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24 July 2016

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What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

Awakening to one’s flaws

Meditation teacher Kenneth Folk explains why seeing the roots of our biases is both useful and difficult. Plus: Meta-okayness.

The evolution of ethics

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman consider the ways in which humanity has—and has not—made moral progress. Plus: Is it okay to kill a zombie?

The good (and bad) of cosmopolitanism

Robert Wright and Jack Tsonis on the values associated with the “Axial Age.” Plus: The racist vibes of the Axial Age.

How do you know what’s real?

Robert Wright and researcher David Yaden wonder if self-transcendence is a truer state than everyday reality. Plus: Mystical states aren’t just for mystics.

Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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It’s not all about drugs

Suzanne Koven and Jo Marchant, author of Cure, discuss how a focus on pharmaceuticals limits medicine. Plus: The real effects of “fake” medicine.

Welcome to MeaningofLife.tv 2.0

We’re delighted to unveil a new website devoted to issues bearing on the meaning of life. This raises several questions. Who is this “we” who is so proud of this site? “We” are the ones who have been putting out Bloggingheads.tv—whose sister site MeaningofLife.tv is—for lo these many years. Why do we call this a “new” website if we’re also calling it “MeaningofLife.tv 2.0”? Well, back in the primordial era of internet video, one of us created a website called meaningoflife.tv, which has been dormant for a decade. What is the meaning of life? Sorry, we don’t do plot spoilers. We’ll leave that question for the people who appear on the site. What kinds of people are those? Like BhTV, MoLtv will feature people with differing viewpoints who enjoy thoughtful discourse free from the constraints imposed by mainstream TV and radio. What can you do to help? Glad you asked! You can start by clicking “Like” on the Facebook button below. Happy pondering!

The Wright Show

Why Trump gets to be Trump

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Philosopher Cristina Bicchieri on how fear changes social norms. Plus: Analyzing entrenched traditions.

Sophia

Are philosophers like artists?

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider whether personal preferences outweigh reason when judging philosophical arguments. Plus: Has philosophy gotten “better”?

The Wright Show

Online actions that hurt IRL

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Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.