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1 July 2016

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The trouble with the “Axial Age”

Jack Tsonis argues that Karl Jaspers’s theory of history has racist vibes.
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Stop saying “structural racism”

John McWhorter argues that “race-based disadvan-tage” is a more accurate and useful term for the problem. Plus: How Trump could gain black votes.

Is Brexit for real?

Political scientist Nick Clark considers the likelihood of a Leave reversal.

How do you know what’s real?

Robert Wright and researcher David Yaden wonder if self-transcendence is a truer state than everyday reality. Plus: Mystical states aren’t just for mystics.

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Rational ignorance

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter.

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

Online actions that hurt IRL

Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.

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Charles Koch’s Republic of Science

Journalist Jim Tankersley on the roots of the billionaire’s passion for funding academic research. Plus: The power of money in academia.

Brexit’s empty promises

Political science professor David Brockington says some British politicians have made false claims to garner support for leaving the EU. Plus: The British version of a Trump supporter.

The DMZ

Can Trump woo Bernie supporters?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive GOP nominee’s protectionist rhetoric can win over the populist left.

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Is it okay to kill a zombie?

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman consider a classic thought experiment about morality and consciousness.

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Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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Culturally Determined

The trouble with numbers

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Michael Tracey discuss Nate Silver’s failure to predict Trump’s triumph in the primaries. Plus: The reality of Never-Trumpers.

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The ISIS legacy

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Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism, explains how the Islamic State has changed the aspirations of extremists groups. Plus: Understanding sectarian conflict.

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It’s not all about drugs

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Suzanne Koven and Jo Marchant, author of Cure, discuss how a focus on pharmaceuticals limits medicine. Plus: The real effects of “fake” medicine.

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