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Recorded:Dec 20    Posted:Dec 27, 2015
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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?

Mourning man’s best friend

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Tami Simon, editor of the book The Dharma of Dogs, explains why the loss of a pet has spiritual significance in human life.

Remembering ‘satanic ritual abuse’

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Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann assesses the costs and benefits of letting imagination shape one’s reality. Plus: Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling.

An emotional survival kit

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Stephen Asthma and Rami Gabriel discuss how emotions might have evolved to prepare humans for the imminent dangers of prehistoric life. Plus: Do animals have emotions?

The Wright Show

Is radical life extension just bunk?

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Robert Wright speaks with Michael Shermer, author of the new book Heavens on Earth, about efforts to ward off aging. Plus: Why you’ll never be able to upload your brain.

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Trying to define “enlightenment”

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Jeff Warren, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how he understands the Buddhist term.

The best diet is no diet

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Noah Rasheta and Paige Smathers explain why diet restriction is often counterintuitive for maintaining good health. Plus: Meditation at mealtime.

The “elasticity of democracy”

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Benjamin Park, author of the new book American Nationalisms, and Bill Black consider how the Mormon Church’s organization challenged the view of a perfect American democracy. Plus: How early Mormon women found safety in numbers.

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Terms of enlightenment

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Robert Wright and Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, discuss the various meanings of “awakening”.

Telling bedtime stories to adults

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Drew Ackerman describes how he came to start the podcast Sleep with Me, which helps insomniacs fall asleep.