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21 April 2018

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“Secular” meditation as sacred

Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of mindfulness-based stress reduction, discusses the practice’s deep Buddhist roots.
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Whither the nerd?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Miles Klee consider the place of the social outcast after nerd culture has gone mainstream.

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Are conservatives getting the “out-group” treatment?

Mark Kleiman and Megan McArdle discuss perceived prejudice against conservatives in academia and other fields.

Flirting with impeachment

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether it would be smart politics for Trump to fire Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein. Plus: Did Paul Ryan fail in his vision?

Sex and the death of Backpage

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Elizabeth Nolan Brown discuss how sex workers will adapt to the federal government’s recent closure of the controversial website.

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Why Medicare for All is not as simple as it sounds

Harold Pollack and David Perry point to services for the disabled as something often overlooked by supporters of single-payer healthcare.

When neuroscience falls short

Massimo Pigliucci, co-editor of the new book Science Unlimited?: The Challenges of Scientism, explains why science alone can never answer all questions about human consciousness. Plus: Why there is no empirically grounded “good”.

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The futility of “blame and shame”

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis evaluate the aggressively partisan tactics of gun control activists. PlusRoseanne returns.

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What the Stoics thought about revenge

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Ryan Holiday, author of Conspiracy, a new book on the destruction of Gawker, discusses how the Stoics might have viewed the conflict between Peter Thiel and Nick Denton. Plus: A genuine conspiracy

The DMZ

Comey wrestles with a pig

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh whether James Comey’s memoir has sullied his reputation.

Culturally Determined

Will good television stand the test of time?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and media critic Sonny Bunch discuss the past and future of the changing medium.

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What brain imaging doesn’t tell us

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the limits of neuroscience in understanding human emotion and cognition.

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The DMZ

Why impeachment isn’t going to happen

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Bill Scher argues that pushing for impeachment is a waste of effort and that a criminal indictment of the president is a surer outcome.

The #MeToo moment in children’s publishing

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Phoebe Maltz-Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss whether authors of children’s literature should be held to a higher ethical standard than creators in other fields.