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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Sharon Salzberg (SharonSalzberg.com, Real Love)

Faith and reason

Karma

Quantum weirdness

Self-transcendence

The problem of evil

Why meditate?

 

Sharon Salzberg is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she is one of the resident guiding teachers.

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MeaningofLife.tv | Aug 5, 2003 | Robert Wright & Sharon Salzberg

Mind-Body Problems

Rejecting “shut up and calculate”

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Philosopher Tim Maudlin explains why he thinks that quantum mechanics is not as resistant to interpretation as some people think.

The Wright Show

The Copernican revolution in philosophy

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Robert Wright and David Ottlinger discuss Kant’s understanding of the relationship between the mind and the world.

The Wright Show

Solving the mystery of dark matter

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Robert Wright talks with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek, author of the new book Fundamentals, about the axion, a hypothesized particle that could explain why much of the universe’s mass seems to be missing.

Psychopolitica

The far left, the far right, and the far out

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Nikita Petrov pitches a premise for a metaphysical system to John Horgan: ideas as living beings that enter this world through humans.

Sophia

Are schools necessary?

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Robert Gressis and Kevin Currie-Knight discuss the success of students who learn outside of a traditional school environment.

Sophia

The death of public discourse and the rise of Trump

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Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss how backlash against left-wing orthodoxies may have helped Trump get elected in 2016.

Mind-Body Problems

Defending the many-worlds hypothesis

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Science writer Adam Becker offers a possible explanation of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

The Wright Show

Why does confirmation bias feel so good?

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss the evolutionary utility of cognitive biases.

Psychopolitica

Sex, death, and science

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Nikita Petrov talks to John Horgan about his new book, Pay Attention: Sex, Death, and Science, which contextualizes big philosophical questions within the everyday thoughts of a science writer.

Mind-Body Problems

Quantum spookiness explained!

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Science writer George Musser explains one of physics’ strangest concepts to John Horgan.