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.
LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times.
Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?
Start by realizing that some people’s judgments deserve more weight than others.
A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes.
The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but this interactive map should make it unforgettable.
From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested.
Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?
Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, local berry-pickers earn a good living. What’s the hidden cost of their wares?