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Sophia | Aug 28, 2015 | Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci

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.

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.

Sophia

“I’m tired of crazy philosophy”

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Daniel Kaufman, who is writing a book arguing for a “pluralist metaphysics,” talks about his project with philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

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

Ordinary language and “they”

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

The Wright Show

Is Buddhism fundamentally different than other religions?

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

Sophia

Your intuitions about the virus are useless

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

Mind-Body Problems

“Science without truth cannot live”

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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.

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.

The Wright Show

Debunking myths about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

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