25 May 2017


Making new friends through common enemies

Psychologist Jay Van Bavel on the roots of partisanship. Plus: How cognitive biases shape our reality. Play entire video

Ancient self-help

Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to counsel people on letting things go. Plus: Stoicism—the Swiss Army knife of philosophies!

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How free are we?

Psychologist David Barash, invoking karma and genes, revises the existentialist view of freedom. Plus: Existentialist bio-Buddhism.

What we talk about when we talk about consciousness

Robert Wright and astrophysicist Adam Frank on the difficulty of understanding what is inside our heads. Plus: The ultimate weirdness.

“The only serious philosophical problem”

Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Skye Cleary compare and contrast the Stoic and the existentialist approaches to suicide. Plus: Existentialism vs. Stoicism

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Stop the clock

Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing, on how living as a hermit for two years changed his perception of time. Plus: The hermit’s mind.

My brain made me do it!

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why science alone can’t explain behavior. Plus: The errors of Daniel Dennett.

The Wright Show

Stop the binge-watching!

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Psychologist Adam Alter, author of Irresistible, offers advice on how to break your addiction to the screen. Plus: How Facebook gets you hooked.

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Siri says it’s terminal

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Robert Wright and ethicist Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master, imagine how AI will affect health care. Plus: DIY pandemics.