Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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Tanya’s “local theory of mind” ... Harry Potter, prayer, and other “cultural invitations” ... Psychotherapy in the US and witchcraft in Ghana ... American individualism and Asian interdependence ... The differences between hearing God in Ghana and the US ... The Internet as externalized imagination: Pepe and Kek ... A “hyper-real God”: having coffee with Jesus ... Thoughts, perceptions, the world, and the self ...


 14 November 2018  44m

Philosopher and Novelist Rebecca Goldstein: From Physics to Art (John Horgan & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein)

Rebecca’s childhood: poor, religious, and patriarchal ... How Bertrand Russell helped Rebecca lose her faith ... The problem of beauty ... When Rebecca shared a transcendent moment with a troop of baboons ... From physics to philosophy ... From philosophy to fiction ... Does art better address the mind-body problem than philosophy does? ... Reasons to feel optimistic about the world ...


 12 November 2018  1h13m

How Soon Is Now? (Colin Pugh & Daniel Pinchbeck)

Daniel's book, How Soon Is Now? ... An example of a modern myth: the GDP ... Can society be reborn into new myths? ... Daniel: We need to devote most of our efforts to sustaining the health of the planet ... Why Daniel calls his beliefs "post-New Age" ... What is "neo-Shamanism"? ...


 11 November 2018  47m

Gun Control and the Social Contract (Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger)

What role should guns play in a liberal society? ... What American deference to police says about authority and force ... Why we leave justice in the government’s hands ... Defining modern conservatism: Is Matt Lewis a “liberal”? ... Do pro-gun arguments consider the social contract? ... David: Do open-carriers want to live in a Mad Max movie? ... Dan: Grover Norquist’s model citizen isn’t a citizen at all ...


 09 November 2018  1h26m

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How Brandy came to write an advice column called "Ask a F*ck-Up" ... Young people's problems: depression, alienation, loneliness ... Brandy's central theme: the responsibilities we bear to each other ... Can "bad men" change? ... The different questions men and women ask ... Brandy: A "sex strike" would never work ... In defense of being in your own Twitter bubble ... Why are there so many depressed people on Twitter? ...


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Philosopher Owen Flanagan: Doubt Yourself (John Horgan & Owen Flanagan)

Owen's transition from Catholicism to "quiet skepticism" ... The problem of evil ... The hubris of modern philosophers ... Can we live with the scientific image of man? ... The origin of the universe, life, and consciousness ... Owen: Doubt yourself ... Does philosophy lead to practical wisdom? ... Mind-altering chemicals and free will ...


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The Neuroscience of Memory (Robert Wright & Eric Kandel)

The research on memory that won Eric the Nobel Prize ... The difference between normal memory loss and Alzheimer's ... Eric's new book, The Disordered Mind ... Eric's breakthrough study of marine snails with giant nerve cells ... What it's like to win the Nobel Prize ... Eric's childhood escape from Nazi-ruled Vienna to America ... Why Vienna was a center of intellectual ferment in the early 20th century ...


 03 November 2018  52m

Scientology's "Tech," and Why You Should Care About It (Nikita Petrov & Tony Ortega)

Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard's most compelling story ... Hubbard as a writer ... Hubbard’s mystical experience during a dental surgery ... “Study tech”: Scientology’s obsession with dictionaries ... Bullbaiting, or pushing one’s buttons ... How Scientology teaches followers to identify enemies ... The Matrix scenario ...


 31 October 2018  1h32m

Minding Emotions: Music Edition (Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel)

Minding Emotions: music edition ... The emotional shift between minor and major chords ... Examining tonal dissonance in Western music ... When melodies become “pregnant with meaning” ... Why we find beauty in disharmony ... Rami: Social class and culture imbue music with meaning, too ... Is music hardwired in humans? ... How practicing art and music hones the eye and the ear ...


 28 October 2018  1h1m

The Science Advice Goddess (Robert Wright & Amy Alkon)

Amy's self-help book, Unf*ckology ... Amy’s path from “the cooties girl” to advice columnist ... Impersonating your way to the real you ... How to overcome fear and anxiety ... Why shame is neither good nor bad ... Amy: Be authentic to your values, not to your self ... The wrong way to get people to change ...


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