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Video/Biology

Discover the astounding, pulsing life of a seemingly immobile coral reef

4 minutes

Idea/Neuroscience

When you split the brain, do you split the person?

Yaïr Pinto

Essay/Rituals & Celebrations

Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

Video/History

An African-American revolutionary and fugitive reflects on decades of exile in Cuba

13 minutes

Idea/Cultures & Languages

The unexpected benefits of getting lost in translation

Edward Gibson

Essay/Political Philosophy

Is taxation theft?

The assumption that you own the contents of your pay-packet, although almost universal, is demonstrably confused

Philip Goff