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24 August 2016

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Death deserves discussion

Katherine Ozment, author of the new book Grace Without God, on how to confront the end of life without the comfort of religious belief.
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When the afterlife became a reward

Psychologist Daniel Ogilvie traces the evolution of religious beliefs from prehistory onward.

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What is Psychedelic Buddhism?

Douglas Osto, author of Altered States, describes a new kind of American spirituality that has emerged since the 1960s. Plus: Gateway drugs to Buddhism.

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Will AI lead to greater inequality?

Robin Hanson and James Hughes consider the economic effects of future tech. Plus: Robot “zombies” vs. conscious AI.

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The importance of philosophy

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why the discipline is more than a series of intellectual exercises. Plus: Making progress in ethics.

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The metaphysical drama behind a human one

Religious scholar Vadim Putzu gives examples of Kabbalist interpretations of the Torah. Plus: The universe as a speech act.

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The psychology of victim blaming

Professor Liane Young describes the cognitive biases behind unfortunate thinking patterns. Plus: “They just hate us.”

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Why conservatives shouldn’t leave the GOP just yet

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether it’s still possible to “deTrumpify” the Republican party. Plus: Is it okay to not vote?

Many flavors of Quakers

Benigno Sánchez-Eppler on the diversity of practices and beliefs in the Religious Society of Friends. Plus: How war brought different Quakers together.

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The DMZ

How the GOP can rebuild

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Matt Lewis outlines what must happen for the Republican party to “correct itself.” Plus: Is Trump’s endgame Trump TV?

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What’s religion good for?

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Philip Menchaca and Jessica Sherry consider what “cargo cults” show about the function of religion. Plus: The unique beliefs of the John Frum movement.

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The DMZ

Why political narratives matter

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Matt Lewis argues that the post-election story Republicans tell themselves will determine whether the GOP successfully modernizes. Plus: The possible damage of a protest vote.

The Wright Show

How neocons paved the way for Trump

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Journalist Jim Lobe argues that some of Donald Trump’s harshest critics have been inadvertently building a political base for him for decades.

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When does a robot become a slave?

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Robert Wright and philosopher Susan Schneider consider the moral implications of conscious AI. Plus: Uploading consciousness.

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Sending messages into the void?

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Ben Perry and Emily Brewer consider the practice of prayer and what works for them. Plus: Is “religious violence” really religious?

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