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Recorded:Jan 22    Posted:Feb 2, 2016
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Sophia | Feb 2, 2016 | Massimo Pigliucci & Daniel Fincke (moderated by Daniel Kaufman)

The Wright Show

The logic(s) of Buddhist nonviolence

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Bhikkhu Bodhi, a scholar of Buddhism and a monk, lays out a pragmatic rationale and a spiritual rationale, both found in ancient texts.

Sophia

Are alcoholics in control of their actions?

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Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell debate how philosophers and people in AA understand actions differently.

The Wright Show

Are violence and war intrinsic to human nature?

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Robert Wright speaks with Rutger Bregman, author of the new book Humankind: A Hopeful History.

Sophia

Plato’s wrestling ring

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Robert Gressis speaks with Douglas Edwards, author of the new book Philosophy Smackdown, about the different layers of reality in professional wrestling.

Culturally Determined

Defining “death anxiety”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Abigail Nathanson about her research on psychological views of death.

Scientology reacts to Covid-19

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Nikita Petrov speaks with Tony Ortega about how Scientologists are turning to L. Ron Hubbard’s 1957 lecture on radiation as a state of mind.

From the sublime to the Anthropocene

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Mark Sussman and John Brenkman, author of the new book Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect, discuss the philosophical implications of climate change.

Sophia

Are we really as social as the Stoics believed?

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss the Stoics’ view of human nature.

The Wright Show

Why has the pandemic not united humanity?

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the coronavirus, the famous Robbers Cave experiment, and the social effects of different kinds of common threats.