The first newspapers contained not high-minded journalism but hundreds of readers' letters exchanging news with one another.
Market booms and busts might be irrational, but we can understand why they happen and what to do to mitigate the damage.
Only since the Enlightenment have we been able to imagine humans going extinct. Is it a sign of our maturity as a species?
Psychopaths have a reputation for cunning and ruthlessness. But they are more like you and me than we care to admit.
But if there is such a thing as hypersanity, the implication is that mere sanity is not all it's cracked up to be, a state of dormancy and dullness with less vital potential even than madness.
Mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with assumptions about the self and the cosmos.
High in the Andes, Potosí supplied the world with silver, and in return reaped goods and peoples from Burma to Baghdad.
In our Universe, time seems to go from past to future, not in reverse. But the C-theory of time asks if time even has a direction.
Would you carve a roast with a knife that had been used in a murder? Why not? And what does this tell us about ethics?
The backlash against antidepressants results from a suspicion of medicine and misunderstands the very nature of depression.
Our brains predict the outcomes of our actions, shaping reality into what we expect. That's why we see what we believe.
How did the sailors of early modern Europe learn to traverse the world's seas? By going to school and doing maths problems.
Generations of lawyers and judges educated at law schools in the United States have been taught to ignore this essential role of law in creating and sustaining economic power.
The story of American beef is like the story of the nation as a whole: a mashup of history and myth, bloody and contested.
You might think they are disgusting. But our war against intestinal worms has damaged our immune systems and mental health.
A century ago, a team of scientists chased the arc of starlight across a total eclipse to prove Einstein right on relativity.
Evolved human capacities for vigilance and worry are both exacerbated and rewarded by the intense pressure of modern life.
Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten?
Neurofeedback can put thoughts in your head and help you conquer phobias — even when you're unaware of what it's doing
Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair?