Essay/History

Resist or collaborate?

The Nazis have occupied France. It’s easy to condemn the collaborators. But be honest: what would you really do?

Robert Gildea

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures

Karl Friston

Idea/Values & Beliefs

To be happier, focus on what’s within your control

Massimo Pigliucci

Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

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Video/History of Ideas

How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

Essay/Stories & Literature

Sands of time

The North Sea is rich in signs of what made the modern world. It's also a monument to what awaits us in the Anthropocene

David Farrier

Video/Law & Justice

The farmer turned human rights activist who breaks France’s laws to defend its values

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Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Kate Fehlhaber

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics

Steven Bullock

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How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out

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We need ecstasy and opioids in place of Prozac and Xanax

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Has art ended again?

Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?

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An urban cowboy rides through gang-ridden streets, preaching a gospel of redemption

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How ‘The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám’ inspired Victorian hedonists

Roman Krznaric

Essay/Economics

What is human capital?

Human capital theory was invented as an ideological weapon in the Cold War. Now it is helping to Uberise the world of work

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Video/Evolution

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time

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Idea/Ethics

Moral grandstanding: there’s a lot of it about, all of it bad

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Essay/Internet & Communication

What’s so new about news?

The interesting thing about news has never been its truth or falsehood but how it explodes our sense of onrushing time

Arthur Asseraf

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Living with Asperger’s is a delicate balance between external and internal worlds

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Stuck on one idea of truth or beauty? Rhizomes can help

Nicholas Tampio

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Essay/Sports & Games

Rules of ascent

For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?

Paul Sagar

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