Evening Linked and Loaded

Links to what I’ve been reading.

Shamanism and the City: Psychedelic Spiritual Tourism Comes Home

Marisa Meltzer and Micah Lidberg:

I wanted to try it. And in theory, I could do so without hopping a flight to the jungle: Even though ayahuasca is illegal in most of the United States, would-be drinkers of the spirit vine are increasingly able to sample it in the American city of their choice. Still, it’s not a drug that you can buy from a dealer or on a street corner. You’ve got to find an underground shamanistic ceremony.

“I Am Interested in Cool Ideas That Are Good”

Joshua Cohen:

Is there a difference between barroom conversation and philosophy? And what does Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address tell us about social justice? Stanford philosopher Joshua Cohen took an hour to talk politics with Martin Eiermann.

What’s Behind A Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct The Screams

Shankar Vedantam:

Children’s temper tantrums are widely seen as many things: the cause of profound helplessness among parents; a source of dread for airline passengers stuck next to a young family; a nightmare for teachers. But until recently, they had not been considered a legitimate subject for science.

ProPublica review of pardons in past decade shows process heavily favored whites

Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur

White criminals seeking presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities, a ProPublica examination has found.

Blacks have had the poorest chance of receiving the president’s ultimate act of mercy, according to an analysis of previously unreleased records and related data.

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