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Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.

Conversations With Coleman Coleman Hughes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.7K Ratings

Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.

    Democracy and Diversity with Yascha Mounk

    Democracy and Diversity with Yascha Mounk

    My guest today is Yascha Mounk. Yascha is a political scientist and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. He's also the founder of "Persuasion", which is a great online magazine I really recommend you all read. He is also the host of "The Good Fight" podcast. Yascha has a new book out called "The Great Experiment", which is what we'll be discussing in today's episode.
    We talk about group psychology and tribalism, their origin, and human nature. We discuss the difference between nations that are built around specific ethnic groups on the one hand and nations that are built around abstract ideas on the other, the challenges faced by multi-ethnic democracies, the threats to diverse democracies from the right and from the left, and why diverse democracies can be less stable than diverse autocracies. We talk about colorblindness, white identity politics and wokeness, whether increased contact between racial groups is the antidote to racism, and whether diversity is an inherent good or a contingent good. We go on to talk about the idea that demography is destiny, the fluidity of racial identity and how one's identity can change in response to social incentives, what it would look like to have a colorblind legal regime in America, immigration and cultural assimilation, and much more. 
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Inside the Mind of Tim Urban

    Inside the Mind of Tim Urban

    This podcast is actually a recording of a live event I did at TED in Vancouver with Tim Urban. Tim Urban is the author of the blog "Wait But Why?" and also of the upcoming book "The Story of Us". My thanks to the TED team for inviting me to have this conversation.
    ​​​​​​​Tim and I talked about procrastination, the shortness of life, artificial intelligence, political polarisation, and much more. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to film this event, so this will be an audio-only episode.
    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Facebook Whistleblower with Frances Haugen

    The Facebook Whistleblower with Frances Haugen

    My guest today is Frances Haugen. Frances is a data engineer, scientist, product manager, and whistleblower. 
    ​​​​​​​In this episode, we discuss the psychological effects of Instagram on teenagers, the subculture of Tumblr, the cross-check system at Facebook, Facebook's policy toward misinformation, and much more.
    I really enjoyed this episode and I hope you do too.
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    • 42 min
    Human Mind: Into The Unknown with Richard Dawkins

    Human Mind: Into The Unknown with Richard Dawkins

    My guest today is Richard Dawkins. I assume most of you know who he is, but in case you've been living under a rock; Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and emeritus fellow at Oxford University. If I listed all the awards he's received in his lifetime, this description will not end. His books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, Unweaving the Rainbow, and many others. His latest book is called "Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity by Design and Evolution" in which he explores and explains the phenomenon of flight both in the animal world and in manmade technology. We didn't get to discuss this book in this episode, but I really recommend you all check it out. 
    In this episode, we discuss technological progress, whether race is a social construct or biological reality, the mystery of consciousness, the concept of a meme (which Richard invented), religion and its relationship to a happy life, whether wokeness plays the role of a religion in people's lives, and finally, Richard gives his advice to up and coming scientists. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
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    • 51 min
    Moving America Forward with Andrew Yang

    Moving America Forward with Andrew Yang

    My guest today is Andrew Yang. Andrew Yang is a businessman, attorney and author. He is known for his presidential bid in 2020 and his bid for New York City mayor in 2021.
    This podcast was recorded at Andrew's studio and jointly released on his podcast which is called "Forward".
    In this episode, we discuss my upbringing and background in music, how philosophy is taught, why race shouldn't matter, the democrats use of identity politics, office culture, the future of work, automation, and AI.
    I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Are We Living in a Simulation with David Chalmers

    Are We Living in a Simulation with David Chalmers

    My guest today is David Chalmers. David is a professor of philosophy and neuroscience at NYU and the co-director of NYU Centre for Mind, Brain and Consciousness.
    David just released a new book called "Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy", which we discuss in this episode. We also discuss whether we're living in a simulation, the progress that's been made in virtual reality, whether virtual worlds count as real, whether people would and should choose to live in a virtual world, and many other classic questions in the philosophy of mind and more.
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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Lindsthewinds ,

Thoughtful!

One of the most even minded, levelheaded podcasts…and continually informative. Coleman Hughes looks at.all sides of an issue and thoughtfully turns it over so that the listener can come to his/her own conclusion. He is always on an even keel and listens well to those that he hosts on his show. He questions them without arguing. A rare talent indeed. With his genuine curiosity to get to an understanding, one can appreciate this show immensely in this time of hyperbole!

RespectDifferentViews ,

Independent Thinker

Well worth listening to Coleman’s discussions. Open minded and willing to search for answers rather than lecturing us on the correct way to think.

D00kerT ,

Refreshing

Coleman Hughes is one of the clearest and most interesting thinkers to come into the philosophical landscape in recent years. The breadth of topics and guests knows no bounds and spans the political left and right. If you don’t want to live in an ideological bubble, give his podcast a listen. Can’t recommend him enough!

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