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Sophia | Jun 6, 2017 | Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci

Sophia

Are babies moral?

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider whether infant studies reveal anything useful about the origins of our ethical nature.

Sophia

A multicultural manifesto

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Philosopher Bryan Van Norden, author of the new book Taking Back Philosophy, argues that a subtle racism is to blame for Western philosophy’s neglect of Eastern thought.

The Wright Show

Sympathy for the devil

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What happens if you view perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment in a deterministic light? Robert Wright and philosopher Shaun Nichols discuss.

The Wright Show

Machine. Ghost optional.

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Robert Wright and science journalist John Horgan discuss the range of thought on the mind-body problem, from pure materialism to panpsychism.

Organized distraction

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Ellen Leanse, author of the new book The Happiness Hack, describes what happens to the brain during a social-media binge session.

The Wright Show

Time is money, or vice versa

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Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine, discusses Silicon Valley’s inordinate interest in immortality. PlusSelf-made cyborgs.

Sophia

Does art have to elevate humanity?

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Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose. Plus: What art tells us.

The Wright Show

How Luther made Christianity personal

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Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.

The Wright Show

More atheists, fewer foxholes

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Historian of science Peter Harrison asserts that basic personal security, rather than science, is responsible for religious decline around the world. Plus: The elusive “rational” religion.

The Wright Show

“As you wish!”

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Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book The Dharma of The Princess Bride, explains how the movie’s “optimistic deconstruction” of conventional narratives sets it apart from other ironic films. Plus: “Making friends with desire