Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of the Multiverse

Oct 21, 2016
"Multiverse" by Tony Ibarra used under CC license

Could our universe be just one among an infinite number of universes in the multiverse?

Philosophy Talk: Moral Luck

Oct 18, 2016

The law treats attempted murder less harshly than murder — does that mean the attempted murderer was lucky to have failed?

Philosophy Talk: Dark matter and dark energy

Oct 7, 2016
"Dark Matter" by Sergio Pessolano used under CC license

Are dark matter and dark energy scientific fact or scientific theory -- and why would that matter?

Philosophy Talk: Trust and Mistrust

Sep 30, 2016
"trust" by Ellis Nijeboer used under CC license

Could we get anything useful done without trusting someone?

Philosophy Talk: John Dewey and the Ideal of Democracy

Sep 27, 2016

John Dewey is regarded by some as the American philosopher. 

Philosophy Talk: Magical Thinking

Sep 20, 2016

Wouldn't it be nice if wanting something to be so made it so?

Philosophy Talk: Do religions deserve special status?

Sep 9, 2016
"Religion billboard" by Dave & Anna Douglass used under cc license

What special status, if any, should religion have in the eyes of the law? 

Philosophy Talk: The Challenges of an Aging Population

Aug 26, 2016
"Old People in the Street" by Titoy used under CC license

What are the demographic dangers and challenges of a world awash in old folks? 

Philosophy Talk: This Is Your Brain on Art

Aug 23, 2016
"Your Brain on Rainbows" by garlandcannon used under CC license

If you could see inside my brain when I was looking at a piece of art, would you know what it was like for me to look at that art?


Philosophy Talk: The Big Bang - Before and After

Aug 16, 2016
"AbstractBalls34 - The Big Bang" by Drag'n'Drop used under CC license

Does it even make sense to ask what happened before the Big Bang?

Philosophy Talk: The Dark Side of Science

Aug 5, 2016
"Germ Warfare" by Jack_Babalon used under CC license

Is there some knowledge we'd be better off without?

Philosophy Talk: More Than Pun and Games

Aug 2, 2016

How did the humble pun revolutionize language, change history, and make wordplay more than just some antics?

Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of Music

Jul 23, 2016
"Music" by crayon27 used under CC license

What does it mean to have good (or bad) taste in music?

Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 

Philosophy Talk asks about Radical Democracy

Jul 1, 2016

How cam we create a democracy that doesn't end up oppressing minorities and dissenters?

Philosophy Talk asks about the Limits of Self-Knowledge

Jun 26, 2016

How reliable are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves? 

Philosophy Talk asks about Sleep and the Well-Lived Life

Jun 11, 2016

If there was a pill that gave you all the benefits of sleep without you ever having to go to sleep again, would you take it?

Philosophy Talk asks about the moral lives of animals

May 27, 2016

If a lion did a good deed, how would we know? Can animals ever act for moral reasons?

Philosophy Talk asks about altered states of consciousness

May 22, 2016

Can mind-altering drugs expand our consciousness and provide meaningful insight, or are they nothing more than a route to empty delirium?

Philosophy Talk asks: When is it wrong to save a life?

May 17, 2016

Would you let one man die to save five children? Would you kill a man to save those five children?

Does affirmative action undermine the achievements of those who are supposed to benefit from it?

In a world that's rapidly becoming overpopulated, can we at least talk about population control?

Do popular ideas spread because they're useful, or because they're infectious - like a nasty disease?

Philosophy Talk asks about ancient wisdom for modern times

Apr 19, 2016

Could ancient virtues such as wisdom, courage, prudence, and justice help solve some of the most challenging problems of contemporary life? 

Science can explain what happens. But can it explain why anything happens at all?

Philosophy Talk asks about Extreme Altruism

Apr 5, 2016

What would motivate an ordinary person to give away more than half of their income to charity?


Walking the Philosopher’s Way

Mar 29, 2016


If you know San Francisco, you’ll know the newly remodeled Dolores Park, where people gather to eat ice cream in the sun.

You’ll also know the Presidio, the former military complex now designated a National Park. And you’ll easily name the city’s largest park, since it’s twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York: it’s Golden Gate Park. But can you name the city’s second largest park? 

Philosophy Talk asks about Gun Control

Mar 29, 2016

What kind of right is the right to bear arms, if it is a right at all? 


How could science help us understand our own happiness?

Philosophy Talk asks about the Ancient Cosmos

Mar 15, 2016

How could the smartest, most observant people around believe for millennia that the sun and all the planets and stars all revolved around the Earth?