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Recorded:Jun 12    Posted:Jun 29, 2019
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Sophia | Jun 29, 2019 | Daniel Kaufman & Nathan Eckstrand

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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.”

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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.

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What comes after postmodernism?

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

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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.

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Western philosophy and white supremacism

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Philosopher Crispin Sartwell lays out his argument comparing mind-body dualism with racism.

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The trouble with corporate mindfulness

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Robert Wright speaks with Ronald Purser, author of the new book McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality.

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How the Internet unleashed humanity’s id

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Philosopher Daniel Kaufman and journalist Oliver Burkeman discuss the psychological impulses that shape online news media today.