Essay/History of Ideas

Why Spinoza still matters

At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever

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Essay/Neuroscience

Freud the philosopher

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Idea/Love & Friendship

Keeping it in the family: why we pick the partners we do

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Video/Demography & Migration

Amid massive urbanisation and modernisation, rural Japan persists in idiosyncratic corners

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Idea/Ethics

Sometimes giving a person a choice is an act of terrible cruelty

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Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

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Video/Sports & Games

How Gaelic sports became a cultural binding force in Ireland’s most diverse town

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Idea/Death

What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Model hallucinations

Psychedelics have a remarkable capacity to violate our ideas about ourselves. Is that why they make people better?

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