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Recorded:Dec 14    Posted:Dec 20, 2016
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The Wright Show | Dec 20, 2016 | Robert Wright & Giulio Prisco

Futurists from the past

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Professor George Young on Russian Cosmists, who dreamed of space colonization and genetic engineering back in the 19th century.

The Wright Show

What explains the taboo against the academic study of UFOs?

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Robert Wright speaks with political scientist Alexander Wendt, who recently delivered a TEDx talk titled “Wanted: A Science of UFOs.”

Sophia

Revisiting Plato’s Ring of Gyges

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Spencer Case use the myth of a ring that grants invisibility to debate moral realism.

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Where Existentialists and Stoics agree

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Robert Wright speaks with Skye Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, co-editors of the new book How to Live a Good Life and proponents, respectively, of Existentialism and Stoicism.

Mind-Body Problems

Should we fear scientific certainty?

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Science journalist John Horgan and philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci consider.

Mind-Body Problems

Being a parent is a spiritual path

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John Horgan speaks with psychologist Steve Taylor, author of the book Spiritual Science, about pursuing a contemplative life while raising children.

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What—if anything—is moral truth?

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Robert Wright and philosopher Gideon Rosen discuss the meaning of the term “moral realism.”

Sophia

Can philosophy help NYC?

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Daniel Kaufman speaks with Joseph Biehl, founder of the Gotham Philosophical Society.

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Is equanimity the enemy of activism?

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Robert Wright speaks with Rhonda Magee, author of the new book The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness.

Sophia

Does philosophy matter?

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Daniel Kaufman and Spencer Case ask whether there are fundamental debates in philosophy that can never be resolved.