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?
Intro clip (Lucy):
Sam Harris – Taking the Redpill on Free Will:
Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will:
Arthur C. Clarke (quote):
Adem Koci: @podcastanon
Doug Wilson: @kundalinirunning
Angus Younga: @angusyoungaofficial
Joel Pearse: @campfirebreath
Rod Evans: @djelevate
It seems everyone I respect and listen to meditates. They say, Harvey, have you tried mindfulness and meditation? It changed my life, it’ll change yours too, just give it a try…
ALRIGHT! I feel like I’ve been just fine without it, but here’s your meditation episode you heathens!
Let see if there’s anything to this ancient practice…
Very calm, serene links:
Catharsis Myth, Metaphor or Reality: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/evil-deeds/200909/anger-and-catharsis-myth-metaphor-or-reality
Catharsis Theory and Media Effects: https://www.encyclopedia.com/media/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/catharsis-theory-and-media-effects
Aggression & Catharsis Dr Brad Bushman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASKXG4kf4n4
What I’ve Learned – Change your Brain’s Default Mode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAVPDYhW_nw
Sam Harris – Mindfulness is Powerful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwac6Uk-zyk
Joe Rogan Experience – Dan Harris on Mediation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB3RGu8Go2s
This is your Brain on Meditation: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/use-your-mind-change-your-brain/201305/is-your-brain-meditation
The Neuroscience of Why Meditation Works: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-meditation-works_n_4702629
Should a storyteller take responsibility for their effect on the collective consciousness? Do we as humans have a responsibility to share our own stories? And in a world with 8 billion people, are our individual voices really all that important?
Memento clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1nvvaWX4gk
Music is story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpfuE1pgNsc
Photography is story: https://www.weareforward.uk/a-great-story-comes-with-great-responsibility/
Double-slit test explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOcPHOJ7GAQ
Jennifer’s body PCL review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmw0ZYUx_8I
Watchmen PCL Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Qksvp2C7Y
Sam Harris & Andrew Yang on Universal Basic Income: https://samharris.org/podcasts/130-universal-basic-income/
Today we talk about the narratives surrounding Putin and Russian hacking, Roseanne’s show cancellation and consider the possibility that storytelling is just simple virtue signalling for sexual selection.
Caitlyn goes rogue on story: https://soundcloud.com/going_rogue/ep-84-narrative-propaganda-and-enlightenment
Putin seems kinda reasonable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8AeBAV4EIY
Roseanne cancelled and it’s really important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AT-aAFMoMM
More Roseanne Stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEsebOvBInQ
Sam Harris talks with Geoffrey Miller: https://samharris.org/podcasts/128-evolving-minds/