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Idea/History of Science

The missing fossils matter as much as the ones we have found

Adrian Currie & Derek Turner

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

Idea/Family Life

We need a contract for co-parenting, not just for marriage

Laurie Shrage

Essay/Digital Culture

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Here’s to the lost art of lying down

Bernd Brunner

Essay/Deep Time

What say you, dinosaur?

Did Neanderthals speak? Did dinosaurs roar? And when did birds begin to sing? The soundscape of deep time is coming back

Alex Riley

Idea/Ethics

Why sexual desire is objectifying – and hence morally wrong

Raja Halwani

Essay/Biology

The minds of other animals

Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?

Antone Martinho

Essay/Stories & Literature

When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani

Idea/Political Philosophy

What would Leibniz say about the schisms in Europe today?

Maria Rosa Antognazza

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Essay/Genetics

Wild thing

How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species?

Jacob Mikanowski

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Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

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Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life

Sebastian Purcell

Essay/Illness & Disease

Being ill, living well

Some say that illness is morally improving, others that there is nothing good about being sick. Can philosophy adjudicate?

Ian J Kidd

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces

David Farrier

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Idea/Internet & Communication

Only governments can safeguard the openness of the internet

Rufus Pollock

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Essay/History of Technology

Buck to the future

He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?

Samanth Subramanian

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Conscious exotica

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?

Murray Shanahan

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene

Huw Price

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Idea/Future of Technology

The economy is more a messy, fractal living thing than a machine

George Zarkadakis

Essay/Mathematics

The problem with p-values

Academic psychology and medical testing are both dogged by unreliability. The reason is clear: we got probability wrong

David Colquhoun

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex

Walter Vannini

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Idea/Law & Justice

How US prisons violate three principles of criminal justice

Judith Lichtenberg

Essay/History of Technology

Getting things moving

The most important moments in invention are sometimes the imaginative leaps – even when they turn out to be dead-ends

Brian Clegg

Idea/Astronomy

The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

Leila A McNeill

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility

Jacob Burak

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