Changing How the World Thinks

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Issue 48: Reality BitesArrow Head

Editorial 48

Reality Bites

Does experience provide a direct link to reality? Or is it simply a creative response?


Friston vs Brogaard: Down the Rabbit Hole - part 1

HEAD TO HEAD: Is our experience real, or simply a construct of the brain?

Karl Friston

Friston vs Brogaard: Down the Rabbit Hole - part 2

HEAD TO HEAD: If we cannot trust our senses, where does this leave our beliefs?

Berit Brogaard

The Philosopher and the Ocean

Philosophy claims to be a dynamic force, challenging our basic assumptions. But how?

Rufus Duits

Beauty Bites Back

Beauty is boring. And the evidence is piling up, claims a maverick design critic.

Stephen Bayley
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Issue 47: Life, Meaning and MoralityArrow Head

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Life, Meaning and Morality

If “God is dead”, what place do meaning and morality have in our lives?


Beyond Words

We use language every day to communicate with others and understand the world. So why do we now distrust it so much?

Emma Borg

The Kingdom of Speech

Language evolved alongside our species. What are its limits?

Daniel Everett

Terrorism and the Truth

Has rhetoric outstripped reality? Or are we failing to recognise the existential threats facing our culture and values?

John Lloyd

Imagining Reality

If imagination shapes reality, should we conjure new visions of better worlds? Or will this impede real progress?

Dylan Evans
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Issue 46: The Ends of PhilosophyArrow Head

Editorial 46

The Ends of Philosophy

As science claims to explain the nature of reality, is philosophy itself in need of a rethink?


Art, Philosophy, and Truth

Philosophy has failed to justify truth. Could art help philosophers ask more vital questions?

Andrew Bowie

Diekemper vs Barbour: The Dance of Time - part 3

HEAD TO HEAD: When it comes to the concept of time, we cannot do without philosophy.

Joseph Diekemper

Diekemper vs Barbour: The Dance of Time - part 4

HEAD TO HEAD: Science will ultimately always take precedence over philosophy.

Julian Barbour

Hidden Desires and Secret Thoughts

Do we still need Freud to understand the subconscious? Or has psychoanalysis been superseded by neuroscience?

Richard Bentall
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Issue 45: Time's ArrowArrow Head

Editorial 45

Time's Arrow

We think space and time are the structure of the universe. But are they simply human fantasy?


Diekemper vs Barbour: The Dance of Time - part 1

HEAD TO HEAD: The present is nothing but a border between the past and the future.

Joseph Diekemper

Diekemper vs Barbour: The Dance of Time - part 2

HEAD TO HEAD: Arguing the reality of past and future is to miss what really matters.

Julian Barbour

Forgetting To Be Me

We forget vastly more than we remember. So why is memory so vital for our sense of self?

Angie Hobbs

Sorell vs Rowlands: Morality Beyond Humanity - part 3

HEAD TO HEAD: Moral philosophy must guard against anthropocentrism.

Tom Sorell
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