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In this interview, Rebecca Goldstein discusses growing up Orthodox and middle class in a WASP neighborhood, her father, an ordained rabbi and cantor, Walt Disney’s Our Friend the Atom, playing hooky in Washington Square Park, Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, vacationing in the Borscht Belt, where she met Shelly Goldstein, a young physicist studying with Feynman, Barnard College, working with Mary Mothersill, Sue Larson, and Sidney Morgenbesser, becoming preoccupied with the hard problem of consciousness via Hobbes in the subway, struggles with faith, Saint Teresa, ivy league sexism, Carl Hempel, scientific realism, Nagel, friendly physicists, kids, the world-knot, the success of her first book, The Mind-Body Problem, the positive reception of the book outside of academic philosophy, and the negative reception of her book within, impostor syndrome, finding her philosophical groove within literature, vindication on Philosophy Talk, Obama’s accolades, Gödel and mathematical realism, Spinoza and modernity, Plato at the Googleplex, misogyny and the atheist movement, ‘strode’ and ‘stridden’, Steven Pinker, vitriol on the internet, the Santa Fe Institute, Kate Manne, Middlemarch, Trump, Dennett, and her last meal…

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