14 October 2019
Science of Spirituality
The Wright Show
Emotions and the Brain
The Meaning of Future Life
The Weirdness of Physics
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Oct 31, 2016 — Robert Wright & Pamela Cooper-White
Bob and Pam team up to analyze the mind of Trump
Inside the mind of a narcissist
Narcissists are made not born
A moment of compassion for Trump
Oct 30, 2016 — Daniel Kaufman & Robert Wright
Hume: Reason is a slave of feelings
Feelings and reason in evolutionary psychology
Why Kant wanted ethics to be rational
The evolution of moral intuitions
Morality is subjective, but it’s in our nature
Why seeing purpose in evolution freaks scientists out
Hume’s Buddhist view of the self
Oct 26, 2016 — Robert Wright & David Chalmers
Why consciousness is so weird
Is consciousness like your brain’s shadow?
If David was a zombie, would anyone know?
Bob’s wacky theory about consciousness
Is consciousness what collapses the quantum wave function?
Can there be a true science of consciousness?
Oct 25, 2016 — Philip Menchaca & Benjamin Zeller
The link between “new religious movements” and violence
The suicidal cult Heaven’s Gate
Suicide as a religious act
Why Heaven’s Gate matters
The thin line between Heaven’s Gate and mainstream religions
Donald Trump, American messiah?
Oct 24, 2016 — Robert Wright & Louis Crane
Louis’s “meduso-anthropic” theory and the meaning of life
Creating new universes (literally)
Using black holes to power starships
How black-hole starships could unite humanity
Reality as a simulation and the wise alien scenario
Oct 23, 2016 — Daniel Kaufman & Robert Wright
Berkley, Hume, and Elon Musk on whether the world is real
Hume’s view of causality
The metaphysics of Kant and Hume
Does it matter if we live in a simulation?
Oct 20, 2016 — Robert Wright & Daniel Ingram
What is “mindfulness?”
Suffering: Can’t live without it!
The pathology of our wandering minds
Seeking the chaos of impermanence
Do all thoughts have feelings?
What’s the relationship between your mind and your brain?
Oct 19, 2016 — Robert Wright & Sam Harris
Sam Harris, mystic and atheist
The mystery of consciousness
Is mysticism more like science than like religion?
How religion makes progress
Sam’s case for intolerance
The root causes of extremism
Religious and secular reasons to do good
Ways religion may be closer to the truth than atheism
A secular approach to death
Oct 18, 2016 — Robert Wright & Margaret Wertheim
The non-Euclidean nature of coral reefs
When physics defies human comprehension
Bad blood between the sciences and the humanities
The limits of scientific knowledge
Are scientists asking the wrong questions about consciousness?
The intenseness of having an identical twin
Oct 17, 2016 — Robert Wright & Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly’s new book
Technology as an extension of evolution
Will Google monopolize AI?
How to foster an ethical AI
People of the screen
The importance of seeing the glass as half-full
Oct 14, 2016 — Robert Wright & Daniel Kaufman
Joan Didion and the New Journalism
Didion’s warning against trusting our own stories
How and why are millennials and Gen Xers different?
Didion’s critique of second-wave feminism
The greatness and sadness of Hunter S. Thompson
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Oct 12, 2016 — Robert Wright & John Thatamanil
Trumpism as a spiritual problem
John extends some Christian charity to Trump
What motivates Trump supporters?
How anti-elitism fuels Trump’s campaign
John: Trump’s use of fear is spiritually toxic
Trump’s mistaken belief that invulnerability = power
Oct 11, 2016 — Benjamin Perry & Joseph Lam
Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible
Ancient metaphors that endure
Sin then and now
The influence of metaphors on how we think about social issues
Oct 10, 2016 — Robert Wright & Jonathan Gold
The seminal Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu, hero of
Paving the Great Way
Buddhist and Darwinian arguments for reality not being as it seems
The ‘hyper-reductionism’ of Buddhism
Meditation and the doctrine of emptiness
Does the Buddhist view of causality leave room for agency?
Are the past and the future real?
Hindu and Buddhist versions of non-duality
Oct 9, 2016 — Robert Wright & Wesley Wildman
Wesley explains “transreligious theology”
What’s religious about religious naturalism?
Can science help us understand ultimate reality?
Bringing religious thought and philosophy together
Be skeptical of spiritual experiences
Don’t just love your enemies, understand them
Wesley: “Purpose” isn’t a useful category
Oct 5, 2016 — Vlad Chituc & Frank Bures
The Geography of Madness
, Frank’s book about “penis theft” and other “culture-bound” syndromes
How believing that you’re going to die can kill you
How to cure “penis theft?”
The challenge of ethically responding to seemingly crazy beliefs
Frank: The body isn’t like a machine
Belief-boosted runners, windmill syndrome, and the weird case of Coca-Cola poisoning
Oct 2, 2016 — Robert Wright & Hugo Mercier
Hugo’s theory about why people reason and argue
When can arguments change minds?
How trust and argumentation work together
The virtues of speaking directly to an adversary
Debating whether the mind is designed to delude
How publicly expressing beliefs affects them
Oct 1, 2016 — Robert Wright & Stephen Batchelor
What Buddhim really is (and isn’t) about
What various Buddhist traditions have to offer
The Buddha as a practical philosopher
How the Buddha revolutionized meditation
The idea of not-self, and its connection to an ethical life
Why death is not the end even if there’s no rebirth
The ethical dimension of enlightenment