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December 29, 2016 — Josh Summers & David Barash
David's book Buddhist Biology
Where Buddhism and biology converge
The interconnected world
Karma in Buddhism and biology
April 25, 2017 — Josh Summers & David Barash
David's fusion of existentialism, Buddhism and biology
Triangulating the meaning of life
Buddhist doubts about the existentialist view of freedom
Free will and the hard problem of consciousness
The myth of Sisyphus
Being an existentialist bio-Buddhist
June 06, 2017 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
"Purpose" in science and morality
What Aristotle thought about purpose in nature
Why asking "what is it for?" makes sense in biology but not other sciences
Does form dictate function?
Is there a "law" of morality?
The paths to human flourishing
Why a "scientific" approach to ethics a la Sam Harris doesn't work
February 13, 2016 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
What constitutes an explanation in the natural sciences?
Looking for a categorical difference between natural and social sciences
Biological and social explanations of human behavior
The difference between the narratives of social and physical sciences
Does social science explain events or their interpretations?
Must a science have "laws"? Are there social scientific laws?
October 01, 2019 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
What are "natural kinds"?
What the former planet Pluto can teach us about natural kinds
Massimo's changing views on theoretical entities
Is there a paradigm shift on the horizon in evolutionary biology?
Is skepticism toward natural kinds the same as skepticism toward essential properties?
Why Massimo is skeptical of the concept of "laws of nature"
Describing "ultimate reality"
Can we distinguish between sex and gender without natural kinds?
Can we have a conception of "normal" without natural kinds?
August 04, 2015 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
The "strong AI thesis": Can a machine think?
Debating the usefulness of the Turing test
Could your brain be swapped with a silicon replica?
Massimo: You'll never be able to upload your consciousness
Digging into the famous "Chinese room" thought experiment
Dan: Neuroscience won't solve philosophy of mind puzzles
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
January 01, 2018 — Robert Wright & Timothy O'Connor
The Wright Show
Tim explains what it means to believe in free will
Biology and free will
Science and casuality
Why Tim takes seriously the "naive stance" on free will and moral responsibility
Is subjective experience irreducible?
Determinism and deism
Philosophy departments aren't as atheistic as you'd think
February 06, 2017 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
Join the hordes clamoring for Massimo's forthcoming book!
The science of ethics
Is morality baked into our biology?
Can primates tell us where morality comes from?
How Kant and moral psychology complement each other
Nietzsche's moral philosophy
Warning: Chimps and bonobos are not hairy proto-humans!
The trouble with studying morality in infants
December 06, 2018 — Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci
What distinguishes "action" from simple motor movement?
Can animals take deliberate action?
Why narrative has a place in science and physics
Biology, evolution, and the emergence of action
Why does Massimo want a beer?
Dan: The "free will problem" is ill-formed
How the evolution of language brought meaning to human behavior
Massimo and Dan's latest projects
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