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Monday, May 28, 2012

John Horgan, science journalist and author of The End of War, argues that war is not a part of human nature and answers the question: “Is war inevitable?” Then: a discussion about representations of war in popular culture, and whether they can shape our perception of combat; Sam Harris makes his case that there’s no such thing as free will and that there are major policy implications for that premise; and the author Julia Alvarez reflects on her trips to Haiti from her home in the Dominican Republic.

John Horgan: Peace is Possible

John Horgan, science journalist and director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology and author of the new book The End of War, explores whether war is a part of human nature and discusses the answers people have given him to the question: "Is war inevitable?"

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Julia Alvarez: A Wedding in Haiti

The writer Julia Alvarez discusses her latest book A Wedding in Haiti about her trips to Haiti from the Dominican Republic and what she learned about the tense relationship between the two countries on the island of Hispaniola.

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The Illusion of Free Will

The writer and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that there's no such thing as free will. In his new book, Free Will, he says science proves there's no such thing and that the premise has major policy implications for our criminal justice system and for our understanding of war in society.

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End of War: War Culture

What can representations of war on stage, in film and in popular culture tell us about combat? Denis O'Hare, actor and co-writer of An Iliad, Jeanine Basinger, chair of the film studies department at Wesleyan University, and Clive Thompson, contributor to The New York Times Magazine and columnist for Wired discuss whether these representations can change the culture's view of war. 

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