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Recorded:Jan 10    Posted:Jan 11, 2016
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Sophia | Jan 11, 2016 | Daniel Kaufman & Barbara Block

Futurists from the past

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Professor George Young on Russian Cosmists, who dreamed of space colonization and genetic engineering back in the 19th century.

What do feelings do?

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Linda Blanchard, author of Dependent Arising in Context, explains how meditation can give you a different perspective on grief.

The Wright Show

What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?

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Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on how mindfulness and meditation can help you do both.

Sophia

Why don’t pigs fly?

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Massimo Pigliucci on the link between form, function, and “purpose” in natural selection. Plus: What Sam Harris gets wrong about science and morality.

The Wright Show

Making new friends through common enemies

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Psychologist Jay Van Bavel on the roots of partisanship. Plus: How cognitive biases shape our reality.

Sophia

Ancient self-help

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Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to counsel people on letting things go. Plus: Stoicism—the Swiss Army knife of philosophies!

The Wright Show

Stop the binge-watching!

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Psychologist Adam Alter, author of Irresistible, offers advice on how to break your addiction to the screen. Plus: How Facebook gets you hooked.

How free are we?

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Psychologist David Barash, invoking karma and genes, revises the existentialist view of freedom. Plus: Existentialist bio-Buddhism.

The Wright Show

Siri says it’s terminal

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Robert Wright and ethicist Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master, imagine how AI will affect health care. Plus: DIY pandemics.

The Wright Show

What we talk about when we talk about consciousness

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Robert Wright and astrophysicist Adam Frank on the difficulty of understanding what is inside our heads. Plus: The ultimate weirdness.