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Recorded:Sep 16    Posted:Sep 19, 2016
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Sophia | Sep 19, 2016 | Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci

Sophia

Why does bad CGI make us feel weird?

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Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger apply a philosophical lens to the question.

The Wright Show

The ABCs of meaning

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Robert Wright speaks with Bruce Feiler, author of the new book Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, about the roles played by “agency,” “belonging,” and “cause” in a meaningful life.

Sophia

Preserving the liberal tradition

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Daniel Kaufman and Russell Blackford, author of The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the Future of Liberalism, discuss John Stuart Mill’s vision of liberalism.

The Wright Show

Of monsters and men

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Robert Wright speaks with David Livingstone Smith, author of the new book On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It, about the psychology of viewing another person as a monster.

Mind-Body Problems

Panpsychism’s moral dimension

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John Horgan and philosopher Philip Goff, author of the book Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, discuss the possible moral implications of the theory of universal consciousness.

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.