Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism.
As far as we can tell, no other animal knows that sex makes babies. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?
A toggle switch allows me to decide whether the 'old me' on Mars is preserved or destroyed after I teleport back home. It’s this decision that is causing me to hesitate.
The Greek color experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea?
When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society.
It makes sense that the psychopath is often portrayed as cold-blooded and fearless, and, most of all, as a predator incapable of human emotion. However, research is growing to suggest that this might not be totally accurate.
Just what kinds of questions does linguistics want to answer? What counts as evidence? Is universal grammar in particular — and theoretical linguistics in general — a science at all?
Concentration camps reveal something about the nature of states that, in an age of heightened uncertainty and rising nationalism, should give us pause for thought.
The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one.
The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures.
Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?
His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?
Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening.
It's not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop.
Light travels at around 300,000 km per second. Why not faster? Why not slower? A new theory inches us closer to an answer.
Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?
Millions believe that pop psychology can change their tennis skills, their love life or their moods. Are they all wrong?
Comparing the body to a machine, complete with bugs to be fixed by means of gene modification tools such as Crispr-Cas9, conflicts with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution: machines and computers do not evolve, but organisms do.
Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge.
The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology.