Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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Alfred North Whitehead, Process Philosophy, and Process Theology (Robert Wright & John Thatamanil)

Alfred North Whitehead and his "process philosophy" ... "Process theology," which features a changing, non-omnipotent God ... A God of persuasion, not coercion ... Whitehead's conception of divinity ... Whitehead’s God and Christian theology ... Waiting, or not waiting, for God ... Beauty and the divine ... How Whitehead’s God solves the problem of evil ...


 19 April 2019  1h14m

Sex, Love, and Polyamory (Robert Wright & Geoffrey Miller)

What is polyamory? ... The evolutionary origins of romantic jealousy ... How polyamorous couples manage jealousy, insecurity, and time ... Bob extols the benefits of long-term monogamy ... Geoffrey’s advice for young men who can’t find romantic partners ... Do smaller polyamorous communities get a little, well, incestuous? ... Why are fewer young men having sex regularly? ... Geoffrey: The ethics of polyamory set it apart from casual dating ...


 17 April 2019  1h9m

Gnosticism and Mononucleosis (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & B. D. McClay)

B. D.'s essay on mononucleosis and gnosticism ... What the ancient gnostics believed about body and spirit ... Fingernail clippings and other problems with bodily resurrection ... Pros and cons of living in a body ... Did George H.W. Bush get to walk out of his wheelchair at the gates of Heaven? ... B. D. explains the Children's Crusade of 1212 ... The Children's Crusade's contemporary resonances ... Queer Eye, the reality show that makes you feel good about humanity ...


 13 April 2019  1h21m

Analytic vs. Continental Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

What explains the sharp divide between analytic and continental philosophy? ... Continental philosophy’s association with romanticism and fascism ... How Richard Rorty, Crispin’s dissertation advisor, bridged the gap between the two schools ... Heidegger’s skepticism of science ... Crispin articulates the divide in terms of substance and style ... How continental philosophy challenges the primacy of argument ...


 11 April 2019  1h7m

Clean Meat (Robert Wright & Paul Shapiro)

Paul Shapiro’s new book, Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World ... Why conventional meat production is inefficient and unsustainable (not to mention cruel) ... Recent innovations in lab-cultured protein, fat, and even leather ... Will cultured meat ever become affordable? ... How plant-based “meat” and “dairy” have gained market share in the past decade ... Paul: History won’t look kindly on our treatment of animals .....


 08 April 2019  1h3m

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings (Robert Wright & Randolph Nesse)

Randy's new book, Good Reasons for Bad Feelings ... What's the function of grief? ... Good for your genes but bad for you ... Evolutionary explanations for low mood/depression ... What Freud got right ... Orgasms and natural selection ... Social media, the digital crack cocaine ...


 03 April 2019  51m

Homebrewed Christianity (Robert Wright & Tripp Fuller)

What does Christianity have in common with Pabst Blue Ribbon? ... Young Bob and young Tripp's critical readings of the Bible ... Tripp: Human dignity doesn’t fit into a reductive materialist worldview ... Do all Christians believe in divine intervention? ... Could a deistic God have created Jesus? ... Spiritual practices for the overly judgmental (pretty much everyone) ... Tripp’s culture shock upon returning to North Carolina ... Paul Tillich and the dialogue between culture and faith .....


 15 March 2019  1h25m

The Theology of Communication (Nikita Petrov & John Horgan)

Nikita launches a YouTube channel and a Patreon page ... Could depression be rational? ... The nihilistic/psychedelic/Buddhist Russian writer Victor Pelevin ... Louis CK and the problem of evil ... Gnosticism and the blunder of creation ... The mystery of communication ... Russia is a book, America is a computer game ...


 05 March 2019  1h45m

Gene Editing: The Future is Here (Robert Wright & Jason Pontin)

Jason’s tenure as editor of MIT’s Technology Review ... Jason says he never, ever feels offended ... Why Jason’s investment firm didn’t back a new gene editing technology ... Is current gene-editing technology a “moral and therapeutic dead end”? ... How to regulate a future designer baby business ... What makes CRISPR gene-editing technology revolutionary? ... 3D-printing and the future of gun control ... Will mind-reading technology kill romantic love? .....


 01 March 2019  1h2m

The Truth about "Truth" (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Crispin’s book chapter on the nature of truth ... Do different uses of the word “truth” have a family resemblance? ... The challenge of connecting truth with reality ... Where does linguistics enter the picture? ... How Crispin bucks expectations of academic philosophical writing ... Dan: Analytic philosophy misses the forest for the trees ... What’s missing from Crispin’s exploration of truth? ...


 12 February 2019  1h11m