Ralph Lewis: Purpose Without God & the Unreliability of Subjective Perception, Intuition & Beliefs

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Ralph Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a clinical psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada and a psycho-oncology consultant at the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto. Dr. Lewis writes a popular blog series, Finding Purpose, hosted and promoted by his hospital and publishes regularly on Psychology Today. He has published articles on a psychiatric understanding of belief and purpose in Skeptic magazine and the Human Prospect. He has also written a best selling book: "Finding Purpose in a Godless World: Why We Care Even If The Universe Doesn't".

EPISODE LINKS:
- Ralph's Website: http://purposewithoutgod.com/
- Ralph's Blog: https://health.sunnybrook.ca/mental-health/finding-purpose/
- Ralph's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Purpose-Godless-World-Universe/dp/163388385X#byline_secondary_view_div_1645691160720
- Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/za/contributors/ralph-lewis-md

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(1:15) - Evolution of purposiveness
(5:09) - Religious/Cultural evolution
(8:47) - Atheism, physicalism & reductionism
(16:14) - Psychiatry, consciousness & disordered minds
(30:00) - Religious beliefs vs delusional beliefs
(41:30) - Evolution of belief systems & ideologies
(54:03) - Medicalizing the human condition?
(1:03:44) - Biologizing mental illness?
(1:07:05) - Evolutionary basis of ADHD
(1:19:12) - Ralph's history
(1:37:00) - Michael Shermer, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Stuart Kauffman etc.
(1:44:02) - Free will
(1:49:59) - Existential angst & finding purpose in a godless world
(1:59:45) - Questions from listeners
(2:06:20) - Conclusion