The Wright Show (audio)

The Wright Show (audio)

Canada

Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

Episodes

Robert Wright & Alison Gopnik  

How a personal crisis brought Alison back to David Hume ... Hume’s (likely) chance encounter with Buddhism ... Lessons learned from 23-year-old Hume’s nervous breakdown ... Which ideas might Hume have borrowed from Buddhism? ... How meditation disrupts the ‘autopilot’ of adulthood ... Is introspection as valuable as neuroscience? ...

Robert Wright & Phil Torres  

Nick Bostrom: there’s a 25% chance of 'existential catastrophe' by 2100 ... Reasons to fear superintelligent machines… ... …and the growing accessibility of biotechnology ... Why space colonization probably won’t save us ... Did climate change nurture ISIS? ... Technological progress as a bug, not a feature ...

Robert Wright & Scott McConnell  

How the process of elimination brought Buchananites to Trump ... Why GDP isn’t everything in America-first economics ... Where did non-interventionist Trump go? ... Scott: Without Bannon, there is no White House agenda ... President Trump: Inept, unprepared, but not stupid ...

Robert Wright & Lisa Feldman Barrett  

Lisa’s new book How Emotions are Made ... Can we truly feel an emotion before we can name it? ... Is it true that the !Kung people feel no fear? ... Fear in the body, the brain, and in concept ... Do animals have emotions as we know them? ... Lisa’s advice for young scientists: Keep it empirical ...

John Horgan & Robert Wright  

Bob: Life was suffering before modernity, too ... John: Mindfulness meditation is morally neutral ... How attribution biases make war possible ... Is the path to enlightenment for everyone? ... Why Bob doubts that pure enlightenment has been achieved ... Morality matters, even inside the Matrix ...

Robert Wright & Brian Greene  

Superstring theory: Just crazy enough to be true? ... Why Einstein disliked quantum physics ... Welcome to the multiverse! ... Could an interventionist god in theory exist? ... Einstein’s determinism and “block time” ... The “stuff” that makes reality real ...

Robert Wright & Ted Chiang  

How Ted's Story of Your Life became Arrival ... Experiential and theoretical grounds for determinism ... If the future is set… Why bother? ... The Predictor—an imagined device that will freak you out ... Wormholes and time travel ... Are free will and determinism compatible? ...

Robert Wright & Massimo Pigliucci  

Bob’s and Massimo’s complementary new books ... Bob and Massimo give Buddhist and Stoic advice on dealing with regret ... Buddhist and Stoic recipes for reducing anxiety ... Using meditative practices to fight ADD ... Building resilience, maintaining compassion ... The upside of distraction ...

Robert Wright & Sarah Posner  

Is Trump losing Congress? ... Why Trump voters have stayed loyal ... The Russia investigation: It ain't over 'til it's over ... Can Trump’s new chief of staff enforce order... ... …and does Trump even want order? ... Sarah on the true meaning of "Deep State" ...

Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus  

Why Mickey still backs Trump ... Are Trump’s Russia links really a “nothing burger”? ... Backstabbing and scheming in the White House ... Trump's neocon drift ... Bob’s “mindful resistance” initiative ... How people can join the Mindful Resistance ... When anti-Trump outrage helps Trump ... What is Trumpism? ...

Robert Wright & Daniel Ingram  

Daniel: Aim for enlightenment (even if you’ll never reach it) ... Levels of Buddhist awakening ... Daniel assesses Bob’s level of spiritual attainment ... Trump as an affront to Buddhism ... The awakened sociopath ... Daniel’s enlightened view of Trumpism ... How to leverage anger wisely ...

Robert Wright & Brooke Gladstone  

Brooke’s new book, The Trouble With Reality ... The erosion of the public square ... Orwell vs. Huxley: Whose dystopia are we living in? ... How people are wired for self-delusion ... Why liberals struggle to understand Trump voters ... Is the media unfair to Trump? ... Brooke’s theory of Trump ...

Robert Wright & Jay Garfield  

Teaching Buddhist philosophy ... Jay’s book, Engaging Buddhism ... Why “you” might not exist ... Buddhism and determinism ... When clarifying your view of reality makes you a better person ... The error of essentialism ...

Robert Wright & Owen Ellickson  

Comedy in the age of Trump ... Why Owen stopped writing his parody Trump tweets ... Is it pointless to mock Trump? ... Are liberal comedians hurting their cause? ... Twitter and partisan politics ... What it takes to become a podcasting juggernaut ... When breaking speech codes with comedy backfires ...

Robert Wright & Massimo Pigliucci  

Massimo’s new book, How to Be a Stoic, and Bob’s forthcoming book, Why Buddhism Is True ... Similarities between Buddhism and Stoicism ... The metaphysics of Stoicism ... Is there a Stoic version of the Buddhist “not-self” doctrine? ... Massimo’s Stoic advice column ... Seneca’s tips for anger management ... Achieving an objective awareness of your emotions ... Using meditation to cope with feelings of failure ...

Robert Wright & Darren Beattie  

Why Darren was among the few academics who supported Trump ... Trump: Incipient interventionist? ... How identity politics transformed the meaning of “liberal” and “conservative” ... Darren’s “contempt” for elites ... Debating Trump’s travel ban ... Is Trump’s rhetoric dangerous? ... Assessing domestic policy under Trump so far ... Does Trump’s alleged incompetence and instability worry Darren? ...

Robert Wright & Freddie deBoer  

How Freddie used the internet to become a public voice ... Does the “alt-left” exist? Is Freddie part of it? ... The cozy relationship between Democrats and Wall Street ... Why Freddie supports a universal basic income ... How liberals are getting the Trump-Russia story wrong ... IQ: Is it in the genes? ...

Robert Wright & Jeffrey Lewis  

Is North Korea behind the global malware attack? ... The surprisingly long range of the missile North Korea just tested ... Why China won't solve the North Korea problem ... Options for dealing with North Korea, from bad to worst ... How Japan and South Korea are responding to escalating tensions ... Jeffrey’s advice on what to do about North Korea’s nuclear program ... The outlook for arms control under Trump ...

Robert Wright & Damon Linker  

The Comey firing as confirmation of Trump’s disastrousness ... Was the Syria bombing politically calculated or just Trump being Trump? ... Trying to read Trump’s mind presupposes that he has one ... Did liberal dogmatism fuel the populist revolt? ... Could global governance moderate populist nationalism rather than fuel it? ... Why a universal basic income won’t work ...

Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade  

WTF at the FBI ... The coming Comey blowback ... How Aryeh found peace of mind in the age of Trump ... How you can help Bloggingheads.tv (and why you should) ... Join Bob’s war on political polarization and the psychology of tribalism! ...

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