The empty brain
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now
Language and linguistics
English is not normal
No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language
A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
War and peace
What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil?
Gender and identity
Gender is not a spectrum
The idea that ‘gender is a spectrum’ is supposed to set us free. But it is both illogical and politically troubling
Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future
Philosophy of science
Why philosophy is so important in science education
Subrena E Smith
Sports and games
Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism
Beauty and aesthetics
This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing
Computing and artificial intelligence
Algorithms associating appearance and criminality have a dark past
Fairness and equality
If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege
Escape the echo chamber
First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult
C Thi Nguyen
Future of technology
The golden quarter
Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?
Chabuduo! Close enough …
Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting
History of science
What Einstein meant by ‘God does not play dice’
Are coders worth it?
In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?
Human rights and justice
Why the trial by ordeal was actually an effective test of guilt
Peter T Leeson
You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to
Information and communication
The new mind control
The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do
It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small
Sex and sexuality
Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?
Meaning and the good life
The meanings of life
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?
Roy F Baumeister