Nielsen and Panoply Media Introduce First Audience Targeted Podcast Marketplace Learn more
29 Min Released Aug 22, 2015

10. Mark Epstein (Buddhist Psychotherapist) – Nature/Nurture/Neither

Will nanobots someday deposit Shakespeare directly into our brains? If we paid politicians tons of money would they do a better job? Does epigenetics solve the nature/nurture debate?

In this week's episode of Big Think's Think Again podcast, host Jason Gots is joined by Mark Epstein, Buddhist-influenced psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker and The Trauma of Everyday Life. Interview clips from Stephen DubnerKayt Sukel, and Nicholas Negroponte launch a probing discussion of education, free will, and a contemporary twist in the "nature/nurture" debate.

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss.

Go To Show Page

More Episodes

Scott McCartney Scores Best and Worst Airlines

WSJ Your Money Matters

What airlines performed best in 2016? WSJ Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney talks to John Wordock about his latest annual scorecard.

7 Min

Jan 12, 2017

What the Hell is Going on at Fox News?

Slate's Trumpcast

Jacob Weisberg talks to Gabriel Sherman about the space Fox News is occupying in the media as the go-to network for President Trump.

23 Min

Mar 20, 2017

Whistlestop: Stand Up for America

Slate Magazine Daily Feed

In 1968, Alabama governor George Wallace appealed to segregationists and blue collar workers during his presidential bid as a third-party candidate.

0 Min

Apr 12, 2016