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Recorded:Jun 5    Posted:Jul 13, 2017
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| Jul 13, 2017 | James Hughes & Regina Rini

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.

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Varieties of mystical experience

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Robert Wright speaks with Jay Michaelson, author of the new book Enlightenment by Trial and Error, about enlightenment in the Buddhist and Jewish traditions.

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How empathy can tear us apart

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about a new study on empathy and political polarization.

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A changed heart vs. a false front

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David Ottlinger speaks with philosopher J.P. Messina about the distorting effects of social censorship.

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The online porn effect

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Daniel Kaufman and Meghan Daum, author of the new book The Problem with Everything, discuss the ways that online pornography has changed Millennials’ attitudes toward sex.

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The problem with original sin

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Robert Wright speaks with theologian Roger Haight, author of the new book Faith and Evolution: Grace-Filled Naturalism.

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Reasons to think we’re living in a simulation

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Philosopher Preston Greene explains why some very smart people think reality is unlikely to be real.

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How do you know your hands exist?

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Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell debate Wittgenstein and philosophical skepticism.

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Don’t fear the algorithm

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Robert Wright speaks with communications professor Nicholas Diakopoulos, author of the new book Automating the News: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Media.

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A Nobel winner!

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Science writer John Horgan explains the “long bet” he just won over string theory and the Nobel Prize in Physics.