Issue 58: Don't Be Evil
When the keys to the online market are in the hands of the powerful few, is virtual competition truly open to all?
The fear that rapidly growing companies become malevolent monopolies is wide-spread. But are such concerns justified?
Is the promise of the merging of man and machine to create a better world a dangerously enthralling myth?
In an age of digital footprints but diminishing attention spans, who decides what we remember?
Digital giants have nearly unlimited access to our private data. What happens to society’s youngest and most vulnerable?
Issue 57: Knowing Others and Knowing Our Selves
Are our minds and the minds of others ultimately unknowable?
The problem of other minds continues to stump philosophers. Can we ever know the experience of others?
It seems impossible truly to know someone's mind. But are we making it all too complicated?
Neuroscience boasts proof of human empathy. Have we jumped to the wrong conclusion?
As the gap between the real and virtual collapses, should we judge others by who they are online?
We think we at least know our own thoughts, even if we are wrong about other people’s. But are we deceiving ourselves?
How do you know when you’re face to face with a psychopathic serial killer?
History and literature abound with efforts to define the self. But does true understanding lie in the search itself?
Chinese workers are fabricating glamorous online identities. But is a virtual existence as dangerous as we think?
Issue 56: Morality and Prejudice
Is prejudice too powerful to be defeated by reason alone? New research suggests chemical enhancement might be the answer.
The idea of virtual rape provokes universal disgust. So why are we comfortable with children having killed an average of 100,000 people in video games by the age of 18?
In a world where nearly everything can be bought and sold, does money pose objective moral problems?
Has neuroscience sold us a lie about the nature of morality?
We think prejudice is the opposite of reason. But could it be essential to good judgement?
Issue 55: A Tribal World
Is the tribe, from the Facebook group to the nation, to be feared or embraced as part of our nature?
From Scientology to the Westboro Baptist Church, how do cults survive in the modern world?
Science is a creed like any other. Could a radical overhaul of our most basic assumptions free us from its chains?
What total isolation taught me about the need for others
The left has lost its sense of community and identity. Do we need to reconnect with nationalism before its too late?
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