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All that we are

The philosophy of personalism inspired Martin Luther King’s dream of a better world. We still need its hopeful ideas today

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Music

A novel kind of music

So-called ‘classical’ music was as revolutionary as the modern novel in its storytelling, harmony and depth

Joel Sandelson

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Knowledge

An Indigenous myth and a geological survey elicit two ways of knowing one place

4 minutes

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Decolonising psychology

At times complicit in racism and oppression, psychology has also been a fertile ground for radical and liberatory thought

Rami Gabriel

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Biology

Beetles take flight at 6,000 frames per second in this perspective-shifting short

9 minutes

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Meaning and the good life

Beyond authenticity

In her final unfinished work, Hannah Arendt mounted an incisive critique of the idea that we are in search of our true selves

Samantha Rose Hill

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War and peace

A war meteorologist’s riveting account of how the Allies averted a D-Day disaster

6 minutes

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Politics and government

Governing for the planet

Nation-states are no longer fit for purpose to create a habitable future for humans and nature. Which political system is?

Jonathan S Blake & Nils Gilman

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Physics

What does it look like to hunt for dark matter? Scenes from one frontier in the search

7 minutes

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Anthropology

The Ju/’hoansi protocol

Hunter-gatherer societies are highly expert in group deliberation and decision-making which respects both difference and unity

Vivek V Venkataraman

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Genetics

We are not machines

Welcome to the new post-genomic biology: a transformative era in need of fresh metaphors to understand how life works

Philip Ball

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Technology and the self

How the magic of photography brought Victorian England closer to the spirit realm

16 minutes

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Progress and modernity

In praise of magical thinking

Once we all had knowledge of how to heal ourselves using plants and animals. The future would be sweeter for renewing it

Anna Badkhen

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Neuroscience

Dog vision is a trendy topic, but what can we really know about how they see?

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Home

An artist endeavours to bring the Moon down to Earth in a ritual of yearning

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Illustration of various human skulls and profiles with captions detailing different ethnic groups and regions, from a historical anthropological study.
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History of ideas

Baffled by human diversity

Confused 17th-century Europeans argued that human groups were separately created, a precursor to racist thought today

Jacob Zellmer

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Archaeology

Beyond kingdoms and empires

A revolution in archaeology is transforming our picture of past populations and the scope of human freedoms

David Wengrow

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Information and communication

An animation built from road signs is a whirlwind study of flash communication

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Meaning and the good life

Philosophy was once alive

I was searching for meaning and purpose so I became an academic philosopher. Reader, you might guess what happened next

Pranay Sanklecha

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Biology

An elegy for a dying microbe explores what we really mean by ‘death’

9 minutes

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History of technology

Learning to love monsters

Windmills were once just machines on the land but now seem delightfully bucolic. Could wind turbines win us over too?

Stephen Case

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Art

Creating art that was aware of itself – and the viewer – made Manet the first modernist

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Biography and memoir

The adoption paradox

Even happy families cannot avoid the reality – my reality – that adoption is predicated on transacting the life of a child

Fiona Sampson

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Pleasure and pain

Me versus myself

I work against myself through procrastination, distraction and addiction. Why do I consistently sabotage my own life?

Eliane Glaser

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Biotechnology

It’s our responsibility to engineer corals that can weather the world we’ve created

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