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Recorded:Jun 13    Posted:Jun 16, 2012
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Worldwise | Jun 16, 2012 | Robert Wright & Yanis Varoufakis

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What’s religion good for?

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Philip Menchaca and Jessica Sherry consider what “cargo cults” show about the function of religion. Plus: The unique beliefs of the John Frum movement.

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When the afterlife became a reward

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Psychologist Daniel Ogilvie traces the evolution of religious beliefs from prehistory onward.

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What is Psychedelic Buddhism?

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Douglas Osto, author of Altered States, describes a new kind of American spirituality that has emerged since the 1960s. Plus: Gateway drugs to Buddhism.

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Will AI lead to greater inequality?

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Robin Hanson and James Hughes consider the economic effects of future tech. Plus: Robot “zombies” vs. conscious AI.

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Is Trump’s endgame Trump TV?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether hiring Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon is Trump’s first step toward building a media empire.

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The importance of philosophy

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why the discipline is more than a series of intellectual exercises. Plus: Making progress in ethics.

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Why political narratives matter

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Matt Lewis argues that the post-election story Republicans tell themselves will determine whether the GOP successfully modernizes. Plus: The possible damage of a protest vote.

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The metaphysical drama behind a human one

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Religious scholar Vadim Putzu gives examples of Kabbalist interpretations of the Torah. Plus: The universe as a speech act.

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How neocons paved the way for Trump

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Journalist Jim Lobe argues that some of Donald Trump’s harshest critics have been inadvertently building a political base for him for decades.

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The psychology of victim blaming

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Professor Liane Young describes the cognitive biases behind unfortunate thinking patterns. Plus: “They just hate us.”

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