Do psychedelics give access to a universal, mystical experience of reality, or is that just a culture-bound illusion?
For younger Muslims, the term halal has broken free of the basic rules of conduct once adhered to by their immigrant parents to encompass a wider set of welfare and lifestyle choices, including education, healthcare, travel, cosmetics, modesty fashion and financial products, as well as experiences such as birthdays, weddings and events.
Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be
As inequality pulls at the seams of the social fabric of the developed world, private schools have faced strong criticism for their role in reproducing advantage.
People in the past were not all dead by 30. Ancient documents confirm this.
Was writing invented for accounting and administration or did it evolve from religious movements, sorcery and dreams?
We have been engineering our environments to more productively serve human needs for tens of millennia.
A new interpretation of a classic psychology experiment will change your view of perception, judgment and even human nature.
A global community to coordinate and regain control — to develop a public open-access infrastructure — of research and scholarly communication for the public good is long overdue.
Aztec moral philosophy has profound differences from the Greek tradition, not least its acceptance that nobody is perfect.
More than a century of death notices have not diminished the achievements and the necessity of liberalism
Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It's trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: "No one needs to be exposed to that monster."
After the success of the Standard Model, experiments have stopped answering to grand theories. Is particle physics in crisis?
I was shaken and transfixed in the aftermath of the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Like most of those in the United States, prevention was on my mind.
On Paul Gauguin, authenticity and the midlife crisis: how the philosopher Bernard Williams dramatized moral luck.
After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all.
Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic program of sterilizing the "unfit" continues even today.
For one shining moment, being a Russian woman meant sexual freedom and radical equality. Never seen before — or since.
It's no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?
Nations come with a vast array of peoples, languages and histories, but the strong ones share three simple things