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21 August 2017

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Could a god work in quantum ways?

Robert Wright asks Brian Greene whether the laws of physics leave room for outside intervention. Play entire video

Get over it!

Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci on what Buddhism and Stoicism say about dealing with regret. Plus: Anxious? Embrace it.

Do “you” exist?

Daniel Kaufman and Robert Wright debate the Buddhist idea that there is no “self.” Plus: Would the world be worse if everyone were enlightened?

The awakened sociopath

Robert Wright and meditation teacher Daniel Ingram consider the paradox of gurus who behave badly. Plus: Resisting Trump wisely.

Degrees of agency

Philosopher Crispin Sartwell uses the 12-step program to illustrate his views on responsibility without free will. Plus: Is the state necessary?

What the hell is a law?

Crispin Sartwell, author of Entanglements, describes a materialist view of social realities. Plus: Penetrated by reality.

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Skimming the surface of sleep

Jason Siff, author of Thoughts Are Not The Enemy, explains why he allows his students to fall asleep during meditation. Plus: Think again, meditators!

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Wrestling with determinism

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Ted Chiang, the writer behind Arrival, argues you should try to make an effort even if your future is set. Plus: Meet the Predictor.

About that rebirth

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Gil Fronsdal, author of The Buddha before Buddhism, talks about values Buddhism doesn’t quite share with its founder. Plus: What we need to let go of.

Robots who reject polyamory

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Bioethicists James Hughes and Regina Rini explain how artificial intelligence could shape the future of human morality. Plus: Raising moral machines.