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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.

Sophia

Why brains aren’t billiard balls

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci rethink the common assumptions in the question of free will.

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The case against the multiverse

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Sabine Hossenfelder, author of the new book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, says the theory of multiple universes “isn’t science.”

Mind-Body Problems

Women, men, and intelligence

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Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers looks at gender and intelligence.

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The prescience of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Robert Wright interviews theologian John Haught about the early-twentieth-century Catholic mystic, whose vision of an emerging “noosphere” foreshadowed the information age.

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What is “compatibilism”?

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Philosopher Eddy Nahmias lays out the view that free will and determinism can be reconciled.

Culturally Determined

Don’t be the alpha dog

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Animal behaviorist Rebecca Lohnes explains how a flawed study of wolves led to bad ideas about how to train dogs.

Having a beer with Jesus

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Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.

Mind-Body Problems

What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

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Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.