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Robert Wright and guests talk about politics and other matters, on

Robert Wright and guests talk about politics and other matters, on
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Robert Wright and guests talk about politics and other matters, on




Robert Wright & Betsy Levy Paluck

Betsy’s work on prejudice and conflict earns her a MacArthur “Genius” grant ... Betsy: Media tells us what other people think ... Across tribal divides in Rwanda, even gifts can be malicious ... How social media algorithms control consciousness ... How peer “influencers” can make schools safer (and kinder) ...

Duration: 00:34:01

Robert Wright & Mark O'Connell

Why transhumanists want to escape their biological prisons ... The “singularity” and the culture of Silicon Valley ... How biohackers turn technology into performance art ... How do you upload an immaterial mind? ... Over-the-counter life extension: does it work? ...

Duration: 00:28:42

Robert Wright & Craig Harline

Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, 500 years later ... Luther was very hard on himself, and the consequences were huge ... Why Luther’s sermons went viral in 16th-century Germany ... Luther’s mark on future Protestant denominations ... The Diet of Worms and its improbably dramatic aftermath ... Why did Prince Frederick III of Saxony protect Luther? ...

Duration: 00:28:05

Robert Wright & Peter Harrison

Does science lead to a decline in religious belief? ... Before academia lost its religion ... Surveying the global rise of religious nationalism ... Are evolution and religion truly incompatible? ... Allowing for miracles in a materialist world ... How Gould’s “non-overlapping magisteria” begs the question ...

Duration: 00:28:36

Robert Wright & Andrew Sullivan

How tribalism underpins the current political moment ... Has cosmopolitan London lost its character? ... Why a strong national identity could restore unity in the US ... Andrew: Dems should make economic inequality their centerpiece issue ... How Bob’s Mindful Resistance project confronts tribalistic thinking ...

Duration: 01:11:43

Robert Wright & Ethan Nichtern

Ethan’s unusual upbringing as a “Dharma brat” in the Shambala Buddhist tradition ... How a cult classic took on spiritual significance for its fans ... What the film’s iconic line “as you wish” says about idealized love ... How Buddhist teachings are reflected in the film’s treatment of family, friendship and romance ... Ethan’s take on his parent’s spiritual teacher, Chögyam Trungpa, the controversial founder of Shambala Buddhism ...

Duration: 00:55:44

Robert Wright & Tyler Volk

Tyler’s “ambitious” new book, Quarks to Culture ... "Combogenesis": The reason for everything? ... When subatomic particles make friends ... From protons to evolution ... What came before culture? ... The link between inner peace and world peace ... The possibility of purpose in the universe ...

Duration: 00:59:56

Robert Wright & John McPhee

Why John’s books have never included an author photo ... On the inadequacy of the term ‘nonfiction’ ... The importance of a really good lede ... John’s simple cure for writer’s block ... Why John likes to challenge the reader’s vocabulary ...

Duration: 01:07:03

Robert Wright & Paul Davies

Bob and Paul question “matter” as we know it ... Is information bound to the physical world? ... Finding room for consciousness in quantum physics ... Paul on the faith required of scientists ... What enforces the laws of physics? ...

Duration: 00:47:13

Robert Wright & Alison Gopnik

How a personal crisis brought Alison back to David Hume ... Hume’s (likely) chance encounter with Buddhism ... Lessons learned from 23-year-old Hume’s nervous breakdown ... Which ideas might Hume have borrowed from Buddhism? ... How meditation disrupts the ‘autopilot’ of adulthood ... Is introspection as valuable as neuroscience? ...

Duration: 01:00:00

Robert Wright & Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa’s new book How Emotions are Made ... Can we truly feel an emotion before we can name it? ... Is it true that the !Kung people feel no fear? ... Fear in the body, the brain, and in concept ... Do animals have emotions as we know them? ... Lisa’s advice for young scientists: Keep it empirical ...

Duration: 01:03:36

John Horgan & Robert Wright

Bob: Life was suffering before modernity, too ... John: Mindfulness meditation is morally neutral ... How attribution biases make war possible ... Is the path to enlightenment for everyone? ... Why Bob doubts that pure enlightenment has been achieved ... Morality matters, even inside the Matrix ...

Duration: 01:09:09

Robert Wright & Brian Greene

Superstring theory: Just crazy enough to be true? ... Why Einstein disliked quantum physics ... Welcome to the multiverse! ... Could an interventionist god in theory exist? ... Einstein’s determinism and “block time” ... The “stuff” that makes reality real ...

Duration: 01:01:49

Robert Wright & Ted Chiang

How Ted's Story of Your Life became Arrival ... Experiential and theoretical grounds for determinism ... If the future is set… Why bother? ... The Predictor—an imagined device that will freak you out ... Wormholes and time travel ... Are free will and determinism compatible? ...

Duration: 01:29:29

Robert Wright & Massimo Pigliucci

Bob’s and Massimo’s complementary new books ... Bob and Massimo give Buddhist and Stoic advice on dealing with regret ... Buddhist and Stoic recipes for reducing anxiety ... Using meditative practices to fight ADD ... Building resilience, maintaining compassion ... The upside of distraction ...

Duration: 01:03:46

Robert Wright & Daniel Ingram

Daniel: Aim for enlightenment (even if you’ll never reach it) ... Levels of Buddhist awakening ... Daniel assesses Bob’s level of spiritual attainment ... Trump as an affront to Buddhism ... The awakened sociopath ... Daniel’s enlightened view of Trumpism ... How to leverage anger wisely ...

Duration: 01:06:28

Robert Wright & Brooke Gladstone

Brooke’s new book, The Trouble With Reality ... The erosion of the public square ... Orwell vs. Huxley: Whose dystopia are we living in? ... How people are wired for self-delusion ... Why liberals struggle to understand Trump voters ... Is the media unfair to Trump? ... Brooke’s theory of Trump ...

Duration: 00:52:04

Robert Wright & Jay Garfield

Teaching Buddhist philosophy ... Jay’s book, Engaging Buddhism ... Why “you” might not exist ... Buddhism and determinism ... When clarifying your view of reality makes you a better person ... The error of essentialism ...

Duration: 00:59:45

Robert Wright & Owen Ellickson

Comedy in the age of Trump ... Why Owen stopped writing his parody Trump tweets ... Is it pointless to mock Trump? ... Are liberal comedians hurting their cause? ... Twitter and partisan politics ... What it takes to become a podcasting juggernaut ... When breaking speech codes with comedy backfires ...

Duration: 01:05:44

Robert Wright & Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo’s new book, How to Be a Stoic, and Bob’s forthcoming book, Why Buddhism Is True ... Similarities between Buddhism and Stoicism ... The metaphysics of Stoicism ... Is there a Stoic version of the Buddhist “not-self” doctrine? ... Massimo’s Stoic advice column ... Seneca’s tips for anger management ... Achieving an objective awareness of your emotions ... Using meditation to cope with feelings of failure ...

Duration: 01:14:37

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