Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Imagining the Truth
Can fantasy reveal reality?
We believe reason is our best tool for acquiring true knowledge of the world. But Picasso said "art is a lie that tells the truth," and many others before him have made similar claims. Are they right? Can imagination lead us to truths hidden from the rational mind, or is this romantic hogswash?
Planet of the Clones
Should we clone human beings?
Human cloning is anathema to most of us conjuring up Metropolis visions of identical humans serving tyrannical masters. But might this be a mistaken horror story? Could human cloning instead lead to medical breakthroughs and the end to infertility?
The Limits of Logic
Should we embrace the irrational?
Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness?
Bang Goes the Big Bang
Is it possible that the Big Bang is a mistake?
We take it for granted that the Universe began with the Big Bang. But there are problems with the theory. Is it just possible that the Big Bang will turn out to be a mistake? Since our whole account of the Universe depends on this theory - can we contemplate giving it up and what might replace it?
The Snowden Affair: An insider's take
Former Director of GCHQ David Omand dissects the NSA revelations and what they mean for the future of security. "One of the most able people to have served in the British government since the Second World War" Times