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Alex Tsakiris – Why Evil Matters: What Science and Religion Got Wrong

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Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris discusses his book Why Evil Matters – How Science & Religion Fumbled a Big One

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For most in our post-Enlightenment, post-modern world, the existence of evil is seen as little more than unscientific superstition from darker ages past. Bad things happen, but the idea of a supernatural force of absolute malevolence is pure horror movie hokum. But since science and technology have come to dominate most cultures, have we simply chosen to turn a blind eye to evil? Do we discount its potential existence in much the same way as we do the existence of dragons and unicorns?

Tsakiris shares what he’s learned interviewing some of the world’s most respected frontier scientists and spiritual thinkers. He examines why evil is brushed aside by our science-centric culture and how new developments in consciousness research might point the way to a more meaningful understanding of who we are, and what we are capable of. If evil is around us, and maybe within us, what – if anything – can we do about it?

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