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The school of failure
The worst public schools do one thing very well – they teach poor black kids how to stay in the American underclass
Why Spinoza still matters
At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever
Physics is on the verge of an Earth-shattering discovery
Dick Proenneke’s 30-year mission of solitary self-sufficiency in Alaska
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Does psychiatry overdiagnose mental illness?
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The medieval senses were transmitters as much as receivers
Ghosts and tiny treasures
We are quick to condemn a hunter posing with his prey, but all too slow to cultivate a chronic passion for wild things
Do conservative think tanks help to balance policy debates?
Is the Global Seed Vault in Norway humanity’s last, best hope?
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
Alan Jay Levinovitz
Lee Vinsel & Andrew Russell
Do human bodies carry more toxins now than 50 years ago?
See real democracy in action – how Chinese third-graders elect a class monitor
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?
The reason we like the tidy feelings of home is evolutionary
‘Never wear a hoodie’ and other crucial rules for birding while black
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?
When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation
A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration
In proof we trust
Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works
Why this Southern conservative supports Black Lives Matter
John D Wilsey
From the US to China and back again by age six. Why ‘satellite babies’ struggle
Red-hot gay marriage
Gay liberation didn’t begin with marches and political rallies, but with a revolution in thought
How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain
Basketball in the Yukon – how sport is helping revitalise culture and community
Did Rousseau have ADHD?
Rousseau’s non-linear style of thought, restless spirit and chaotic mood swings also made him one of history’s greats
Richard W Orange
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