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12 July 2020

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Are violence and war intrinsic to human nature?

Robert Wright speaks with Rutger Bregman, author of the new book Humankind: A Hopeful History. Play entire video

Plato’s wrestling ring

Robert Gressis speaks with Douglas Edwards, author of the new book Philosophy Smackdown, about the different layers of reality in professional wrestling.

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Scientology reacts to Covid-19

Nikita Petrov speaks with Tony Ortega about how Scientologists are turning to L. Ron Hubbard’s 1957 lecture on radiation as a state of mind.

Are we really as social as the Stoics believed?

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss the Stoics’ view of human nature.

Why has the pandemic not united humanity?

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the coronavirus, the famous Robbers Cave experiment, and the social effects of different kinds of common threats.

What is it like to be a dog?

Robert Wright and Andrew Sullivan, whose beloved dog Eddy died recently, reflect on canine consciousness.

“I’m tired of crazy philosophy”

Daniel Kaufman, who is writing a book arguing for a “pluralist metaphysics,” talks about his project with philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Culturally Determined

Defining “death anxiety”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Abigail Nathanson about her research on psychological views of death.

From the sublime to the Anthropocene

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Mark Sussman and John Brenkman, author of the new book Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect, discuss the philosophical implications of climate change.

The Wright Show

The four steps that lead to moral imagination

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Robert Wright speaks with Jacqueline Novogratz, author of the new book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World.