Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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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 ...


 2019-09-21  1h10m

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

Against Freud (John Horgan & Frederick Crews)

How Frederick became a Freudian and then an anti-Freudian ... Frederick: Psychoanalysis is the Metamucil of the intellectuals ... The politics of anti-Freudianism ... Why has Freud persisted in the public imagination? ... Frederick psychoanalyzes John ... Repressed memories as a Freudian legacy ... Frederick's new book, Freud: The Making of an Illusion ...


 2019-08-27  1h7m

Western Philosophy as White Supremacy (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Crispin's recent essay, "Western Philosophy as White Supremacy" ... Dan accuses Crispin of ahistorical revisionism ... Descartes as a product of his age ... Privileging the intellectual over the physical ... Is "the conquest of nature" a good or bad thing? ... Crispin: Metaphysics and racism feed each other ... Is self-mastery a key to freedom, or antithetical to it? ... The worst political philosophy, except for all the others? ...


 2019-08-09  1h27m

McMindfulness (Robert Wright & Ronald Purser)

Ron's new book, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality ... A brief history of mindfulness in America ... Ron's critique of the corporate teaching of mindfulness ... A tool vs. a path ... Ron: The mindfulness industry individualizes social problems ... A call for civic mindfulness ... Can capitalism and spirituality be reconciled? ...


 2019-08-08  1h1m

The Great Disintegration (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Burkeman)

Journalism, from information scarcity to attention scarcity ... Is it harder to find “good” information these days? ... Oliver: Reliance on social media creates false controversies ... Has the mainstream media really drifted towards partisanship? ... How to dismantle the partisan divide ... Dan: Americans were more divided in 1968 than now ... Social injustice: Perception, reality, and urgency ...


 2019-07-25  1h26m