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15 November 2018

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Don’t be the alpha dog

Animal behaviorist Rebecca Lohnes explains how a flawed study of wolves led to bad ideas about how to train dogs.
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What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

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Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.

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How to survive a mugging

Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

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Should Democrats run progressive rockstars or boring moderates?

Robert Wright speaks with Sarah Posner and Mark Schmitt about the lessons Democrats should take from election night.

The economics of online outrage

Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield examine why so much contemporary cultural criticism involves extreme reactions.

The responsibilities that we bear to each other

Brandy Jensen discusses the core theme of her advice column, “Ask a F*ck-Up.”

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How to win a Nobel Prize

Neuroscientist Eric Kandel describes the research that revealed the cellular basis of long-term and short-term memory and earned him a morning phone call from the Swedish Academy.

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The twilight of Rep. Steve King?

As the Iowa congressman’s support wanes, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider the future of white nationalism in American politics.

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Having a beer with Jesus

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Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.

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How to break up Google and Amazon

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Tim Wu, author of the new book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, discusses ways to implement a more aggressive antitrust policy.

The DMZ

How to woo white voters

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Bill Scher argues that non-white Democrats who won yesterday knew how to speak to their white constituents.

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Post-election fears in Brazil

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Hugo Godinho, speaking from São Paulo, describes fears on Brazil’s left about the country’s future under President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump.

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Does philosophy lead to practical wisdom?

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Philosopher Owen Flanagan draws on his experiences with mind-altering substances and a brain tumor to reflect on free will and responsibility.

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Where are the leftist think tanks?

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Daniel Drezner and Daniel Bessner discuss how wealthy donors restrict think tanks’ ideological leanings.