Essay/Art

How wonder works

One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?

Jesse Prinz

Classic /Meaning & the Good Life
CLASSIC

On the happy life

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE

With a new introduction and commentary by Massimo Pigliucci

Idea/Ethics

It is sometimes right to fight in an unjust war

Victor Tadros

Video/Life Stages

Ageing to the beat of their own drums – from one to 100 years old

3 minutes

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Video/Art

James Turrell’s singular quest to transform a crater into a natural-light observatory

8 minutes

Idea/Economics

When faced with so-called ‘progressive business’, stay skeptical

Christian O Christiansen

Essay/Religion

Monks with guns

Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?

Michael Jerryson

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

After a landslide destroys her village, a woman rebuilds her life in a changed landscape

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Idea/Wellbeing

If money can make you happy, does debt make you sad?

Cassondra Batz

Essay/Music

Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace

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Essay/War & Conflict

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?

Robert Twigger

Essay/Logic

Philosophy tool kit

Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade

Alan Hájek

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Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Descartes was wrong: ‘a person is a person through other persons’

Abeba Birhane

Essay/Religion

Monks with guns

Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?

Michael Jerryson

Video/Earth Science

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together

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Idea/Automation & Robotics

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities

Ahmed Alkhateeb

Essay/Political Philosophy

Join the party of love

Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics

Max Harris

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

Idea/History of Ideas

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike

Peter Adamson

Essay/Human Rights

Caste lives on, and on

Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom

Prayaag Akbar

Video/Nature & Environment

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most vulnerable

7 minutes

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

What lurks beneath

The grand drama of Freud’s ideas has obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious

Antonio Melechi

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

The eerie otherworldliness of slow undersea life sped up to a human pace

5 minutes

Idea/Personality

Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Antone Martinho

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Raising good robots

We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?

Regina Rini

Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes

Idea/Neuroscience

Why is the brain prone to florid forms of confabulation?

Jules Montague

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Essay/Politics & Government

Age of sincerity

In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong

Faisal Devji

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