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The Wright Show | Oct 16, 2015 | Robert Wright & Lee Smolin

The problem with a “universe from nothing”

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John Horgan and George Johnson critique Lawrence Krauss’s explanation for why there is something rather than nothing.

Mind-Body Problems

What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

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Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.

Sophia

How to survive a mugging

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Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

Culturally Determined

The responsibilities that we bear to each other

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Brandy Jensen discusses the core theme of her advice column, “Ask a F*ck-Up.”

Mind-Body Problems

Does philosophy lead to practical wisdom?

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Philosopher Owen Flanagan draws on his experiences with mind-altering substances and a brain tumor to reflect on free will and responsibility.

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How to win a Nobel Prize

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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.

Scientology and language programming

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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.

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Impersonating your way to the real you

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Amy Alkon, advice columnist and author of the book Unf*ckology, explains a technique for embodying psychological change.