Podcast Episodes That Really Helped Us Think Deeply
Each month we will do a quick round-up of what we’ve been listening to, reading and eating over the last month. We share what made us really think as well as what challenged us intellectually.
The first podcast we want to share with you this month is Sam Harris’ interview with author Annaka Harris. They dive deep into her work on uncovering the fundamental mystery of the mind. This is a podcast that will both surprise and delight.
What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we?
We are, by definition, an ecosystem. Our second pick for this month takes us inside our bodies, where we are comprised of about ten trillion cells. But our microbiome — all the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in or on our bodies – outnumber human cells by a factor of 10. The microbiome reveals a more connected biology, radically transforming our approach to medicine, hygiene, diet, and living. Indeed, we are far more microorganism than human. Rich Roll talks to Ara Katz and Raja Dhir, founders of Seed.
Our first pick covered our mind, the second dug into the cells that make up our body and just how fascinating and misunderstood our microbiome is. For our third pick this month let’s get a little outside our heads and bodies and talk about how we start thinking far differently about our impact as come out of our thirties and forties. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: from male formation and what he calls “father hunger” to why contemplation is as magnetic to people now, including millennials, as it’s ever been.