The lost father
Finding my dad was an act of self-discovery: it took furtive phone calls, conjured siblings – and the power to transcend death
What good is information?
The internet promised to feed our minds with knowledge. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that
Our quantum problem
When the deepest theory we have seems to undermine science itself, some kind of collapse looks inevitable
Trick of the eye
Optical illusions such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?
Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice
Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?
Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?
Master of many trades
Our age reveres the specialist but humans are natural polymaths, at our best when we turn our minds to many things
Talk with me
Philosophy should be conversation, not dogma – face-to-face talk about our place in the cosmos and how we should live