Kenneth Gergen is Senior Research Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College, and President of the Taos Institute, a non-profit organization & a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value. His book, Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community (winner of )several distinguished awards, challenges the idea of an individual self, isolated Continue reading
Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won Phi Beta Kappa’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “For scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her The Happiness Myth brings a historical eye to modern wisdom about how to lead a good life.
Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against climate change, including taking action against the oil companies, the Keystone XL pipeline, and hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. He is also a fellow of the Continue reading
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Richard Fortey was senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include The Hidden Landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past, which won the Natural World Book Prize in 1993, Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and most recently Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind.
Robert Thurman is a Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, including The Central Philosophy of Continue reading
This week we talk with Howard Rheingold, influential writer and thinker on social media. He has written numerous books, most recently Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. He has been at the forefront of the use of the Internet and social media for decades, saying that he has been “exploring mind amplifiers since 1964.” He has taught courses at Stanford University & the University of California at Berkeley, among others. His TED talk, The New Continue reading
My guest on this program is Patricia Churchland, author most recently of Touching a Nerve: The Self As Brain. She is a professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for her pioneering work in neurophilosophy. She has written many books (some listed below), and her work explores the impact of scientific developments on our understanding of consciousness, the self, Continue reading
My guest on this program is Alan Weisman. He is the author of the critically acclaimed 2007 book The World Without Us, which envisions what the earth would be like absent a human presence, and how it might heal in our absence. His most recent book is Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, published just this week, which is Continue reading
This program features an interview with Peter Steinberger, author of The Problem with God: Why Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong. The book confronts the question of whether or not the idea of God is coherent, and in coming to grips with our deep-seated beliefs shows that asserting, denying, or even just wondering about God’s existence prevents us from seeing the truth–which, it turns out, is far more interesting and encouraging than anyone would have thought. Peter Steinberger is the Continue reading