Why Are We Here?

We humans see beauty in nature, and we seek meaning. We don’t just want to know how the universe operates; we want to understand how we fit in. 

Leonard Mlodinow, Ph.D 

Our quest to understand our role in the universe is one of our deepest instincts. In fact, according to my guest this week, the great theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow, he has been thinking about just that on many levels.

Theoretical physics, in most cases, leaves even the great physicists shaking their heads in confusion. But Dr. Mlodinow is the one person they turn to when it comes to explaining the most complex concepts.

The co-author of two books with the legendary Stephen Hawking, Leonard is able to distill profound concepts of physics to show how they relate to our everyday lives.

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In our conversation this week we combine many of his own writings to shed light on some of mankind’s most puzzling questions. Questions that range from consciousness itself to the unconscious mind where most of our brain’s activity takes place without us even knowing it. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

As Dr. Mlodinow writes:

It is by uncovering the workings of the unconscious that we can best understand both how we are related to other species and what makes us uniquely human.

This is an episode that will leave you with more questions than answers, but in this case, that is a good thing.

Enjoy the inimitable Leonard Mlodinow and have a great week,

Barry

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Surviving Your Own Sensitivities

Remember to be compassionate with yourself.

Judith Orloff, M.D.The Empath’s Survival Guide 

Sensitive people always find it easier to be compassionate to others than to themselves. However, as difficult as it is, my guest this week believes that those who are very empathetic are the new pioneers and must develop self compassion.

Dr. Judith Orloff is a leader in the field of psychiatry that is dedicated to the most sensitive amongst us. She also passionately believes that we ALL have the power to transform our negative emotions and achieve inner peace.

In our conversation this week we explore how empathy is a key to human survival but how some people are so empathetic that they forget about their own health. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

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All of us fall somewhere on the empathetic spectrum and Dr. Orloff embraces that but gives a heads up on how to deal with it.

To become whole I had to embrace my sensitivities, not run from them. 

I find that much in our emotional life needs to be embraced rather than feared. We often do not see our own values and we can end up short changing ourselves and our loved ones. As Dr. Orloff writes: A sacred responsibility comes with our sensitivities, which demand more of us than simply retreating into isolation.”

Enjoy our conversation and be sure to share it with all the beautiful empaths in your life,

Barry

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Why You Must Discover Your Cosmic Self

There’s one relationship in your life — in everyone’s life — that has been kept a secret. This is your relationship to reality.

Dr. Deepak ChopraYou Are the Universe

We are always trying to find our place in the world and our reason for being. However, what if the answer is found by not only looking deeper within ourselves, but farther out of ourselves as well.

Dr. Deepak Chopra is a pioneer in many fields. He has broken new ground in integrated medicine and personal transformation and now goes one step further. With his book, You Are the Universe, co-authored with Menas Kafatos, Dr. Chopra brings a new alliance of science and spirituality.

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In our conversation we delve into our cosmic self, our consciousness and many other issues that are rarely spoken about but play a deep role in understanding our world, our universe and our role in it all. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

As Deepak writes:

A conscious universe responds to how we think and feel… The real question isn’t whether you are creating reality — all of us are — but how deeply your interventions go.

And believe me “deeply” is an understatement when you see how our discussion traverses topics as far ranging as physics to philosophy, the self to the infinite, and existence to the spiritual.

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Enjoy this rare conversation and have a great week,

Barry

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Fresh Eyes for a Flat World

Innovation requires deep knowledge, but it also requires fresh eyes, to see a problem in a new light and to fashion a new way of resolving it 

Gillian HadfieldRules for a Flat World

Is our legal infrastructure ready for the new world we live in? Is it keeping up with the digital age or drowning in cost and complexity? Are national and global legal systems doing what they are supposed to do?

Legal and economic scholar Gillian Hadfield is not only concerned that they are not, but is laying down the gauntlet and challenging the establishment to make changes that brings the rule of law up to 21st Century standards.

