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13 April 2024

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Thinking Back on Kahneman, Fast and Slow

Robert Wright and Paul Bloom discuss the late Nobel laureate’s life and legacy. Play entire video

AI, Rationalism, and the “Great Filter”

Robert Wright and economist and futurist Robin Hanson discuss Robin’s solution to the Fermi Paradox and how AI fits into it. Plus: where rationalist culture gets “cultish”, seeing AI as offspring, and more.

Things to know about the noosphere

Robert Wright and Sister Ilia Delio—theologian, author, and expert on Jesuit priest and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin—discuss what Teilhard described as the “thinking envelope of the Earth.”

RFK Jr.’s Bad VEEP Pick

Is RFK Jr’s VP pick an affront to democracy? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

Meditation Tips for Beginners (and Non-Beginners)

Neuroscientist Kathryn Devaney of the Berkeley Alembic and Robert Wright discuss meditative best practices, how meditation aids cognitive empathy, whether mindfulness can save us from AI doom, and more.

America’s Blood Bath (and Beyond)

Are media elites overreacting to Donald Trump’s use of the term “bloodbath”? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

The Open Source AI Question

Robert Wright and Nathan Labenz, host of the Cognitive Revolution podcast, discuss all things open source AI—its meaning, its promise, its perils, and more.

Biden could stop the war in Gaza

Middle-East expert Daniel Levy, speaking to Robert Wright, explains how.

Kyrsten Sinema Says Goodbye

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s decision not to seek re-election in Arizona, and whether she could have survived by working harder not to alienate the progressive base.

The DMZ

Can Abortion Sink Trump?

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Can Donald Trump move to the center on the issue of abortion? Or will Joe Biden’s ads effectively tie him to the overturning of Roe v. Wade? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Israel out of control

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Robert Wright and American Prestige hosts Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner discuss attacks on aid workers and Iran’s embassy.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

What Does Putin Want?

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Robert Wright talks to Nikolay and Kirill of the Russians with Attitudes podcast about Russian politics, the Ukraine war, and Putin’s moderation compared to other Russian elites.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Elon and Altman: Dueling Messiahs

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Robert Wright and Paul Bloom also discuss Elon vs. Don Lemon, Altman vs. the AI #Resistance, Oscar highlights and lowlights, and more.

The DMZ

Can TikTok Survive?

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Should TikTok be banned? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Elon v. OpenAI, Google vs Itself

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Timothy B. Lee, author of the newsletter Understanding AI, and Robert Wright discuss the Elon v. OpenAI case, Google’s AI issues, the limits of LLMs, how Sora changes the AI picture, and more.