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Idea/Film & Television

Philosophy has a lot to learn from film

Costica Bradatan


Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Why do we crave the awful futures of apocalyptic fiction?

5 minutes

Video/Mental Health

Artistic genius and fragility intersect in this surreal, Oscar®-winning animation

14 minutes

Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How to get your kicks in the hermit kingdom of North Korea

Laya Maheshwari

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

Optical illusions show how past experience dramatically influences perception

4 minutes

Video/Film & Television

‘What’s going on?’ How seeking meaning is futile in the Coen Brothers’ universe

8 minutes


Here’s looking at you

Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain

Jeffrey M Zacks

Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

Essay/Stories & Literature

Full-body reading

Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in

Anna Wilson

Essay/Mood & Emotion

A theory of creepiness

A bear chasing you is simply scary but a guy with a big mouse’s head can give you the creeps. What’s the difference?

David Livingstone Smith

Essay/History of Technology

Getting things moving

The most important moments in invention are sometimes the imaginative leaps – even when they turn out to be dead-ends

Brian Clegg


The classic 1977 film that put the vastness of the universe into perspective

9 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Why Buster Keaton’s visual comedy is still the best in a century-plus of cinema

9 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Rod Serling on how imagination turns science fiction into fact

5 minutes

Idea/Illness & Disease

The Still Alice effect: not all Alzheimer’s is like this

Giulia Cavaliere & James Rupert Fletcher

Idea/Food & Drink

Delicious is disgusting: how one word conquered food porn

David Andrew Stoler

Video/Film & Television

Squirm, laugh, judge – but reality TV school is not quite what you think

23 minutes


The pleasure of their pain

Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure

Batya Ungar-Sargon

Essay/Film & Television

Fantasy North

The top of the globe has always meant fantasy, myth, adventure. What explains the icy northern grip on our imagination?

E R Truitt

Essay/Film & Television


It’s not just your imagination. Horror films are much more scary than they were in the past. Here’s how they do it

Patricia Pisters

Essay/Film & Television

Dispatches from the ruins

The human world has become bafflingly complex and strangely fragile making apocalypse the easiest thing to imagine

Frank Bures

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

Essay/Film & Television

Working on TV

The golden age of TV drama raises some big questions about work and the meaning of life

Bruce Robbins

Video/Progress & Modernity

‘Human might, majesty and mayhem’: a visual time capsule from 1965

13 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

The inventive absurdity of Chuck Jones, creator of ‘Looney Tunes’

9 minutes

Video/Digital Culture

Is our love of built worlds in fiction making us too passive and disengaged?

7 minutes

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Strange continuity

Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies?

Jeffrey M Zacks

Video/Digital Culture

The unsettling underbelly of Hollywood’s marketing looks a lot like YouTube

25 minutes

Video/Digital Culture

Why is our digital world so difficult to depict on our digital screens?

5 minutes