Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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What Is It Like to Be a Man? (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Philip Christman)

Phil's essay, "What Is It Like to Be a Man?" ... Modern male stereotypes: Homer Simpson vs. Harvey Weinstein ... Proud Boys, Jordan Peterson, and the crisis of masculinity ... The trans challenge to gender norms ... Phil explains why his Christian faith doesn't provide him with certainty ... Contrasting certainty in Judaism and Christianity ...


 16 August 2018  56m

On the Profession of Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & Justin Weinberg)

Justin's website about the philosophy profession, Daily Nous ... What philosophers actually do when they do research ... Will we ever solve the big philosophical questions? ... What the American Philosophical Association does ... Is this a golden age for public philosophy? ... Are philosophy departments in danger? ... Dan wonders whether there should be a moratorium on new philosophy PhDs ...


 15 August 2018  1h27m

The Physics of Time (Robert Wright & Tim Maudlin)

Three fundamental questions about time ... Revisiting the famous "twins paradox" thought experiment ... Why Tim thinks mainstream physicists are wrong about time ... Einstein and determinism ... Why Einstein was wrong about quantum entanglement ... Non-locality, the weirdest thing in physics ...


 10 August 2018  1h14m

Why We Need Religion (Josh Summers & Stephen Asma)

Stephen’s new book, Why We Need Religion ... Who is Stephen’s intended audience? ... How religion shaped our emotional lives for millennia ... Can you benefit from religion without sincere belief? ... “False consolation”? No such thing, Stephen says ... Stephen learns to appreciate the “smells and bells” of Buddhism in Bhutan ... How will religion evolve in America? ...


 10 August 2018  1h12m

"Occult Politics" in the Trump Era (Nikita Petrov & Gary Lachman)

The rise of "occult politics" in the Trump era ... Pepe the Frog and "willing Trump into office" ... Trickle-down metaphysics from Nietzsche to Trump ... Steve Bannon’s connection to European far-right esoteric philosophy ... "Putin’s Rasputin," Alexander Dugin ... Gary’s new project on the return of "Holy Russia" ... Gary's thoughts on Jordan Peterson ...


 06 August 2018  1h16m

A Critical Look at the Stanford Prison Experiment (Robert Wright & Ben Blum)

Ben's essay challenging Philip Zimbardo's famous Stanford Prison Experiment ... How a study about prisoners became a study about guards ... Evidence that Zimbardo improperly influenced the study ... The unexpected political effects of the experiment ... What explains the experiment's durability? ... When Zimbardo tried to get Bob to dance ... Is Zimbardo himself a victim of circumstance? ...


 03 August 2018  1h6m

Has Marxism lost its way? (Daniel Kaufman & Brian Leiter)

To understand Marx, start with Hegel’s dialectics ... Why Marx emphasized economic production over Hegelian idealism ... Dan: Was Marx’s concept of labor too narrow? ... What will happen if technology eliminates most jobs? ... Marxism post-WWII: More than college activism and Jefferson Airplane? ... Brian: Marx’s predictions were right, but his predicted timeframe was all wrong ... Why “diversity blather” is a capitalist wolf in Marxist clothing ...


 01 August 2018  1h30m

Jordan Peterson and Detransitioning (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Katie Herzog)

What Katie saw at the Jordan Peterson roadshow ... Is Peterson peddling bunkum? ... Katie defends Peterson against charges of racism ... Peterson's views on gender: traditionalist, sexist, or misogynist? ... Peterson as a holy fool ... Jesse Singal's controversial Atlantic cover story on detransitioning ... Is the media telling the wrong stories about trans people? ...


 29 July 2018  59m

The Elephant in the Brain (Robert Wright & Robin Hanson)

Why Robin's head will be severed and frozen upon his death ... Robin used the phrase "redistribution of sex" and people got mad ... Robin defends his controversial blog post about rape and cuckoldry ... Robin's book about our selfish motives, The Elephant in the Brain ... Laughter as a signal about norm violation ... Robin: Politics is about proving your loyalty to your side ... What's the real reason we engage in conversation? ...


 20 July 2018  1h13m

The Self in Meditation, Science, and Politics (Robert Wright & Thomas Metzinger)

Try this at home: the rubber hand illusion ... Out-of-body experiences in VR ... Why you will never have a not-self experience ... Meditation, capitalism, and political activism ... The urgent need to teach meditation in schools ... Thomas's "transparent self" model ...


 14 July 2018  1h6m