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23 August 2017

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Life is suffering (and always was)

Robert Wright on how anxiety predates the unique challenges of modernity—and how Buddhism can help.
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Could a god work in quantum ways?

Robert Wright asks Brian Greene whether the laws of physics leave room for outside intervention. Plus: The surprising appeal of “many worlds”.

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Trump’s incredible shrinking credibility!

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner on how the president is getting in his own way. Plus: The end of the axis of adults.

Marking our moral evolution

John McWhorter argues that Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee should be remembered, but not commemorated.

Is there a method to Trump’s madness?

Journalist Sarah Posner on how Trump’s open hostility toward the media strengthens his base of support. Plus: Trump’s nightmare scenario.

Fighter pilots win wars, not elections

Bill Scher says that the surge in veterans running for office isn’t necessarily a boon for Democrats. Plus: Does biology beat culture?

Is this really America?

Bill Scher explains why the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville both represents and rejects basic American values.

Get over it!

Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci on what Buddhism and Stoicism say about dealing with regret. Plus: Anxious? Embrace it.

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When is a cop’s fear defensible?

Glenn Loury considers the circumstances of Philando Castile’s death from a police officer’s point of view. Plus: Driving while black.

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Does YA have a diversity problem?

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Writer Kat Rosenfield explains the origins of recent conflict in the young adult fiction community. Plus:Mining for controversy.

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Radical or reactionary?

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Doug Lain of Zero Books, publisher of Andrea Nagle’s Kill All Normies, explains how the alt-right differs from other forms of radical politics.

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How do you solve a problem like General Lee?

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B.D. McClay, editor at The Hedgehog Review, contends that making the argument about Confederate monuments into a national debate is misguided.

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The surprising appeal of “many worlds”

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Brian Greene explains why a bizarre-sounding interpretation of quantum physics is taken seriously.

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Wrestling with determinism

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Ted Chiang, the writer behind Arrival, argues you should try to make an effort even if your future is set. Plus: Meet the Predictor.

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When reality surpasses satire

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Sean Gandert, author of the new novel Lost in Arcadia, on the challenges of writing satire in an age of absurdity. Plus: The life of Donald Trump’s mind.