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20 September 2017

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The meeting of musical minds

Jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg on the importance of human connection in both music performance and the industry itself. Play entire video

Turning your autopilot off

Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik and Robert Wright discuss how meditation can disrupt rigid patterns in adult cognition. Plus: Did Hume borrow from Buddhism?

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Military monks

Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of Buddhist Fury, on responses to Muslim-Buddhist violence in southern Thailand. Plus: The Buddhist apocalypse.

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Does death erase life’s meaning?

Philosopher Iddo Landau, author of the new book Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World, on why value doesn’t need to be eternal to have worth. Plus: Lower your standards!

Will meditation make you a better person?

Science journalist John Horgan argues that popular mindfulness meditation practice lacks a moral core. Plus: Life is suffering (and always was).

Could a god work in quantum ways?

Robert Wright asks Brian Greene whether the laws of physics leave room for outside intervention. Plus: The surprising appeal of “many worlds.”

Wrestling with determinism

Ted Chiang, the writer behind Arrival, argues you should try to make an effort even if your future is set. Plus: Meet the Predictor.

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About that rebirth

Gil Fronsdal, author of The Buddha before Buddhism, talks about values Buddhism doesn’t quite share with its founder. Plus: What we need to let go of.

What Peter Singer overlooks

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Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?

The Wright Show

Are we doomed?

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Futurist Phil Torres tries to convince Robert Wright that the side-effects of artificial intelligence may include our extinction. Plus: Can climate change help terrorists?

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Get over it!

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Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci on what Buddhism and Stoicism say about dealing with regret. Plus: Anxious? Embrace it.