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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Islamic Exceptionalism)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Thinking Back on Kahneman, Fast and Slow

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

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)

AI, Rationalism, and the “Great Filter”

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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.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Things to know about the noosphere

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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.”

The DMZ

RFK Jr.’s Bad VEEP Pick

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

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Meditation Tips for Beginners (and Non-Beginners)

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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.

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.

The DMZ

America’s Blood Bath (and Beyond)

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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.

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.