Bestselling author and friend of the podcast Sam Harris joins Tamler and Dave for a marathon podcast. (Seriously, pack two pairs of astronaut diapers for this one). We talk about the costs and benefits of religion, dropping acid in India, and the illusory nature of (a certain kind of) free will. Then we go at it on blame, moral responsibility, hatred, guilt, retribution, and vengeance. Sam thinks these are antiquated responses based on a belief in spooky metaphysics, Tamler thinks they are important components of human morality, and Dave just wants everyone to get along and be reasonable (like that nice Kant fellow).
Time markers (roughly)
0:00-47:00 Intro and costs and benefits of religion
47:00-1:17:30 Drugs, the self, free will
1:17:30– Blame, guilt, vengeance, moral responsibility, desert.
From Episode #59 (‘Tumors All the Way Down’) of the Very Bad Wizards podcast, on 15 December 2014.
Information on the Hosts (in order of left to right):
I’m an associate professor in the department of psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I’m mostly interested in how and why humans make moral judgments (such as what makes us think certain actions are wrong, or that some people deserve blame or praise for their actions). I’m also interested in how emotions–especially disgust–influence a wide variety of social, political, and moral judgments.
I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. I teach primarily in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law, specializing in issues relating to free will, moral responsibility, punishment, and revenge.
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