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Recorded:Nov 25    Posted:Nov 7, 2017
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The Wright Show | Nov 7, 2017 | Robert Wright & Mark O'Connell

The Wright Show

Watch what you say!

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Bhikkhu Bodhi, a translator of ancient Buddhist texts, discusses the demanding Buddhist ideal of “right speech.”

Sophia

Describing “ultimate reality”

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss whether physicists will be ever able to describe the structure of reality.

Sophia

Are boycotts ethical?

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Philosopher David Ottlinger speaks with business ethics professor Carson Young.

The Wright Show

The philosophy of aspiration

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Robert Wright speaks with philosopher Agnes Callard, author of the book Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming, about how we change what we value.

The Negative Mystical Experience

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Seattle-based artist David Poleski describes how a sudden feeling of “being stabbed in the psyche” set him off on a spiritual quest and led to a conflict with Sai Baba, India’s “miracle man.”

The Wright Show

The traits that make your self yourself

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Nina Strohminger about her research on the essential components of the self.

Sophia

What comes after postmodernism?

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Daniel Kaufman and E. John Winner ponder a future of cultural stagnation.

The Wright Show

Can quantum physics solve the free will and mind-body puzzles?

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Robert Wright speaks with Alexander Wendt, author of the book Quantum Mind and Social Science, about two of philosophy’s most intractable problems.

Why does Freud persist?

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John Horgan speaks with Frederick Crews, author of Freud: The Making of an Illusion, about why Freud is still a cultural icon long after his ideas have been discredited.