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Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience (Robert Wright & Lee McIntyre)

Lee’s new book The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience  ... Why scientific theories are never “proved” ... Karl Popper’s principle of falsification explained  ... Why the philosophy of science hasn’t been useful to scientists ... Why philosophers of science need a new way to talk about evidence ... Can philosophy of science help refute science deniers?  ... Flat Earthers, science denial, and the scientific attitude  .....


 04 July 2019  1h12m

Should the Humanities Strike? (Daniel Kaufman & Nathan Eckstrand)

Nathan’s recent essay, "Is it Time for the Humanities to Strike?" ... The attack on the humanities goes international ... Are non-college graduates deficient voters? ... Why the educated elite aren’t the most ethical people ... Could a strike re-engage the public with the humanities? ... How to win over those who most thoroughly reject the humanities ...


 29 June 2019  46m

Jazz and Consciousness (Josh Summers & Aaron Goldberg)

Aaron’s latest album, At the Edge of the World ... How Aaron attempts to strip away complexity in his music ... What makes a jazz musician “post-bop”? ... Drummer Leon Parker and the Yes! Trio’s origins ... Aaron’s double life in jazz and academic philosophy ... What’s wrong with “Analytic Swing”?  ...


 26 June 2019  1h23m

Epiphanies of Mind (John Horgan & Jeffrey Kripal)

Jeff’s new book, The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge ... How John and Jeff make sense of Freud ... Jeff redefines the “paranormal” ... What belief in levitation or clairvoyance reveals about human nature ... Are hardcore atheists/materialists doing religious fundamentalism a favor? ... The death and rebirth of good old human narcissism ... Jeff on humanity’s future and the nature of optimism ...


 22 June 2019  1h2m

Free Will, Determinism, and Compatibilism (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

A brief primer on the free will vs. determinism debate ... Are moral responsibility and determinism compatible? ... Is punishment a tragic necessity or a moral good? ... Gideon tries to convince Bob that compatibilism is coherent ... Gideon's distinctive take on compatibilism ... A thought experiment about the moral culpability of an ancient slaveholder ... Free will and the mind-body problem ... Buddhist ideas about punishment ...


 22 June 2019  1h18m

Death and Mourning Online (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Rachel Vorona-Cote)

Rachel's essay on her mother's death, "The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning" ... Aryeh recalls mourning his father in the pre–social media era ... A moment when language fails ... Is it possible to talk about death with sincerity on Twitter? ... The many (often gendered) Victorian rituals of mourning ... Rachel's forthcoming book, Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today ... Do you want to be memorialized for eternity on Facebook? ...


 20 June 2019  1h13m

Morality's Limit (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

Is the “Morality Everywhere Problem” really a problem? ... Why Robert finds the moral question difficult to dispel  ... Peter Singer’s “drowning child” thought experiment ... Is weakness of will keeping Robert from volunteering at the soup kitchen? ... Dan: “Embrace the normal” ... What do those living in dire poverty want first-worlders to do? ... Why Rob is repulsed by utilitarianism ... Dan: The end goal of charity is human flourishing ... Were people less sensitive in the past? ...


 19 June 2019  1h38m

Abuse Scandals in the Yoga Community (Josh Summers & Matthew Remski)

Matthew’s new book, Practice and All Is Coming ... Justifications for sexual abuse in the early Ashtanga yoga community ... Matthew: “Sacred” leaders like Puttabhi Jois have been absolved of personal responsibility ... Just how ancient are modern yoga practices? ... Matthew responds to accusations from the Ashtanga community ... How much agency do victims of sexual abuse really have? ... Reforming yoga communities with histories of abuse ...


 12 June 2019  1h21m

Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic (and Disney) (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sarah Marshall)

Remembering the Satanic ritual abuse panic of the 1980s ... How the McMartin case launched the panic ... Sarah: Recovered memory therapy created the idea of Satanic ritual abuse ... Why hasn't there been a large-scale reckoning with the panic? ... Contemporary resonances: witch hunts and moral panics ... Sarah visits Disney World and thinks about desire ... Why are there so many absent mothers in the Disney canon? ...


 02 June 2019  1h25m

Is Philosophy OK? (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

Robert: Is it permissible to remain a philosophy professor? ... Why Dan opposes the “morality everywhere” approach to life ... Can professors really leave a lasting impact on students? ... “First world problems” and moral obligation in the classroom ... What is the “White Paper” of philosophy, and does it have any authority? ... Rethinking the role of the academy in society ... Dan: Philosophy as a life guide is, well, misguided ...


 30 May 2019  1h36m