Stephen Cave
Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Stephen Cave is executive director and senior research fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. A philosopher by training, he has also served as a British diplomat, and written widely on philosophical and scientific subjects, including for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Guardian and others.

Written by Stephen Cave

Intelligent assumptions? At the Oxford Union, 1950. From the Picture Post feature, Eternal Oxford. Photo by John Chillingworth/Getty

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Cognition and intelligence
Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

Revellers take part in “La Vijanera” Festival in Silio, Spain on January 5, 2014. Of pre-Roman origin, the festival sees villagers wearing masks, animal skins and brightly coloured clothing; the embodiment of the survival of archaic cults to nature.Photo by Ervin Sarkisov/Corbis

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Ecology and environmental sciences
It’s not easy being green

If rational persuasion fails to make people behave environmentally, could rituals and a dash of guilt do a better job?

Stephen Cave & Sarah Darwin

Resist and be free. Photo by Corbis

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Cognition and intelligence
The free-will scale

Like IQ or EQ, there should be FQ: a freedom quotient to show how much free will we have – and how to get more

Stephen Cave

Photo by Rafael Marchante?reuters

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Ethics
Once and future sins

In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?

Stephen Cave & Stefan Klein

Photo by Dennis Stock/Magnum

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Death
Everlasting glory

There are few fantasies so absurd as the idea of living on through fame. So why does immortality still beckon?

Stephen Cave

Photo by Jon Higgs/Gallery Stock

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Death
Not nothing

The death of a fly is utterly insignificant – or it’s a catastrophe. How much should we worry about what we squash?

Stephen Cave

Human feet frozen in a block of ice. Photo by Jan Stromme/Getty

Essay/
Death
Frozen dead guys

Is cryonics an ambulance into the future or the latest twist on our ancient fantasy of rebirth?

Stephen Cave

Knut the polar bear at Berlin Zoological Garden, in January 2010. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

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Biology
Who killed Knut?

The death of a beloved polar bear casts the logic of zoos in a cold light. Are they safe havens or places of sacrifice?

Stephen Cave

Thousands of people held roses at the ‘Rose March’ in Oslo, to pay tribute to the victims of Breivik’s crimes. Photo by Joerg Carstensen/epa/Corbis

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Human rights and justice
Remember Herostratus

The ruling that Anders Breivik is sane leaves his ideas unchallenged. We need a new verdict for crimes of vainglory

Stephen Cave

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