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29 August 2016

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Kant the revolutionary

David Ottlinger explains how Copernicus inspired the philosopher's radical ideas about knowledge.
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Combating the “narcissism epidemic”

Robert Wright and Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God, consider the need for moral education in a secular age. Plus: Death deserves discussion.

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How to talk about religious beliefs

Professor Daniel Ogilvie shares his experience getting students to reflect on their ideas about the soul. Plus: When the afterlife became a reward.

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How the GOP can rebuild

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

What’s religion good for?

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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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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Why political narratives matter

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.

How neocons paved the way for Trump

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

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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A “fleeting unity” against Trump

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Sam Tanenhaus discusses the emerging alliance between the liberal and conservative establishments. Plus: Forgiving Trump.

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Trump as national gatekeeper

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss the candidate’s attempted pivot on immigration policy. Plus: Has Trumpism maxed out?

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What is Psychedelic Buddhism?

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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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The importance of philosophy

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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

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

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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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