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Sophia | Feb 2, 2016 | Massimo Pigliucci & Daniel Fincke (moderated by Daniel Kaufman)

Sophia

Mindfulness vs. mindlessness

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Massimo Pigliucci describes how a modern Stoic meditates: “exactly the opposite” of how a Buddhist does it.

The hermit’s mind

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Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing, explains how two years alone in the woods changed the way he sees the world.

The Wright Show

Erasing war memories

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Robert Wright and philosopher Matthew Liao raise ethical questions about using biotech to make better soldiers. Plus: Get cat vision, save the planet.

The prison of belief

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Journalist Tony Ortega talks about the literal and metaphorical bars that keep people in Scientology. Plus: The sci-fi religion.

The Wright Show

Why you may never die

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Philosopher David Wallace on the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics. Plus: Taking quantum physics personally.

Thinking younger, feeling younger

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Psychologist Ellen Langer explains her research on the physical effects of mindfulness. Plus: How to make your dog love you more.