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September 26, 2018 — Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell
Crispin's essay on the politics of geography and representation
Why did rural Americans feel that Trump's victory was their victory?
Is "one person, one vote" a wrong-headed view of political representation?
Where political representation meets art and aesthetics
Can Americans' interests be represented accurately?
Is being from a rural area akin to being a racial minority?
What does our current system of political representation get right or wrong?
November 01, 2017 — Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell
How philosopher Arthur Danto attempted to define art
Danto's preoccupation with Warhol's Brillo Boxes
Is art just "aboutness"?
Crispin: Danto's historicity constrained his concept of art
Dan questions Hegel on art's inherent purpose
Why common crafts may come to replace high art
February 23, 2018 — Daniel Kaufman & Daniel Tippens
What does Dan K. mean by Philistinism?
How philistines reduce the irreducible in all walks of life
Philistinism's creeping control in philosophy and the academy
When we invest in arts and letters, what do we get in return?
What good are refined senses, anyway?
Dan T. explains how refinement can prevent us from being duped
March 03, 2018 — Robert Wright & Richard Prum
The Wright Show
Darwin's approach to explaining the peacock's cumbersome plumage
Could beauty have evolved, in part, for beauty's sake?
The sense in which traits favored via mate selection may not be 'adaptive'
Mate preference and aesthetics
What can we learn from ducks' miserable sex lives?
How paternal investment in offspring became part of human life
When sex isn't for reproduction
Richard's misgivings about evolutionary psychology
October 10, 2015 — Robert Wright & John McWhorter
The Wright Show
What gives John's life meaning?
Unorthodox views on evolution and natural selection
Can art provide a spiritual experience?
The difference between consuming art and making it
Fear of infirmity ... but not death
John on doing what he was meant to do
June 25, 2017 — Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger
David's essay Medium, Message, and Effect
What sitcoms owe to small TV screens
HBO brings film techniques to television
Theatrics in movies
When cinematics on TV became too much
The new model: Binge-watching
Why streaming shows are anti-social
January 22, 2019 — Robert Wright & Lindsay Doran
The Wright Show
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
December 21, 2016 — Stephen Asma & Nick Sousanis
Unflattening, a doctoral dissertation in comic book form
Why academics tend to distrust images
Visual literacy as a way to understand the world better
Imagination and mysticism in Edwin Abbott's Flatland
How images can help authors overcome intellectual alienation
Why everybody should learn to draw
December 01, 2018 — Robert Wright & Sabine Hossenfelder
The Wright Show
Sabine's new book, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
Sabine: There's no reason to think the four fundamental forces can be unified
What "beauty" means to a physicist
The weirdness of the Higgs Boson
Must there be an explanation for the fundamental forces?
Sabine: Multiverse theory isn't science
What Sabine wants physicists to be doing instead of chasing beauty
October 28, 2018 — Stephen Asma & Rami Gabriel
Minding Emotions: music edition
The emotional shift between minor and major chords
Examining tonal dissonance in Western music
When melodies become "pregnant with meaning"
Why we find beauty in disharmony
Rami: Social class and culture imbue music with meaning, too
Is music hardwired in humans?
How practicing art and music hones the eye and the ear
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