Jonny Thomson taught philosophy in Oxford for more than a decade before turning to writing full-time. He’s a staff writer at Big Think, where he writes about philosophy, theology, psychology, and occasionally other subjects when he dares step out of his lane. His first book, Mini Philosophy, is an award-winning, international bestseller, and has been translated into 20 languages. His second book, Mini Big Ideas, was published in 2023.
Our temporal experience of the world is not divided into a series of neat segments, yet that's how we talk about time.
"Theory of mind" enables all people to naturally infer other people's mental states. Psychopaths don't seem to put much effort into the process.
A new study suggests that depressed people may prefer a Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan song to one from The Beach Boys or One Direction.
For some people, the emotional pull of fictional characters is profoundly strong.
Our ancestral cousins far more intelligent than we credit them for, and they did things most of us cannot.
Do right and wrong depend on culture, or does morality transcend place and time?
Augustine's theology came to define Christianity, but there was a rival theology.
Coherentism accepts that circular reasoning is probably the best any of us can do.
A strange philosophical thought experiment forces us to ask if the world can be completely described in physical terms.
How the brain decides what to store and what to forget.
If you had perfect foreknowledge of the blessings and tragedies that will come in your life, would you make the same choices anyway?
What if you are the only person in the world who can think?
You are only ever a few days away from your demise.
Utopia is like a John Lennon song but with golden toilets.
The ethical debate over zoos is going to grow louder. There might be a solution that involves robots.
Unstable politics and virtue signaling are responsible for creating bureaucratic nightmares.
Attempts to normalize abnormal development could prevent individuals in need of help from seeking it.
These bizarre mollusks have the ability to regenerate their bodies and to absorb other organisms' attributes.
The wise, the old, and the experienced matter to a full and happy life.