Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
How to save the world
We are concerned about the planet. But why? As well as self-interest, don't we also wish to protect nature for its own sake? Should we openly recognise this pagan attachment to the tree gods? Is this a heresy that offers a better world, or dangerous old/new age nonsense?
The future of AI
40 years on from the film 2001 many of its predictions have come to pass - videophones, flat screens, permanent space stations. Yet we have no equivalent to HAL, the intelligent machine, or anything close. Is it possible that the human mind is a radically different thing from a computer?
The Death of Sisterhood
Alison Wolf uncovers the gulf between the lives of the women now taking over business and politics and those pushed back as a result. “A crucial bible for anyone wanting to check up on anything about contemporary woman.” Guardian
Morality, Hypocrisy and Health
Drugs and Western imperialism
Alcohol and cigarettes, largely made in the West and exported to the rest of the world, kill 25 times as many people worldwide as all illegal drugs put together. Could it be that illegal drugs are not banned to protect our health but to protect the West's deadly exports? Under the guise of morality is the West pursuing an economic goal, or is the ...
What can art teach science?
We see art and science as two cultures with their own unique ways of understanding the world. Yet polymaths from Leonardo Da Vinci to Francis Bacon saw no such distinction. Can scientists learn from works of art, or must the two cultures remain forever sundered?
Where is My Mind?