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John Horgan (Stevens Center for Science Writings, Mind-Body Problems) and Amanda Gefter (Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn, BookLab)

A conversation about nothing inspires a career in science writing. Physicist John Wheeler’s participatory cosmos. A new interpretation of quantum mechanics. Amanda’s second-person solution to the mind-body problem.

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Recorded:Dec 15    Posted:Dec 28, 2020
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Mind-Body Problems | Dec 28, 2020 | John Horgan & Amanda Gefter

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.

Sophia

How young is too young for movement conservatism?

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Daniel Kaufman and Kevin Currie-Knight air their worries about the young intellectual Coleman Hughes’ career path.

Sophia

Proofs for God

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Daniel Kaufman and Megan Fritts debate the contemporary relevance of philosophy of religion.

Sophia

Philosophy’s “dirty insider game”

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Robert Gressis discuss whether the fame of prominent philosophers is justified by the quality of their work.

Mind-Body Problems

Science that scientists don’t understand

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John Horgan and science writer/physicist Michael Brooks explore the blurry line between science and pseudoscience.

Sophia

Christopher Hitchens, sci-fi private eye

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Daniel Kaufman and Milton Lawson discuss Hitchens’ influence on Milton’s comic book, Thompson Heller: Detective Interstellar.

Sophia

Are the big questions good questions?

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Joshua Rasmussen debate whether an all-encompassing epistemology is attainable.

The Wright Show

How did life get so complex?

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Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci discuss the evolution of intelligence and biological complexity.