Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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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

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