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23 July 2016

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Sauna as a spiritual experience

Religious scholar Jack Tsonis, founder of the "Saunatarian movement," talks ritual and transcendence.
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The police are shooting unarmed white men, too

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on the seldom-discussed list of white men wrongfully killed by cops.

Why bad cops aren’t the real problem

Criminologist and former police officer Peter Moskos says unnecessary police shootings are more about failed systems than bad policing. Plus: Stopping death by cops.

Why race-based police shootings aren’t an epidemic

Heather Mac Donald argues that black Americans are not killed by police at disproportionately high rates.

The ills of the elite

Helen Andrews critiques America’s meritocratic ruling class. Plus: Are the Ivies ruining America?

Trump’s dearth of women (for veep)

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider why no female politicians made The Donald’s short list.

The trouble with generals in politics

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss our tendency to assume former military personnel make strong political leaders.

Awakening to one’s flaws

Meditation teacher Kenneth Folk explains why seeing the roots of our biases is both useful and difficult. Plus: Meta-okayness.

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The nitty gritty of being president

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David Frum argues that sound policy alone does not make for a com-petent leader. Plus: Is Trump confused about power?

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Don’t count on Cruz 2020

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Bill Scher on why Ted Cruz likely won’t unite the party should Trump lose in November.

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What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

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Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

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Why Trump gets to be Trump

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Philosopher Cristina Bicchieri on how fear changes social norms. Plus: Analyzing entrenched traditions.

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Culturally Determined

The case for materialism

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy argues that there’s nothing inherently wrong with valuing possessions over experiences. Plus: Has anti-Semitism gone main stream?

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Are philosophers like artists?

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider whether personal preferences outweigh reason when judging philosophical arguments. Plus: Has philosophy gotten “better”?

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