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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)

Confessions of a Black Conservative

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Robert Wright and Glenn Loury discuss Glenn’s new memoir, Late Admissions.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

AI, Techno-optimism, and Cosmic Purpose

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Robert Wright and techno-visionary Kevin Kelly discuss our technological trajectory—and how to grapple with it. Plus: the AI boom vs AI doom, the noosphere, what the universe is for, and more.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The Alien Mind of AI

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Robert Wright and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discuss what AI tells us about the human mind.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

A Trump 2.0 Foreign Policy

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Robert Wright and Kelley Vlahos, host of the Trip the Beltway Fantastic podcast, discuss the impact on world affairs of a Trump victory in November.

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Trump’s Conviction, Russia-Ukraine Escalation

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Robert Wright and Andrew Day discuss a busy news week in American politics.

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Is Trump worse than Biden on Gaza?

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Robert Wright and American Prestige podcast hosts Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner debate.

The DMZ

Nikki Haley Sells Out. Again.

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On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss Nikki Haley’s very predictable announcement of support for Donald Trump.

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GPT-4o: harbinger of the Metaverse?

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Robert Wright and Paul Bloom discuss the latest LLM offering from OpenAI.

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In Defense of AI Doomerism

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Robert Wright and AI safety activist Liron Shapira discuss the case for treating AI as an existential threat. Plus: The OpenAI resignations, the “Pause AI” movement, assessing Altman’s AI safety sincerity, and more.