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Recorded:May 30    Posted:Jun 12, 2018
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Culturally Determined | Jun 12, 2018 | Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Connie Wang

Culturally Determined

What if Kant had never been born?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger ponder the role of contingency in the history of philosophy.

The Wright Show

Saving the species by transcending species-typical tendencies

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss the importance of overcoming cognitive distortions that are part of human nature.

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The existential stakes of enlightenment

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss how mindfulness can help humankind overcome potentially disastrous cognitive biases.

James Lindsay climbs aboard the Trump train

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David Ottlinger and journalist Cathy Young discuss the controversial anti-woke crusader’s support for Donald Trump.

The Wright Show

Crime and Punishment and Determinism

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Robert Wright and journalist Oliver Burkeman ask whether a commitment to determinism would require us to rethink our approach to criminal justice.

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What do we want from science?

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Robert Wright and John Horgan discuss whether quantum computing can help us understand how quantum mechanics actually works.

The Wright Show

Looking at pornography (for insights into human evolution)

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Robert Wright and anthropologist Agustín Fuentes debate whether studying porn viewing habits helps us understand the evolution of human sexuality.

Mind-Body Problems

Is free will incompatible with the laws of physics?

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John Horgan and physicist Sabine Hossenfelder debate whether a belief in free will requires us to deny some of the fundamental laws of physics.

The Wright Show

Ten tools for embracing your finitude

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Robert Wright and Oliver Burkeman, author of the new book Four Thousand Weeks, discuss some workable time management techniques.

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The “apologist” smear

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss the stigmatization of people who try to understand the behavior of adversaries.