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11 December 2016

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Recorded:Jun 30    Posted:Jul 6, 2009
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Percontations | Jul 6, 2009 | Robert Wright & John Horgan

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A call to curiosity

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In this Sixty-Second Sermon, Benjamin Perry explains how embracing an inquisitive spirit can be personally and socially transformative.

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Killing the saints

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Rory Dickson, author of Living Sufism in North America, explains why ISIS targets Sufi shrines.

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The case against compassion for Trump

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Rabbi and meditation teacher Jay Michaelson explains his resistance to the maxim “love your enemies.” Plus: Combating Trump-induced angst.

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What magic mushrooms can teach you

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Shane Mauss, host of Here We Are, explains how he uses psychedelic drugs as a meditative aid.

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

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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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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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Virus-proofing your genes

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

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Immoral empathy

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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

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

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