Nations come with a vast array of peoples, languages and histories, but the strong ones share three simple things
Let's look at the Pythia afresh, for I would argue that the Temple at Delphi was effectively the world’s first political risk-consulting firm.
International development has focused on material goods, but religion has an important role to play in human flourishing.
Thomas Nagel argued that when we sense that something — or everything — in life is absurd, we're experiencing the clash of two perspectives from which to view the world.
This simple but systematic and ubiquitous interpretive error constitutes what might well be the single biggest mistake in the history of modern science and philosophy.
Pet dogs often have a peaceful death that forestalls protracted suffering and pain. Why can't we do the same for humans?
The Greeks didn't have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black — or as something else altogether?
Neuroscience gives us invaluable, wondrous knowledge about the brain — including an awareness of its limitations
Despite lacking the classic machinery for inculcating patriotism and spreading it among the people, American patriotism is a norm in the true sense: at least within the US itself, it exists in a place without question.
Radical Quaker Benjamin Lay was a pioneer of abolitionism, who lived what he preached. So why was he erased from history?
A growing number of philosophers are conducting experiments to test their arguments. Is this the future for philosophy?
More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organizations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I've termed it "metric fixation."
Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see?
Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It's a bad idea.
War, famine and persecution inflict profound changes on bodies and brains. Could these changes persist over generations?
Fantasies about new power sources for human ambitions go back a century or more. Could these past visions energise our own future?
Cows don’t belong to the natural world, because they owe their existence to our selective breeding, not evolution. So what happens if we stop using them for meat and dairy products?
When you are obsessed with projects, ceaselessly replacing old with new, satisfaction is always in the future. Or the past.
Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much as venereal disease, and practiced complex sexual health regimens.
Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will.