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The Wright Show | Dec 2, 2016 | Robert Wright & Jay Michaelson

The Wright Show

Rescued from the dustbin of history

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A long-lost, never-before-shown 2006 conversation between Robert Wright and “new atheist” Sam Harris.

The Wright Show

Following the dharma loosely

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Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, on the perils of ascribing too much authority to traditional Buddhist teachings.

Judging Aziz Ansari

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How bad are his offenses, and is the backlash to babe.net’s article warranted? Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Liz Wolfe consider.

Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling

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Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann on the place of shamans in Christian societies in West Africa.

Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

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Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

Narcissism on the rise

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Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-obsession.

The evolution of emotion

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel present a puppet show telling the philosophical history of emotion, from Aristotle to Freud.

Sophia

Is philosophy going corporate?

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Massimo Pigliucci on how philosophers can give practical advice without betraying their principles.

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Is “dehumanization” really the root of cruelty?

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Psychologist Paul Bloom challenges conventional wisdom about the dark side of human nature. Plus: The psychology of Harvey Weinstein.