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Ockham’s Razor says that simplicity is a scientific virtue, but justifying this philosophically is strangely elusive
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At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever
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Ghosts and tiny treasures
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Enid Blyton, moral guide
The unfashionable world of Blyton’s school stories still has much to say about what it means to live an ethical life
Do conservative think tanks help to balance policy debates?
Is the Global Seed Vault in Norway humanity’s last, best hope?
A science without time
From past to present, into the future: the flow of time is central to human experience. Why isn’t it central to physics?
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Why is death bad?
Even without a hereafter, dying gets a bad rap. But why exactly is it no good – because of what happens, or what doesn’t?
The reason we like the tidy feelings of home is evolutionary
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In proof we trust
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Red-hot gay marriage
Gay liberation didn’t begin with marches and political rallies, but with a revolution in thought
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