The early colonists thought they were being pulled by God into a void left by plague.
A 5,300-year-old mummy teaches us the global history of tattoos.
From machines to animals, there are many kinds of possible minds.
How much of this can be linked to genetics?
We cannot deduce laws about a higher level of complexity by starting with a lower level of complexity. Here, reductionism meets a brick wall.
Reduction is an approach that has been successful in science but is not itself synonymous with "science."
There are a few possible solutions to the problem of interstellar travel, but they largely remain within the realm of science fiction.
Global inequality takes many forms, including who has lost the most children
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck writes.
Knowing what to do is one thing, doing it is another.
Once a book is published, who gets to interpret it? Us or the author?
Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 percent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.
Did the 20th century bring a breakthrough in how children are treated?
The study found that people who spoke the same language tended to be more closely related despite living far apart.
How efficiently could quantum engines operate?
A curated list of must-watch films from Big Think readers.
A new study rocks prevailing theories on antimatter in the early Universe.
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
Smallpox was nothing new in 1721.
A study of 323 uprisings against repressive regimes yields stunning insights.
The Buddha wasn't concerned with transcendence, but rather fully embodying the moment.
After China stopped accepting recylables, California was put in a tough place.
The distance between the American dream and reality is expressed best through literature.
Picking up the thread of a conversation they started two decades ago in Jerusalem, with some help from Lenny Bruce, philosopher Martha Nussbaum, and other influences along the way, host Jason Gots and Williams College professor Jeffrey Israel go deep on private grievances, public life, and where the two overlap.