Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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  .....



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 ...



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”?  ...



Epiphanies of Mind (John Horgan & Jeffrey Kripal)

Jeff’s new book, The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge ... How John and Jeff make sense of Freud ... Jeff redefines the “paranormal” ... What belief in levitation or clairvoyance reveals about human nature ... Are hardcore atheists/materialists doing religious fundamentalism a favor? ... The death and rebirth of good old human narcissism ... Jeff on humanity’s future and the nature of optimism ...



Free Will, Determinism, and Compatibilism (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

A brief primer on the free will vs. determinism debate ... Are moral responsibility and determinism compatible? ... Is punishment a tragic necessity or a moral good? ... Gideon tries to convince Bob that compatibilism is coherent ... Gideon's distinctive take on compatibilism ... A thought experiment about the moral culpability of an ancient slaveholder ... Free will and the mind-body problem ... Buddhist ideas about punishment ...



Death and Mourning Online (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Rachel Vorona-Cote)

Rachel's essay on her mother's death, "The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning" ... Aryeh recalls mourning his father in the pre–social media era ... A moment when language fails ... Is it possible to talk about death with sincerity on Twitter? ... The many (often gendered) Victorian rituals of mourning ... Rachel's forthcoming book, Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today ... Do you want to be memorialized for eternity on Facebook? ...