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8 December 2016

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If aliens visited Earth, what would they find most surprising?

Fifth in a series of video mashups in which some people you know, and some people you don’t know, are put on the spot.
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Virus-proofing your genes

Geneticist George Church on the future of genetic engineering. Plus: Resurrecting the mammoth.

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Immoral empathy

Paul Bloom, author of the new book Against Empathy, argues that feeling other people’s pain can lead us astray.

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Bringing virtues back

Massimo Pigliucci on why an ancient ethical system makes sense in modern times.

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Trump’s PR win and policy mistake

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on what the jobs deal with Carrier means for the president-elect and for the country. Plus: Is Trump falling for the wrong people?

How being differently-abled taught me about radical love

In this Sixty-Second Sermon, Isabel Mareş asks white Americans to reconsider how they see the world.

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A clash of civilizations?

Matthew Duss and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross consider whether opposing Islam will define Trump’s foreign policy. Plus: Could Trump get Syria right?

Does flying a Confederate flag equal hate speech?

Glenn Loury and Joshua Cohen consider the line between unpopular opinions and bigotry. Plus: When is deportation justified?

Working in Freud’s shadow

Journalist Oliver Burkeman and psychologist Jonathan Shedler on how the first psychotherapist’s ideas still haunt the field. Plus: Can thoughts change emotions?

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Beyond the philosopher’s stone

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Robert Place, author of The Alchemical Tarot, explains how ancient esoteric ideas gave rise to a variety of alchemical practices. Plus: The Fool’s journey.

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The DMZ

Is democracy slipping away?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on what a new study says about belief in our political system.

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What is your biggest fear for the future of humanity?

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Fourth in a series of video mashups in which some people you know, and some people you don’t know, are put on the spot.

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Combating Trump-induced angst

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Rabbi and meditation teacher Jay Michaelson offers some guidance.

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Trump and tribalism

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Introducing a new MeaningofLife.tv feature: Sixty-Second Sermons.

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Religion: Good or evil?

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Robert Wright and evolutionary scientist Gad Saad debate whether religions actually cause acts done in their name. Plus: Does your car make you look shorter?

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