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Recorded:Feb 5    Posted:Feb 11, 2016
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The Wright Show | Feb 11, 2016 | Robert Wright & Sarah Posner

The Wright Show

What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

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Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

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.

Culturally Determined

The interpretation of dreams

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Alice Robb, author of the new book Why We Dream, about the meaning of events—such as one’s teeth falling out—that happen in our dreams.

The Wright Show

A postmodern view of the Bible

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Philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo explains how he understands Scripture.

Mind-Body Problems

Is there a female psyche?

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John Horgan speaks with economist and transgender woman Deirdre McCloskey about how her unique experience informs her understanding of the mind-body problem.

The Wright Show

The weird world of epigenetics

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Contrary to longstanding dogma, heredity can be influenced by the environment. Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss.

Culturally Determined

The Incredible Hulk and the dangers of individualism

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks to Travis Smith, author of Superhero Ethics, which uses comic book characters as a lens to examine ethics and values.

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MeaningofLife.tv presents: Changing your mind

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We asked people around the country about opinions they once held but have since abandoned.

Sophia

Is punk dead or forever young?

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Philosopher Dan Kaufman asks writer E. John Winner, a veteran of the NYC punk scene, whether the well of youthful rebellion springs eternal.