24 April 2018


What happened to the KKK?

Philip Menchaca and Kelly J. Baker discuss the decline of the Ku Klux Klan and the incorporation of its rhetoric into mainstream politics. Play entire video

“Secular” meditation as sacred

Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of mindfulness-based stress reduction, discusses the practice’s deep Buddhist roots.

Where neuroscience falls short

Massimo Pigliucci, co-editor of the new book Science Unlimited?: The Challenges of Scientism, explains why science alone can never answer all questions about human consciousness. Plus: Why there is no empirically grounded “good”.

The perks of sanctimony

Robert Wright and neuroscientist Molly Crockett discuss the risks and rewards of being morally outraged online.

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Feeling down, looking down

Fascial specialist David Lesondak describes the relationship between posture and mental health.

Yoga’s not just about stretching

Yoga teacher Josh Summers discusses the meditative and spiritual aspects of the practice.

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Why the Mortara case is still provoking argument 150 years later

Pater Edmund Waldstein, a Cistercian monk, explains the historical incident that recently sparked a wide-ranging intellectual debate.

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A morbid inspiration

Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, author of the book The Prodigal You Love, explains the importance of “memento mori,” or remembering one’s own death, in her spiritual practice.

What brain imaging doesn’t tell us

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the limits of neuroscience in understanding human emotion and cognition.

The myth of the “mountain white”

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William Black and Elizabeth Catte discuss Appalachian identity.

Translating the nonverbal

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the influence of culture on the brain’s reading of human emotion.