The Virtues of Love and Morality with Dr. Stephen G. Post & Phil Zuckerman Ph.D.

Original Air Date Wednesday, December 7, 2022 

What navigates your internal moral compass? Do you subscribe to a religion or belief in supernatural power to guide you? Or do you allow innate love, compassion, and empathy to steer you toward a better earthly experience for all?

To examine the moral weight of religious obedience, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two professors about their books that address the virtues of love and morality. Prolific author Dr. Stephen G. Post discusses the virtue of love and unpacks the Eight Pathways of Positive Achievement and Goodness from his book, Give and Live Better. Executive Director of the Humanist Global Charity, Phil Zuckerman explains the virtue of morality and the research behind his book, What it Means to be Moral: Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life.

Dr. Stephen Post — The Virtue of Love:

  • Our ability to love is based on the compassion we have for others. [2:09]
  • Medical love isn’t something we think about but it exists in the medical community. [5:10]
  • Dr. Stephen Post explains why he created The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and wrote a book for The Templeton Foundation. [6:37]
  • Dr. Stephen Post describes his book, Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease. [11:46]
  • The Eight Pathways of Positive Achievement and Goodness. [14:36]
  • Spirituality fills in the gaps of human love. [23:29]

The Virtues of Love and Morality with Dr. Stephen Post & Phil Zuckerman Ph.D.Stephen Post is a researcher, public speaker, professor, and best-selling author who has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Fordham University-Marymount, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Known for his research and public speaking on how giving can enhance the health and happiness of the giver, how empathy and compassionate care contribute to patient outcomes, and ethical issues surrounding the care of dementia patients.

Book: Give and Live Better: Eight Pathways to the Positive Achievement of Goodness


Stephen G. Post Website
Unlimited Love Institute
@StephenGPost on Twitter
The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love on Facebook

Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. — The Virtue of Morality:

  • Dr. Zuckerman describes why he believes non-religious people tend to be more moral than their religious counterparts. [28:21]
  • The more secular people are the most supportive when it comes to those in need in war-torn areas. [31:26]
  • Dr. Zuckerman explains the role of fear in religion. [35:53]
  • Ways the average person can cultivate morality beyond their immediate clan. [37:26]
  • The role of critical thinking in the context of empathy, compassion, and morality. [44:20]
  • Religious fanaticism breeds successfully in poverty and inequality. [48:50]
  • A Humanist community is religious-like but it doesn’t rely on a supernatural belief to solve problems. [51:26]

The Virtues of Love and Morality with Dr. Stephen Post & Phil Zuckerman Ph.D.Phil Zuckerman is a Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College. The author of many books on secularism, he is an Editor at OnlySky and the Executive Director of Humanist Global Charity.

Book: What it Means to be Moral: Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life

@phil_zuckerman on Twitter


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“Religion often bifurcates us from our neighbor. If our neighbor looks like us it's ok, but if our neighbor doesn't look like us, worship like us, or operate like us then they are the enemy.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Empathy and compassion are part of morality.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Do you want the world to be a better place for you having been in it or do you want to leech off of it?” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Flow is incredibly powerful because it gets us beyond chronological time.” @StephenGPost on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Compassion is simply an expression of love in action.” @StephenGPost on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“The whole point of spiritual technique and meditation is to try to stay in that space.” @StephenGPost on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“That sense of a cherishing presence in the universe that is very real in the consciousness of most people.” @StephenGPost on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Unlimited love is a love that goes beyond a human source and suggests that we can be almost invaded by a thing that is greater than ourselves.” @StephenGPost on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Our human love has its limits and that’s where spirituality comes in.” @StephenGPost on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Religious morality is ultimately based on obedience.” @phil_zuckerman on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“When you look at the democratic free world you still see, consistently, that the more religious folks are, the more tribalistic, ethnocentric, and more decisive.” @phil_zuckerman on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Good deeds always lead to more good deeds.” @phil_zuckerman on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Generosity and the spirit of the heart causes us to feel a connection.” @phil_zuckerman on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“We have bio-evolutionary instinctual care, cultivating it beyond the circle is at the root of all moral aspirations.” @phil_zuckerman on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet



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