31 July 2014
Democracy in America
The Glenn Show
The Good Fight
The Mind Report
The Posner Show
The Wright Show
The Good Fight (round 1)
Pros & Conn
The Week in Blog
Big Questions involving philosophy, science, spirituality and religion
Jul 27, 2009 — Michael Murray & Jan Cover
How could a good God allow so many bad things to happen?
What is evil?
What would a solution to the Problem of Evil look like?
Leibniz’s strange idea that ours is the best of all possible worlds
Does human free will help the theists’ case?
Is Leibniz’s God free to make an imperfect world?
Jul 19, 2009 — Rex Jung & Robert Sternberg
Bob and Rex swap definitions of intelligence
Is intelligence teachable?
Creativity as novelty plus usefulness
Do you have to be smart to be creative?
Why creativity matters more now than ever
What is wisdom?
Jul 13, 2009 — Esther Sternberg & Stephen Post
Lessons from Disneyland for hospital architects
The healing power of labyrinths
Why beautiful places can produce brilliant insights
How Esther’s trip to Greece improved her arthritis
Architectural challenges posed by Alzheimer’s patients
How your neighborhood could make you sick
Jul 6, 2009 — Robert Wright & John Horgan
John attempts to divine Bob’s theology
Is “moral truth” an oxymoron?
John vs. Bob on whether religion does more harm than good
Are the New Atheists winning?
Is belief in God like belief in electrons?
John denies being objectively good
Jun 28, 2009 — Joshua Knobe & John Jost
John argues that we seek to justify our own oppression…
…and responds to objections against his view
What would evidence for racial self-hatred look like?
Explaining George W. Bush’s success
Our mistaken stereotypes of political activists
Advice for advocates of social change
Jun 22, 2009 — Siva Vaidhyanathan & David Shields
David’s forthcoming book, “Reality Hunger”
The Bible’s authors’ blissful ignorance of IP law
The bizarre market in famous quotations
Why Thomas Jefferson would have loved Napster
Nonfiction as art
Siva and David embrace punk’s DIY aesthetic
Jun 14, 2009 — Joshua Greene & Joshua Knobe
Why the natural history of our moral intuitions matters
Could parents’ love for their children be morally wrong?
How we’re confused about gay kissing in public
A moral civil war waged inside our heads
When is moral theorizing inappropriate?
How to philosophize with a brain scanner
Jun 7, 2009 — Robert Wright & Karl Giberson
Karl on reconciling Christianity with evolution
In search of a scientifically respectable form of divine intervention
Can natural selection explain our moral sense?
What is it that our moral sense senses, anyway?
Can we explain Mother Teresa’s generosity without God?
How consoling could a hands-off God be?
May 31, 2009 — Paul Bloom & Tamar Szabo Gendler
Why do heights frighten us even when we know we’re safe?
Bringing your reasoned commitments in line with your passions
The strange pleasures of sitcoms, porn, and horror movies
Do dogs daydream? Do monkeys have sex fantasies?
Are video games morally corrosive?
The fine line between pretense and reality
May 24, 2009 — Clayton Littlejohn & Juan Comesana
Epistemic justification: what it is and why you should care
Reliabilism: a very plausible theory with very serious problems
Descartes’s evil demon comes out of retirement
Clayton’s solution to the New Evil Demon Problem
What would a brain in a vat be justified in believing?
Is the justification of your beliefs fixed by your mental states?
May 17, 2009 — Frans de Waal & Jeffrey Schloss
Human nature, primate nature, animal nature
What’s so special about human empathy?
Why not have sex at every opportunity?
The “altruism is a meme” meme
Can you live a morally good life solely on the basis of religion?
Is morality a self-deception?
May 10, 2009 — Eliezer Yudkowsky & Adam Frank
Can you be mistaken about the meaning of your own life?
The Book of Job: inspiring or horrific?
The subtle power of the word “oops”
Will religion help us avert ecological disaster?
Can you know anything that you can’t know through Reason?
Sacred mystery vs. rational curiosity