Americans objecting to U.S. detainment of children at borders should also protest killing of kids overseas
Ulysses doesn’t solve the hard problem, but it conveys with unsurpassed vividness what it feels like to be human.
Quantum theorist John Wheeler’s “it from bit” hypothesis anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality
By renouncing military contracts, Google could catalyze a much-needed discussion about how the U.S. and other nations can move beyond militarism
The philosopher’s great work Tractatus is perhaps “a blank canvas” on which we project what we want to see.
The philosopher's greatest work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, only makes sense in the light of mysticism
Dyson’s principle of maximum diversity says that without hardship and suffering, life would be too dull
A sleepy philosopher inspires thoughts on how consciousness could endure forever
One reporter emphasizes the promise of an experimental treatment, another the peril
Analysis of drug research identifies causes of declining returns, like the "better than the Beatles" problem, and a possible solution, "Dead Drugs Officers"
Economists show increased research efforts are yielding decreasing returns
The president has the deal-making skills to end war between nations once and for all
A new study raises questions about meditation’s moral and social benefits.
Cosmologist Martin Rees holds forth on multiverses, biothreats, AI, utopia, God and “posthuman” science
After having a seizure in my arms at a meeting in Sweden, the paralyzed physicist lectured on how we live in a “superspace” with infinite dimensions
Two “ecomodernists” argue that continued progress in science and other realms will help us overcome environmental problems
Physicist Marcelo Gleiser muses over the paradoxes of scientific progress
Philosopher Colin McGinn proposes that “brain splicing” could allow us to experience the consciousness of others
Brain implants could eliminate miscommunication between lovers
Germans were debating the “body–soul problem” by the mid-19th century, but Socrates pondered the problem first