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Crispin's recent essay, "Western Philosophy as White Supremacy" ... Dan accuses Crispin of ahistorical revisionism ... Descartes as a product of his age ... Privileging the intellectual over the physical ... Is "the conquest of nature" a good or bad thing? ... Crispin: Metaphysics and racism feed each other ... Is self-mastery a key to freedom, or antithetical to it? ... The worst political philosophy, except for all the others? ...


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McMindfulness (Robert Wright & Ronald Purser)

Ron's new book, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality ... A brief history of mindfulness in America ... Ron's critique of the corporate teaching of mindfulness ... A tool vs. a path ... Ron: The mindfulness industry individualizes social problems ... A call for civic mindfulness ... Can capitalism and spirituality be reconciled? ...


 08 August 2019  1h1m

The Great Disintegration (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Burkeman)

Journalism, from information scarcity to attention scarcity ... Is it harder to find “good” information these days? ... Oliver: Reliance on social media creates false controversies ... Has the mainstream media really drifted towards partisanship? ... How to dismantle the partisan divide ... Dan: Americans were more divided in 1968 than now ... Social injustice: Perception, reality, and urgency ...


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How to Do Nothing (Josh Summers & Jenny Odell)

Jenny’s new book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy ... Learning from "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (part 1) ... Cultivating attention through art and mindfulness ... Josh’s critique of contemporary mindfulness ... How social media destroys context ... Jenny: “Aliveness is change” ... Learning from “Bartleby, the Scrivener" (part 2) ...


 23 July 2019  1h12m

"Stranger Things" and Generation X (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

Why Dan and Milton love Stranger Things ... How does the new season measure up? ... Is "the Upside Down" a coherent idea? ... Is Generation X about to have its moment in pop culture? ... Dan fears wokeness is ruining pop culture ... The risks of a fourth Stranger Things season ... Pop culture in an era of massive corporate control ... Speculating on HBO's mysterious Watchmen adaptation ...


 18 July 2019  1h25m

ASMR and JAPs (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jamie Lauren Keiles)

Jamie's NYT Magazine piece, "How ASMR Became a Sensation" ... Searching for the science behind ASMR ... Why are ASMR creators disproprotionately female? ... The strange life of Gibi, one of the top "ASMRtists" ... A temporary salve for Internet-era loneliness ... Will ASMR go corporate? ... Jamie researches the history of the Jewish American Princess ... Daddy's money, girl power, and Juicy Couture ... Are there Jewish American Princes? ...


 17 July 2019  57m

Meditation Retreats (Robert Wright & Josh Summers)

Common misconceptions about meditation retreats ... Hitting the bliss button ... Scheduled vs. unscheduled retreats ... How austere does it have to be to be effective? ... Josh: Don't favor process over outcomes ... Bob's mini-epiphany about his dripping sink ... Is meditation "for" something? ... Pitfalls after leaving a retreat ... Tips for first-timers ...


 16 July 2019  1h47m

Universal Consciousness (John Horgan & Bernardo Kastrup)

Why Bernardo thinks the mind-body problem is not as hard as it seems ... Bernardo’s spiritual, intellectual, and psychedelic history ... God, metacognition, and the Universe ... The consolations of Bernardo’s philosophy ... Bernardo: The Universe has multiple personality disorder ... The narcissism of a human-centered Universe ... Why John thinks we’ll never solve the mind-body problem ...


 12 July 2019  1h7m

Call It Grace (Robert Wright & Serene Jones)

Serene’s new book, Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World ... Serene’s theological upbringing and early encounters with Calvin’s writings ... What a romantic tragedy early in life taught Serene about God’s grace ... A revelatory brush with death in rural India ... Timothy McVeigh and the challenge of forgiveness ... How Serene’s father met an epic challenge to his faith and his charity ...


 10 July 2019  55m

Gender Noncomformity and Feminism (Daniel Kaufman & Jane Jones)

Where have all the feminists gone? ... The feminist tradition in philosophy ... How does second-wave feminism distinguish sex from gender? ... Jane: Patriarchy hurts men, too ... On the present controversy around gender non-conformity and identity ... Was Prince genderqueer? ... Gender, feminism, and the classical liberal tradition ...


 09 July 2019  1h34m