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Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality
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Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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What Is It Like to Be a Man? (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Philip Christman)

8/15/2018
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Phil's essay, "What Is It Like to Be a Man?" ... Modern male stereotypes: Homer Simpson vs. Harvey Weinstein ... Proud Boys, Jordan Peterson, and the crisis of masculinity ... The trans challenge to gender norms ... Phil explains why his Christian faith doesn't provide him with certainty ... Contrasting certainty in Judaism and Christianity ...

Duration:00:56:46

On the Profession of Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & Justin Weinberg)

8/14/2018
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Justin's website about the philosophy profession, Daily Nous ... What philosophers actually do when they do research ... Will we ever solve the big philosophical questions? ... What the American Philosophical Association does ... Is this a golden age for public philosophy? ... Are philosophy departments in danger? ... Dan wonders whether there should be a moratorium on new philosophy PhDs ...

Duration:01:27:56

The Physics of Time (Robert Wright & Tim Maudlin)

8/10/2018
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Three fundamental questions about time ... Revisiting the famous "twins paradox" thought experiment ... Why Tim thinks mainstream physicists are wrong about time ... Einstein and determinism ... Why Einstein was wrong about quantum entanglement ... Non-locality, the weirdest thing in physics ...

Duration:01:14:37

Why We Need Religion (Josh Summers & Stephen Asma)

8/9/2018
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Stephen’s new book, Why We Need Religion ... Who is Stephen’s intended audience? ... How religion shaped our emotional lives for millennia ... Can you benefit from religion without sincere belief? ... “False consolation”? No such thing, Stephen says ... Stephen learns to appreciate the “smells and bells” of Buddhism in Bhutan ... How will religion evolve in America? ...

Duration:01:12:10

"Occult Politics" in the Trump Era (Nikita Petrov & Gary Lachman)

8/6/2018
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The rise of "occult politics" in the Trump era ... Pepe the Frog and "willing Trump into office" ... Trickle-down metaphysics from Nietzsche to Trump ... Steve Bannon’s connection to European far-right esoteric philosophy ... "Putin’s Rasputin," Alexander Dugin ... Gary’s new project on the return of "Holy Russia" ... Gary's thoughts on Jordan Peterson ...

Duration:01:16:47

A Critical Look at the Stanford Prison Experiment (Robert Wright & Ben Blum)

8/3/2018
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Ben's essay challenging Philip Zimbardo's famous Stanford Prison Experiment ... How a study about prisoners became a study about guards ... Evidence that Zimbardo improperly influenced the study ... The unexpected political effects of the experiment ... What explains the experiment's durability? ... When Zimbardo tried to get Bob to dance ... Is Zimbardo himself a victim of circumstance? ...

Duration:01:06:10

Has Marxism lost its way? (Daniel Kaufman & Brian Leiter)

7/31/2018
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To understand Marx, start with Hegel’s dialectics ... Why Marx emphasized economic production over Hegelian idealism ... Dan: Was Marx’s concept of labor too narrow? ... What will happen if technology eliminates most jobs? ... Marxism post-WWII: More than college activism and Jefferson Airplane? ... Brian: Marx’s predictions were right, but his predicted timeframe was all wrong ... Why “diversity blather” is a capitalist wolf in Marxist clothing ...

Duration:01:30:03

Jordan Peterson and Detransitioning (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Katie Herzog)

7/29/2018
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What Katie saw at the Jordan Peterson roadshow ... Is Peterson peddling bunkum? ... Katie defends Peterson against charges of racism ... Peterson's views on gender: traditionalist, sexist, or misogynist? ... Peterson as a holy fool ... Jesse Singal's controversial Atlantic cover story on detransitioning ... Is the media telling the wrong stories about trans people? ...

Duration:00:59:39

The Elephant in the Brain (Robert Wright & Robin Hanson)

7/20/2018
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Why Robin's head will be severed and frozen upon his death ... Robin used the phrase "redistribution of sex" and peoplegot mad ... Robin defends his controversial blog post about rape and cuckoldry ... Robin's book about our selfish motives, The Elephant in the Brain ... Laughter as a signal about norm violation ... Robin: Politics is about proving your loyalty to your side ... What's the real reason we engage in conversation? ...

Duration:01:13:02

The Self in Meditation, Science, and Politics (Robert Wright & Thomas Metzinger)

7/13/2018
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Try this at home: the rubber hand illusion ... Out-of-body experiences in VR ... Why you will never have a not-self experience ... Meditation, capitalism, and political activism ... The urgent need to teach meditation in schools ... Thomas's "transparent self" model ...

