Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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This Podcast Is Self Care (Aryeh Cohen-Wade, Drew Spears, and Cait Raft)

Cait and Drew's podcast, This Podcast Is Self Care ... Emotional labor vs. self care ... Unpacking the idea that self care is just for women ... Crystals, sage, and "fake magic is real" ... Why are Millennials so attracted to self care and the supernatural? ... Astrology as anti-capitalism ... The hot new trend of "self-grandparenting" ... Why Aryeh loves the podcast ...



Buddhist Ethics (Robert Wright & Bhikkhu Bodhi)

What is the foundation of Buddhist ethics? ... Experiencing not-self ... Buddhism is a synthesis of consequentialism and virtue ethics ... The origins of Buddhism's concern for animal welfare ... Does the Buddha want you to be vegetarian? ... Why isn’t there more anti-militarist activism among Buddhists? ... Trying to comply with the Buddhist ideal of "right speech" ... Mental defilements and their eradication ... Does Buddhism’s emphasis on equanimity discourage activism? ...



Natural Kinds (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)

What are “natural kinds”? ... What the former planet Pluto can teach us about natural kinds ... Massimo’s changing views on theoretical entities ... Is there a paradigm shift on the horizon in evolutionary biology? ... Is skepticism toward natural kinds the same as skepticism toward essential properties? ... Why Massimo is skeptical of the concept of "laws of nature" ... Describing “ultimate reality” ... Can we distinguish between sex and gender without natural kinds? .....



The Ethics of Boycotts (David Ottlinger & Carson Young)

Our era of boycotts, from Jimmy Johns to Uber to Nike ... The ethics and political philosophy of boycotts ... "Society is not a person" ... Waheed Hussein's concept of social change economic consumerism ... Group power and coercion ... Why boycotts usually fail ... How can we judge the worthiness of a boycott's goals? ...



The Philosophy of Aspiration (Robert Wright & Agnes Callard)

Why Agnes once lay down on the yellow line in the middle of the road ... What explains "akrasia," or weakness of will? ... Agnes's book, Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming ... How Agnes views free will and self-creation ... How do you become the "you" that you want to be? ... Aspiration and the divine ... Agnes's forthcoming book on how Socrates changed the rules ...



Mysteries of Childhood, Psychedelics, Dreams, Depression, and Russia (Nikita Petrov & David Poleski)

Nikita’s Soviet experience ... The individual in Russian and English languages ... Toska, the noble Russian sadness ... Nikita's American friend, the murderer ... David’s Negative Mystical Experience and brush with Sai Baba ... What Nikita learned from DMT trips ... Creativity and depression ...


 2019-09-18  2h35m

Activism and Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger)

The fight, and meta-fight, in philosophy over trans issues ... David's essay on philosophy and activism ... The admonition to "go read the literature" ... Dan: The profession needs to push back against the mob ... Should philosophers avoid signing petitions? ... David regrets the "neglect of the ordinary virtues" in this battle ... How professors should teach controversial subjects ...


 2019-09-17  1h38m

Death and the Self (Robert Wright & Nina Strohminger)

Nina's research on how we understand the self ... The traits that make your self yourself ... Buddhism and the continuity of self through time ... The link between egocentrism and an equanimous attitude toward death ... Bob: Not-self is hard to experience and very hard to understand ... Asian Buddhists vs. "white boy Buddhists" ... Does a happy life require virtuous behavior? ...


 2019-09-11  1h2m

Postmodernism in Life and Literature (Daniel Kaufman & E. John Winner)

A brief history of 20th-century literary criticism ... John's battles against radical feminists as a grad student at SUNY Albany ... Post-structuralism and "how modernity failed itself" ... English department politics ... John: "Postmodernity is all around us" ... Postmodernity in the world vs. in the academy ... Post-postmodernism and cultural stagnancy ...


 2019-09-04  1h35m

Quantum Physics and Social Science (Robert Wright & Alexander Wendt)

Why Alex shifted from international relations to quantum physics ... Alex: "We are walking wave functions" ... Do the origins of consciousness and free will lie in the wave collapse? ... Quantum decision theory and human irrationality ... The advantage of viewing humanity as quantum rather than classical ... How a nation-state is like a quantum state ... Alex: Language is best understood quantumly ... The possibility of collective consciousness ...


 2019-09-01  1h12m