Know thy selfie
If Narcissus were here he’d be busy on instagram. Can we have a virtuous sense of worth without the vanity of self-love?
The good consumer
To revive the global economy and make society more equal we should all consume more not less. How is this possible?
How to choose?
When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark
Jacqueline Reyno, Matthew Litwiller
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
Liberalism is not dead – its ideals are more important than ever – but it must change radically to survive in the future
The sun does not rise
How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science
What are the chances?
From a big lottery win to a disaster like the Titanic, unlikely stuff happens all the time. But can we summon it at will?
Is nothing sacred?
Every culture looks for creative inspiration to other cultures, but is there a point when this is just outright theft?
Talk the talk
A push for English to be the official language of the US has both a dark history and a regressive vision for the future
Christopher Thomas Allen
Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter – no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still
Beauty ≠ truth
Scientists prize elegant theories, but a taste for simplicity is a treacherous guide. And it doesn’t even look good
Beyond true and false
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing