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Episode 95

Stealing the Culture & Solving the Meaning Crisis

We live in times where information is rife but wisdom is in short supply, where ideologies abound but meaning is scarce, and the time for taking mediating actions on the abundant crises we face is limited.

In this conversation with cognitive psychologist John Vervaeke we explore the symptomology of the meaning crisis, how we create meaning and lie to ourselves, the “religion of me”, the potential of wisdom practices and solving the meaning crisis.

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In this podcast we talk about:

02:15 The symptomology of the meaning crisis
09:30 How we lie to ourselves
13:45 The power of salience
22:45 The meaning crisis and agency
26:00 How we create meaning
34:20 Salience landscaping and identity
40:00 An ecology of wisdom practices
45:05 The language of training vs explaining
50:45 Shifting our own way of being
58:20 The religion of me vs true wisdom inquiry
01:06:20 Stealing the culture
01:11:30 The impact of the scarcity mentality
01:13:40 The power of the imaginal

Resources Mentioned:
Tatjana Schnell

About John

John Vervaeke
John Vervaeke

John Vervaeke, PhD is an award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto in the departments of psychology, cognitive science and Buddhist psychology. He teaches courses in the Psychology department on thinking and reasoning, cognitive development, and higher cognitive processes. He also teaches a course in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program on Buddhism and Cognitive Science. He has a popular YouTube channel where he shares his insights and research on these topics. His abiding passion is to address the meaning crisis that besets western culture.

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Voices with vervaeke
Awakening from the meaning crisis
The elusive I

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