The Persian polymath and philosopher of the Islamic Golden Age teaches us about self-awareness.
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Why are we prioritizing completion, rather than actual learning?
By training algorithms on human data, they learn our biases.
Job automation won't be as bad as we think, so we need to learn how to stop working and prepare so we're not dragged into the future kicking and screaming.
Big Think's Jason Gots reviews David McCullough's 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography John Adams.
In the avalanche of analysis and speculation about Chief Justice Roberts’ stunning decision to side with the Supreme Court’s liberal wing to uphold Obama’s healthcare law, one strain paints Roberts […]
Hemingway wrote of courage as grace under pressure. In Private Acts: The Acrobat Sublime, Harriet Heyman writes of grace under the pressure of gravity and the courage demonstrated by those […]
We got lucky with our evolutionary history.
This technological feat changes our cosmic history.
The James Webb Space Telescope viewed Neptune, our Solar System's final planet, for the first time. Here's what we saw, and what it means.
In the 1980s, some wardens started painting their cells with a shade of pink dubbed "Baker-Miller Pink."
In the wake of the pandemic, the crystal industry boomed, with customers hoping the stones might relieve a little anxiety.
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
A study proposes that an ancient trading network, called the Hopewell tradition, may have been wiped out by what is known as a cosmic airburst.
From succubi to aliens, stories of abductions or other unsettling encounters have been with us for millennia. What explains them?
The truth is out there.
The Chegg cheating scandal reveals a critical need to rethink the student experience in post-COVID education.
Gravitation, all on its own, can reveal what's present in the cosmos like nothing else.
Three ideas could help create the police force that Americans want.
The present-moment awareness that stems from mindfulness practices may be the cost-effective tool that our society needs.
The opening lines of Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News lay bare the culture of denial in the US.
"Deepfakes" and "cheap fakes" are becoming strikingly convincing — even ones generated on freely available apps.
This map of Europe's 20 most populous islands holds a few surprises and unlocks a truckload of trivia.
Learn how to get the best views no matter where you are. Every year, no matter what else is occurring on Earth or in the heavens, you can rely on two […]
The pieces don't represent an army, they stand in for the Western social order.
You might be inclined to modify gravity instead, but those ideas have grossly unequal evidence supporting them. What is it, exactly, that you’re supposed to do when the predictions of […]
Halley’s comet only visits every ~76 years, but its meteors arrive twice each year. The most famous comet of all — Halley’s comet — returns to our inner Solar System every ~76 years. Halley’s comet […]
We’re still not sure what the ultimate question is. Here are 5 excellent candidates. One of the most amusing stories in all of science fiction is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s […]
An article in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry raises questions about the goal of these advocacy groups.
Parenting could be a distraction from what mattered most to him: his writing.