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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Model hallucinations

Psychedelics have a remarkable capacity to violate our ideas about ourselves. Is that why they make people better?

Philip Gerrans & Chris Letheby

Video/Subcultures

A tour of the Brooklyn rooftops where man’s best friend has a beak and wings

8 minutes

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

How totalism works

The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one

Alexandra Stein

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

fAIth

The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?

Beth Singler

Idea/History

The Nazis as occult masters? It’s a good story but not history

Peter Staudenmaier

Video/Subcultures

Utopian communities rarely last. How have the Hutterites done it over four centuries?

28 minutes

Essay/Subcultures

What is a cult?

Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?

Tara Isabella Burton

Video/Subcultures

How the deaf experience of music can enrich music for everyone

12 minutes

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

Video/Cultures & Languages

From accents to ‘sleep signing’ – the psychology and the politics of sign language

4 minutes

Essay/Music

Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace

Essay/Human Rights

Caste lives on, and on

Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom

Prayaag Akbar

Idea/Internet & Communication

Should you feel sad about the demise of the handwritten letter?

Siobhan Phillips

Essay/War & Conflict

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?

Robert Twigger

Idea/Anthropology

Eating people is wrong – but it’s also widespread and sacred

Ben Thomas

Video/Subcultures

New York City, 1986 – the grit, the graffiti, the glory

18 minutes

Essay/Subcultures

Going underground

Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

Terence Renaud

Essay/Subcultures

Utopia Inc

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

Alexa Clay

Video/Art

What happens when an artist doesn’t give up the day job?

6 minutes

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/History

Drugs du jour

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times

Cody Delistraty

Video/Gender & Sexuality

The origins of the high five, and its inventor – an unsung gay pioneer

10 minutes

Video/Subcultures

How the yo-yo put a troubled young man on the path of playful salvation

10 minutes

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Video/Nature & Environment

We can’t fly like birds, nor can we stop our gaze soaring skyward to dream of it

3 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Street talk

People who can switch between street dialects and standard language might have the same cognitive advantage as bilinguals

Michael Erard

Idea/Subcultures

Female nudity is powerful – but not necessarily empowering

Shahidha Bari

Essay/Food & Drink

Hot stuff

Pepperheads love the hit of a habanero, the kick of a bhut jolokia. But what’s the allure of a fruit designed to repel?

Kendra Pierre-Louis

Video/Personality

At the world’s largest gathering of twins, everyone is part of a double act

7 minutes

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Video/Subcultures

The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated

15 minutes

Idea/Subcultures

How can a first-person shooter have a victim complex?

James Palmer