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Recorded:Jun 12    Posted:Jun 13, 2018
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unprogrammed | Jun 13, 2018 | Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel

An antidote to political tribalism: “lottocracy”

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Philosopher Alex Guerrero argues that a system where politicians are selected by lottery from the general populace would heal America’s fractured politics.

The Wright Show

How to use an “implementation intention”

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Psychologist John Bargh, author of Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, describes a technique that helps you do hard-to-do things.

Culturally Determined

Is what happens on Twitter real or fake?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Lauren Oyler, who recently wrote about social media’s effects in The Baffler.

The Wright Show

Buddhist wisdom for the Trump era

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Robert Wright speaks with Lama Surya Das about trying to view the turbulent events of the day with equanimity.

Sophia

The aesthetics of politics

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the connections between artistic and political representation.

Culturally Determined

The hot new trend of being a homebody

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Kaitlyn Tiffany, who recently wrote about the “homebody economy” for Vox.

“We should just cut each other some slack”

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John Horgan explains how writing his new free e-book, Mind-Body Problems, made him embrace some wacky theories of consciousness.

Culturally Determined

What does #MeToo reveal about the Catholic Church?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Christopher White, national correspondent for the Catholic news site Crux, revisit the 2002 Church sex abuse scandal in light of the #MeToo movement.

The Wright Show

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

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Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

Culturally Determined

Abandoning the “beauty suit”

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Lauren Shields discusses the “experiment” she conducted on herself, described in her new book, The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist.