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John Horgan (Stevens Center for Science Writings, Mind-Body Problems) and Nikita Petrov (Psychopolitica.com)

In the first of a series of bi-weekly conversations, Nikita Petrov and John Horgan talk about John’s hockey career, the Covid pandemic, Nikita’s escape from the city and search for a new lifestyle, the 60s, Russian laws about “foreign agents,” amanita muscaria mushrooms, inner emigration, the social responsibility of an artist, and more.

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Psychopolitica | Jan 18, 2021 | John Horgan & Nikita Petrov

Mind-Body Problems

The agnosticism of the novelist

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John Horgan talks with novelist and neuroscientist Erik Hoel, author of the new novel The Revelations, about how to reconcile science and fiction.

Psychopolitica

Reframing the DMT experience

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Nikita Petrov describes his conflicted relationship with “DMT entities” and how encountering them changed his thoughts on Scientology.

The Wright Show

How meditation can make us better global citizens

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Robert Wright explains how mindfulness could help humanity overcome destructive cognitive biases.

Psychopolitica

Is humanity making progress?

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Nikita Petrov and John Horgan provide a mystical perspective on Steven Pinker’s case for informed optimism.

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.