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15 February 2019

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What is truth, anyway?

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the “true” meaning of truth according to different branches of philosophy. Play entire video

How Facebook manipulates us

Douglas Rushkoff, author of the new book Team Human, explains.

Is physical stuff all there is?

Robert Wright and philosopher Gideon Rosen discuss the doctrine of materialism.

The paradoxical psychology of a great movie ending

Golden Globe–winning producer Lindsay Doran discusses an odd disjunction between how movies end and how we remember them ending.

On being canceled

Daniel Kaufman and Oliver Traldi discuss the professional risk involved in expressing heterodox views in the field of philosophy.

The interpretation of dreams

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Alice Robb, author of the new book Why We Dream, about the meaning of events—such as one’s teeth falling out—that happen in our dreams.

A postmodern view of the Bible

Philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo explains how he understands Scripture.

The weird world of epigenetics

Contrary to longstanding dogma, heredity can be influenced by the environment. Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss.

The power of fictional thinking

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the essential role of narrative in art, literature, and human life.

How does acupuncture work?

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Josh Summers and Dr. Dan Keown, author of The Uncharted Body: A New Textbook of Medicine, discuss modern understandings of the traditional Chinese practice.

Mind-Body Problems

Is there a female psyche?

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John Horgan speaks with economist and transgender woman Deirdre McCloskey about how her unique experience informs her understanding of the mind-body problem.