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12 December 2018

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Varieties of contemplative experience

Robert Wright and Michael Holleran, a Catholic priest and Zen teacher, discuss whether the Buddhist experience of “not-self” is really so different from experiences of Hindu and Christian mystics. Play entire video

Why brains aren’t billiard balls

Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci rethink the common assumptions in the question of free will.

Women, men, and intelligence

Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers looks at gender and intelligence.

What is “compatibilism”?

Philosopher Eddy Nahmias lays out the view that free will and determinism can be reconciled.

Don’t be the alpha dog

Animal behaviorist Rebecca Lohnes explains how a flawed study of wolves led to bad ideas about how to train dogs.

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Having a beer with Jesus

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.

What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

How to survive a mugging

Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

The Wright Show

The case against the multiverse

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Sabine Hossenfelder, author of the new book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, says the theory of multiple universes “isn’t science.”

The Wright Show

The prescience of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Robert Wright interviews theologian John Haught about the early-twentieth-century Catholic mystic, whose vision of an emerging “noosphere” foreshadowed the information age.

Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.