I’ve been listening to PoI for a while, and it’s one of the most stimulating activities I know of.
What strikes me, though, is the lack of discussion on Humanism (or Secular Humanism, if you will). I would really like to hear discussion of the alternative philosophies that can take us forward: it is one thing to appreciate where we have come from and where we are and why we are where we are, but I want some affirmation of my beliefs on what we can do better and how.
As just one minor example, there has been mention, in passing, of the community aspects of the traditional religions. Any ideas on how we can fill that gap?
There are a myriad of other topics to discuss in this area such as how ethics should be agreed in society and how we can lead fulfilling lives without religions dogma. These topics and many more are suggested by luminaries such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, but I’m not suggesting they are interviewed. What I am suggesting is a topic list lead by the sorts of issues they tend to raise but rarely answer in a pragmatic way.
Personally, I would like to advance the thinking on the futility of our current consumerist and material culture, look to the lessons we can learn to those with much less who are more fulfilled, and see where we could get to in a modern and first world context. I think answers to many of the vexing questions of our time could be provided by technology combined with a fundamental resetting of our modus operandi.