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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Islamic Exceptionalism)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

Foreign Entanglements

Is Brexit for real?

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Political scientist Nick Clark considers the likelihood of a Leave reversal.

MeaningofLife.tv

How do you know what’s real?

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Robert Wright and researcher David Yaden wonder if self-transcendence is a truer state than everyday reality. Plus: Mystical states aren’t just for mystics.

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Culturally Determined

Rational ignorance

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter.

MeaningofLife.tv

Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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The DMZ

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

Culturally Determined

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.

MeaningofLife.tv

Online actions that hurt IRL

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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 Wright Show

The ISIS legacy

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

The Glenn Show

Damage control for Trump?

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

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.