Today we welcome John Vervaeke. John is an award-winning professor at the University of Toronto in Psychology, Cognitive Science and Buddhist Psychology. His academic interests include wisdom, mindfulness, meditation, relevance realization, general intelligence, and rationality. He is the author of Awakening from the Meaning Crisis Youtube series and co-author of Zombies in Western Culture: A 21st Century Crisis.
In this episode I talk to John Vaervaeke about the meaning crisis. There is a growing number of people who are struggling to find purpose in life. Society seems to be losing touch of its humanity. John argues that we can address the meaning crisis by appreciating and grounding ourselves in reality. We can find relevance by deepening our relationship with the world and the people around us. In turn, this reverence affords us peace of mind, while recognizing the interconnection of all things. We also touch on the topics of transcendence, mattering, narcissism, spirituality and artificial intelligence.
- Meaning and mattering
- Relevance realization
- Grounding and peace of mind
- Horizontal and vertical transcendence
- Wisdom is overcoming dichotomy
- Measuring rationality
- Zen Neoplatonism and Daoism
- Spirituality is what remains
- Care is essential to being human
- The next Buddha is the Sangha
- Reverence realization
- The meaning crisis