Dunbar

Rocking Our Priors | 17 January 2023 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robin Dunbar about his book How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures. Considers how much of religiosity can be explained from an evolutionary perspective; religion’s role in legitimising hierarchy, control, and female self-sacrifice; the importance of group rituals; and more.

The host of this podcast, Alice Evans, is an absolute treat to follow on Twitter.

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Human Mind: Into The Unknown with Richard Dawkins

Conversations with Coleman | 30 April 2022 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Dawkins discussing technological progress, whether race is a social construct or biological reality, the mystery of consciousness, the concept of a meme, religion and its relationship to a happy life, whether wokeness plays the role of a religion in people’s lives, and advice for up and coming scientists.

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Carolyn Chen on Work Pray Code

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 3 March 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Carolyn Chen about her book Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley. Explores how tech companies are bringing religion into the workplace in ways that are replacing traditional places of worship, blurring the line between work and religion and transforming the very nature of spiritual experience in modern life.

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Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Still Inherit the Earth?

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 8 January 2022 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Eric Kaufmann about his book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. Predicts that due to the higher reproductive rates of religious groups compared to the secular population, the future is going to be more religious than the present. Discusses the contrast between this prediction and the fact that social and cultural change has made societies more secular in past centuries.

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