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The Wright Show | May 25, 2016 | Robert Wright & Dacher Keltner

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.

Scientology vs. the IRS

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Journalist Tony Ortega explains how the Church of Scientology won tax-exempt status through a campaign of lawsuits, intimidation, and harassment against the IRS.

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Turning your autopilot off

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Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik and Robert Wright discuss how meditation can disrupt rigid patterns in adult cognition. Plus: Did Hume borrow from Buddhism?

What Peter Singer overlooks

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Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?

Military monks

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of Buddhist Fury, on responses to Muslim-Buddhist violence in southern Thailand. Plus: The Buddhist apocalypse.

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Are we doomed?

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Futurist Phil Torres tries to convince Robert Wright that the side-effects of artificial intelligence may include our extinction. Plus: Can climate change help terrorists?

Does death erase life’s meaning?

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Philosopher Iddo Landau, author of the new book Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World, on why value doesn’t need to be eternal to have worth. Plus: Lower your standards!

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Will meditation make you a better person?

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Science journalist John Horgan argues that popular mindfulness meditation practice lacks a moral core. Plus: Life is suffering (and always was).

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Could a god work in quantum ways?

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Robert Wright asks Brian Greene whether the laws of physics leave room for outside intervention. Plus: The surprising appeal of “many worlds.”

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Wrestling with determinism

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Ted Chiang, the writer behind Arrival, argues you should try to make an effort even if your future is set. Plus: Meet the Predictor.