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Recorded:Jun 12    Posted:Jun 12, 2008
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Bloggingheads.tv | Jun 12, 2008 | Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus

The Glenn Show

Why good grades aren’t everything

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Glenn Loury explains how academia could benefit from more flexible measures of merit. Plus: Is there a downside to social uplift?

MeaningofLife.tv

Turning your autopilot off

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Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik and Robert Wright discuss how meditation can disrupt rigid patterns in adult cognition. Plus: Did Hume borrow from Buddhism?

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The DMZ

Trump’s DACA debacle

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why Trump’s DACA repeal is a no-win situation for Republicans. Plus: Should Trump’s wall be a deal breaker?

Culturally Determined

Unfit in every sense

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and actress Zandy Hartig speculate on Trump’s mental and physical constitution. Plus: Coping with Trump.

MeaningofLife.tv

What Peter Singer overlooks

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Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?

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MeaningofLife.tv

Military monks

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of Buddhist Fury, on responses to Muslim-Buddhist violence in southern Thailand. Plus: The Buddhist apocalypse.

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MeaningofLife.tv

Are we doomed?

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Futurist Phil Torres tries to convince Robert Wright that the side-effects of artificial intelligence may include our extinction. Plus: Can climate change help terrorists?

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Culturally Determined

From Gamergate to white supremacy

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YouTuber ContraPoints explains how the far right came to dominate political discussion on YouTube.

The DMZ

Why single-payer won’t be a slam dunk

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Bill Scher argues that Bernie Sanders’ new “Medicare-for-All” bill can’t circumvent a treacherous legislative battle on popularity alone.

MeaningofLife.tv

The meeting of musical minds

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Jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg on the importance of human connection in both music performance and the industry itself.

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