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19 June 2018

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Einstein and the speed of light

Robert Wright speaks with Jim Holt, author of the new book When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, about how Einstein conceived his relativity theories. Play entire video
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Culture of personality

Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, and Rami Gabriel discuss the possible evolutionary origins behind Donald Trump’s demeanor and popularity.

Critiquing Jordan Peterson’s philosophy

Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss the ideas of the psychologist and self-help guru. Plus: What is the Logos?

Why haven’t we heard from any space aliens?

Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.

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Less politics, more Hail Marys

Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.

A coalition built on difference

Dan Kaufman speaks with clinical psychologist and MeaningofLife commenter Richard Thompson, a.k.a. miceelf88, on the changing role of empathy in political discourse.

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Are emotions a social construct?

Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel reflect on the modern instinct to sort human behavior into “cultural” and “biological” categories.

Culturally Determined

2001 and Homer's Odyssey

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Michael Benson, author of the new book Space Odyssey, about the link between Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece and the ancient epic. Plus: The fiction and fact of HAL 9000.

Culturally Determined

Rethinking cultural appropriation

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Fashion journalist Connie Wang explains how her thoughts about cultural appropriation have changed.

What gender is your soul?

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YouTube personality ContraPoints explains how her identity has evolved through the process of gender transition.