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27 September 2016

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Get your yoga selfies in order

Youtube star and PhD in visionboardology JP Sears gives advice on how to seem more spiritual than you are.
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An evil creator

Father Anthony Silvia gives the Gnostic view of how the world came to be.

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Meditation for the masses

Erik Braun, author of The Birth of Insight, explains how a practice that was long rare among Asian Buddhists went mainstream.

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Should politicians underestimate voter intelligence?

Glenn Loury and write-in presidential candidate Larry Kotlikoff discuss how much of politics is the art of persuasion. Plus: Larry Kotlikoff for president?

Plant life as a spiritual ideal

George Young explains why Soviet biologist Vladimir Vernadsky thought humans should become more like plants. Plus: Futurists from the past.

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Is racism getting worse?

John McWhorter argues that the rise of movements like the alt-right is misleading. Plus: The trouble with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s white fans.

Do people matter?

Robert Wright and Robert George consider the role of human volition in history. Plus: Political polarization as a spiritual problem.

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The new language of politics

Ann Althouse says Trump’s unorthodox speaking style reflects changes in technology. Plus: Trump vs. what everyone says about Trump.

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The art of the urinal

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider Marcel Duchamp’s legacy and why it’s so hard to define art. Plus: What shapes our moral instincts?

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Arduous empathy

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Robert Wright and David Corn work to understand why so many voters feel drawn to Trump.

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Rational Actors

The grand delusion of the Grand Old Party

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Matthew Sheffield argues that conservative news outlets are not as influential as Republicans believe.

The DMZ

The story about Jimmy Carter you’ve probably never heard

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why some political stories don’t stand the test of time. Plus: Are we too concerned with Clinton’s health?

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Becoming conscious of consciousness

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Meditation teacher Vincent Horn explains how two kinds of meditation offer different kinds of insight. Plus: Can smartphone apps help you meditate?

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Roadmap to awakening

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Scholar Chip Hartranft on the yogic recipe for reaching higher levels of consciousness. Plus: Thinking is not the enemy.

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