logo

28 June 2016

logo

Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero)

Conor asks whether Bob might abandon the Democratic Party over national security issues. Bob posits that humans aren’t evolutionarily equipped to evaluate the possibility of blowback in foreign affairs. Conor wonders why Americans aren’t more willing to impose checks on the executive branch—what won’t the public will accept in the name of “security”? They next discuss whether Obama’s mild manner causes people to accept policies that they would object to under a more cowboyish president. Bob presses Conor about what he hopes to gain by voting for Libertarian Party candidates. They conclude with Bob making the case that network effects all but guarantee Facebook’s long-term success—an argument Conor isn’t buying.

Play entire video
Recorded:Jun 5    Posted:Jun 6, 2012
Download:
mp4
mp3
Friedersdorf | Jun 6, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & Robert Wright

Culturally Determined

Rational ignorance

playvideo screenshot

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter.

MeaningofLife.tv

Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

playvideo screenshot

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

The DMZ

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

playvideo screenshot

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

MeaningofLife.tv

Mystical states aren’t just for mystics

playvideo screenshot

David Yaden discusses research showing that self-transcendent experiences are surprisingly common.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

Culturally Determined

The trouble with numbers

playvideo screenshot

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Michael Tracey discuss Nate Silver’s failure to predict Trump’s triumph in the primaries. Plus: The reality of Never-Trumpers.

MeaningofLife.tv

Online actions that hurt IRL

playvideo screenshot

Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

The Wright Show

The ISIS legacy

playvideo screenshot

Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism, explains how the Islamic State has changed the aspirations of extremists groups. Plus: Understanding sectarian conflict.

The Glenn Show

Damage control for Trump?

playvideo screenshot

Glenn Loury suggests how the presumptive GOP nominee could gain support in black communities.

Rational Actors

Charles Koch’s Republic of Science

playvideo screenshot

Journalist Jim Tankersley on the roots of the billionaire’s passion for funding academic research. Plus: The power of money in academia.

Foreign Entanglements

Brexit’s empty promises

playvideo screenshot

Political science professor David Brockington says some British politicians have made false claims to garner support for leaving the EU. Plus: The British version of a Trump supporter.