Consciousness Is Just a Feeling
Cognitive Science:With help from Freud, this neuropsychologist locates consciousness in choice.
Humans Have Gotten Nicer and Better at Making War
Sociology:Historian Margaret MacMillan on what war reveals about human nature.
Your Brain Makes You a Different Person Every Day
Neuroscience:Our brains are wired for new sensations.
Eels Don’t Have Sex Until the Last Year of Their Life
Animals:Why eels are one strange fish.
The Contagion Detective
Information Theory:Adam Kucharski explains how diseases like COVID-19 and misinformation spread.
Guided by Plant Voices
Environment:Plants talk to this ecologist. They tell her how to do better science.
Why Philip Pullman Is Obsessed with Panpsychism
In the first book of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass, Lord Asriel (played by James McAvoy in HBO’s adaptation of the book) discovers a mysterious substance, called Dust, that exists everywhere and seems to be implicated in consciousness. For Pullman, Dust is an expression of his fascination with panpsychism, the philosophical idea […]
Why Doesn’t Everybody Have Dark Skin Today?
Anthropology:Questions and answers about the science of skin color.
Why We’re Drawn Into Darkness
Earth Science:Author Robert MacFarlane on the awe and horror of subterranean places.