Philosopher Bryan Van Norden, author of the new book Taking Back Philosophy, argues that a subtle racism is to blame for Western philosophy’s neglect of Eastern thought.
Robert Wright and science journalist John Horgan discuss the range of thought on the mind-body problem, from pure materialism to panpsychism.
Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine, discusses Silicon Valley’s inordinate interest in immortality. Plus: Self-made cyborgs.
Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose. Plus: What art tells us.
Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.
Historian of science Peter Harrison asserts that basic personal security, rather than science, is responsible for religious decline around the world. Plus: The elusive “rational” religion.
In a talk at Google, Robert Wright discusses the thesis of his new book on the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment.
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What happens if you view perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment in a deterministic light? Robert Wright and philosopher Shaun Nichols discuss.
Ellen Leanse, author of the new book The Happiness Hack, describes what happens to the brain during a social-media binge session.
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Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book The Dharma of The Princess Bride, explains how the movie’s “optimistic deconstruction” of conventional narratives sets it apart from other ironic films. Plus: “Making friends with desire“