The Future of Life
The Future of Life
Oct 15, 2020
Stephen Batchelor on Awakening, Embracing Existential Risk, and Secular Buddhism
1 hr 39 min
Stephen Batchelor, a Secular Buddhist teacher and former monk, joins the FLI Podcast to discuss the project of awakening, the facets of human nature which contribute to extinction risk, and how we might better embrace existential threats.

 Topics discussed in this episode include:

-The projects of awakening and growing the wisdom with which to manage technologies
-What might be possible of embarking on the project of waking up
-Facets of human nature that contribute to existential risk
-The dangers of the problem solving mindset
-Improving the effective altruism and existential risk communities

You can find the page for this podcast here: https://futureoflife.org/2020/10/15/stephen-batchelor-on-awakening-embracing-existential-risk-and-secular-buddhism/

Timestamps: 

0:00 Intro
3:40 Albert Einstein and the quest for awakening
8:45 Non-self, emptiness, and non-duality
25:48 Stephen's conception of awakening, and making the wise more powerful vs the powerful more wise
33:32 The importance of insight
49:45 The present moment, creativity, and suffering/pain/dukkha
58:44 Stephen's article, Embracing Extinction
1:04:48 The dangers of the problem solving mindset
1:26:12 Improving the effective altruism and existential risk communities
1:37:30 Where to find and follow Stephen

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COMPLEXITY
COMPLEXITY
Santa Fe Institute, Michael Garfield
Peter Dodds on Text-Based Timeline Analysis & New Instruments for The Science of Stories
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80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin
The 80000 Hours team
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The Long Now Foundation
Roman Krznaric: Becoming a Better Ancestor
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1 hr 24 min
The Dissenter
The Dissenter
Ricardo Lopes
#397 Gordon Burghardt: The Evolution And Function of Play
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1 hr 9 min
Everything Hertz
Everything Hertz
Dan Quintana
120: How false beliefs spread in science (with Cailin O'Connor)
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