The crisis of expertise
Experts are either derided or held up as all-seeing gurus. Time to reboot the relationship between expertise and democracy
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
Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?
The examined life
Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition
Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want
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?
Rock of ages
Archaeologists used to be obsessed with religion. Now they can’t be bothered with it. Is the field worse off?
Why do some people believe conspiracy theories? It’s not just who or what they know. It’s a matter of intellectual character