23 January 2018


Meditation at mealtime

Noah Rasheta and registered dietician Paige Smathers discuss the benefits of mindful attention to one’s thoughts and senses while eating. Play entire video

Following the dharma loosely

Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, on the perils of ascribing too much authority to traditional Buddhist teachings.

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Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann on the place of shamans in Christian societies in West Africa.

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Narcissism on the rise

Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-obsession.

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The evolution of emotion

Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel present a puppet show telling the philosophical history of emotion, from Aristotle to Freud.

Is philosophy going corporate?

Massimo Pigliucci on how philosophers can give practical advice without betraying their principles.

Giving names to your inner voices

Dan Harris, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how thinking of troublesome parts of his mind as people helped drain them of power.

Judging Aziz Ansari

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How bad are his offenses, and is the backlash to’s article warranted? Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Liz Wolfe consider.

Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

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Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

The Wright Show

Is “dehumanization” really the root of cruelty?

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Psychologist Paul Bloom challenges conventional wisdom about the dark side of human nature. Plus: The psychology of Harvey Weinstein.