All for one
World government is back, in geopolitics and in the academy, but what does the future hold for it?
Searching for home
My connection to place is fluid and complex. In a nomadic world, do we still need a home?
The mathematical world
Some philosophers think maths exists in a mysterious other realm. They’re wrong. Look around: you can see it
Christopher Thomas Allen
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?
Return to Nib’s Knoll
As kids, we make secret worlds – in trees, in our imaginations, even online – but can we go back to them when we’re grown?
The love of stuff
The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough
Speaking in tongues
In a world that converses only in English, we’ll talk only of banal things: that’s why I want my children to be bilingual
Disabled people in modern China are still stigmatised, marginalised and abused. What hope is there for reform?
The end is not near
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?
The God decision
Christian parents teach their children to believe in God, atheists teach them not to. Who is doing the right thing?
Trick of the eye
Optical illusions such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?