Science today is an intricate, collaborative, global enterprise. Nobel prizes for individual scientists are an anachronism.
After Heath Ledger's untimely death, his performance — and the events leading up to it — were voyeuristically scrutinized. Can immersing oneself into a role be physically harmful?
Humans love laws and seek predictability. But like our Universe, which thrives on entropy, we need disorder to flourish.
In a time when only the richest enjoyed running water in their homes, very few Europeans had the resources to abide by 21st-century standards of hygiene, even if they wanted to. At the same time, the filthiness of medieval people should not be exaggerated.
I spent my days feeling like I was carrying TNT, not knowing when a spark would ignite an explosion.
The evolution of the domestic dog goes back tens of thousands of years — however, the multiple forms we see today are just 150 years old.
So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay — yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love.
A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain's elasticity. Does it really help them learn?
A growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways
Depression is a very complex disorder, and we simply have no good evidence that antidepressants help sufferers to improve.
The gambler, the quantum physicist and the juror all reason about probabilities: the probability of winning, of a radioactive atom decaying, of a defendant's guilt. But despite their ubiquity, experts dispute just what probabilities are.
"The Satanic Verses" would not be written or published today. What's changed since Salman Rushdie's notorious novel?
The otherwise innocuous act of texting can strain close bonds between loved ones, and even create feelings of resentment toward people who are probably well-intentioned, but unaware of the toll of their excessive communications on your psyche.
A psychological relief valve and a guard against despotism, laughter is a uniquely human — and collective — activity.
A special class of vivid, textural words defy linguistic theory: could "ideophones" unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances?
It's a common sentiment among roboticists that existing mechanical hardware is sufficient to replace humans in many of the tasks by which we earn a living.
Low-status women without strong family connections were among the weakest in Ancient society but they wielded a powerful weapon in ensuring the demise of a hated enemy: gossip.
For much of the early Islamic period, the mingling of Muslims and non-Muslims was largely predicated on a basic imbalance of power.
Truth is neither absolute nor timeless. But the pursuit of truth remains at the heart of the scientific endeavor.
How can I logically manage to deceive myself? Buddhist thought offers a way out of the philosophical paradox.