Changing How the World Thinks

An online magazine of big ideas


Issue 58: Don't Be EvilArrow Head

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The Networks of Control

When the keys to the online market are in the hands of the powerful few, is virtual competition truly open to all?

Maurice E. Stucke

When the Winner Takes All

The fear that rapidly growing companies become malevolent monopolies is wide-spread. But are such concerns justified?

Shadow of the Golem in Silicon Valley

Is the promise of the merging of man and machine to create a better world a dangerously enthralling myth?

Vincent Mosco

The Memory Monopoly

In an age of digital footprints but diminishing attention spans, who decides what we remember?

Taha Yasseri

Trust, Technology and The Young

Digital giants have nearly unlimited access to our private data. What happens to society’s youngest and most vulnerable?

Huw Davies
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Issue 57: Knowing Others and Knowing Our SelvesArrow Head

Editorial other minds

Issue 57: Knowing Others and Knowing Our Selves

Are our minds and the minds of others ultimately unknowable?


The Minds of Strangers

The problem of other minds continues to stump philosophers. Can we ever know the experience of others?

Anita Avramides

The Secrets of Experience

It seems impossible truly to know someone's mind. But are we making it all too complicated?

John Heil

Smoke and Mirror Neurons

Neuroscience boasts proof of human empathy. Have we jumped to the wrong conclusion?

Parashkev Nachev

Cyberspace and the Self

As the gap between the real and virtual collapses, should we judge others by who they are online?

Patrick Stokes
Ideas for Life
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Issue 56: Morality and PrejudiceArrow Head

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The Future of Moral Enhancement

Is prejudice too powerful to be defeated by reason alone? New research suggests chemical enhancement might be the answer.

Julian Savulescu

The Gamer's Dilemma

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?

Garry Young

The Moral Hazards of Money

In a world where nearly everything can be bought and sold, does money pose objective moral problems?

Adrian Walsh

Morality, Neuro-myths, and the Spurious Seduction of Evolutionary Ethics

Has neuroscience sold us a lie about the nature of morality?

Steven Rose

Can Prejudice Enhance Morality?

We think prejudice is the opposite of reason. But could it be essential to good judgement?

Adam Sandel

Issue 55: A Tribal WorldArrow Head

a tribal world editorial

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?

How to Create a Cult

From Scientology to the Westboro Baptist Church, how do cults survive in the modern world?

Eileen Barker

The Tribe of Science

Science is a creed like any other. Could a radical overhaul of our most basic assumptions free us from its chains?

Rupert Sheldrake

Total Isolation

What total isolation taught me about the need for others

Ed Stafford

A New Nationalism

The left has lost its sense of community and identity. Do we need to reconnect with nationalism before its too late?

Jonathan Cruddas
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