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MeaningofLife.tv | Sep 8, 2017 | Josh Summers & Stephen Asma

The Wright Show

Why has the pandemic not united humanity?

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the coronavirus, the famous Robbers Cave experiment, and the social effects of different kinds of common threats.

The Wright Show

What is it like to be a dog?

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Robert Wright and Andrew Sullivan, whose beloved dog Eddy died recently, reflect on canine consciousness.

The Wright Show

The four steps that lead to moral imagination

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Robert Wright speaks with Jacqueline Novogratz, author of the new book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World.

Sophia

“I’m tired of crazy philosophy”

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Daniel Kaufman, who is writing a book arguing for a “pluralist metaphysics,” talks about his project with philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

The Wright Show

Science fiction, free will, and robot sex

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Robert Wright and John Horgan discuss some recent explorations of free will in science fiction film and television.

Sophia

Ordinary language and “they”

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Daniel Kaufman and Jesse Singal discuss the debates in philosophy over gender identity and language use.

The Wright Show

Is Buddhism fundamentally different than other religions?

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Robert Wright speaks with Evan Thompson, author of the book Why I Am Not a Buddhist.

Sophia

Your intuitions about the virus are useless

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Daniel Kaufman, Eric Winsberg, and John Symons discuss the complexities of modeling the coronavirus’s spread.

Mind-Body Problems

“Science without truth cannot live”

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John Horgan speaks with filmmaker Errol Morris, author of the book The Ashtray: (Or the Man Who Denied Reality), which critiques his former teacher Thomas Kuhn, the famous philosopher of science.