It is easy to underestimate how much the world can change within a lifetime.
When ancient humans stared into the darkness, they imagined monsters. Today, staring into the future, AI is the monster.
If we manage to avoid a large catastrophe, we are living at the early beginnings of human history.
We will have a better shot at improving our lives once we come to understand, know, and love the people we will one day become.
Man does not live by measurement alone.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" is often taken to mean that your conceptions outweigh what's real. That's not what he said.
The problem with today’s AI isn’t it thinking for itself; it’s the tech telling humans whatever we want to hear.
All the things that surround and compose us didn't always exist. But describing their origin depends on what 'nothing' means.
One of the scariest films of the 1970s didn't set out to be a horror film at all.
In the spirit of the 1969 moon landing, we now have a golden opportunity to pursue “nondisruptive” creative solutions.
Michael Faraday's 1834 law of induction was the key experiment behind the eventual discovery of relativity. Einstein admitted it himself.
Do grim sci-fi scenarios crush our hopes for real-world growth? Author Michael Harris looks elsewhere to unblock the road to a better future.
Being more creative doesn’t require a ‘Muse.’ It’s about pairing intelligence and imagination.
The Universe didn't begin with a bang, but with an inflationary "whoosh" that came before. Here are the biggest questions that still remain.
It's not about particle-antiparticle pairs falling into or escaping from a black hole. A deeper explanation alters our view of reality.
It's time to bring "friendship love" back.
The management of fear is a core leadership skill in today’s globalized world — and the task is not as daunting as you might expect.
Cosmology is unlike other sciences. When our view of the Universe changes, so does our understanding of philosophy and science itself.
Defamiliarization is a common tool in the arts. Here we learn how seeing things from a different angle can lead to billion-dollar success.
I also can’t conjure sounds, smells, or any other kind of sensory stimulation inside my head. This is called “aphantasia.”
The clash of academic archaeology and what might be called folk archaeology comes into stark focus at Stonehenge.
From unexplained tracks in a balloon-borne experiment to cosmic rays on Earth, the unstable muon was particle physics' biggest surprise.
Humanity is in trouble. Here's how aliens could help.
Looking back on our planet's early history offers a new (and less crazy) meaning for the idea of a "flat Earth."