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The Wright Show | Jan 16, 2017 | Robert Wright & James Currier

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

What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?

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Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on how mindfulness and meditation can help you do both.

Sophia

Why don’t pigs fly?

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Massimo Pigliucci on the link between form, function, and “purpose” in natural selection. Plus: What Sam Harris gets wrong about science and morality.

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.

Sophia

Ancient self-help

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Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to counsel people on letting things go. Plus: Stoicism—the Swiss Army knife of philosophies!

The Wright Show

Stop the binge-watching!

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Psychologist Adam Alter, author of Irresistible, offers advice on how to break your addiction to the screen. Plus: How Facebook gets you hooked.

How free are we?

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Psychologist David Barash, invoking karma and genes, revises the existentialist view of freedom. Plus: Existentialist bio-Buddhism.

The Wright Show

Siri says it’s terminal

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Robert Wright and ethicist Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master, imagine how AI will affect health care. Plus: DIY pandemics.

The Wright Show

What we talk about when we talk about consciousness

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Robert Wright and astrophysicist Adam Frank on the difficulty of understanding what is inside our heads. Plus: The ultimate weirdness.

Sophia

“The only serious philosophical problem”

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Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Skye Cleary compare and contrast the Stoic and the existentialist approaches to suicide. Plus: Existentialism vs. Stoicism