philosophy

  • What poets and scientists have in common

    Is the gap between poetry and science more myth than reality? Sam Illingworth from the UK’s Manch...

    Poetry and science They haven’t always got along. The English poet John Keats (who also trained as a medical doctor)...

    Features November 18, 2021
  • Who’s killing physics?

    The renowned German author, theoretical physicist and Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute ...

    On a recent visit to my mum’s place, I searched through my old stuff for something my children might like. One book t...

    Physics October 15, 2021
  • Does science even know what truth is, anyway?

    ‘Truth decay’ is eroding the world we live in. But has science had a role to play in its rapid ad...

    “You can’t just hope to pour a big bucket of science into [people] as if they’re just an empty vessel waiting to be f...

    Behaviour September 17, 2021
  • Conversation

    Can we be immortal digitally?

    The idea of ‘Virternity’ may be in the future.

    Immortality has been a topic of discussion since the legend of the Holy Grail. Some people have gone as far as cryog...

    Ethics August 26, 2019
  • Historical significance is hard to predict

    Modern data suggests the philosophers are right.

    Can events be accurately described as historic at the time they are happening? Over the years, philosophers have ten...

    Culture June 18, 2019
  • Conversation

    The Matrix 20 years on

    The Matrix has more to say about philosophy than science.

    Incredible as it may seem, the end of March marks 20 years since the release of the first film in the Matrix franchis...

    Society March 29, 2019
  • The paradigm shifter dies

    Kuhn changed our understanding on scientific progress.

    As a budding young American scholar, Thomas Kuhn, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 18, 1922, studied physics...

    Physics June 19, 2018
  • The mathematicians’ mathematician is born

    Bertrand Russell was a one-man logical powerhouse.

    At various times in his long and distinguished life, Bertrand Russell – born on May 18, 1872, at Trelleck in Monmouth...

    Mathematics May 17, 2018
  • Sorry Mr Spock: science and emotion are not only compatible, they’re inseparable

    The idea that reason and emotion are mutually opposed is wrong, and counterproductive, argue the ...

    Here’s a view of science you might recognise as common, or at least see promoted: Science is a purely objective pur...

    Social Sciences April 25, 2018
  • Free will, food and obesity

    Do we really have a choice?

    Studies show watching junk food ads on television 'primes' children to eat more. Credit: Philippe TURPIN / Getty Imag...

    Biology June 15, 2016
  • Syrian farmers’ lost landscape

    A pitiless drought has played part in tragedy unfolding in Syria.

    Imagine you are a scientist charged with studying your country’s climate. As you tour the north, you find whole villa...

    Society March 24, 2016
  • Book: The Lagoon

    A new book re-examines Aristotle’s contribution.

    NON FICTION The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science by Armand Marie Leroi Bloomsbury Circus (2014) RRP $29.95 Cha...

    Biology February 9, 2015