Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality
Introducing Psychopolitica (John Horgan & Nikita Petrov)
In a first of a series of bi-weekly conversations, Nikita Petrov and John Horgan talk about John’s hockey career, the Covid pandemic, Nikita’s escape from the city and search for a new lifestyle, the 60s, Russian laws about “foreign agents,” amanita muscaria mushrooms, inner emigration, the social responsibility of an artist, and more.
Spooky Action at a Distance (John Horgan & George Musser)
Is spacetime obsolete? ... Quantum spookiness explained! ... Black holes and the big bang are spooky too. ... What preceded space and time? ... Is physics just poetry with math? ... George’s next book: how mind relates to matter ...
The Cultural Contradictions of Conservatism (Daniel Kaufman & Kevin Currie-Knight)
Kevin's book, Education in the Marketplace ... Dan and Kevin's concern for Coleman Hughes' intellectual freedom ... How young is too young for movement conservatism? ... What was the Intellectual Dark Web? ... The IDW's central contradiction ... How Dan got involved with the conservative movement ... ... ... and why he left it ... Dan's advice to Hughes: don't trust the movement ...
Quantum Mechanics and Other Mysteries (John Horgan & Amanda Gefter)
A conversation about nothing inspires a career in science writing. Physicist John Wheeler’s participatory cosmos. A new interpretation of quantum mechanics. Amanda’s second-person solution to the mind-body problem.
Is Philosophy of Religion Still Necessary? (Daniel Kaufman & Megan Fritts)
Megan: philosophy of religion shouldn't focus on "proofs for God" ... Determining rational grounds for supernaturalism ... Why Dan rejects epistemic foundationalism ... Megan's Christian agnosticism, Dan's Jewish atheism ... Wittgenstein's engagement with philosophy of religion ... What kind of authority would it be good for us to submit to? ... Dan has a revelation ... Has philosophy forgotten that it's a humanistic discipline? ...
The Decline of Great Philosophers (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)
Robert's essay, "The Philosophy Rapture" ... What counts as "relevant" philosophy? ... Philosophy's "dirty insider game" ... Why are great philosophers overrepresented at elite universities? ... Generational decline, intellectual and attitudinal ... Do intellectual celebrity cultures produce shrinking intellectual gene pools? ... Dan: Our present-day celebrity philosophers will destroy the discipline ...
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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.
Kaufman - Baum
The interviewer must have taken 90% of talk time. Too much, really. Maybe he adjusted it later, but I gave up halfway through. Sorry.
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