Jean Paul Sartre summed up the existentialist idea of "bad faith" through a waiter who acted a bit too much like a waiter.
If the idea of freedom bound Camus and Sartre philosophically, then the fight for justice united them politically.
Our social instincts can lead us to adopt models of desire that might not serve our interests.
They did really well considering joysticks are not designed for oral use.
Do right and wrong depend on culture, or does morality transcend place and time?
From boosting empathy to improving therapy, virtual reality is poised to change our ideas of the self.
Some intellectuals use charisma and deception to obscure the holes in their arguments. Here is how to see through their smokescreen.
"A serious party neglects the underlying virtues of playfulness and generosity that make a party authentic."
The majority of the matter in our Universe isn't made of any of the particles in the Standard Model. Could the axion save the day?
Despite all that we've learned about the Universe, there remain unanswered, and possibly unanswerable, questions. Could "God" be the answer?
From high school through the professional ranks, physicists never tire of Newton's second law.
Of all the injustices in Nobel Prize history, her 1957 Nobel snub is the most egregious. One of the biggest scientific revolutions of the 20th century was the discovery of […]
Do you get worried or angry? Ever forget to tithe? One minister has bad news for you.
As a doctor, I am reminded every day of the fragility of the human body, how closely mortality lurks just around the corner.
Time always moves in the same direction, but what if the Universe were contracting? As we step forward in time, a number of things always seem to happen together. Objects […]
In principle, the laws of physics are the same forwards and backwards. But in practice, time only runs in one direction. Most of the laws of physics are the same […]
It’s an incredibly useful approximation. But the truth takes us far deeper. Anyone who’s ever taken a physics course has learned the same myth for centuries now: that any object thrown, […]
A fascinating mathematical structure exists that goes well beyond our common experience. Could it revolutionize physics? Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the Universe is that every particle within it — at […]
Forget Copenhagen, Many-Worlds, Pilot Waves and all the others. What you’re left with is reality. When it comes to understanding the Universe, scientists have traditionally taken two approaches in tandem with […]
The transition across a quantum barrier is known as quantum tunneling, and the amount of time it takes for such a transition to occur had never been measured before. For […]
Some philosophers have tried to base morality on human nature, but what does biology say about that?
God has a twitter account, and it is full of hilarity as well as deep insights.
And why Einstein’s quest for unification was doomed from the start. If you wanted to answer the question of what’s truly fundamental in this Universe, you’d need to investigate matter and […]
Philosophers like to present their works as if everything before it was wrong. Sometimes, they even say they have ended the need for more philosophy. So, what happens when somebody realizes they were mistaken?
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin spent six years writing the definitive history of Reddit.
A less well-known facet of de Beauvoir's philosophy, particularly relevant today, is her political activism.