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31 May 2016

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Is the idea of “evil” outmoded?

In the second of five lectures on his spiritual worldview, Robert Wright offers a modern interpretation of evil and proposes “moral imagination” as its antidote.
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Trouble for Trump?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive nominee’s cult of personality can compensate for a weak campaign infrastructure. Plus: Trump versus Bernie.

Can computers get art?

John Horgan and George Johnson question whether critical analysis can be simulated.

Challenging China

Political scientist Lauren Dickey discusses how Taiwan’s new president disrupted the status quo. Plus: China’s suspect counterterrorist policy.

America loves the rich

Journalist Kevin Roose explains how Trump’s wealth has done more than fund his campaign.

The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

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What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.

Freedom in the world, not from the world

Anantanand Rambachan, author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation, considers the spiritual quest for a life without suffering. Plus: Unifying “unity” and “emptiness.”

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Buddhists back from the dead

Annabella Pitkin and Alyson Prude discuss life-changing death experiences as recounted by Himalayan Buddhists. Plus: Life in Buddhist hell.

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Making sense of Carl Jung

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Bernard Beitman, author of the new book Connecting With Coincidence, on the famous psychotherapist’s archetype and synchronicity theories. Plus: The states of mind that make unlikely events seem meaningful.

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Experimenting with empathy

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Psychologist Dacher Keltner on studies that reveal a paradoxical interplay between power and empathy. Plus: Bad things privileged people tend to do.

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The DMZ

Was Trump inevitable?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

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The theist with a humanist soul

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Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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The Glenn Show

“There are cue makers, and cue takers”

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Steven Teles, author of the new book Prison Break, explains how political movements change course.

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The perilous joy of outrage

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Professor of Marketing Troy Campbell explains why it’s a mistake for social activists to use shame as a tool. Plus: The psychology of the global warming debate.

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