Podcast Archives

Solving the Mysteries of Consciousness, Free Will, and God with Michael Shermer and Philip Goff

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 20, 2018

Today we have Michael Shermer and Philip Goff on the podcast. Michael is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and […]

Positive Relationships with Sara Algoe

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 12, 2018

Today I’m delighted to have Sara Algoe on the podcast. Dr. Algoe is associate professor of social psychology at the University of Virginia. Her expertise spans emotions, relationships, and health psychology. Her basic research questions illuminate the social interactions that are at the heart of high-quality relationships. These include giving to others, expressing gratitude, and […]

The Coddling of the American Mind with Jonathan Haidt

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 5, 2018

“There are two ideas about safe spaces. One is a very good idea, and one is a terrible idea. The idea of being physically safe on a campus, not being subjected to sexual harassment and physical abuse, or being targeted for something specifically for some sort of hate speech… I’m perfectly fine with that. But […]

The New Science of Heredity with Carl Zimmer

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 22, 2018

Today we have Carl Zimmer on the podcast. Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2004 he was written about science for the New York Times, where his column “Matter” has appeared weekly since 2013. Zimmer has won many awards for his work, including the Stephen […]

Nature, Nurture, and Human Autonomy with James Flynn

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 16, 2018

“When you turn your back on reality you lose the ability to manipulate reality. One would think that is self-evident. I didn’t go into this to not try to find the truth.” — James Flynn* Today it is an honor to have Dr. James Flynn on the podcast. Dr. Flynn is Professor Emeritus at the […]

Meaning, Purpose, and Significance with Michael Steger

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 31, 2018

Today we have Michael Steger on the podcast. Dr. Steger is a Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. He studies the link between meaning in life and well-being, as well as the psychological predictors of physical health and health-risk behaviors, and the facilitators […]

The Rise of Victimhood Culture with Bradley Campbell

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 25, 2018

Today we have Bradley Campbell on the podcast. Dr. Campbell is a sociologist interested in moral conflict— clashes of right and wrong and how they are handled. Most of his work examines genocide, which normally arises from large-scale interethnic conflicts. Recently he has also begun to examine the much smaller-scale conflicts on modern college campuses. […]

How to Live with Guts and Confidence with Amy Alkon

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 11, 2018

Today it’s great to have Amy Alkon on the podcast. Amy Alkon is a “transdisciplinary applied scientist”, who synthesizes research findings from various areas, translates the findings into understandable language, and then creates practical advice based on the latest science. Alkon writes The Science Advice Goddess, an award-winning, syndicated column that runs in newspapers across […]

Humanism, Enlightenment and Progress with Steven Pinker

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 4, 2018

“Much of what we call wisdom consists in balancing the conflicting desires within ourselves, and much of what we call morality and politics consists in balancing the conflicting desire among people.” — Steven Pinker Today it’s a great honor to have Steven Pinker on the podcast. Dr. Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research […]

Open Wide and Say Awe with Katherine MacLean

by Scott Barry Kaufman, June 19, 2018

“How can we use these peak experiences to help people create community that is healthy and to be better human beings?” — Katherine MacLean Katherine MacLean, PhD is a research scientist, teacher and meditator. In her academic research (2004-2013) at UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University, she studied how psychedelics and mindfulness meditation can promote […]

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