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Beauty & Aesthetics
Bioethics
Cosmopolitanism
Death
Ethics
Evil
Free Will
History of Ideas
Knowledge
Logic
Meaning & the Good Life
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Political Philosophy
Values & Beliefs

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Essay/Dance & Theatre

The music in you

You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

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Essay/Knowledge

The retraction war

Scientists seek demigod status, journals want blockbuster results, and retractions are on the rise: is science broken?

Jill Neimark

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Essay/Knowledge

Framed by forensics

Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice. How can we throw it out of court?

Douglas Starr

Essay/Data & Information

Bonfire of the humanities

Public debate is afflicted by short-term thinking – how did history abdicate its role of inspiring the longer view?

David Armitage & Jo Guldi

Video/Knowledge

Internet pioneer Brewster Kahle has a dream – universal access to all knowledge

13 minutes

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Essay/Knowledge

How to choose?

When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark

Michael Schulson

Essay/Art

Trick of the eye

Optical illusions such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?

Iwan Rhys Morus

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

It’s complicated

Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?

Samuel Arbesman

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

A model world

In economics, climate science and public health, computer models help us decide how to act. But can we trust them?

Jon Turney