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24 June 2016

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Caveman ethics

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman debate whether evolutionary psychology says anything useful about morality.
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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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The ISIS legacy

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

Damage control for Trump?

Glenn Loury suggests how the presumptive GOP nominee could gain support in black communities.

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.

It’s not all about drugs

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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It’s less than a whisper

Meditation teachers Josh Summers and Kamala Masters discuss the meditation technique of “noting.” Plus: It’s not about you.

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The durability of Islam

Shadi Hamid, author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism, on how the religion’s adaptability has affected its trajectory. Plus: The trouble with universalism.

An anti-conspiracy theory

Kirby Ferguson, creator of the serial documentary This is Not a Conspiracy Theory, argues that human intentions have little influence on history.

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.

The DMZ

“There is no good outcome”

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Matt Lewis considers what anti-Trump Republicans should do at the upcoming convention.

Foreign Entanglements

Brexit’s empty promises

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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.

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God and salvation in a scientific age

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In the last of five lectures on a spiritual worldview grounded in science, Robert Wright considers the viability of ancient religious ideas in the modern world.

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The DMZ

Third-party interference

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how Jill Stein and Gary Johnson could affect the debates. Plus: Don’t fear government watch lists.

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A CEO’s path to meditation

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Dina Kaplan, founder of The Path, describes her journey from panic attacks to a mindfulness startup.

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