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Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Our illusory sense of agency has a deeply important social purpose

Chris Frith

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

Idea/Space Exploration

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

Ramin Skibba


We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

Liam Heneghan

Idea/Stories & Literature

The 13th-century revolution that made modern poetry possible

Eric Weiskott

Idea/History of Science

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

Daniel Whiteson


How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

Ed Simon


This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Nancy Kwak


A ‘humanely’ killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong

Anna E Charlton & Gary L Francione

Idea/History of Science

Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it

Peter Harrison

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Language dreams: an ancient tongue awakens in a Jewish baby

Lewis Glinert


Global cooperation depends on the strength of local connections

Benjamin Allen


Imagination is a powerful tool: why is philosophy afraid of it?

Amy Kind


Can reason make room for religion in public life?

Ruth Jackson & Hanna Weibye

Idea/Demography & Migration

More than just sanctuary, migrants need social citizenship

Nancy Berlinger

Idea/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

The history of brainwashing is a red flag for techno-therapy

David Saunders

Idea/Love & Friendship

Keeping it in the family: why we pick the partners we do

Tamsin Saxton


Sometimes giving a person a choice is an act of terrible cruelty

Lisa Tessman


What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

Francesca Minerva & Adrian Rorheim


Far-distant days: the past has a dizzying power to ground us

Ben Thomas


Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules

Alberto Giubilini

Idea/Old Age & Death

How can life-extending treatments be available for all?

Christopher Wareham

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

If I teleport from Mars, does the original me get destroyed?

Charlie Huenemann


Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class

Adrienne Petty


Humans are the only animals who crave oblivion through suicide

Nicholas Humphrey

Idea/Stories & Literature

Black stories matter: on the whiteness of children’s books

Andrea Adomako

Idea/Illness & Disease

Fatal nurture: what a rare disorder says about ‘bad mothers’

Chris Millard

Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

The revolutionary figure of the beautiful, self-improved soul

Justine Kolata

Idea/Sports & Games

Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

Kate Raworth


What high-speed astronomy can tell us about the galactic zoo

Christopher Kochanek