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Recorded:Oct 15    Posted:Oct 24, 2016
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The Wright Show | Oct 24, 2016 | Robert Wright & Louis Crane

The Wright Show

Measuring consciousness

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Neuroscientist Christof Koch explains how Integrated Information Theory attempts to quantify sentience.

Culture of personality

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, and Rami Gabriel discuss the possible evolutionary origins behind Donald Trump’s demeanor and popularity.

Culturally Determined

2001 and Homer's Odyssey

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Michael Benson, author of the new book Space Odyssey, about the link between Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece and the ancient epic. Plus: The fiction and fact of HAL 9000.

The Wright Show

Critiquing Jordan Peterson’s philosophy

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Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss the ideas of the psychologist and self-help guru. Plus: What is the Logos?

Culturally Determined

Rethinking cultural appropriation

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Fashion journalist Connie Wang explains how her thoughts about cultural appropriation have changed.

The Wright Show

Why haven’t we heard from any space aliens?

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Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.

Less politics, more Hail Marys

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Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.

Sophia

A coalition built on difference

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Dan Kaufman speaks with clinical psychologist and MeaningofLife commenter Richard Thompson, a.k.a. miceelf88, on the changing role of empathy in political discourse.

What gender is your soul?

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YouTube personality ContraPoints explains how her identity has evolved through the process of gender transition.