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24 April 2017

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Siri says it’s terminal

Robert Wright and ethicist Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master, imagine how AI will affect health care. Plus: DIY pandemics. Play entire video

What we talk about when we talk about consciousness

Robert Wright and astrophysicist Adam Frank on the difficulty of understanding what is inside our heads. Plus: The ultimate weirdness.

My brain made me do it!

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why science alone can’t explain behavior. Plus: The errors of Daniel Dennett.

Erasing war memories

Robert Wright and philosopher Matthew Liao raise ethical questions about using biotech to make better soldiers. Plus: Get cat vision, save the planet.

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The prison of belief

Journalist Tony Ortega talks about the literal and metaphorical bars that keep people in Scientology. Plus: The sci-fi religion.

Sophia

“The only serious philosophical problem”

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Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Skye Cleary compare and contrast the Stoic and the existentialist approaches to suicide. Plus: Existentialism vs. Stoicism

Stop the clock

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Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing, on how living as a hermit for two years changed his perception of time. Plus: The hermit’s mind.