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22 January 2017

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The sunny Trumpian future

Matt Lewis gives reasons for optimism and Bill Scher dissents. Play entire video

Against empathy

Paul Bloom delivers a Sixty-Second Sermon based on his new book.

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Does Trump have a master plan?

Glenn Loury and Joshua Cohen on whether Trump’s quarrel with John Lewis reflects a broader strategy.

Either/or in American politics

Will Wilkinson on the moral polarization that’s hurting the country. Plus: How rapid social change led to the angry populism of Trump.

What would John Stuart Mill think?

Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the relevance of the 19th-century philosopher’s ideas to the current debate on political correctness.

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Ringmaster Trump

Bill Scher argues that people should oppose the president-elect by ignoring the whole spectacle. Plus: Buzzfeed’s Trump dump.

The reversible universe

Transhumanist Giulio Prisco, founder of the Turing Church, on the physics that would make it possible to retrieve information from the past. Plus: Become a god for God.

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Bias or behavior?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider two narratives about the causes of racial inequality. Plus: Can the Chicago attack perpetrators claim victim status?

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Inside the minds of terrorists

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Sociologist Mark Juergensmeyer on the link between religion and attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing. Plus: The cosmic war wants you!

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Mindful killers and thieves

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Robert Wright and Buddhist scholar Dale Wright discuss how meditation can be used to do bad things more skillfully.

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Why no word from space aliens?

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Robert Wright offers an unsettling answer in this Sixty-Second Sermon.

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Deep Blue

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Tech entrepreneur James Currier explains why he started Blue, a new spiritual community.

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The meaning of evil

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In this talk delivered at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, Robert Wright offers a modern interpretation of an ancient religious idea.

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Your reality, scaled up

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Marc Perkel makes the case for a cosmic perspective in this Sixty-Second Sermon.

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