Historically, periods of mass flourishing are underpinned by technological revolutions. Currently, we are undergoing a technological revolution unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Although saying the wrong thing could often get you killed in ancient civilizations, history shows that the ideal of free speech has deep roots.
Many first-hand accounts from the golden age of piracy were grossly embellished, meaning it's extremely difficult to separate Blackbeard the legend from Edward Thatch the person.
Your brain is remarkably good at mapping out physical spaces — even if it's an imaginary space like Hogwarts. But how does the brain do it?
We are generally taught that there is an arc of history — an inevitable path of progress that leads to modern society. Maybe it isn't true.
The book "The Genesis Machine" outlines the promise and peril of synthetic biology, a powerful tool that will allow us to program life like a computer.
New ideas inevitably face opposition. A new book called "The Human Element" argues that overcoming opposition requires understanding the concepts of "Fuel" and "Friction."
Just don't expect the apocalypse to look like it does in the movies.
In her 2020 book, "The Alchemy of Us," Ainissa Ramirez explores how important material inventions shaped the course of human experience.
Digital currencies are set to upend paper currencies, but it likely won't be the decentralized utopia some hope it will be.
Experiencing too much pleasure and not enough pain may yield counterintuitive consequences.
Why does Seattle continue to be a place that nurtures the development of breakthrough technologies but not Minneapolis, Memphis, or Minsk?
When we try to recreate simpler versions of natural ecosystems, we invariably make mistakes, argues author and biologist Rob Dunn.
What value does wit hold in genres defined by brute strength?
Far from acting as the conduits of a benevolent deity, these religious leaders threw the teachings of their own church out of the window.
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
To overcome burnout, we need to change how we think about the relationship between dignity and work, argues Jonathan Malesic.
Although equal parts Hollywood blockbuster and Putinist propaganda, "Trotsky" still manages to capture the good, the bad, and the ugly of Russia’s revolutionary past.
Society-changing ideas form through a three-stage process, argues author Michael Bhaskar.
The ability to differentiate your emotions might make you less likely to suffer from depression, alcoholism, and anger issues.