Posted:Aug 28, 2015
Sophia | Aug 28, 2015 | Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
Daniel Kaufman and Robert Wright compare the views of Elon Musk, George Berkeley, and David Hume on the reality of the external world. Plus: One damned thing after another.
Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.
Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.
Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.
Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.
Philosopher Owen Flanagan draws on his experiences with mind-altering substances and a brain tumor to reflect on free will and responsibility.
The Wright Show
Neuroscientist Eric Kandel describes the research that revealed the cellular basis of long-term and short-term memory and earned him a morning phone call from the Swedish Academy.
Nikita Petrov and Tony Ortega use Scientology’s practice of looking words up in the dictionary as a case study for the relationship between language and ideology.
Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel consider.