Essay/Cultures & Languages

Euphemise this

Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently. What work are they doing in our language and why do they expire?

John McWhorter

Essay/Values & Beliefs

Beyond anger

Anger is the emotion that has come to saturate our politics and culture. Philosophy can help us out of this dark vortex

Martha C Nussbaum

Idea/Cosmology

How the face of a distant star reveals our place in the cosmos

Rachael Roettenbacher

Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

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Idea/Death

What makes zombies so scary? Hint: it’s not the brain-eating

David Andrew Stoler

Video/Bioethics

Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

7 minutes

Essay/Self-Improvement

Don’t think too positive

Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?

Gabriele Oettingen

Idea/Social Psychology

Why breaking the rules outdoors is an irresponsible thrill

Rebecca Lawton

Video/Family Life

What family means to the world’s longest-married couple after 88 years together

7 minutes

Essay/Death

Nadia’s story

It is a decision that no parent should have to make: should we let our very sick baby die before she was born?

Ana Todorović

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Essay/Gender & Sexuality

Gender is not a spectrum

The idea that ‘gender is a spectrum’ is supposed to set us free. But it is both illogical and politically troubling

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Falling for sleep

When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber?

Rubin Naiman

Essay/Data & Information

Datagasm

Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places

Mark Hay

Essay/Mood & Emotion

Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?

Cody Delistraty

Idea/Sports & Games

The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes

Silvia Camporesi James Knuckles

Video/Mathematics

Maths notation is needlessly complex. It can and should be better

8 minutes

Essay/History of Science

Spot the WEIRDo

Too much research is done on Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic students. Can science widen its base?

Robert Colvile

Idea/Food & Drink

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice

Debbie Weingarten

Video/Biology

Glow worms mimic stars, creating a stunning faux night sky in a New Zealand cave

4 minutes

Essay/History

What Mortimer did

A diplomat in British India blundered a border. The consequences continue to shape world politics

Rafia Zakaria

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

There is no difference between computer art and human art

Oliver Roeder

Video/Nature & Environment

The joys and struggles of living on the world’s most crowded island

19 minutes

Essay/Travel

Right on track

If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train

Margarita Gokun Silver

Idea/Genetics

Extinction is forever: de-extinction can’t save what we had

Brian Switek

Video/Mood & Emotion

Music might be quintessentially human, but does it serve a purpose?

4 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

Datagasm

Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places

Mark Hay

Idea/Social Psychology

How the buzz of dancing and sports bonds us together

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Video/Space Exploration

Embark on an interstellar, operatic adventure with the Voyager spacecrafts

15 minutes

Essay/Mood & Emotion

Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?

Cody Delistraty