Atoms and astronomical phenomena — the very small and the very large — can be quite basic. It's everything in between that gets tricky.
The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology.
In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?
This heightened and delighted attention to the ordinary, which manifests in someone new to a place, does not seem to have a name. So I have given it one: allokataplixis.
Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine.
How can you go about finding "who you really are" if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication?
It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of "information." His answer was both a revelation and a return.
Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?
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?