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Description: Physicist and consciousness researcher Thomas Campbell discusses the nature of reality in terms of consciousness. This video logically and scientifically explains the normal and the paranormal, mind and matter, physics and metaphysics, philosophy and theology.
Description: Christopher Hitchens—an exponent of the “new atheism” movement, author, journalist, and professor at New School—describes himself as an anti-theist and believer in the philosophical values of the Enlightenment. Jay Richards is an intelligent design advocate and research fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Video 3: Life That Doesn’t End with Death
Description: In Tana Toraja, Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. In this TED talk, anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does.
Description: NPR’s All Things Considered series The Human Edge looks at how we evolved. This audio segment explores how religious beliefs helped us become who we are today. Does believing in God confer an hereditary advantage?
Description: Some people in recovery balk at the higher power concepts involved in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This link provides an alternative take on the steps for those for whom the spiritual component is distracting, alienating, or off-putting.