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Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality
||CleanThe Truth about "Truth" (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)||Crispin’s book chapter on the nature of truth ... Do different uses of the word “truth” have a family resemblance? ... The challenge of connecting truth with reality ... Where does linguistics enter the picture? ... How Crispin bucks expectations of academic philosophical writing ... Dan: Analytic philosophy misses the forest for the trees ... What’s missing from Crispin’s exploration of truth? ...||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeam Human (Robert Wright & Douglas Rushkoff)||Douglas's new book, Team Human ... Remembering when people behaved better online than IRL ... Douglas was optimistic about the Internet. Then came capitalism. ... Imagining a better Facebook ... Douglas: "Being human is a team sport" ... Tribalism and the Internet ... The false promise of "disruption" ... How capitalism complicates Douglas’s life ...||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMetaphysics and You (Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel)||What is metaphysics, and did it get derailed? ... The desire to live in a universe that “makes sense” ... How the human lifespan limits our scope of understanding ... Why we’re drawn to metaphysical questions ... Why younger generations are choosing the supernatural and spiritual over traditional religion ... Metaphysics as a means of organizing the sublime ... Is the feeling of awe older than humanity itself? ... The uncertain future of metaphysics ...||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestioning Materialism (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)||What's the philosophical status of materialism? ... Gideon’s views about math lead him to reject materialism ... Does the existence of consciousness disprove materialism? ... Taking the simulation hypothesis seriously ... How lucky are we to be alive right now? ... Teleology and moral realism ...||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Does Acupuncture Work? (Josh Summers & Dan Keown)||Dan's new book, The Unchartered Body: A New Textbook of Medicine ... How Dan’s intrepid grandmother brought him to Eastern medicine ... Explaining Eastern medicine to a skeptic ... Embryology and the importance of “connectedness” within a body ... What is “chi,” exactly? ... Where Western medicine falls short ... What placebo research proves (and doesn’t prove) about acupuncture ... What does the acupuncture needle do? ... Dan’s recommended lifestyle changes for systemic health ...||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Psychology of Great Movies (Robert Wright & Lindsay Doran)||Lindsay, a Golden Globe–winning movie producer, discusses the Academy Awards ... Lindsay's experience working on This Is Spinal Tap ... The psychology of a great film ending ... Why there's no sequel to When Harry Met Sally ... Art vs. craft in screenwriting ... Should movies be moral? ... Is a male conscience different from a female conscience? ... A film that sounds like it's great vs. one that actually is ...||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIdentitarianism in Academic Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Traldi)||Why Oliver quit law school ... Is it professionally risky to express heterodox views in philosophy? ... Philosophy as handmaiden to progressive politics ... Dan’s essay on philosophy’s abuse of the harm principle ... The chicken-or-egg question of students or faculty ... Is leftism corrupting scholarship? ... What politics can learn from the field of philosophy ... The irony of a leftist discipline that exploits labor ...||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy We Dream (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Alice Robb)||Alice's new book, Why We Dream ... All the wrong ways we used to think about dreams ... The unusual discovery of REM sleep ... When scientists thought dreams were a paranormal gateway ... Alice describes participating in a "dream group" ... What do events in dreams really mean? ... Why do we have nightmares? ... How to get started with lucid dreaming ...||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPostmodernism and Religion (Robert Wright & John D. Caputo)||John, a theologian and philosopher, explains postmodern Christianity ... Why postmodernism is not "linguistic idealism" ... Religion's tendency to literalize ... What Paul Tillich and Jacques Derrida thought about "the unconditional" ... John: The Scriptures present a poetic, topsy-turvy vision of life ... Where do our aspirations come from (if anywhere)? ... Have art, literature, and social activism replaced religion? ... Is there a link between the unconditional and Buddhism's "unconditioned"? ...||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMind, Body, and Gender (John Horgan & Deirdre McCloskey)||Deirdre McCloskey’s personal experience with mind, body, and gender ... Are there female and male psyches? ... How traditional liberalism guides Deirdre’s personal philosophy ... Why Deirdre describes herself as a postmodernist ... Liberalism, capitalism, and Marx ... Understanding the global turn to populism ...||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
A Thinking Person’s Podcast
I’ve been a fan of “Meaning of Life TV” ever since I watched a young Robert Wright get under the skin of a cantankerous Daniel Dennett during an interview posted on Slate Magazine’s old website. You can catch that gem on YouTube nowadays or catch today’s latest “thinkers” duking it out right here on iTunes ( or your favorite podcast app ). Did you know Robert Wright essentially INVENTED the podcast? MOL-TV’s sister-site, BloggingHeadsTv ( go check it out, too), was a true innovator in online video and audio before anyone know what a “podcast” was! Here’s to many more years of content for “wannabe” intellectuals like me! Cheers.
Evolution, non pc, international
This is where I go for analysis of America and its foreign relationships. Knowledgeable people and direct views . It has serious interviews with scholars of Buddhism and with people who say they’ve become enlightened. phenomena and who practice it. And from that to nonpc talk about the cultural broiling we’re living through