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The Wright Show | Apr 6, 2017 | Robert Wright & Adam Frank

The Wright Show

Science as a metaphor

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Robert Wright, Michael Shermer, and Deepak Chopra debate Deepak’s views on the nature of reality. Plus: Would the universe exist without our minds?

Yielding to belief

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, says the positive effects of religion in one’s life are more important than verifying its eternal truths.

Trickle-down metaphysics

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Gary Lachman, author of the new book Dark Star Rising, says Nietzsche predicted the post-truth reality that made Trump’s presidency possible.

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The real story of the Stanford Prison Experiment

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Journalist Ben Blum discusses new findings that raise big doubts about one of the most famous studies in the history of psychology.

Sophia

Is corporate diversity a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Brian Leiter discuss the capitalist motivations behind diversity initiatives in business and academia.

Culturally Determined

Is Jordan Peterson peddling bunkum?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Katie Herzog, who recently wrote about a Peterson show she attended in Seattle, consider.

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Why do we laugh?

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Economist Robin Hanson says laughter is about the preservation and violation of norms.

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Try this at home

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Philosopher Thomas Metzinger suggests using a hammer and a rubber glove to change your perception of your self.

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Are the deepest questions unanswerable?

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Michael Shermer discusses his controversial Scientific American column on God, free will, and consciousness.

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The “awakening universe”

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Theologian John Haught has a cosmic take on religion’s place in the scheme of things.