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Recorded:Jul 10    Posted:Jul 30, 2015
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The Wright Show | Jul 30, 2015 | Robert Wright & Paul Bloom

The Wright Show

Rescued from the dustbin of history

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

Not a “skin problem,” but a “sin problem”

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Bill Black and Jemar Tisby discuss the role of racism in the “quiet exodus” of black Christians from white evangelical congregations.

The Wright Show

Einstein and the speed of light

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Robert Wright speaks with Jim Holt, author of the new book When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, about how Einstein conceived his relativity theories.

Culture of personality

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, and Rami Gabriel discuss the possible evolutionary origins behind Donald Trump’s demeanor and popularity.

Culturally Determined

2001 and Homer's Odyssey

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Michael Benson, author of the new book Space Odyssey, about the link between Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece and the ancient epic. Plus: The fiction and fact of HAL 9000.

The Wright Show

Critiquing Jordan Peterson’s philosophy

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Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss the ideas of the psychologist and self-help guru. Plus: What is the Logos?

Culturally Determined

Rethinking cultural appropriation

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Fashion journalist Connie Wang explains how her thoughts about cultural appropriation have changed.

The Wright Show

Why haven’t we heard from any space aliens?

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Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.

Less politics, more Hail Marys

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Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.