Essay/Ethics

Execution at Happy Farm

Which world would be better: one in which all meat is grown in a lab or one which still contains humanely farmed animals?

Rhys Southan

Essay/Art

Why people collect art

Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors? It’s less about aesthetics than self-identification

Erin Thompson

Idea/Social Psychology

Liberal academics are ‘open’ but are they truly tolerant?

Mark Brandt

Video/Making

The amazing man who produces iron using only wood, bark, fibre and clay

5 minutes

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Idea/Cosmology

Gravitational waves will bring the extreme universe into view

Daniel Hoak

Video/Fairness & Equality

On breasts, beauty and being a female journalist in the women’s movement

6 minutes

Essay/Addiction

Ageing out of drugs

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?

Stacey McKenna

Idea/Stories & Literature

Simplicity or style: what makes a sentence a masterpiece?

Jenny Davidson

Video/Cosmology

The classic 1977 film that put the vastness of the universe into perspective

9 minutes

Essay/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

The twin boom

The proportion of twins in the population has waxed and waned in human history. For the first time we understand why

Laura Spinney

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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 headset Audio

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

Essay/Physics

Must science be testable?

String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version

Massimo Pigliucci

Essay/Education

In praise of Dewey

He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it

Nicholas Tampio

Idea/Race

US law has long seen people of African descent as fugitives

Manisha Sinha

Video/Social Psychology

Glory in defeat: how Japan fell in love with a racehorse who couldn’t win

19 minutes

Essay/History

It never was golden

‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity

Alan Jay Levinovitz

Idea/Ethics

Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility

Costica Bradatan

Video/Cultures & Languages

‘Whose language is it anyway?’ The evolution of English, from ‘loaf’ to ‘LOL’

11 minutes

Essay/Law & Justice

Prostitution is not sex work

Decriminalising the sex trade is touted as a means to empower women and rebrand a necessary service. This is utterly wrong

Kat Banyard

Idea/Mental Health

The divine fire of Philip K Dick’s religious visions

Kyle Arnold

Video/Architecture & Landscape

Rethinking architecture for the dead: views from the world’s tallest cemetery

7 minutes

Essay/Social Psychology

Truth in stereotypes

Social scientists dismiss them, but rather than being universally inaccurate, stereotypes are often grounded in reality

Lee Jussim

Idea/Astronomy

The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

Leila A McNeill

Video/Ethics

Ought we accept Hume’s severing of any connection between ‘is’ and ‘ought’?

1 minutes

Essay/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Spiritual emergency

After decades of practising as a psychotherapist, I am convinced that our treatment of psychosis is thoroughly wrong-headed

James Carpenter

Idea/Sports & Games

A menace to society: the war on pinball in America

Hadley Hall Meares

Video/Food & Drink

Street food in motion: a chicken’s journey from coop to plate in Bamako, Mali

4 minutes

Essay/Physics

Must science be testable?

String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version

Massimo Pigliucci