Essay/Philosophy of Science

Who knows what

For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy. Both sides are wrong-headed

Massimo Pigliucci


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


We must recognise that single events have multiple causes

Joe Boswell


How airborne microbes ride clouds, hop continents and even make it rain

5 minutes

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Video/Cognition & Intelligence

Can you season seafood with ocean sounds? One of the many ways senses interact

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Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility

Jacob Burak

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Euphemise this

Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently. What work are they doing in our language and why do they expire?

John McWhorter


How the face of a distant star reveals our place in the cosmos

Rachael Roettenbacher

Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

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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

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Don’t think too positive

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Why breaking the rules outdoors is an irresponsible thrill

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Video/Family Life

What family means to the world’s longest-married couple after 88 years together

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The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes

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Maths notation is needlessly complex. It can and should be better

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Essay/History of Science

Spot the WEIRDo

Too much research is done on Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic students. Can science widen its base?

Robert Colvile

Idea/Food & Drink

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice

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Glow worms mimic stars, creating a stunning faux night sky in a New Zealand cave

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What Mortimer did

A diplomat in British India blundered a border. The consequences continue to shape world politics

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

There is no difference between computer art and human art

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If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train

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