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The Wright Show | Nov 30, 2015 | Robert Wright & Steven Pinker

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.

The Wright Show

Where neuroscience falls short

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Massimo Pigliucci, co-editor of the new book Science Unlimited?: The Challenges of Scientism, explains why science alone can never answer all questions about human consciousness. Plus: Why there is no empirically grounded “good”.

The myth of the “mountain white”

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William Black and Elizabeth Catte discuss Appalachian identity.

The Wright Show

The perks of sanctimony

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Robert Wright and neuroscientist Molly Crockett discuss the risks and rewards of being morally outraged online.

Feeling down, looking down

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Fascial specialist David Lesondak describes the relationship between posture and mental health.

The Wright Show

Yoga’s not just about stretching

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Yoga teacher Josh Summers discusses the meditative and spiritual aspects of the practice.

Why the Mortara case is still provoking argument 150 years later

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Pater Edmund Waldstein, a Cistercian monk, explains the historical incident that recently sparked a wide-ranging intellectual debate.

Translating the nonverbal

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the influence of culture on the brain’s reading of human emotion.

A morbid inspiration

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Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, author of the book The Prodigal You Love, explains the importance of “memento mori,” or remembering one’s own death, in her spiritual practice.

The Wright Show

Why do women have orgasms?

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Robert Wright and ornithologist Richard Prum discuss evolutionary explanations of the phenomenon.