In our conversation about her book, Rules for a Flat World, we explore a vast array of legal and economic issues that Professor Hadfield says we must address in order to achieve a more vibrant and sustainable economy for us all. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

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As Professor Hadfield declares in her manifesto:

We need to bring to our legal infrastructure the kinds of responsive innovation and investment that competitive markets bring to the rest of the economy.

This is a fascinating time and a unique position we find ourselves in. Our technology may for the first time be exceeding our political and social grasp. However, we humans are a tough species and capable as a society to deal with our legal, economic and governmental infrastructures to insure they benefit us all and to do what, as Professor Hadfield states: Make it easier for people to work together and make life for all better, not worse.”

Enjoy the episode and have a great week,

Barry

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The Wisdom of 1,000 Entrepreneurs

Too many people grow up without a clue regarding their true potential to live a life resembling their dreams.

Nelson DavisMaking It!-TV

Purpose, passion and perseverance. Those are the first three words you see when you click on Nelson Davis’s website, Making It! Nelson is committed to combining his passion in order to promote economic empowerment for all. During his career he has spoken with over a thousand entrepreneurs from all walks of life and believes everyone can be better developed by learning to think like an entrepreneur.

We all face many obstacles in life, but Nelson firmly believes that none of them have to be barriers. In fact, the obstacles themselves can create inspiration and creativity. He also wants people to not fear failure. An entrepreneur must always look at failure as just another opportunity and that is how we all need to look at our ups and downs in life. As Nelson says:

If you are afraid to stare a failure in the eye, you may not be prepared to truly enjoy major successes.

In my conversation with Nelson, airing this week on most of our PBS stations, we discuss the deep level of wisdom he gained by being an entrepreneur and by talking to thousands of them. (Click here for times and channels in your area).

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Two in particular that I learned from Nelson and want to share with you here are: “Learn to love your problems because they are the only thing that you are guaranteed to have every day.” And, “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”

Enjoy the episode and go that extra mile.

Barry

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Using Wisdom in the Battle of Misinformation

Misinformation has been a fixture of human life for thousands of years. The unique problem we face today is that misinformation has proliferated. 

Daniel LevitinWeaponized Lies 

There is only one way to battle “Weaponized Lies” and the proliferation of misinformation. The solution is wisdom. Wisdom goes beyond knowledge, information and education. In fact, those that spread misinformation are almost always knowledgeable, informed and educated. It is how they are able to manipulate through misinformation in the first place.

Although good education and true factual information can lead to knowledge, wisdom resides in its own pantheon. It is the apex of what we need in order to thrive. It is the tool required to take education, information and knowledge and turn it into a weapon against all the muck and mire thrown at us on a daily basis from so many arenas.

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Wisdom is our ability to have a deeper understanding of our world and a greater appreciation for the role we play in it. As my dear friend Wayne describes it: “Knowledge is respected. Wisdom is revered.”

In my conversation with Dr. Levitin about his book, Weaponized Lies, we probe deeply into the wisdom required to develop the critical thinking needed in our modern era. Airing this week on most of our PBS stations we discuss a number of issues from false statistics to deceptive illustrations to outright manipulation of facts. (Click here for times and channels in your area).

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As Dr. Levitin states: “We—each of us—need to think critically and carefully about the numbers and words we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives.”

Enjoy the episode and I hope you are having a wonderful Passover and Easter Holiday,

Barry

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Going it Alone!

Dr. John Izzo has been a past guest on Between the Lines and I was looking forward to discussing his latest book, The Five Thieves of Happiness, with him on this week’s episode.

However, the day before the episode John called to let me know he had a situation that would make him miss the taping.  He’s coming back on the show at a later date, but due to our new HD episodes I had to deliver a certain number of fresh shows before putting any reruns on the air.

Due to the situation I attempted something I have never done before – an episode without a guest – an episode with just me and my take on John’s book. (Click here to see where and when in your home town this experiment takes place)

Even after viewing it I cannot be sure it worked. That’s something you will decide. This is not a new direction for Between the Lines. However, I must admit, I did have fun doing it and I would love to know what you think.

Please be kind and have a great week,

Barry

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