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4 August 2015

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Could your brain be swapped with a silicon replica?

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider what makes the brain unique.
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The God of natural selection

Karl Giberson, author of a new book on the biblical Adam, discusses Christian attempts to integrate evolution into theology.

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Who benefits from a teachers union?

Micah Uetricht and Rachel Cohen discuss balancing educational innovation with teachers’ job security. Plus: Charter school teachers who want a union.

Why should we punish people who do bad things?

Robert Wright and Paul Bloom ponder whether our intuition leads us to penalize wrongdoers for the wrong reasons. Plus: The demonization instinct.

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How Rand Paul lost the courage of his convictions

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider Paul’s sputtering presidential prospects. Plus: Why Donald Trump is no Herman Cain.

Debating the federal loan guarantee system

Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, and Mike Grunwald consider the Export-Import Bank and other ways the government lends money. Plus: Race and transit.

Is John Kasich the new Jon Huntsman?

Daniel Strauss and Dylan Scott analyze the conventional wisdom on the Ohio governor’s chances. Plus: Will the Clinton email scandal stick?

When theologians appeared on the cover of Time

Robert Wright and Gary Dorrien discuss the dramatic career of the influential mid-century theologian Paul Tillich. Plus: God as “the ground of being.”

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Racial “pabulum” at the New York Times

Glenn Loury inveighs against recent op-eds on race by Charles Blow and David Brooks. Plus:Ta-Nehisi Coates is no James Baldwin.”

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Biden 2016?

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Ed Kilgore and Martin Longman assess reports that the vice president is considering entering the race to honor his late son’s wish.

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Causes and consequences of Chinese stock craziness

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Daniel Drezner explains what’s happening with the volatile Chinese stock market. Plus: Can AIPAC sink the Iran nuclear deal?

Tapping into evangelical anger

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Sarah Posner and Anthea Butler discuss Donald Trump’s surprising appeal to the religious right. Plus: Donald Trump and the end(?) of the religious right.

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Yoga’s weird sort of non-attachment

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Michele Goldberg, author of the new book The Goddess Pose, discusses the teachings of Indra Devi, who helped bring yoga to the West. Plus: Is yoga more than just exercise?

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Foreign Entanglements

Is the Royal Air Force still beyond reproach?

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Robert Farley and Tony Cumming discuss the persistent national mythology about the Battle of Britain. Plus: How Britain won the Battle Of Britain.

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Meditation as medication

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Psychologist Miguel Farias, author of The Buddha Pill, argues that using meditation for therapy is misguided. Plus: The dark night of the soul.

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