Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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Morality's Limit (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

Is the “Morality Everywhere Problem” really a problem? ... Why Robert finds the moral question difficult to dispel  ... Peter Singer’s “drowning child” thought experiment ... Is weakness of will keeping Robert from volunteering at the soup kitchen? ... Dan: “Embrace the normal” ... What do those living in dire poverty want first-worlders to do? ... Why Rob is repulsed by utilitarianism ... Dan: The end goal of charity is human flourishing ... Were people less sensitive in the past? ...



Abuse Scandals in the Yoga Community (Josh Summers & Matthew Remski)

Matthew’s new book, Practice and All Is Coming ... Justifications for sexual abuse in the early Ashtanga yoga community ... Matthew: “Sacred” leaders like Puttabhi Jois have been absolved of personal responsibility ... Just how ancient are modern yoga practices? ... Matthew responds to accusations from the Ashtanga community ... How much agency do victims of sexual abuse really have? ... Reforming yoga communities with histories of abuse ...


 2019-06-12  1h21m

Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic (and Disney) (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sarah Marshall)

Remembering the Satanic ritual abuse panic of the 1980s ... How the McMartin case launched the panic ... Sarah: Recovered memory therapy created the idea of Satanic ritual abuse ... Why hasn't there been a large-scale reckoning with the panic? ... Contemporary resonances: witch hunts and moral panics ... Sarah visits Disney World and thinks about desire ... Why are there so many absent mothers in the Disney canon? ...


 2019-06-02  1h25m

Is Philosophy OK? (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

Robert: Is it permissible to remain a philosophy professor? ... Why Dan opposes the “morality everywhere” approach to life ... Can professors really leave a lasting impact on students? ... “First world problems” and moral obligation in the classroom ... What is the “White Paper” of philosophy, and does it have any authority? ... Rethinking the role of the academy in society ... Dan: Philosophy as a life guide is, well, misguided ...


 2019-05-30  1h36m

Completing the Darwinian Revolution (Robert Wright & David Sloan Wilson)

David's new book, This View of Life ... In what sense, if any, could evolution be conscious? ... The need to complete the Darwinian revolution ... An evolutionary psychology discussion makes Bob tape his mouth shut ... How successful groups avert the tragedy of the commons ... Convergent cultural evolution ... David: Evolution shows that neither laissez faire nor centralized planning works ... A preview of the coming Bob vs. David showdown over group selection ...


 2019-05-22  1h11m

Don't Be Yourself (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Leah Finnegan)

How Leah realized that she should not "be herself" ... The mental health benefits of getting a dog ... Leah: We must bring back Kierkegaardian irony ... Leah on the scourge of "urgent earnestness" ... Is it ethical to not read the news? ... Leah's reflections on being "a year Twitter sober" ... Lessons from the great "horseface" controversy of 2018 ...


 2019-05-15  38m

Realism, Anti-Realism and "Rabbity Moments" (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Realism vs. anti-realism ... Is reality the sum of human senses? ... Why Crispin is allergic to idealism ... “Rabbity moments” and Quine’s radical translation scenario ... What does it mean to say someone lives “in another world”? ... Davidson’s closet analogy for conceptual schemes ... What makes a given statement true? ...


 2019-05-07  1h27m

The Social Leap (Robert Wright & William von Hippel)

Bill's new book, The Social Leap ... Why happiness is fleeting ... Junk food and happy marriages ... How to escape the anxiety of status competition ... Psychological downsides of being a hunter-gatherer ... Why America is more politically tribalized than Australia ... The benefits of self-deception ...


 2019-05-04  1h3m

Cancelling the Apocalypse (Robert Wright & Luke Kemp)

Are we on the road to civilizational collapse? ... Why we need global governance, not global government ... The double-edged sword of civilizational complexity ... The apocalyptic scenario Bob fears most ... Luke: Not every problem has a technical solution ... Bob: Slower technological change would be a blessing ...


 2019-05-01  1h2m

The Psychology of Tribalism (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

How the new media landscape exacerbates tribalism ... Can science and reason help combat tribalism? ... Why tribal behavior comes naturally to humans ... Want to succeed on social media? Try ridicule and moral condemnation! ... Why virtual reality may not help you understand the plight of others ... Trump's masterful exploitation of empathy ... If a magic therapy "cured" Harvey Weinstein, would punishment still be necessary? ... Why social science is, and will stay, liberal ...


 2019-04-27  1h26m