26 July 2017


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? Play entire video

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!

The theatrical paradigm of the sitcom

David Ottlinger looks at how the small TV screens of the 70s affected the medium. Plus: TV that Americans used to share.

What are the limits on religious liberty?

Professor of Religious Studies David Kim and Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, consider quandaries of religious pluralism. Plus: Loving a country that doesn’t love you back.

The orderly universe

Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci, author of the new book How to Be a Stoic, compare the metaphysics of Buddhists and Stoics. Plus: Seneca’s tips for anger management.

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The origin of suffering

Linda Blanchard, author of Dependent Arising in Context, explains a central Buddhist teaching. Plus: What do feelings do?

Why don’t pigs fly?

Massimo Pigliucci on the link between form, function, and “purpose” in natural selection. Plus: What Sam Harris gets wrong about science and morality.

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.

The Wright Show

The origin of free will

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Philosopher Jay Garfield puts the notion of “free will” in historical context and explains why it doesn’t get much attention in Buddhist philosophy. Plus: Selflessness through selflessness.

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The art of letting go

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Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on what Buddhists mean when they warn against emotional attachments. Plus: What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?