Essay/Family Life

Latte pappas

Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternate male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment

Richard W Orange

Essay/Metaphysics

Unspeakable things

Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?

Silvia Jonas

Idea/Medicine

There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease

Clayton Dalton

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

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Idea/Values & Beliefs

Life-and-death thought experiments are correctly unsolvable

Julian Baggini

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

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Essay/Illness & Disease

A bug for Alzheimer’s?

A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good

Melinda Wenner Moyer

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh

Video/Fairness & Equality

How the one-child policy created a Chinese underclass of 13 million people with no rights

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Essay/Logic

What is logic?

Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge

Catarina Dutilh Novaes

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Idea/Family Life

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How to be a patriarch

His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman

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Video/Travel

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Idea/Death

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Essay/Education

Child’s play

The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology

Henry Cowles

Video/Gender & Sexuality

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Video/History of Science

Energy is like children’s toys: often hiding out of sight, but never actually lost

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Essay/Meaning & the Good Life

Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

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Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

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Cody Delistraty

Video/Space Exploration

‘Space junk’ is a calamity in the making and a threat to anyone venturing off Earth

11 minutes

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