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The Wright Show | Dec 27, 2015 | Robert Wright & John Horgan

The Wright Show

The enigma of quantum theory

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Margaret Wertheim, author of Physics on the Fringe, on what happens when physics defies human comp­rehension. Plus: Will science ever explain consciousness?

The Wright Show

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

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Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

The Wright Show

Why “cultural appropriation” is a mixed-up idea

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Robert Wright speaks with philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, author of the new book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

The Wright Show

Nirvana, here and now?

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Robert Wright speaks with Bhikkhu Bodhi, a Buddhist monk, about achieving a form of transcendence.

All the old familiar places

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss new research into the importance of environmental cues in human habits and addiction.

Culturally Determined

Modern male stereotypes: Homer Simpson vs. Harvey Weinstein

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Philip Christman, author of the recent essay “What Is It Like to Be a Man?”

Sophia

Are philosophy departments in danger?

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Justin Weinberg consider.

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The weirdest thing in physics

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Robert Wright and philosopher Tim Maudlin discuss quantum non-locality.

Yielding to belief

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, says the positive effects of religion in one’s life are more important than verifying its eternal truths.

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The “awakening universe”

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Theologian John Haught has a cosmic take on religion’s place in the scheme of things.