John Vervaeke is a lecturer at the University of Toronto and author of Awakening From The Meaning Crisis lecture series on YouTube.

In Part 2 of our interview we talk further about self-transformation, transcendence and strategies for creating meaning. 

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Part 1 of the interview: 

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Direct download: FTP099.mp3
Category:philosophy -- posted at: 5:00pm CEST

We had a great pleasure to interview John Vervaeke, a lecturer at the University of Toronto in the departments of psychology, cognitive science and Buddhist psychology. John’s excellent lecture series on YouTube called Awakening From the Meaning Crisis has inspired us to invite him on the show and discuss how to overcome the meaning crisis in today’s world.

In this interview we also dive deep into the topics of integrating scientific and traditional views of the search for meaning, multiple kinds of knowing, and the ecology of transformational practices. We draw on various resources from cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, religion and spirituality. 

This episode is divided in two parts. In Part 1 we talk about what is the meaning crisis, why it has emerged and what are some of the practices and solutions to deal with it. 

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Direct download: FTP098.mp3
Category:philosophy -- posted at: 5:52pm CEST

In this episode we discuss further on one of our favorite topics - how to gain more sovereignty in modern world, as well as how it relates to the notion of personal identity. We use Jordan Greenhall's framework to describe sovereignty as developing and practicing three basic capacities: perception, sense making and agency. We discuss these capacities in the context of dominant framework of secular thought in the Western world, the crisis of meaning, entrepreneurship, identity politics etc.

The ideas and inspiration for our discussions come from weekly group calls that are part of the course in personal evolution that we are currently facilitating.

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Direct download: FTP097.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 8:24pm CEST






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