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The Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.): Interview with Dr. Sheldon Solomon

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.) Sheldon Solomon talks about a New York State program for economically and academically disadvantaged kids. SS: So New York State has a program for economically and academically disadvantaged kids. And they pay for half and Skidmore pays for the other half. And these are kids, you know, from every… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on the Current Philosophical Climate in the United States: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Current Philosophical Climate in the United States SS: “Philosophical principles that now prevail in our country are literally based on assumptions that are just unambiguously incorrect.” …Locke said that people vary in ability. He called it industry. He… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Death Awareness and Psychological Growth: Exclusive Interview

Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Death Awareness and Psychological Growth Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about death anxiety and life affirmation. SS: …we like our work but we’re kind of sick of death denial and we’re more interested in life affirmation. And, you know, so we think we understand in quotes how death anxiety can be malignantly… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Defenses Against Death Anxiety

Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Defenses Against Death Anxiety Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about common defenses against death anxiety. LF: In your work, you focus on defenses against death anxiety that help keep it out of people’s awareness. I was wondering if you could describe those a little bit of what you see as the main… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Human Destructiveness: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Human Destructiveness Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about human destructiveness from a Terror Management Theory perspective. LF: How do you make sense out of human destructiveness coming from a Terror Management Theory perspective? SS: Well,… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on the Empathetic Nature of Human Beings: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Sheldon Solomon talks about the empathic nature of human beings. LF: It’s interesting because I’m reading a book by Sara Hardy, she’s a cultural anthropologist and I love this. And we really are social creatures. And we really… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Terror Management Theory: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. TMT Findings Imply A Better Way To Live Sheldon Solomon talks about Terror Management Theory and the implications of a better way to live. SS: It is important for people to feel that they are of genuine value… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon On Death Awareness and Culture Formation: Exclusive Interview

Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Death Awareness and Culture Formation [SlideDeck2 id=13293] Sheldon Solomon talks about Ernest Becker’s description of how death awareness fashions the formation of culture. SS: These are ideas we kind of, I think, borrowed or maybe extrapolated a little from what we gleaned from Ernest Becker. As you know, his argument is… Read more »

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Teaching in Prisons: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Sheldon Solomon

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Sheldon Solomon talks about his experience teaching in prisons. SS:I spent a decade in the prisons – the maximum security and medium security prison – in New York working with inmates to teach them college courses. And it… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Terror Management Theory: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Sheldon Solomon talks about how Terror Management Theory began. ….we were egghead researchers trying to understand why people couldn’t get along with other people who didn’t share their beliefs about reality. And then we stumbled onto Ernest Becker’s… Read more »

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