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3 June 2020

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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. Play entire video

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.

Ordinary language and “they”

Daniel Kaufman and Jesse Singal discuss the debates in philosophy over gender identity and language use.

Is Buddhism fundamentally different than other religions?

Robert Wright speaks with Evan Thompson, author of the book Why I Am Not a Buddhist.

Your intuitions about the virus are useless

Daniel Kaufman, Eric Winsberg, and John Symons discuss the complexities of modeling the coronavirus’s spread.

“Science without truth cannot live”

John Horgan speaks with filmmaker Errol Morris, author of the book The Ashtray: (Or the Man Who Denied Reality), which critiques his former teacher Thomas Kuhn, the famous philosopher of science.

Debunking myths about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, author of the new book Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

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.

The Wright Show

Science fiction, free will, and robot sex

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Robert Wright and John Horgan discuss some recent explorations of free will in science fiction film and television.

Sophia

The case against panpsychism

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci critique the theory that purports to explain the “hard problem” of consciousness.