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Recorded:Dec 14    Posted:Dec 20, 2016
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The Wright Show | Dec 20, 2016 | Robert Wright & Giulio Prisco

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.

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.

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Giving names to your inner voices

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Dan Harris, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how thinking of troublesome parts of his mind as people helped drain them of power.