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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Islamic Exceptionalism)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

The Glenn Show

Why good grades aren’t everything

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Glenn Loury explains how academia could benefit from more flexible measures of merit. Plus: Is there a downside to social uplift?

MeaningofLife.tv

Turning your autopilot off

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Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik and Robert Wright discuss how meditation can disrupt rigid patterns in adult cognition. Plus: Did Hume borrow from Buddhism?

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The DMZ

Trump’s DACA debacle

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why Trump’s DACA repeal is a no-win situation for Republicans. Plus: Should Trump’s wall be a deal breaker?

Culturally Determined

Unfit in every sense

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and actress Zandy Hartig speculate on Trump’s mental and physical constitution. Plus: Coping with Trump.

MeaningofLife.tv

What Peter Singer overlooks

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Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?

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MeaningofLife.tv

Military monks

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of Buddhist Fury, on responses to Muslim-Buddhist violence in southern Thailand. Plus: The Buddhist apocalypse.

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MeaningofLife.tv

Are we doomed?

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Futurist Phil Torres tries to convince Robert Wright that the side-effects of artificial intelligence may include our extinction. Plus: Can climate change help terrorists?

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Culturally Determined

From Gamergate to white supremacy

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YouTuber ContraPoints explains how the far right came to dominate political discussion on YouTube.

The DMZ

Why single-payer won’t be a slam dunk

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Bill Scher argues that Bernie Sanders’ new “Medicare-for-All” bill can’t circumvent a treacherous legislative battle on popularity alone.

MeaningofLife.tv

The meeting of musical minds

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Jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg on the importance of human connection in both music performance and the industry itself.

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