Dissolving the ego
You don’t need drugs or a church for an ecstatic experience that helps transcend the self and connect to something bigger
End-times for humanity
Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before, and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly fragile. Why?
On the happy life
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE
Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?
Even the best of friends can fill you with tension and make you sick. Why does friendship so readily turn toxic?
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
Being ill, living well
Some say that illness is morally improving, others that there is nothing good about being sick. Can philosophy adjudicate?
The case against pets
A morally just world would have no pets, no aquaria, no zoos. No fields of sheep, no barns of cows. That’s true animal rights
Why is death bad?
Even without a hereafter, dying gets a bad rap. But why exactly is it no good – because of what happens, or what doesn’t?
Recipe for success
Who should we admire more: the Michelin-starred chef with his teams and glamour, or the unsung but brilliant cook?
Why, in the entire history of human life, did awesomeness become the great virtue of our age (and suckiness its vice)?
Ask the aged
Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?