Our inaugural special issue is focused on progress — the search for, the study of, and the project towards a better world.
We asked 11 experts about the future of progress for humanity.
Literature's first utopia shows how far we've come.
Perfectionism is on the rise, and its consequences for mental health can be devastating. The Japanese philosophy of "wabi sabi" can help.
To be successful at bonsai cultivation, you must acquire the perseverance and unconditional kindness normally reserved for devout monks.
Why, exactly, don't you trust that person's opinion?
Following the advent of human space flight, NASA began naming missions after children of Zeus.
Each of us carries our own version of the Multiverse in our heads.
Do our thoughts have any meaning whatsoever?
Some animals were even assigned their own lawyers.
The Greeks were among the first to move beyond “primitive money” and establish an official currency, transforming their trade, government, and even philosophy.
How far should we boldy go?
Quantum mechanics forces us to toss out the old, reliable ways in which we make sense of our everyday reality.
Be famous within five miles.
Long before the birth of Julius Caesar, the Roman Republic appointed all-powerful dictators to protect their state in times of crisis. They were remarkably self-restrained and obedient to the constitution.
What's the point of all that money?
Be more like Goldilocks.
Why, exactly, should you die for your child?
When justice isn’t tempered by something such as mercy, forgiveness, or nonviolence, efforts to make society more equitable often backfire.
Commodus lived the anti-Stoic life, pursuing lust, narcissism, and self-indulgence.
Nietzsche both wished he was as stupid as a cow so he wouldn’t have to contemplate existence, and pitied cows for being so stupid that they couldn’t contemplate existence.
Can a shared language promote peace? Some people think so.
What we call "basic research" is actually the most cutting-edge. It underpins knowledge, and without it, technology does not come into being.
If Rome was not built in a day, why do you think you can be?