Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
Rodney’s book Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart
Getting to “no self”: DIY
Resistance is futile
Trying to describe the indescribable feeling of not-self
How surrendering your objection to a problem solves it
An essential part of Buddhism is skepticism of essence
Bob fails to awaken
Inside the brain of a meditator
The part of the brain that separates you from not-you
A scientific version of karma
Does mindfulness hurt creativity?
Distraction as a form of emotional control
Does a man’s physique shape his ideology?
The modular view of the mind
What is this thing you call “you,” anyway?
Conscious and unconscious modules
Addiction and the ancestral environment
Can evolutionary psychology save the world?
Why John wrote a new history of Israel’s founding
How Harry Truman saw the Middle East
What if the US hadn’t recognized Israel?
John engages critics of “Genesis”
Varieties of Zionism
Does Kerry’s peace process stand a chance?
Doug’s book, “The Rational Animal”
How our seven “subselves” see the world differently
Beauty, strength, and status
How humans evolved to be bad at economics
Is objectivity possible?
When a caveman gets behind the wheel
Three varieties of suffering
Western misconceptions about Buddhism
Are emotions real?
Does the self exist?
Who you callin’ an enlightened vegetable?
Goodness, righteousness, and truth
The Buddhist concepts of mindfulness and awakening
Feelings, meditation, and the struggle with fear
Aversion, impermanence, and the Four Noble Truths
The foundations of mindfulness
Joseph: Our thoughts are like dictators
Reconnecting with the self
Jim’s deep pessimism on China
Bob’s deep pessimism on the Middle East
Marijuana, cocaine, and Chinese cyber-warfare
Will Obamacare survive?
Why we need better elites
The urgent need to colonize outer space
Mark’s new e-book, “The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side”
The double injury of abuse by a spiritual teacher
Is Buddhism particularly susceptible to sexual predators?
Mark meditates with the predatory Zen master
Meditation and sociopathy
The addictive appeal of meditation
Why loving your enemies is easier said than done
How meditation can reduce anger
Metta Meditation and Loving-kindness
Empathy for people you can’t stand
The Buddhist concept of the self
The epidemic of self-loathing
Joshua’s new book, “Moral Tribes”
The tragedy of common sense morality
If everyone was a utilitarian, would there be world peace?
The case for “deep pragmatism”
Revisiting the trolley-car thought experiment
How to learn meta-cognition
Rob’s book, “Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite”
Conflicting beliefs in the mind
What Walt Whitman knew about the brain
The psychology of deciding not to eat chocolate
What is the self?