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6 April 2020

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How homogeneity distorts groups

Daniel Kaufman speaks with philosopher Robert B. Talisse, author of the new book Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place. Play entire video

Why are Mormons so happy?

Robert Wright speaks with Ruth Whippman, author of the book America the Anxious.

Buddhist wisdom via snakes and lizards

Narayan Helen Liebenson, author of the book The Magnanimous Heart: Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation, recalls her months of meditation in a jungle in Thailand.

Why is it harder to be a girl now, when society is less sexist?

Daniel Kaufman speaks with journalist Helen Joyce, who is writing a book about gender.

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Between a zombie and a madman

Nikita Petrov and John Horgan discuss the disruptive nature of psychedelics and the limitations of the habitual mind.

The case against Hell

David Bentley Hart, author of the new book That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, argues against the traditional Christian understanding of the afterlife.

Is pansexuality obligatory?

Daniel Kaufman speaks with philosopher Robert Gressis, who recently examined the question in an essay.

What explains the taboo against the academic study of UFOs?

Robert Wright speaks with political scientist Alexander Wendt, who recently delivered a TEDx talk titled “Wanted: A Science of UFOs.”

Culturally Determined

The danger of trauma becoming an identity

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Jesse Singal, author of the recent article “The Rise of PTSD.”

The Wright Show

“The Dao that can be told is not the eternal Dao”

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Robert Wright speaks with Daoism scholar Robin Wang about the famous opening line of the Dao De Jing.

Sophia

Sympathy for Sandler

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Daniel Kaufman and Milton Lawson discuss the immoral main character of Uncut Gems, played by Adam Sandler. (Contains spoilers.)