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29 September 2016

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The art of the urinal

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci consider Marcel Duchamp’s legacy and why it’s so hard to define art. Plus: What shapes our moral instincts?

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An evil creator

Father Anthony Silvia gives the Gnostic view of how the world came to be.

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Plant life as a spiritual ideal

George Young explains why Soviet biologist Vladimir Vernadsky thought humans should become more like plants. Plus: Futurists from the past.

Becoming conscious of consciousness

Meditation teacher Vincent Horn explains how two kinds of meditation offer different kinds of insight. Plus: Can smartphone apps help you meditate?

Do people matter?

Robert Wright and Robert George consider the role of human volition in history. Plus: Political polarization as a spiritual problem.

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Roadmap to awakening

Scholar Chip Hartranft on the yogic recipe for reaching higher levels of consciousness. Plus: Thinking is not the enemy.

Dangers of the hive mind

Michael Lynch, author of The Internet of Us, argues that the internet undermines free thought. Plus: The “neuromedia” future.

The Wright Show

Arduous empathy

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Robert Wright and David Corn work to understand why so many voters feel drawn to Trump.

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Meditation for the masses

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Erik Braun, author of The Birth of Insight, explains how a practice that was long rare among Asian Buddhists went mainstream.

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Is eternal damnation worth the trouble?

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Robert Wright and Mark Oppen­heimer discuss whether a belief in hell discourages bad behavior. Plus: The gospel of Crossfit.