The concrete abyss
We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?
The mathematical world
Some philosophers think maths exists in a mysterious other realm. They’re wrong. Look around: you can see it
When is it ethical to hand our decisions over to machines? And when is external automation a step too far?
The pleasure we take in beauty must have been shaped by evolution — but what adaptive advantage did it give us?
Why the long face?
Sadness makes us seem nobler, more elegant, more adult. Which is pretty weird, when you think about it
Hell on earth
What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment
Dirk, Dolly and Dolores
Animals aren’t tools for thinking. Animals are some of the basic building blocks of thought itself
La bella vita
True beauty pleases the eye and the mind – but can it help us to become better people?
The end is not near
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?