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Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Creative blocks

The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What’s holding us up?

David Deutsch

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/Consciousness & Altered States
The mental block

Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science. Don’t believe the hype: the Hard Problem is here to stay

Michael Hanlon

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/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

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/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

Essay/Philosophy of Science
Who knows what

For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy. Both sides are wrong-headed

Massimo Pigliucci

Essay/Astronomy
Distant ruins

Scientists used to scan the skies for messages from alien civilisations. Now they go looking for their ruins

Paul Gilster

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Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice.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/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

Essay/Knowledge
The retraction war

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

Jill Neimark

Essay/Stories & Literature
Seeing and believing

UFO sightings are down. Ghosts are in decline. Are we more discerning now, or just afraid to trust anything?

Stuart Walton

Essay/Knowledge
A drop in the sea

What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small

Lawrence Shapiro

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

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

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

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

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States
The uncertainty machine

Forget prophecy and wisdom. Using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists

Will Buckingham