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The tree of knowledge is not an apple or an oak but a banyan

Jonardon Ganeri

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Cognitive dissonance helps old dogs with their new tricks

Suzanne Cope

Essay/Social Psychology

The crisis of expertise

Experts are either derided or held up as all-seeing gurus. Time to reboot the relationship between expertise and democracy

Tom Nichols


Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes


Philosophy tool kit

Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade

Alan Hájek


The slow professor can dish out a more nutritious education

Barbara Seeber & Maggie Berg

Video/Film & Television

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

8 minutes

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Why children ask ‘Why?’ and what makes a good explanation

Matteo Colombo

Video/History of Science

‘I could not but wonder at it’: history’s first glimpses into the microbial world

7 minutes


Unspeakable things

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

Silvia Jonas


Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes


Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Carl Hendrick


Final decision? Why the brain keeps on changing its mind

Stephen M Fleming


On vagueness, or, when is a heap of sand not a heap of sand?

Timothy Williamson


Aristotle was wrong and so are we: there are far more than five senses

6 minutes


Showing off is easy to condemn, but is it always bad?

Sandy Grant


The examined life

Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition

John Taylor

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Why panpsychism fails to solve the mystery of consciousness

Keith Frankish

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility

Jacob Burak

Video/The Future

Could the weirdest solution to the problem of nuclear waste also be the best?

14 minutes

Essay/Social Psychology


Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want

George Musser


Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind

Keith Frankish


Physics is on the verge of an Earth-shattering discovery

Pauline Gagnon

Video/History of Ideas

Can the problem of induction save Anthony’s dismal dating life?

6 minutes

Idea/History of Ideas

Is great philosophy, by its nature, difficult and obscure?

Keith Frankish


When the truth hurts

The truth about health or personal relationships can entail pain and regret. Is it sometimes better to stay in the dark?

Jess Whittlestone


Rock of ages

Archaeologists used to be obsessed with religion. Now they can’t be bothered with it. Is the field worse off?

Rose Eveleth


Bad thinkers

Why do some people believe conspiracy theories? It’s not just who or what they know. It’s a matter of intellectual character

Quassim Cassam

Essay/Digital Culture

Fact-checking grandma

The internet is rife with myths, scams and hoaxes. When any claim can be checked out, why does fiction still trump fact?

Lyz Lenz


BBC producer John Lloyd argues against the cult of knowledge and information

2 minutes