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30 June 2016

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Is it okay to kill a zombie?

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman consider a classic thought experiment about morality and consciousness.
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How do you know what’s real?

Robert Wright and researcher David Yaden wonder if self-transcendence is a truer state than everyday reality. Plus: Mystical states aren’t just for mystics.

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Rational ignorance

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter.

Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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What is Marco Rubio thinking?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

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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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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God and salvation in a scientific age

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 Glenn Show

Stop saying “structural racism”

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John McWhorter argues that “race-based disadvan-tage” is a more accurate and useful term for the problem. Plus: How Trump could gain black votes.

Foreign Entanglements

Is Brexit for real?

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Political scientist Nick Clark considers the likelihood of a Leave reversal.

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 Wright Show

The ISIS legacy

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

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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It’s less than a whisper

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

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