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Magic bowls of antiquity
Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market
Are dreams predictions?
Dreams might not be omens or prophecies in a mystical sense, but they do have a distinct psychological predictive power
A beleaguered Britain takes comfort in nostalgia for empire
Blame lets you blow off steam, but it will rarely help you get at the truth
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Do dreams come true?
Do our clothes disclose naked truths, or wallpaper over them?
How can science become more spiritual without sacrificing its rigour?
Should sex work be decriminalised?
Why are selfies so popular?
New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy
Why a well-crafted melody has the power to colonise your mind
What do clothes say?
Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?
Does the meaning of words rest in our private minds or in our shared experience?
Why science needs to break the spell of reductive materialism
The empty brain
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
See how our brains group words by meaning in surprisingly complex semantic maps
Why decriminalising sex work is better for everyone
Marina Della Giusta & Maria Laura Di Tommaso
Cruel ships of prosperity
For more than two centuries the huge profits and profound suffering of the Manila Galleons helped create global capitalism
David Z Morris
Why watching people take selfies feels so awkward
Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo
Frank Lloyd Wright on why architecture should be about ideas and ideals
Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones – the Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories?
How free market ideology perverts the vocabulary of democracy
What it’s like to stand by your daughter in her choice to die
In praise of patience
Resilience is the fashionable prescription for trauma. But bouncing back is not the only – or best – way to bear sorrow
What amnesiacs tell us about memory: Q&A with Brenda Milner
Physics is all fun and games at the Bubble Circus
To save Earth, go to Mars
If head-on problem-solving can’t save the Earth, maybe lateral innovation can. Will low-cost space research pave the way?
We can begin an interstellar mission today – and we should
The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated
Bring them back
Untold thousands of patients misdiagnosed as vegetative are actually aware. Theirs is the civil rights fight of our times
Joseph J Fins
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