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Recorded:Dec 21    Posted:Dec 25, 2016
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The Wright Show | Dec 25, 2016 | Robert Wright & John Paul Lederach

The Wright Show

Immoral empathy

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Paul Bloom, author of the new book Against Empathy, argues that feeling other people’s pain can lead us astray.

Culturally Determined

Don’t be the alpha dog

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Animal behaviorist Rebecca Lohnes explains how a flawed study of wolves led to bad ideas about how to train dogs.

Having a beer with Jesus

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Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.

Mind-Body Problems

What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

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Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.

Sophia

How to survive a mugging

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Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

Culturally Determined

The responsibilities that we bear to each other

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Brandy Jensen discusses the core theme of her advice column, “Ask a F*ck-Up.”

Mind-Body Problems

Does philosophy lead to practical wisdom?

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Philosopher Owen Flanagan draws on his experiences with mind-altering substances and a brain tumor to reflect on free will and responsibility.

The Wright Show

How to win a Nobel Prize

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Neuroscientist Eric Kandel describes the research that revealed the cellular basis of long-term and short-term memory and earned him a morning phone call from the Swedish Academy.

Scientology and language programming

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Nikita Petrov and Tony Ortega use Scientology’s practice of looking words up in the dictionary as a case study for the relationship between language and ideology.