Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Dark Matter of The Mind
Beyond Good and Evil II
Is morality instinctual?
We think morality is unique to being human. Yet the animal kingdom has many examples of behaviour that appear moral, but which we describe as instinct. Might our own morality be instinct also? Does this extricate morality from religion, or condemn it to irrelevance?
The Chemistry of Freedom
Is free will an illusion?
The cry of democrats and revolutionaries, we value freedom above almost anything. But neuroscientists claim they can predict decisions seven seconds before we act. Might free will be an illusion? Do we need to reimagine what it means to be human, or does freedom win over bad science?
Dirty tricks in British politics
By endorsing trickery and deceit, Machiavelli ensured his name would live on in infamy. Yet even Lincoln and Johnson used skulduggery to secure change. Might lies, bribes and other dirty tricks be necessary for creating meaningful advance? Or do the ends never justify the means?
To The Edge of Space
Beyond Left and Right
The Future of British Politics
Since the French Revolution, the left-right divide has defined the political map. But is it still relevant? Might it be time to abandon the opposition between progressive and conservative politics? Or is it still clear where progress lies and all the more important to seek to bring it about?
Error, Lies and Adventure
Should we embrace our mistakes?
For politicians and journalists, church leaders and chief executives, errors are something to be covered up, ignored or denied. But is this a mistake? Could it be that errors are the source of our inspiration and of future advances - the very stuff of adventure?