Point of Inquiry

Center for Inquiry

Religion & Spirituality, Science & Medicine, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Philosophy

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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


Letting Go of the Soul, with Julien Musolino

February 9th, 2015

Episode 453 of 538 episodes

Intuitively, it can feel as though the essence of our thoughts and feelings exists separate from the body and brain, and that essence is what is normally referred to as the soul. Empirical evidence, however, forces us to reconcile our intuitions with reality. As the science of the brain and consciousness advances, the case for the existence of a soul deteriorates. This week onPoint of Inquiry,Josh Zepps talks toJulien Musolino, psychology professor and author ofThe Soul Fallacy: What Science shows We Gain From Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs. Musolinodiscusses why there isn’t room for belief in the soul in modern science, and how moving past that belief might make the world a better place.

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