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29 August 2016

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In Trump we trust?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess how much Trump can soften his immigration stance without alienating his base. Play entire video

Kant the revolutionary

David Ottlinger explains how Copernicus inspired the philosopher’s radical ideas about knowledge.

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Trump as national gatekeeper

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

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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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.

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 Wright Show

Is Hillary really all that hawkish?

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Robert Wright and journalist Jim Lobe discuss whether Hillary’s interventionism has been overstated by the left. Plus: How neocons paved the way for Trump.

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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.

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 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 psychology of victim blaming

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

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