WNT: In Pursuit of Longevity

Greetings, friends. Life got you down? Losing that pep in your step? Do you find that you feel like your body is slowly turning into a creaking decrepit husk? Well, it is.

Have no fear, though. In this week’s episode of Wednesday Night Theater, renowned gerontologist and Rasputin lookalike Aubrey de Grey wants you to know that aging is a disease— and he’s devoted himself to finding the cure. Despite what de Grey’s rather whackadoodle appearance may lead you to assume, this cure doesn’t involve magic crystals, homeopathic ointments, magnetic sleeping harnesses, etc. but rather finding out exactly what causes our tissues to age and figuring out how to stop it.

I have the sneaking suspicion that this whole thing is part of an elaborate attempt to grow the longest beard imaginable.

WNT: The Problem With Atheism

It’s Wednesday night, and that means it’s time for another episode of Wednesday Night Theater, pumping concentrated intellectual entertainment directly into your bloodstream. This week’s installment features prominent atheist Sam Harris delivering a talk at the 2007 Atheism Alliance Internation conference, wherein he argues that atheism doesn’t exist.

Confusing, I know. Just… just watch it.

WNT: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Hello again, and welcome to another installment of Wednesday Night Theater, shooting hot enlightenment directly into your eyeballs. This week’s video features distinguished Harvard psychology professor and unrepentant longhair Steven Pinker explaining how violence has consistently declined over the course of human history.

Next time you’re feeling down, just remember that you have a very low risk of being murdered, historically speaking.

WNT: Is Science Showing That We Don’t Have Free Will?

In this week’s episode of Wednesday Night Theater I give you a talk delivered in 2008 by esteemed Tufts philosophy professor Daniel Dennett at the University of Edinburgh. In it, Prof. Dennett lays out pretty convincingly that what we regard as “free will” doesn’t exist.

Thankfully for all of our sanity, he also makes a pretty good case that this is OK since it still feels as if we make your own choices. And isn’t that what matters?

Wednesday Night Theater: Parrots, the Universe, and Everything

This is Wednesday Night Theater (hereafter referred to as WNT), a feature wherein I will post an interesting video for your enlightenment and enjoyment. Today’s episode— a talk given by Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, among other awesome works) at UC Santa Barbara shortly before his death in 2001.