Issue 50: The Known, The Strange and the New
Introducing the big ideas at this year's HowTheLightGetsIn, 26th May - 5th June 2016.
In Europe belief in religion declines as science advances. Yet interest in ley lines or solstice rituals increases. Why?
Beauty has long been condemned as superficial. But times are changing – is it time we changed with them?
The great promises of genetics never arrived. Should we abandon faith in science? Or value knowledge for its own sake?
Is race an illusory construct with no basis in nature that we should seek to eradicate?
Issue 49: Living in the Unknown
Can art provide the purpose of life and replace religion in teaching us how to live?
From the financial crash to climate change, life has a habit of defying our predictions. Are all models bound to fail?
From yoga retreats to mindfulness, finding ourselves is in vogue. But what do we actually expect to find?
Is self-deception real? And, if so, who is doing the deceiving?
Why ideas and not capital changed the world.
Issue 48: Reality Bites
Does experience provide a direct link to reality? Or is it simply a creative response?
HEAD TO HEAD: Is our experience real, or simply a construct of the brain?
HEAD TO HEAD: If we cannot trust our senses, where does this leave our beliefs?
Philosophy claims to be a dynamic force, challenging our basic assumptions. But how?
Beauty is boring. And the evidence is piling up, claims a maverick design critic.
Issue 47: Life, Meaning and Morality
If “God is dead”, what place do meaning and morality have in our lives?
We use language every day to communicate with others and understand the world. So why do we now distrust it so much?
Language evolved alongside our species. What are its limits?
Has rhetoric outstripped reality? Or are we failing to recognise the existential threats facing our culture and values?
If imagination shapes reality, should we conjure new visions of better worlds? Or will this impede real progress?
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