Essay/Biology

Animal magnetism

Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?

David P Barash

Essay/Politics & Government

American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Idea/Law & Justice

How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women

Tonja Jacobi & Dylan Schweers

Video/Art

Born of pain, filled with power – a teenage girl’s art that confronts in order to heal

6 minutes

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Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

Idea/History

The Malmedy trial: how the truth trumped fake torture stories

Steven P Remy

Essay/Stories & Literature

The truth about tarot

Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis

James McConnachie

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice

Thea Bechshoft

Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

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Our world outsmarts us

Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?

Robert Burton

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On the happy life

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE

With a new introduction and commentary by Massimo Pigliucci

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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures

Karl Friston

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What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

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Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

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Idea/Values & Beliefs

To be happier, focus on what’s within your control

Massimo Pigliucci

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Essay/History

Resist or collaborate?

The Nazis have occupied France. It’s easy to condemn the collaborators. But be honest: what would you really do?

Robert Gildea

Video/History of Ideas

How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

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The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures

Karl Friston

Video/Law & Justice

The farmer turned human rights activist who breaks France’s laws to defend its values

25 minutes

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Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Kate Fehlhaber

Essay/Stories & Literature

Sands of time

The North Sea is rich in signs of what made the modern world. It's also a monument to what awaits us in the Anthropocene

David Farrier

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Video/Film & Television

Why do we crave the awful futures of apocalyptic fiction?

5 minutes

Idea/Fairness & Equality

Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges

Vicki Larson

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics

Steven Bullock

Video/Mental Health

Artistic genius and fragility intersect in this surreal, Oscar®-winning animation

14 minutes

Idea/Medicine

We need ecstasy and opioids in place of Prozac and Xanax

Marc Lewis & Shaun Shelly

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Essay/Economics

Platonically irrational

How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out

Nick Romeo

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