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Science Faction | Mar 23, 2015 | John Horgan & Neuroskeptic

The DMZ

Mean girl politics

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether sniping among members of Congress defines our politics.

The Wright Show

Is religion bad for the world?

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In a bloggingheads classic from 2009, Robert Wright and Christopher Hitchens debate the thesis of Hitchens’s book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

MeaningofLife.tv

What if Kant had never been born?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger ponder the role of contingency in the history of philosophy.

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The Glenn Show

Are we headed for hyperinflation?

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Glenn Loury and economist Laurence Kotlikoff discuss whether current US inflation rates will send us into a longterm crisis.

The DMZ

What do we want from Bill Maher?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the comic’s recent criticisms of the Democratic Party.

MeaningofLife.tv

Saving the species by transcending species-typical tendencies

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss the importance of overcoming cognitive distortions that are part of human nature.

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Culturally Determined

Memes and the socialist left

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Mike Watson talks about his new book, The Memeing of Mark Fisher: How the Frankfurt School Foresaw Capitalist Realism and What To Do About It.

The Wright Show

Over the line or merely fringe?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether recent behavior by Representatives Paul Gosar and Lauren Boebert is worthy of a formal censure.

The Glenn Show

Were cocaine sentencing disparities “racist”?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the role of race in crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparities in the 1980s and 1990s.

The DMZ

The tricky politics of fixing inflation

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss why the delayed effects of inflation fixes may not pay off in time for Biden.