23 February 2018
Science of Spirituality
The Wright Show
The Meaning of Future Life
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Feb 22, 2018 — Daniel Kaufman & Daniel Tippens
What does Dan K. mean by Philistinism?
How philistines reduce the irreducible in all walks of life
Philistinism’s creeping control in philosophy and the academy
When we invest in arts and letters, what do we get in return?
What good are refined senses, anyway?
Dan T. explains how refinement can prevent us from being duped
Feb 21, 2018 — Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Catherine Nichols
Why is pop culture obsessed with good guy vs. bad guy stories?
Catherine: Modern stories don’t let the villain be fully human
World War II and the trope of the ragtag band of misfits
Shakespeare vs. comic book movies
Storytelling about why we go to war
What pop culture best represents moral complexity?
Feb 18, 2018 — Aryeh Cohen-Wade & David Ottlinger
Is Trump a postmodern figure?
Why, despite what you might hear, academia has not embraced postmodernism
Debating Jeet Heer’s argument for viewing Trump as postmodern
Why healthy public debate requires belief in a discoverable truth
Aryeh says Bitcoin is postmodern, but David disagrees
Feb 16, 2018 — Robert Wright & Ann Hulbert
The Wright Show
Ann’s new book on child prodigies,
Off the Charts
Will a child prodigy become an adult non-prodigy?
The cautionary tale of Bobby Fischer
The prodigy’s “adolescent crisis”
How people misunderstood Amy Chua, the “Tiger Mom”
The insanity of the college admissions gauntlet
Child prodigies inspire sympathy. Their parents? Not so much.
Feb 15, 2018 — Josh Summers & Tami Simon
From Swarthmore sophomore to meditating in India
How Tami started Sounds True publishing company at age 22
Tami’s spiritual teacher, Jasmine the cocker spaniel
Why it’s okay to mourn a deceased pet
Confronting the unethical behavior of spiritual teachers
Feb 9, 2018 — Robert Wright & Jeff Warren
The Wright Show
How Jeff went from science journalist to meditation teacher
Jeff’s new book, co-authored with Dan Harris:
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
How ADD and bipolar tendencies shaped Jeff’s practice
The life-changing experience of falling out of a tree while on mushrooms
The interaction between mindfulness, not-self, and suffering
Jeff takes a stab at defining enlightenment
The varieties of consciousness
How meditation can shift your priorities
Feb 9, 2018 — Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel
This week’s puppet show: How do emotions help us survive?
Darwin’s attempts to understand the inner lives of animals
Can we really hide our feelings? Rami doubts it
The “seeking” drive that keeps us going
Angst: Fear without an object
How culture complicates finding a mate
Is there an adaptive function to recognizing beauty?
Feb 5, 2018 — William Black & Benjamin Park
The Mormon Church’s new president, 93 year-old Russell M. Nelson
The decades-long campaign to incorporate the Church into the American mainstream
Does the Church clash with academic historical study?
Untangling the fates of remarried Mormons’ souls
The LDS Church as a contained society within the US
Why did the first Mormon women choose polygamy?
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