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Season 4

Episode 40: “Somewhere beyond Antares”: a conversation with Ben Soto

topic: The Monk and The Philosopher

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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Matthieu Ricard and JeanFrancois Revel sitting on a wide bench in 1999

Photo credit for this episode thumbnail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Dorfman

Ben Soto joins the pod to talk about The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life which is an extensive conversation between Matthieu Ricard and his father Jean-François Revel. Ben found this book particularly fascinating, given his interest in Buddhism, science, and the nature of mind. We also talk about The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self by Thomas Metzinger and Jim and Ben get very heavily into the nature of mind, while Lionel listens and adds his thoughts at the end.