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Idea/Knowledge

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

Video/Knowledge

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

3 minutes

Essay/Logic

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

Idea/Education

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

Essay/Metaphysics

Unspeakable things

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

Silvia Jonas

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

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

5 minutes

Idea/Education

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Carl Hendrick

Idea/Neuroscience

Final decision? Why the brain keeps on changing its mind

Stephen M Fleming

Idea/Logic

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

Timothy Williamson

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

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

6 minutes

Idea/Ethics

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

Sandy Grant

Essay/Knowledge

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

Metaknowledge

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

Idea/Knowledge

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

Keith Frankish

Idea/Physics

Physics is on the verge of an Earth-shattering discovery

Pauline Gagnon

ORIGINAL
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

Essay/Knowledge

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

Essay/Knowledge

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

Essay/Knowledge

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

Video/Ethics

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

2 minutes