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26 September 2016

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Arduous empathy

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

The grand delusion of the Grand Old Party

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

The story about Jimmy Carter you’ve probably never heard

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?

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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An evil creator

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

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Plant life as a spiritual ideal

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

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Larry Kotlikoff for president?

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Economist and write-in presidential candidate Larry Kotlikoff on why you should vote for him in November.

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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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