13 November 2018


What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons. Play entire video
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Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.

The responsibilities that we bear to each other

Brandy Jensen discusses the core theme of her advice column, “Ask a F*ck-Up.”

How to win a Nobel Prize

Neuroscientist Eric Kandel describes the research that revealed the cellular basis of long-term and short-term memory and earned him a morning phone call from the Swedish Academy.

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Scientology and language programming

Nikita Petrov and Tony Ortega use Scientology’s practice of looking words up in the dictionary as a case study for the relationship between language and ideology.

Impersonating your way to the real you

Amy Alkon, advice columnist and author of the book Unf*ckology, explains a technique for embodying psychological change.

Did reality TV remake reality?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Max Read discuss the connection between the recent Trump-Kanye summit, reality television, and mental illness.


How to survive a mugging

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Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

Mind-Body Problems

Does philosophy lead to practical wisdom?

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Philosopher Owen Flanagan draws on his experiences with mind-altering substances and a brain tumor to reflect on free will and responsibility.

Mind-Body Problems

“I don’t think there’s a universe”

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On the first episode of Mind-Body Problems, Deepak Chopra tries to convince John Horgan that reality is a “species-specific experience.”