Everyone, particularly Sam Harris, is very excited about creating a new science of well-being. Surely, Sam Harris argues in his new book, science can tell us facts about what actions and policies lead to human flourishing, and what lead to suffering? Science allows us to measure people’s well-being levels. We can scan their brains, we Read more…

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Listen to this fascinating interview with Keith Stanovich, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Toronto, and the author of the book, The Robot’s Rebellion. Stanovich starts by assuming that Richard Dawkins is correct in his universal Darwinian view of human psychology – that humans are vehicles for self-replicating genes and self-replicating memes, and that Read more…

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I’m reading the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor’s epic new work, A Secular Age, which looks at what we mean when we say ours is a secular age, and how it differs from all previous ages, how we came to be ‘disenchanted’ as Max Weber put it. Taylor makes a good contrast between the self in Read more…

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