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25 June 2016

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Mystical states aren’t just for mystics

David Yaden discusses research showing that self-transcendent experiences are surprisingly common.
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“There is no good outcome”

Matt Lewis considers what anti-Trump Republicans should do at the upcoming 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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The ISIS legacy

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

Damage control for Trump?

Glenn Loury suggests how the presumptive GOP nominee could gain support in black communities.

Brexit’s empty promises

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.

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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Third-party interference

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how Jill Stein and Gary Johnson could affect the debates. Plus: Don’t fear government watch lists.

The durability of Islam

Shadi Hamid, author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism, on how the religion’s adaptability has affected its trajectory. Plus: The trouble with universalism.

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Caveman ethics

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman debate whether evolutionary psychology says anything useful about morality.

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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.

Rational Actors

Charles Koch’s Republic of Science

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Journalist Jim Tankersley on the roots of the billionaire’s passion for funding academic research. Plus: The power of money in academia.

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It’s not all about drugs

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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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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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An anti-conspiracy theory

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Kirby Ferguson, creator of the serial documentary This is Not a Conspiracy Theory, argues that human intentions have little influence on history.