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8 February 2016

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No time for death anxiety

Sociologist Paul Froese, author of On Purpose, discusses the upside and downside of the modern preoccupation with to-do lists.
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Finding meaning inside the Beltway

Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.

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A defense of hypocrisy

Mathematicians Glen Whitney and John Allen Paulos consider why we should expect people to be inconsistent. Plus: Are we ruled by coincidence?

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Just toughen up?

Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Fincke consider the difference between being stoic and being a Stoic. Plus: Advice on dealing with loss.

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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

Michael Cohen says GOP fear mongering has reached new heights in the foreign policy arena. Plus: Why Iowa doesn’t matter.

Does Jeb still have a shot?

Daniel Strauss says Jeb Bush may still have a path to the nomination. Plus: Who will take down Trump?

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Is Trump winning in the post-ideological game?

Katherine Mangu-Ward and Mark Schmitt try to explain the Trump phenomenon. Plus: What are the chances for criminal justice reform?

The case for boredom

Robert Wright and Maria Popova discuss the benefits of “fruitful monotony.” Plus: Do social networks undermine the spirit of friendship?

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Where free-market economics gets it way wrong

Bob Frank discusses the discrepancies between laissez-faire economic theory and what he considers common-sense realities. Plus: The foundational flaw of standard economics.

The DMZ

How Rubio’s caution could be hurting him

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National Review’s Alexis Levinson says Marco Rubio’s avoidance of saying anything wrong can make it seem like he’s not saying anything at all. Plus: Too early to write off Jeb?

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Big checks from big banks

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss critique Hillary Clinton’s recent statements about paid speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs.

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Why reporters shouldn’t be nice

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Bill Scher and Alexis Levinson say hard-hitting questions from debate moderators are totally fair. Plus: Why Trump’s debate boycott was a “great call.”

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MIA: The Trump and Sanders foreign policy teams

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Daniel Drezner says there seems to be a groundswell of support for candidates who reject expertise. Plus: Would you work for Trump?

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Is natural selection just a corollary?

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Physicist Jeremy England argues that Darwinism is a “special case” of more general physical laws. Plus: Does physics leave room for free will?

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Do religions have to give up their claims for supremacy?

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Roger Haight and Paul Knitter, authors of Jesus & Buddha: Friends in Conversation, argue that religious pluralism is essential for peace on earth. Plus: Ultimate reality as common denominator.

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