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14 October 2019

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Bhikkhu Bodhi, a translator of ancient Buddhist texts, discusses the demanding Buddhist ideal of "right speech." Play entire video

Describing “ultimate reality”

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss whether physicists will be ever able to describe the structure of reality.

The philosophy of aspiration

Robert Wright speaks with philosopher Agnes Callard, author of the book Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming, about how we change what we value.

The traits that make your self yourself

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Nina Strohminger about her research on the essential components of the self.

What comes after postmodernism?

Daniel Kaufman and E. John Winner ponder a future of cultural stagnation.

Can quantum physics solve the free will and mind-body puzzles?

Robert Wright speaks with Alexander Wendt, author of the book Quantum Mind and Social Science, about two of philosophy’s most intractable problems.

Western philosophy and white supremacism

Philosopher Crispin Sartwell lays out his argument comparing mind-body dualism with racism.

Sophia

Are boycotts ethical?

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Philosopher David Ottlinger speaks with business ethics professor Carson Young.

The Negative Mystical Experience

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Seattle-based artist David Poleski describes how a sudden feeling of “being stabbed in the psyche” set him off on a spiritual quest and led to a conflict with Sai Baba, India’s “miracle man.”

Why does Freud persist?

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John Horgan speaks with Frederick Crews, author of Freud: The Making of an Illusion, about why Freud is still a cultural icon long after his ideas have been discredited.