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22 January 2018

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Following the dharma loosely

Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, on the perils of ascribing too much authority to traditional Buddhist teachings.
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Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann on the place of shamans in Christian societies in West Africa.

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A cynical take on Kushner’s “peace plan”

Marcy Wheeler explains how Jared Kushner’s Middle East maneuvers could help bail out his family’s ailing real estate business.

Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

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Remembering “Leomania”

Twenty years after the release of Titanic, Sarah Marshall explains Leonardo DiCaprio’s romantic appeal. Plus: Riding the emotional wave of Titanic.

Oprah’s prosperity gospel

Bill Scher argues that Oprah Winfrey could win the 2020 election, but not without rigorous vetting from the left.

The evolution of emotion

Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel present a puppet show telling the philosophical history of emotion, from Aristotle to Freud.

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Trump can’t let well enough alone

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Trump’s conservative policy victories and scary tweets.

From the funny pages to a journalist’s prose

Cullen Murphy, author of the new book Cartoon Country, discusses lessons he learned while writing the Prince Valiant comic strip.

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The DMZ

How to write a bill Trump will sign

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis argue whether Dems should compromise on a partial border wall in exchange for other immigration goals. Plus: Dems borrow from Ted Cruz’s playbook.

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Judging Aziz Ansari

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How bad are his offenses, and is the backlash to babe.net’s article warranted? Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Liz Wolfe consider.

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Narcissism on the rise

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Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-oriented nature.

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Is philosophy going corporate?

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Massimo Pigliucci on how philosophers can give practical advice without betraying their principles.

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