"The starting point is a highly acclaimed interview with Woody Allen from 2014 that firmly explains that life is once and for all meaningless. People are born and die, born and die in a steady stream, with no particular purpose, and the universe itself is doomed. […] Brinkmann believes that it is the very perspective that is wrong here: it is the distanced outside perspective Allen constructs that makes life seem meaningless. If you choose to see it from the inside, it looks different, this is where it is meant to be found."
"Newness, alternative spirituality, neo-religion, new age – dear child has many names. There are updated versions of 19th-century Theosophy and religions such as Scientology, Hare Krishna, and Satanism. People and faith allow Per Faxneld, a religious scholar from Södertörn University, to reason about it, and People and Faith reporter Julia Wiraeus reflects on Theosophism that has inspired many new religions and, above all, anthroposophy. She also meets theosophist and "Mystic at Karlaplan" Perti Spets. "
(People and Faith, SR, July 6, 2018) You can listen to the program here
"Gesar Mukpo was three when he became one of the first people born in the West to be recognized as a tulku the present-day reincarnation of a Buddhist master. For his entire life, he's been trying to figure out what that really means."
Here are nine life advices by comedian and Tim Minchin, in a speech at The University of Western Australia in 2013 (6:41 min). Many variations on the theme that life is short, finite and deeply meaningless. On paper, this stands in stark contrast to a new-age and even, perhaps, in some sense, a traditional religious worldview.
"You will soon be dead. Life will sometimes seem long and tough and, god, it's tiring. And you will sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. And then you'll be old. And then you'll be dead.
There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it. Not the fillet. Fill. It."
(You can read Minuchin's speech here.)
Psychologically, it is less interesting what someone believes in, compared to how they believe in one or the other. […]
Recent study that suggests that practicing yoga and meditation does not always reduce the person's "ego", as the ideal says, but rather can contribute to "ego inflation": Mind-body practices and the self: yoga and meditation do not quiet the ego, but instead boost self-enhancement Gebauer, Jochen, Nehrlich, A.D., Stahlberg, D., Sedikides, Constantine, Hackenschmidt, D, Schick, D, Stegmaie, C A, Windfelder, C. C, Bruk, A and Mander, J V (2018)
Susanne Paulsson, a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher, is interviewed by Stina Johansson about unclear boundaries within the alternative treatment world (Yogafordig.nu, 2018-06-18).
"Yoga can be a fantastic tool in many ways and an incredibly good method for unwinding, for example, but yoga is not a solution to everything. "A person with a mental suffering can often not be helped by yoga alone, but also needs to go to psychotherapy."
Panel discussion on Life After Death, moderated by comedian and actor John Cleese (1 hour, 41 min).
The meeting was organized on April 12, 2018, by the University of Virginia's Division of Perceptual Studies. Location: The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
(The image below is from an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus: "Is there life after death?"
Urgent thoughts of psychiatry professor Jan-Otto Ottosson, in Läkartidningen 2004, after what had come to light in Knutby.
Anna Lindman and Uppdrag granskning (SVT) follow up their report from 14/2 about the Philadelphia Assembly in Knutby. New details about power, group processes and violence. But most interesting is still to find out how many of those involved, leaders as well as ordinary parishioners, can now look back on and tell us about what really happened. Also participating is Helena Löfgren, psychotherapist and knowledgeable about sects.
Watch the programme from 13 June 2018 here
Viktor Paulsson writes his master's thesis on the psychology program at Stockholm University, about "Meaning in life, Outlook on life and Relationships".
"Are you between 18-40 years old and would be willing to participate in a study that takes 5-10 minutes to complete?"
Here you can participate in the research project: Questionnaire