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Recorded:Dec 12    Posted:Dec 19, 2016
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| Dec 19, 2016 | Robin Hanson & James Hughes

The Wright Show

Erasing war memories

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Robert Wright and philosopher Matthew Liao raise ethical questions about using biotech to make better soldiers. Plus: Get cat vision, save the planet.

Culturally Determined

How recovered memory therapy led to the Satanic panic

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Sarah Marshall describes the strange origins of the Satanic ritual abuse panic that swept the US during the 1980s.

Sophia

Is philosophy “okay”?

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Daniel Kaufman and Robert Gressis discuss the state of the discipline and the role of altruism in the lives of philosophy professors. 

The Wright Show

The need to “complete the Darwinian revolution”

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Robert Wright speaks with David Sloan Wilson, author of the new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.

Culturally Determined

Is it ethical to not read the news?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Leah Finnegan, who recently wrote about radically reducing her news consumption.

Sophia

The world is what it is. Or is it?

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell debate the relationship between human senses and reality.

The Wright Show

Why happiness is fleeting

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist William von Hippel, author of the new book The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy.

The Wright Show

Are we on the road to civilizational collapse?

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Robert Wright speaks with Luke Kemp of Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.

The Wright Show

Is tribalism natural?

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Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss studies of children and infants that bear on the psychology of tribalism.

The Wright Show

The domestication of the human species

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Primatologist Richard Wrangham, author of the new book The Goodness Paradox, discusses how our ancestors dealt with violent males—and made our species gentler.