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Recorded:May 27    Posted:Jul 8, 2015
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The Wright Show | Jul 8, 2015 | Robert Wright & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Sophia

Wake up, Neo

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Daniel Kaufman and Robert Wright compare the views of Elon Musk, George Berkeley, and David Hume on the reality of the external world. Plus: One damned thing after another.

Mind-Body Problems

The world as a conversation

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Nikita Petrov and John Horgan contemplate the nature of reality and the mystery of human communication.

The Wright Show

Are we ready for designer babies?

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Robert Wright speaks with venture capitalist Jason Pontin about the consequences of a new and powerful gene editing technology.

Sophia

What is truth, anyway?

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the “true” meaning of truth according to different branches of philosophy.

The Wright Show

How Facebook manipulates us

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Douglas Rushkoff, author of the new book Team Human, explains.

The power of fictional thinking

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the essential role of narrative in art, literature, and human life.

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Is physical stuff all there is?

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Robert Wright and philosopher Gideon Rosen discuss the doctrine of materialism.

How does acupuncture work?

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Josh Summers and Dr. Dan Keown, author of The Uncharted Body: A New Textbook of Medicine, discuss modern understandings of the traditional Chinese practice.

The Wright Show

The paradoxical psychology of a great movie ending

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Golden Globe–winning producer Lindsay Doran discusses an odd disjunction between how movies end and how we remember them ending.

Sophia

On being canceled

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Daniel Kaufman and Oliver Traldi discuss the professional risk involved in expressing heterodox views in the field of philosophy.