NSP030 – Narrativising the Big Bang

How can there be meaning in life if there’s no free will?

In this 30th episode of Narratively Speaking, we travel from the cramped interior of an office elevator to the infinite expanse of the entire universe as we revise some of the through-lines we’ve followed since the podcast began. We cover free will & determinism, the scale of human perspective, and discuss the possibility that our consciousness is a filter for the stuff of the universe.

Big ideas only in this episode! Will you join?

Episode Links

Intro clip (Lucy):
Sam Harris – Taking the Redpill on Free Will:
Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will:
Arthur C. Clarke (quote):

NSP collaborators

Adem Koci: @podcastanon
Doug Wilson: @kundalinirunning
Angus Younga: @angusyoungaofficial
Joel Pearse: @campfirebreath
Rod Evans: @djelevate
Jessica: @jezebelisgone

NSP004 – We Are The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We’ve talked about the stories we consume, the stories we tell others, and how that contributes to the collective consciousness. But what about the stories you tell yourself?

Let’s discuss…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-gornto/the-stories-we-tell-ourse_b_6120740.html

Gentleman Thinker’s take on Determinism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bwOIE9GXKM

Libet Experiment: http://www.informationphilosopher.com/freedom/libet_experiments.html

Libet Experiment explained by Harry Shearer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjCt-L0Ph5o

Quitting smoking as the cause of cancer: http://cancergrace.org/lung/2009/11/30/can-smoking-cessation-be-a-presenting-symptom-of-lung-cancer/

Cognitive dissonance on quitting: https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/1181011-To-think-that-giving-up-smoking-can-actually-CAUSE-cancer

What is determinism? https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/cultural-animal/200902/just-exactly-what-is-determinism-0

Do Libet’s expriments prove Free Will is an Illusion? https://evolutionnews.org/2014/01/do_benjamin_lib/

The Rational Channel on Cognitive Dissonance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLjHFopR8n8

Tony Robbins – Change your Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJxC9k9uT3Y

09 – We are the stories we tell ourselves: https://www.ted.com/talks/shekhar_kapur_we_are_the_stories_we_tell_ourselves/transcript?language=en#t-183738