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18 June 2021

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Dissecting Darwin

Robert Wright and anthropologist Agustín Fuentes, author of a controversial article on The Descent of Man, try to unpack Darwin’s attitudes on race and genocide. Play entire video

Is “information” the key to quantum mechanics?

John Horgan and science writer Philip Ball discuss the roles of consciousness and calculation in quantum mechanics.

It’s time for a psychological revolution!

In a conversation with Rob Wiblin, a leader of the effective altruism movement, Robert Wright argues that unchecked cognitive biases are pushing the world toward disaster.

Do our intentions matter?

Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss why we punish people for unintentional transgressions.

Approaches to ultimate reality

Robert Wright and John Thatamanil, author of the new book Circling the Elephant, discuss how different religious traditions try to access divinity

The agnosticism of the novelist

John Horgan talks with novelist and neuroscientist Erik Hoel, author of the new novel The Revelations, about how to reconcile science and fiction.

Reframing the DMT experience

Nikita Petrov describes his conflicted relationship with “DMT entities” and how encountering them changed his thoughts on Scientology.

Is humanity making progress?

Nikita Petrov and John Horgan provide a mystical perspective on Steven Pinker’s case for informed optimism.

Psychopolitica

Hitting the existential brick wall

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Over a slideshow of his work, the artist David Poleski describes a devastating “negative mystical experience” he had in 1974.

The Wright Show

Defying your tribe, mindfully

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers ask whether mindfulness can help us overcome the fear of blowback from within our own tribe.

The Wright Show

How meditation can make us better global citizens

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Robert Wright explains how mindfulness could help humanity overcome destructive cognitive biases.