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Issue 54: The Limits of ReasonArrow Head

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Issue 54: The Limits of Reason

Is the enlightenment project over? Should we seek new forms of knowledge, or would this send us back to the dark ages?

In Defence of Post-Truth

The demise of truth has sent the world into crisis. But are we better off without it?

Steve Fuller
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Intuition vs Reason

Can our gut feelings replace reason in everyday situations?

Berit Brogaard

Reason, the Enlightenment, and Post-Truth Politics

Rediscovering the dream of the enlightenment

Peter Hacker

What We Cannot Know

Science promises answers to the fundamental questions. But does knowledge have limits?

Marcus Du Sautoy
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Issue 53: UtopiaArrow Head

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Issue 53: Utopia

Do we need utopia now more than ever? Or is there something impossible in the very idea?

Anarchy, Open Borders and Utopia

Why a world without borders is essential to the future of humanity.

Chandran Kukathas

A Woman's World

The world is currently run by men. What would a female utopia look like?

Margaret Heffernan

A Cyborg's Take on Utopia

Human enhancement is already happening. Should we fear or embrace it?

Kevin Warwick

The New Utopianism

Is it now individualism - not ecologism - that is hopelessly ‘utopian’?

Rupert Read
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Issue 50: The Known, The Strange and the NewArrow Head

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The Known, the Strange and the New

Introducing the big ideas at this year's HowTheLightGetsIn, 26th May - 5th June 2016.

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The Weird and the Wonderful

In Europe belief in religion declines as science advances. Yet interest in ley lines or solstice rituals increases. Why?

Alastair McIntosh

Power, Status, and Sexuality

Beauty has long been condemned as superficial. But times are changing – is it time we changed with them?

Catherine Hakim

The Emperor's New Genes

The great promises of genetics never arrived. Should we abandon faith in science? Or value knowledge for its own sake?

Denis Noble

The Strangeness of Race

Is race an illusory construct with no basis in nature that we should seek to eradicate?

Kurt Barling

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The Emperor’s New God

Can art provide the purpose of life and replace religion in teaching us how to live?

Julian Spalding

The Storm and the Butterfly

From the financial crash to climate change, life has a habit of defying our predictions. Are all models bound to fail?

Rupert Read

In Search of Ourselves

From yoga retreats to mindfulness, finding ourselves is in vogue. But what do we actually expect to find?

Joanna Kavenna

Truth, Lies and Self-Deception

Is self-deception real? And, if so, who is doing the deceiving?

Parashkev Nachev

The Wealth of Ideas

Why ideas and not capital changed the world.

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