Just because a mathematical formula works does not mean it reflects reality
Scientists and philosophers should keep trying to solve reality’s deepest riddles while accepting that they are unsolvable
Replication problems plague the field of AI, and the goal of general intelligence remains as elusive as ever
Prominent scientists exaggerate the violence of Native Americans, whom European invaders ravaged.
The presidential election and pandemic have highlighted the fallibility of experts, but that doesn’t mean we should dismiss them all
Physicists insist that information never vanishes, not even in black holes, but this “law” reflects wishful thinking
Journalist Robert Whitaker is more concerned than ever that psychiatric medications do more harm than good
A new documentary, The Social Dilemma, warns that the harm wreaked by digital technologies is outweighing the benefits
Psychologist Susan Blackmore stays grounded in science while exploring the outer reaches of consciousness.
The solipsism problem, also called the problem of other minds, lurks at the heart of science, philosophy, religion, the arts and the human condition
How quantum mechanics gives me a refuge from reality
Apocalypse Never, a book by iconoclastic environmentalist Michael Shellenberger, triggers polarized responses
Philosopher Susan Schneider weighs the pros and cons of radical technological enhancement
We must begin moving beyond militarism, as Martin Luther King urged more than 50 years ago
Eric Schwitzgebel investigates an eclectic assortment of mysteries with (unintentional?) irony and humor
An aging science journalist with a literature degree sets out to learn quantum mechanics, mathematics and all...
Empirical studies have shown that nonviolent movements are more successful than violent ones at bringing about positive social changes...
“Energy accountant” Richard Heede does research needed to hold major polluters accountable for their actions...
NIH director Francis Collins, winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize, answers questions about God, free will, evil, altruism and his Christian faith in a 2006 interview...
Journalist Leslie Kean investigates topics that many consider to be beyond the pale