23 October 2018


An antidote to political tribalism: “lottocracy”

Philosopher Alex Guerrero argues that a system where politicians are selected by lottery from the general populace would heal America's fractured politics. Play entire video

How to use an “implementation intention”

Psychologist John Bargh, author of Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, describes a technique that helps you do hard-to-do things.

Buddhist wisdom for the Trump era

Robert Wright speaks with Lama Surya Das about trying to view the turbulent events of the day with equanimity.

The hot new trend of being a homebody

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Kaitlyn Tiffany, who recently wrote about the “homebody economy” for Vox.

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“We should just cut each other some slack”

John Horgan explains how writing his new free e-book, Mind-Body Problems, made him embrace some wacky theories of consciousness.

What does #MeToo reveal about the Catholic Church?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Christopher White, national correspondent for the Catholic news site Crux, revisit the 2002 Church sex abuse scandal in light of the #MeToo movement.

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

Why “cultural appropriation” is a mixed-up idea

Robert Wright speaks with philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, author of the new book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

Culturally Determined

Is what happens on Twitter real or fake?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Lauren Oyler, who recently wrote about social media’s effects in The Baffler.


The aesthetics of politics

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the connections between artistic and political representation.

Culturally Determined

Abandoning the “beauty suit”

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Lauren Shields discusses the “experiment” she conducted on herself, described in her new book, The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist.