Bookmarks (897)

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    To the core

    A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest...

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    Sabine Hossenfelder: searching for beauty in mathematics

    Does mathematics have a ‘beauty’ problem? Sabine Hossenfelder explains why searching for elegance in nature stifles...

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    Philosophers and other animals

    Christine Korsgaard argues that we can extend a Kantian moral framework to include other animals. But...

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    A small antelope horn

    The theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli sits by the fire with Hazda hunter-gatherers, pondering our evolutionary pastBy...

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    Exiles on Main Street

    To respect exiles as real and important political actors, we should get over casting them as...

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    Conor and Kobe

    A poignant reflection on celebrity, mourning and Kobe Bryant’s death, crafted from just a few intimate...

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    Reading John Gray in war

    As a soldier, I was hard-wired to seek meaning and purpose. Gray’s philosophy helped me unhook...

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    The right right thing to do

    The ethical life means being good to ourselves, to others, and to the world. But how...

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    How Big Tech betrayed us

    Surveillance capitalism tracks everything we do and say, and sells that data. To save ‘free markets’,...

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    Brand India

    How a country used myth and mystique to tempt global investors – and seeded a toxic...

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    What Gordon Parks saw

    Gentle, persuasive acts of protest: Gordon Parks used his camera as a ‘weapon’ for empathy with...

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    The abuses of Popper

    A powerful cadre of scientists and economists sold Karl Popper’s ‘falsification’ idea to the world. They...

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    Maria’s way

    A day in the life of Maria who lives on the Camino de Santiago route in...

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    The penis: a life

    Boned, spined, spiked, corkscrewed or double-headed: why did so much variety arise when a simple tube...

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    How vulnerable is the world?

    Sooner or later a technology capable of wiping out human civilisation might be invented. How far...

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    Huntsville station

    ‘It’s a trip just being out’: at the local Greyhound bus station with newly released men...

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    Pause. Reflect. Think

    Susan Stebbing’s little Pelican book on philosophy had a big aim: giving everybody tools to think...

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    Durango

    One aimless summer in Colorado, two brothers talk about girls, death and leaving home in the...

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    The myth of Westernisation

    Americans liked to believe that Japan was Westernising through the 20th century but Japan was vigorously...

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    Who decides how long a second is?

    Oscillating atoms and international committees – the peculiar history of how we arrived at the standardised...

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    Beyond the !Kung

    A grand research project created our origin myth that early human societies were all egalitarian, mobile...

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    Machine in the ghost

    Can a robot pray? Does an AI have a soul? Advances in automata raise theological debates...

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    Do not split

    Incredible cameraphone and drone footage from Hong Kong reveals the combustible, contested reality of street protestBy...

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    The play cure

    In a clinical setting, playful activities are not distractions; they take patients deep into trauma –...

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    Nyctophobia

    ‘I am beside myself, beside the world’: what it’s like to slip into the acute unreality...

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    They are prisoners

    Captive orcas are tormented by boredom and family separation, but they cannot be simply released. What’s...

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    Quantum fluctuations

    Visualising the unseeable – awesome ‘moving paintings’ inspired by quantum weirdness at the Large Hadron ColliderBy...

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    Scientists for the people

    Why the finest minds in 1930s Europe believed that scientists must engage with citizens or risk...

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    All in one

    Human rights, health, the rule of law – why are these concepts inflated to the status...

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    Tower

    Each memory is in different strokes: how four siblings remember their dissident parents during Brazil’s military...

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    The tyranny of work

    Jobs have become, for so many, a relentless, unsatisfying toil. Why then does the work ethic...

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    Gradations

    Watch as commonplace visuals in a binary, hard-edged world melt and expand into a full-rainbow spectrum...

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    How to be a genius

    I travelled the world and trawled the archive to unearth the hidden lessons from history’s most...

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    Last acre

    The Plotlands are a place of makeshift beauty, more like the American frontier than the traditional,...

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    The problem with prediction

    Cognitive scientists and corporations alike see human minds as predictive machines. Right or wrong, they will...

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    Gulf slave society

    The glittering city-states of the Persian Gulf fit the classicist Moses Finley’s criteria of genuine slave...

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    The wolf dividing Norway

    With fewer than 70 wolves left in Norway, the debate over their protection is dividing communitiesBy...

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    What makes a woman’s body

    A pang of hunger, a stab of pain, a sense of dread – these experiences emerge...

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    The evolution of cynicism

    Free like a street dog: cynicism evolved from ‘dog philosophers’ such as Diogenes who rejected materialism...

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    Natural and unnatural

    ‘Natural’ remedies are metaphysically inconsistent and unscientific. Yet they offer something that modern medicine cannotBy Alan...

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    Unreal city

    The immersive exhibition populating London with surreal digital sculptures by Olafur Eliasson, KAWS, Cao Fei and...

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    The wisdom of surrender

    Samuel Beckett turned an obscure 17th-century Christian heresy into an artistic vision and an unusual personal...

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    Turn off the gaslight

    The skilful manipulator casts a shadow of doubt over everything that you feel or think. Therapy...

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    Kidnapper ants

    How do ants that can’t chew their own food survive? They kidnap other ant species and...

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    The harms of gentrification

    The exclusion of poorer people from their own neighbourhoods is not just a social problem but...

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    A concerto is a conversation

    An intimate discussion between the pianist Kris Bowers and his grandfather Horace about ambition, race, success...

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    Sheanderthal

    Not all Neanderthals were ‘cavemen’: half were women. What can archaeologists tell us about how they...

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    The peace of wild things

    ‘I come into the peace of wild things’ – how the poet Wendell Berry finds respite...

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    Evolution’s engineers

    Organisms do not evolve blindly under forces beyond their control, but shape and influence the evolutionary...

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    The problem of now

    The injunction to immerse yourself in the present might be psychologically potent, but is it metaphysically...