Lying and cheating might be indispensable in planning a surprise party, or a surprise heist. Is creativity always a moral good?
Across time and place, our species’ life span is remarkably consistent.
It’s time to set aside the “Earth Twin” strategy.
Progress in the sciences can only move as fast as humans can think—outsourcing to A.I. could change that.
The universe is just too big.
Jackson Pollock’s paintings mirror nature’s patterns, like branching trees, snowflakes, waves—and the structure of the human eye.
It’s a great physics thought experiment—and an awful accident in 1978.
Adults admire people who overcome temptation, but children judge them for feeling tempted in the first place.
Scientists have been refining their understanding of rainbows’ unusual features since René Descartes first studied them in 1637.
Early apes’ ability to metabolize alcohol increased about 20-fold due to a single-point mutation in their genes.
Science has a history of inflated promises when it comes to disease treatment.
The idea that humans are ephemeral compared to the workings of nature isn’t as persuasive as it once was.
Visions of hairy “man-apes” speak to something deep in the human psyche.
The yellow Pokémon captures attention by exploiting a neural bias towards cuteness, sugar content, and other rewards.
The Italian astronomer had critics inside and outside the Church.
It’s enchanting to think that everything—from atoms to rocks to trees—is conscious, but it doesn’t explain much about the world.
The head of the project hoped the machine would help bring about world peace.
Greek and Roman star configurations depict men as conquerors and heroes, while women are victims and bit players.