23 October 2016


Lost in thought

Meditation teacher Daniel Ingram, author of Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, on the pathology of our wandering minds. Play entire video

People of the screen

Tech visionary Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable, on how the shift from books to screens is affecting our culture. Plus: Parenting artificial intelligence.

Rescued from the dustbin of history

A long-lost, never-before-shown 2006 conversation between Robert Wright and “new atheist” Sam Harris.

Will science ever explain consciousness?

Margaret Werthiem, author of Physics on the Fringe, on the questions we should be asking about the mind.

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Sin as a stain

Ben Perry and Joseph Lam on the staying power of biblical meta­phors. Plus: How metaphors shape discourse on slavery and sex.

Can a “not-self” be guilty as charged?

Robert Wright and Jonathan Gold, author of Paving the Great Way, discuss whether the Buddhist view of causality leaves space for moral agency. Plus: How real is real?

Does philosophy need religion?

Wesley Wildman argues that theology offers unique insights into the nature of being. Plus: Loving your enemy isn’t enough.

Behavior over beliefs

Secular Buddhist Stephen Batchelor explains how the Buddha revolutionized meditation. Plus: Why death is not the end.

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Women as a Marxist class

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Daniel Kaufman explains why Joan Didion considered second-wave feminism infantile. Plus: Why are millennials so idealistic?

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Is power about independence or interdependence?

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Theologian John Thatamanil contrasts the views of Trump and Pope Francis. Plus: Trump as an affront to God.

Belief-boosted runners and the weird case of Coca-Cola poisoning

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Frank Bures, author of The Geography of Madness, on how “contagious” ideas can make you fast and make you sick. Plus: Penis theft panic.