Duration:01:06:02

The Final Mysterians (Robert Wright & Michael Shermer)

7/11/2018
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Michael's controversial Scientific American column on the "final mysterians" ... Bob's thought experiment about God and quantum mechanics ... The split among philosophers over the free will question ... Revisiting Thomas Nagel’s famous essay, "What is it like to be a bat?" ... What's a harder problem, God or consciousness? ... What laws should govern a colony on Mars? ... Michael reports from inside the Intellectual Dark Web ... Deconstructing Jordan Peterson's appeal ... Bob: Life is hard...

Duration:01:53:51

The New Cosmic Story (Robert Wright & John Haught)

7/6/2018
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John's book, The New Cosmic Story ... Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and cosmic evolution ... What it means to say that "God is more Omega than Alpha" ... John: We live in an "awakening universe" ... Putting religion in cosmic context ... Does "rightness" exist apart from human judgment? ... Why John takes comfort in the "unfinishedness" of the universe ... Alfred North Whitehead's influence on John's worldview ... Why John rejects Perennialism ...

Duration:01:04:05

All About NXIVM (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Vanessa Grigoriadis)

7/2/2018
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Vanessa's NYT Magazine piece on NXIVM, an alleged "sex cult" ... Why so many women rose to the top of the group ... The Hollywood actress who became a NXIVM leader ... The real story of the infamous branding of women's skin ... Is the group guilty of sex trafficking? ... Is NXIVM a sex cult? ...

Duration:00:45:27

Robert Wright & Michael Pollan

6/29/2018
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Michael Pollan's new book, How to Change Your Mind ... Dissolving the ego via meditation and via psychedelics ... Brain, self, and personal narrative ... The underground subculture of psychedelic guides ... Michael feels the love and sees the unity (you had to be there) ... Do psychedelics validate scientific materialism or undermine it? ... Scientific vs. religious descriptions of psychedelic experience ... Why is the brain capable of psychedelic experiences? ... The future of...

Duration:01:04:41

Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Alissa Wilkinson

6/27/2018
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First Reformed, Paul Schrader's new film that takes Christianity seriously ... Schrader's European art-house influences ... The film contrasts two versions of American Protestantism ... Ethan Hawke's restrained lead performance ... Spoiler alert! Analyzing the film's shocking twists ... The intentionally ambiguous ending ... Reaction to the film from the Christian press ...

Duration:00:47:22

Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci

6/26/2018
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Dan and Massimo on ontology: What exists and what doesn’t? ... What, if anything, do Saturn’s rings have in common with virtue? ... Materialism as a product of scientism ... The immaterial features of human life and society ... The most important philosopher you’ve never heard of ... What does Daniel Dennett mean by “self,” anyway? ... Massimo: A single ontology isn’t enough to describe reality ...

Duration:01:17:18

Robert Wright & Stuart Hameroff

6/25/2018
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The Hameroff-Penrose theory of quantum consciousness ... Why we'll never construct a true artificial intelligence ... The implications of quantum consciousness for free will ... Do microtubules in the brain explain consciousness? ... How quantum physics could help us understand anesthesia ... Why Stuart doesn't dismiss paranormal research ... Could quantum entanglement explain paranormal phenomena? ...

Duration:01:34:16

Robert Wright & David Pearce

6/22/2018
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Defining transhumanism ... Why David is pessimistic about the Singularity ... Becoming happier by shifting our "hedonic set points" ... Could we phase out suffering by tackling its genetic roots? ... Can chemicals deliver enduring happiness? ... Why David has never tasted meat ... Is transhumanism a secular religion? ...

Duration:01:06:28

William Black & Jemar Tisby

6/20/2018
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Jemar’s path from educator to historian ... How racial history shapes the landscape of the Deep South ... The “quiet exodus” of black Christians from white evangelical churches ... Not a “skin problem,” but a “sin problem” ... Jemar: Kindness isn’t just being polite to avoid offense ... Bill explains the historic racial divide within the Cumberland Presbyterian Church ...

Duration:00:48:00

Robert Wright & Jim Holt

6/15/2018
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Jim's new book of essays, When Einstein Walked with Gödel ... The Platonists who believe mathematics is transcendent ... Against viewing math as transcendent ... The implications of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem ... What's so special about light? Einstein can explain ... Tachyons, the hypothetical particles that travel faster than light ... How Jim became a "rigorous dilettante" (with cameos by B.F. Skinner and Bette Midler) ...

Duration:01:22:25