24 March 2018


Why there is no empirically grounded “good”

Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci, co-editor of the new book Science Unlimited?: The Challenges of Scientism, discuss the role of science in questions of ethics and human welfare. Play entire video

The perks of sanctimony

Robert Wright and neuroscientist Molly Crockett discuss the risks and rewards of being morally outraged online.

Yoga’s not just about stretching

Yoga teacher Josh Summers discusses the meditative and spiritual aspects of the practice.

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Translating the nonverbal

Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the influence of culture on the brain’s reading of human emotion.

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A morbid inspiration

Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, author of the book The Prodigal You Love, explains the importance of “memento mori,” or remembering one’s own death, in her spiritual practice.

Why do women have orgasms?

Robert Wright and ornithologist Richard Prum discuss evolutionary explanations of the phenomenon.

Does Michelangelo suck?

Dan Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell put the artist’s work in historical and religious context.

“A means of union among men”

Dan Kaufman and Daniel Tippens discuss art’s critical role in holding a society together.

Feeling down, looking down

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Fascial specialist David Lesondak describes the relationship between posture and mental health.

Why the Mortara case is still provoking argument 150 years later

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Pater Edmund Waldstein, a Cistercian monk, explains the historical incident that recently sparked a wide-ranging intellectual debate.

The Wright Show

What is panpsychism?

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Philosopher Galen Strawson argues that consciousness is a fundamental aspect of all matter.