Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 7 days 5 hours 38 minutes


Exploring Daoism (Robert Wright & Robin Wang)

Unpacking the Dao De Jing's famous opening line, "The Dao that can be told is not the eternal Dao" ... "The way" as a descriptive and prescriptive moniker ... Rising above the perspective of the moment ... The relationship among Daoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism ... Spirituality and transcendence in Daoism ... Robin's work as a consultant on The Karate Kid remake ... Why Robin's book uses "yinyang" instead of "yin and yang" ...


 2020-03-11  1h2m

Gender Trouble (Daniel Kaufman & Helen Joyce)

Helen's forthcoming book on gender ... Why are younger women attracted to novel gender theories? ... Social constructivism vs. self-constructivism ... Did feminists bring this upon themselves? ... Helen: Immigration caused Britain's political realignment ... Helen's narrative of the evolution of trans identity ... Why is it harder to be a girl now, when society is less sexist? ... Dan: Online porn has made teenage boys undateable ...


 2020-03-07  1h24m

DMT and the Pretense of Being Aware (Nikita Petrov & John Horgan)

Nikita’s new project, ... A collection of DMT stories ... The drama and the silliness of life as experienced by children ... The ontological status of DMT entities ... Three big pretenses: “I exist,” “I know what’s going on,” “Everything is ok” ... Between a zombie and a madman ... The paradoxical writings of Jorge Luis Borges ... John’s new book, Pay Attention ... Podcasting is the new rock’n’roll ...


 2020-03-03  8h3m

Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation (Robert Wright & David Bentley Hart)

David's new book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation ... What does the New Testament actually say about Hell? ... Original sin and the crucifixion of Jesus ... David's case against eternal damnation ... Free will, sin, and freedom ... What did "the Kingdom of Heaven" mean to Jesus? ... David: Envisioning the afterlife "always results in a kind of cartoon" ... David's quick thoughts on the mind-body problem ... Mysticism in the Eastern Orthodox Church ...


 2020-02-26  1h19m

Is Pansexuality Obligatory? (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

Robert's essay examining whether pansexuality is obligatory ... Orientation vs. desire ... Is the push for trans rights undermining gay and lesbian rights? ... Dan: Sexual attractions can't be subject to moral scrutiny ... Kant and the malleability of sexual consciousness ... Dan fears the totalitarian impulse ... Trans activists vs. lesbians ...


 2020-02-24  1h15m

"Uncut Gems" and "Dolemite Is My Name" (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

In praise of Uncut Gems ... Why does Adam Sandler's dirtbag character evince such sympathy? ... Punishment and forgiveness in narrative storytelling ... In praise of Dolemite Is My Name ... Eddie Murphy's triumphant return to SNL ... Is offensive comedy coming back? ... Why were these two films snubbed by the Oscars? ... Expertise vs. experience in cultural criticism ...


 2020-02-18  1h34m

We Need a Science of UFOs (Robert Wright & Alexander Wendt)

In a new TEDx talk, Alex calls for a science of UFOs ... Why Bob finds two naval sightings credible ... Alex: "There's some decent chance that these things are alien" ... Alex's proposal for a UFO monitoring system ... Might it be suicidal to let ETs know that we know about them? ... Alex: Maybe the aliens are waiting for us to figure it out ... What explains the taboo against academic study of UFOs? ... Alex's willingness to be misperceived as a crank ...


 2020-02-12  1h1m

Debating Moral Realism (Daniel Kaufman & Spencer Case)

Spencer describes being quarantined in Wuhan, China ... What is "moral realism"? ... Can you be a moral realist and a moral subjectivist at the same time? ... Revisiting Plato's Ring of Gyges ... Dan: There's no evidence of morality beyond performances ... The trouble with giving advice ... "All things considered," what ought you to do? ... What we lost in the Scientific Revolution ...


 2020-02-08  2h5m

How to Live a Good Life (Robert Wright, Massimo Pigliucci, & Skye Cleary)

Skye and Massimo's new co-edited book, with Daniel Kaufman, How to Live a Good Life ... Existentialism's intersections with Stoicism ... How Skye encountered Existentialism while in business school ... Sartre and de Beauvoir's famous attempt to live a life of freedom ... Are philosophers a bunch of hypocrites? ... Personal authenticity vs. social convention ... Why Stoicism doesn’t mean passive acceptance ... Skye and Massimo on the philosophies they found most interesting .....


 2020-02-06  1h22m

Scientist, Philosopher, Stoic (John Horgan & Massimo Pigliucci)

How Massimo's midlife crisis moved him from biologist to philosopher ... What's the point of philosophy? ... Philosophical doubt as as a counterweight to scientific confidence ... John mistrusts science's yearning for certainty ... Massimo's path to stoicism ... Can reason make you happier? ... Abusive Buddhist gurus and other unexpectedly bad people ... Was Seneca a hypocritical asshole? ...


 2020-01-29  1h13m