We've all heard the line "free will is an illusion". But it may be much more an allusion—to society and culture and our surroundings—than we've ever given it credit for.
Sometimes single words contain whole worlds. Here are some of the best.
We used to use technology. Now technology uses us. Silicon Valley ethicist Tristan Harris explains how the attention economy hijacked our self-worth for profit.
Humans tend to hunker down in our own minds and trust what we already believe to be true. This emotion-based way of thought isn't often the best way to think about anything, and often leads to gridlock.
Can philosophy give you true understanding about life, the universe, and everything? Sometimes it Kant.
Reality is whatever your body believes. Virtual reality knows how to hack that.
RIP pessimists, we barely knew you. Carnegie Mellon University's Professor Michael Scheier explains the impact your outlook has on the world inside of you, from your cells to your psychology.
Haggling over a number? That's a terrible way for people to negotiate, says Harvard International Negotiation Project head honcho Dan Shapiro.
Humans are a programmable species, and we live inside the most ancient operating system of all — ideology.
Can computers be creative? Depends on whether you're asking it to write music or write a novel.
Can understanding science make pop culture better, and can understanding pop culture make science more interesting? Absolutely.
Your brain stops at the most comforting thought. The truth is somewhere beyond that. Using scientific skepticism as a guide, astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss outlines the questions that critical thinkers ask...
We can't seem to resist frequent rewards, which is why slot machines and social media are both so addictive. What's more, they're designed that way, purposefully, to keep you coming back.
Interest in learning certain skills, like computer science, can wax and wane with economic opportunity and job availability. But Gene Luen-Yang explains why it's a valuable skill in any season.
You have three types of brain inside your brain. And they're all fighting for dominance.
Having trouble learning? Take a break and your brain will process the information. You'll learn better and faster.