As long as there has been inequality among humans, death has been seen as the great leveler. Just like the rest of us, the rich and powerful have had to accept that youth is fleeting, that strength and health soon fail, and that all possessions must be relinquished within a few decades. Yet this might soon change dramatically.
Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge.
Do we have the right to defend ourselves and others from government injustice when government agents are following an unjust law?
Understanding crowds can help us manage the panic caused by a terrorist attack; a science of crowds is vital to managing many emergencies, especially when density becomes dangerously high.
The uncanny realism of Orson Welles's radio play crystallized a fear of communication technology that haunts us today.
In this article, I will articulate how I have come to understand what love is, with the unexpected help of Bayesian probability theory.
Copyrights, patents and trademarks are all important, but the term "intellectual property" is nonsensical and pernicious.
When an adult confiscates a child’s toy for bad behavior, both are in for a rough afternoon. Which raises the question: why do we punish in the first place?
How a widowed queen became a rebel warrior, defying Roman patriarchy, and leading her people to glory even in defeat.
False beliefs about physical or social facts lead us into poor habits of action that in the most extreme cases could threaten our survival.
The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve?
Contemplate how a person's life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can't. Now imagine it could offer something good.
What kinds of deception or nondisclosure ought to be legally impermissible for procuring sex? If consent separates rape from sex, then we should be seriously concerned about all kinds of deception, nondisclosure, false advertising and so forth.
Confused, inferior and philosophically unsound: the Greco-Roman critique of the Old Testament could have been written today.
This is "deep disagreement," and it's the form that most societal disagreements take. Understanding these disagreements will not inspire optimism about our ability to find consensus.
Mathematical ideas are some of the most transformative and beautiful in history. So why do they get so little attention?
How the Marxist ideas of a British historian ended up on the bookshelves of Indian civil servants and Brazilian housewives
Mary Shelley foresaw that artificial intelligence would be made monstrous, not by human hubris but by human cruelty.
The pragmatist philosopher William James had a crisp and consistent response when asked if life was worth living: maybe.
It's difficult to test whether poverty relief actually works. Do randomized controlled trials provide a scientific measure?